Jan. 30, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team will close out regular season competition this coming weekend. Air Force hosts the 2007 Air Force Diving Invitational this Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3, at the Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Lobo divers will participate in this event. The Lobo swimmers will be in Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 3 competing in their final dual meet of the 2006-07 season against UNLV. Competition for this meet begins at 2 p.m.
Approximately 30 women from eight schools, AFA, Colorado State, Denver, Metro State, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, UNLV and Wyoming, will be competing in the diving invite. There is no team scoring and each diver will perform one list of dives to determine placings.
On Friday, the women open with the one-meter diving followed by the men's three-meter diving. Saturday features the men's one-meter and women's three-meter diving and concludes with the combined platform diving.
Last season the Rebels of UNLV (4-3 MWC) out swam the Lobos to a 133-95 victory in the Seidler Natatorium. The Lobos (6-5 overall, 2-4 in Mountain West Conference competition) have momentum going into the meet, coming off a win over New Mexico State 159-127 last Friday.
Complete results and a recap of Saturday's dual meet will be available on the web at www.golobos.com after the conclusion of the meet.
TOP SWIMMER: Freshman Ashley Grisdale was the top swimmer for the Lobos this past weekend. Grisdale guided the Lobos to a 159-127 victory over arch-rival New Mexico State. She is also this week's Quest Student Athlete of the Week for UNM, marking her first career weekly honor.
Grisdale opened the meet swimming the third leg of the 200-yard medley relay. Teamed with Tori Clarridge, Andrea Zarins and Jenna Syverson, the relay team took first with a time of 1:49.75. Grisdale also touched the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly with times of 57.84 and 2:04.58. Her time in the 100-yard fly was a season-best for the Lobos and the seventh best in the Mountain West Conference. In Grisdale's final event, she placed second, finishing the 400-yard individual medley just behind Zarins with a time of 4:40.04.
TOP DIVER: Junior diver Carrie Quinn won both of her events against NMSU this past weekend for the Lobos. Quinn was victorious on the 1- and 3- meter springboards with scores of 316.88 and 307.65 respectively. Her score on the 3-meter board was a season-best for the Lobos and is currently the fifth best in the Mountain West Conference.
So far this season Quinn has accumulated a total of nine first place finishes in dual meet competition.
LOOKING AHEAD: After completing dual action competition against UNLV, the Lobos will get ready for the MWC Championships. The championships are set for Feb. 21-24 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Last year the Lobos placed seventh with 285 points. Utah won the championships with 679.5 points. The Lobos brought home three medals, set one school record and twelve season best times.