Jan. 24, 2004
LAS CRUCES, N.M.- The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team brought out its competitive drive, beating in-state rival New Mexico State today 157-126. The Lobo squad won 10 out of the 15 events, including both wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives by junior Becca Barras. UNM will enter the week with winning momentum and will be eager to prepare for the 2004 MWC Championships.
Diving phenom Becca Barras controlled the flow in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events. She won the 1-meter with a score of 279.10 points while teammate Kaley Knafelc claimed second with 210.90 points. Barras then went on to take first in the 3-meter with 272.78 points and Knafelc followed behind with 234.60 respectively.
Five different Lobo swimmers were victorious in their events. Leading the pack was sophomore Kelsey Leckovic with three first place finishes. She claimed the gold in the 200 free (1:57.95), 50 free (24.98) and 100 free (53.94). Lobos Nicole Overeem, Lindsay Fagrelius, Crystal Weiland and Aimee Dunavant also had successful outings in the pool. Overeem finished first in the 1000 free with a time of 10:59.80. Fagrelius and Weiland shared the gold in the 100 back with the same time of 1:01.95 and Dunavant captured the top position in the 200 fly with a time of 2:11.39.
UNM was also dominant in both relay events. UNM 'A' garnered the gold in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:53.58 and then went on to finish first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:40.25.
The swimming and diving team has several weeks to gear up for the approaching MWC Championships on Feb. 18-21 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Next weekend the Lobo diving team heads for Colorado Springs, Colo. for the Air Force Diving Invitational on Jan. 30-Feb.1.
UNM vs. NMSU (UNM Finishers only)
200 medley relay
1. UNM 'A' 1:53.58 3. UNM 'B' 1:56.71 4. UNM 'C' 1:57.34
200 free relay
1. UNM 'A' 1:40.25 3. UNM 'B' 1:44.16 5. UNM 'C' 1:52.28