Jan. 25, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming & diving team seeks to seal a victory when they visit in-state rival New Mexico State Friday, Jan. 26. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. from the NMSU Natatorium in Las Cruces, N.M.
The two teams met in the fall portion of the season and the Lobos came out with the win 190-103. The Lobos are looking to gain momentum before heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to close out conference competition against UNLV on Feb.3.
The Lobos (5-5 overall, 2-4 in Mountain West Conference competition) go into the meet after back-to-back losses to TCU (132-97) and Utah (135-100) at home. The Aggies are 5-11 this season in dual meets and 1-2 against WAC teams.
Complete results and a recap of Friday's dual meet will be available on the web at www.golobos.com after the conclusion of the meet.
TOP SWIMMER: Junior Andrea Zarins was the top swimmer for the Lobos this past weekend in back-to-back dual meets against TCU and Utah. Against TCU Zarins was thrown into the 500-yard freestyle at the last minute and finished with the best time - 5:14.02. She also had the best time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.01). Zarins proved to be an asset in all the relay events she participated in. She was a part of the Lobo relay team that came in second in the 200-yard medley relay with a final time of 1:49.07 against Utah. Zarins solidified an individual second place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:38.40).
TOP DIVER: The top diver for the Lobos this past weekend was junior Carrie Quinn, who captured 3 out of 4 first place finishes. Quinn took first on both the 1- and 3-meter springboards with scores of 342.45 and 273.91 respectively against TCU. Quinn's score on the 1-meter is currently the top score in the conference and her best score this season. Against Utah Quinn solidified another first place finish on the 1-meter board with a score of 273.00, edging out Utah's Kelsey Patterson (272.25). Quinn took third on the 3-meter board (257.47). "With these wins Carrie (Quinn) showed that she will be a strong force at conference," Lobo diving coach Abel Sanchez said.
LOOKING AHEAD: After facing NMSU the Lobos will compete in their final dual meet of the season on Feb. 3 against UNLV (3-3, 3-2 MWC). When the two teams met last season UNLV came out on top 133-95.
On Feb. 2 the Lobo divers will participate in a diving invitational hosted by Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Mountain West Conference Championship begins Feb. 21 in Oklahoma City, Okla.