Dec. 4, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Members of the University of New Mexico women's swimming team competed in the U.S. Open this past weekend held in West Lafayette, Ind., marking the first appearance for the Lobos. Twenty-one Olympians competed among the nearly 1,000 swimmers from all over the world. Five Lobos qualified to compete and represented the university well by turning in great times.
Robyn Miller competed in her three strongest events, the 400-yard freestyle where she clocked in a time of 4:30.39, the 400-yard individual medley finishing with a time of 5:12.66 and the 200-yard butterfly where she touched the wall in 2:24.68. Seniors Jenna Syverson and Kelly Soldow represented in the 50-yard free with times of 27.85 and 28.89, respectively. Syverson also participated in the 100-yard free. Junior Tori Clarridge competed in the 50-yard free finishing with a time of 27.56, in the 100-yard free (59.89) and the 100-yard backstroke clocking in a time of 1:07.80. In the 100- and 200-yard fly freshman Ashley Grisdale finished with times of 1:04.42 and 2:26.23, respectively.
"The girls really had a good meet," head coach Tracy Ljone said. "They were right on their best times, which is great for this time of the year. It was an amazing experience to be competing at the same meet as swimmers like Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff, Ian Crocker and Lenny Krazelberg. We hope to be able to keep competing at this high level."
For more information on the U.S. Open visit www.usaswimming.org.
The Lobo divers also competed this past weekend, but in Austin, Texas in a diving invite hosted by the University of Texas. Like the swimmers, the divers had a great showing after three days of competition. The meet was stacked with talented and nationally ranked divers from teams such as Stanford, Florida, Wisconsin, Wyoming, UCLA, Hawaii, University of Houston, Nebraska, TCU and host UT . Senior Joanna Garcia competed consistently, but was unfortunately not able to compete the final day due to back injury. Junior Carrie Quinn was a strong competitor. She missed the finals by one spot on the 3-meter springboard, but on the final day of competition finished fifth.
"I was extremely proud of both of the girls and how they competed," head diving coach Abel Sanchez said. "All-in-all we had a good meet and I'm looking forward to our training camp over the break to perfect our dives."
The Lobos have now completed the fall portion of their season. The spring half begins with back-to-back home meets. The first will take place on Friday, January 19 when the Lobos will face conference competitor TCU beginning at 12 p.m. The following day the Lobos will take on Utah. Competition begins at 2 p.m.