Mountain West Conference Championships Feb. 21-24
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/20/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 20, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team travels to Oklahoma City, Okla. where Oklahoma City Community College will host the 2007 Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships February 21-24 at the Aquatic Center. This will mark the eighth time in conference history that the event will be held at the Aquatic Center. Preliminary races will begin each morning at 10 a.m. (Central time) and finals will be held each night at 6 p.m.

New Mexico (6-6 overall, 2-5 MWC) enter the championships in seventh place in the conference, one place higher than last season, In last year's championships, the Lobos placed seventh with 285 points. The Lobos brought home three medals, set one school record and twelve season best times.

Freshman Ashley Grisdale is currently seeded first in the MWC for the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.70. Grisdale edged out BYU's junior Angela Goodson, who has a time of 2:05.03, and is looking to stay on top after the championships.

The championships mark the last time the four seniors will compete as Lobos. Co-captains Jennifer Hale, Kelly Soldow and Jenna Syverson and diver Joanna Garcia are all hoping to finish their four years strong.

Hale has earned many points for UNM over her four years and has been a strong member of numerous relays. She is looking to clock in top times to close out the season.

Soldow has been an amazing leader for the Lobos. She has continued to improve every year and has been a key relay swimmer for UNM. Soldow hopes to contribute big at the championships.

Syverson has also earned UNM many MWC places and points in the past and is looking to provide more this year. She has been one of the top relay swimmers for the Lobos this season.

Garcia has dove consistently throughout the season and is hoping to do the same at the championships.

Junior diver Carrie Quinn, who won Diver of the Week honors Jan. 31, owns the MWC season best in the one-meter event (342.45) and has proved she will be a strong force at the championships.

For the first time, real-time results will be available online by visiting http://themwc.cstv.com/livestats/c-swim/results/index.htm, or go to the MWC Swimming & Diving Championships page at http://themwc.cstv.com/champ/swim-champ-2007.html. Final results will also be posted on www.golobos.com.