Feb. 24, 2007
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 260 points, trailed BYU's 747, Utah's 618, UNLV's 527, Wyoming's 480, Colorado State's 406 and TCU's 394. Air Force and San Diego State finished behind the Lobos with 173 and 145 pts, respectively. BYU's victory was their sixth in a row.
Last year the Lobos finished in seventh, but with more points, 285.
Freshman Ashley Grisdale was the only Lobo to medal throughout the championships. Grisdale captured the bronze in the 200-yard butterfly clocking in a final time of 2:04.49.
Junior diver Carrie Quinn finished fifth, which was her best finish of the championships, on the platform board with 198.60 points.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay seniors Kelly Soldow and Jenna Syverson, junior Tori Clarridge and freshman Theresa Rogers placed sixth with a final time of 3:28.85. Clarridge swam to tenth place in the 100-yard breaststroke for the Lobos (51.91).
Junior Andrea Zarins sealed a 12th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Zarins touched the wall in 2:24.23.
"We are had a really good swim meet," head coach Tracy Ljone said. "Some of our swims were fantastic. We got swimmers into nearly every race in the finals and that was our goal. Our relay swims also moved up places."
The Lobos have now completed the 2006-07 season. They finished 6-6 overall and 2-5 in MWC competition.
Women's Swimming Coach of the Year: Stan Crump, BYU
Women's Diving Coach of the Year: Keith Russell, BYU
Women's Swimmer of the Year: Amber Walter, Utah
Women's Diver of the Year: Kelsey Patterson, Utah
Women's Senior Award: Brittany Davis-Burk