Nov. 3, 2003
Albuquerque, N.M.- The University of New Mexico swimming and diving team is set to host their first meets of the season on Nov. 6 and a two-day Lobo Invitational on Nov. 7-8. On Thursday, the team will compete against the NAU Lumberjacks at 6:00 p.m. At the Lobo Invitational, set to take place on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., UNM will host NMSU, CSU, Wyoming, NAU and Northern Colorado.
Last season, the Lobo swimming and diving team finished 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference which placed them fifth overall. At the MWC Championships, returning sophomore Robyn Miller broke her own record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:27.06. Miller also garnered both first and second team All-MWC honors after placing third in the 400 IM and seventh in the 500 free at the MWC Championships. Other major accomplisments for the Lobos came during the regular season when the team defeated MWC titleholders, BYU, in a home dual-meet in November. This victory was the first in the history of the Lobo swimming and diving program.
This season head coach Bill Spahn and assistant coach Lindsie Micko have brought on board fourteen freshman. Both coaches believe the new talent will make the upcoming season a great success. Newcomers, Jessica Brown (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Crystal Weiland (Albuquerque, N.M.) will be the swimmers to watch for during the 2003-2004 season, as Spahn sees them as two of the top freshman swimmers.
Returning senior Heather DiLuzio will once again be a great help to the team. Last season, DiLuzio was a leader in and out of the pool. She had top times in the 100 and 200 breaststoke which she set at the MWC Championships. Also returning to the squad is junior Nicole Overeem who is undoubtedly UNM's top performer in the distance freestyle events. Overeem was UNM's leader in the 1000 and 1650 free and had a top time in the 500 free as well. During the regular season, she held an eighth-place spot in the MWC ranks in the 1650 free.
The Lobos' top swimmer overall, sophomore Robyn Miller, is also ready to come out strong for the upcoming season after her record-breaking times in 2003. The talented swimmer will be called upon to be a competitive force in the free and IM events.
UNM's divers aim for success after making several important accomplishments during the 2002-2003 season. Returning senior Tracey Berghian and junior Becca Barras finished last season with MWC Co-Divers of the Year awards. The duo also captured a conference title at the 2003 MWC Championships, making it the first title win for the Lobos in more than 12 years. The diving team looks stronger than ever and will look to end the season with more success.