Feb. 24, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Becca Barras and junior Robyn Miller each picked up a medal in the finals of day two of the Mountain West Conference Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. Barras earned a silver medal on the 3-meter board with 499.55 points, suffering only her second loss to a MWC opponent all season. Miller grabbed a bronze in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:56.33.
Miller also set a new UNM record for the 500-yard free with her preliminary time. Miller turned in a time of 4:54.70, crushing the old record of 4:57.37, set by Jennifer Morris in 1991. Sophomore Jen Hale also scored in the event, placing 12th with a time of 5:03.61.
Clarridge, Miller and Syverson teamed with junior Kelsey Leckovic to set a new UNM record in the 200-yard free relay. The girls put up a time of 1:35.28 to dethrone the time of 1:36.89 set by Allison Bushkill, Kira Carbonneau, Quinn Michie and Myra Will at the 2002 MWC Championships. The Lobos' 2005 time was just shy of getting them a medal, taking fourth.
Despite the two medals, the New Mexico women's swimming and diving team fell from second place to fifth, with a two-day total of 175 points. BYU still leads all teams with 291 points. UNLV is second with 272, Utah is third with 224 and Wyoming sits in fourth with 188 points.
The events scheduled for day three action are the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard free, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay.
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