Lobos Place Seventh For Third Year In A Row At MWC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/01/2008

March 1, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team finished seventh after day four of the Mountain West Conference Championships hosted by Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Lobos final 262 points, trailed BYU's 763, UNLV's 622, Utah's 597, Wyoming's 574.5, Colorado State's 359 and TCU's 276.5. Air Force and San Diego State finished behind the Lobos with 161 and 151 pts, respectively. BYU's victory was their seventh in a row.

"It was an amazing meet!" said head coach Tracy Ljone. "We had best times across the board. Every single swimmer and diver really turned it on when they had too. I can't even single out a swimmer or diver because they all had fantastic swims. It was so exciting to watch them swim. Our swimmers moved up in all of their events and really made a statement at this meet. We broke two school records that had stood for eleven years and that just added to the excitement."

In the 400-yard freestyle relay seniors Tori Clarridge and Andrea Zarins, junior Katrina McLoughlin, and sophomore Theresa Rogers sealed a sixth-place finish with a time of 3:29.31.

The top individual finish for the Lobos was in the 200-yard butterfly where sophomore Ashley Grisdale captured seventh-place, touching the wall in 2:05.47. Freshman Nanette Wittenberg finished 11th in the same event with a time of 2:05.53.

Freshman Jennifer Burgess finished 10th in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:18.89.

Sophomore Theresa Rogers and Senior Tori Calrridge tied for 12th-place in the 100-yard freestyle with a final time of 51.82.

Senior diver Carrie Quinn finished ninth on the platform dive with a mark of 205.35. Alexandra Lusk followed in 16th-place with a mark of 173.20.

"I am so proud of all the swimmers especially our seniors who have given their all to UNM and UNM athletics for four years," said Ljone. "They have done a great job of leading this team and being amazing role models. Carrie, Andrea, Amina, Ashley and Tori will be missed terribly but have set this team up to keep getting better and better."

The All-MWC team will be announced on Monday, March 3.

The Lobos have now completed the 2007-08 season. They finished 2-8 overall and 1-6 in MWC competition.

Women's Swimming Coach of the Year: Tom Johnson, Wyoming

Women's Diving Coach of the Year: Keith Russell, BYU

Women's Swimmer of the Year: Kim Bonney, UNLV

Women's Diver of the Year: Tawni Jones, BYU

Women's Senior Award: Kim Bonney, UNLV