Jan. 20, 2004
IN-STATE RIVALS HEAD TO HEAD, SATURDAY: The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team travels to Las Cruces, N.M. this Saturday for a non-conference dual meet against New Mexico State at 1:00 p.m. Recaps of Saturday's meet will be posted at www.golobos.com.
BUMPY ROAD: Last weekend, the UNM swimming and diving squad suffered two losses on their road trip to Utah. Friday night the Utes dominated the Lobos, 146-90, winning 11 of 13 events. The two events won by New Mexico were both diving events. On the 1-meter dive, junior Becca Barras earned the gold with a total of 254.60 points while senior Tracey Berghian followed close behind in second with 252.70 points.
MWC title-holders BYU downed the Lobos 174-125 on Saturday's meet. The UNM divers looked confident once again, winning the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Top swimmer for the Lobos was junior Nicole Overeem who grabbed two first place finishes in the 1000 free (10:42.64) and 500 free (5:13.97). The tough road trip left UNM 0-5 in the MWC while Utah improved to 4-0 and BYU to 2-2.
A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION: The Aggies are coming off two losses from their road trip to Texas last weekend. Friday, NMSU fell to North Texas, 156-138, and were defeated Saturday by TCU 126-102. They are now 4-6 in dual meets this season. The Aggies visited the Lobos in Albuquerque Nov. 6, 2003 for the Lobo Fall Invitational. They swam to a fifth palce finish, 279 points behind UNM's fourth place finish.
Last season, the Aggies were no match for the Lobos, losing 146-92 at Seidler Natatorium in Albuquerque, N.M. Important returners for NMSU are seniors Danielle Adams and Sandra Dupuy. Both were dominant in the relays as well as individual events over the 2003 season. Adams continued her domination in 2002-03 with 15 wins in individual events and helped the Aggies set the 400 free relay school record with a mark of 3:28.72. Dupuy continues to lead the Aggie relay teams for the 2004 season and returns as one of the leaders in the IM and backstroke. For the diving squad, Andrea Shields has had the most success on the 1-meter and 3-meter dives this season, while Alexia Miller has continued to be a tough competitor on the boards as well.
MWC STANDINGS: After the loss to Utah and BYU, New Mexico sits in sixth place with an 0-5 record. Air Force and Wyoming are tied for fifth (1-2), while San Diego is in fourth place (3-4). BYU holds the third spot with an 2-2. UNLV and CSU share second place at 4-1 and Utah claims the top positions with a 4-0 mark.
HOME VS. ROAD: By this time last season, UNM already had five wins under its belt. Three of those wins were at home. This season, the Lobos face a schedule that has them on the road more times than at home. The demanding road scehdule could be a reason for the struggling 0-8 dual-meet record. At the opening of the season, the Lobos hosted two meets. They fell to NAU and placed fifth at the Lobo Invitational. After the invite, UNM hit the road and have not been on New Mexico territoy since. Last season's schedule was evenly distributed with seven home meets and eight road meets. This year the schedule is vastly different with only two home meets and 10 road meets. The Lobos finished the 2002-03 season with an overall record of 8-3, 4-3 in the Mountain West. Four of the wins were at home.
MWC DIVER OF THE WEEK: Last week, junior Becca Barras was named MWC Diver of the Week after her solid performance at the dual-meet against conference foe Air Force, Saturday, Jan. 10. The Kitchener, Ontario native swept both diving events at the Cadet Natatorium, capturing first in the 1-meter (260.84) and first in the 3-meter dive (288.00).
The weekly honor marks the first for Barras this season and her eighth career. Last season, the talented diver garnered three Diver of the Week honors.