Lobos Return To The Hunt For Wins After 10 Day Break
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/15/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 15, 2004

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - CONFERENCE COMPETITION CONTINUED: The Lobos head to Las Vegas, Nev. for a dual meet with UNLV, Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT at Buchanan Natatorium.

New Mexico (1-3 overall, 1-2) will compete for the first time after a ten day break following its home meet on Nov. 6. In the Lobos last competition, they finished third behind junior Robyn Miller's win in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Becca Barras remained undefeated on the boards with her 1- and 3-meter board wins while freshman Tori Clarridge won the 100-yard free. The Lobos also hosted BYU, Northern Arizona and San Diego State for a double dual meet. The Lobos earned a win over the Aztecs but fell to the Cougars and Lumberjacks.

UNLV (1-3, 1-1) earned its first conference win last weekend, beating defending Mountain West Conference champions BYU, 123-98. Five members of the UNLV team posted first place finishes Saturday. Daryl Packard won the 1-meter diving competition and teammates Katie Wronn, Julie Babin, Marina Sandback, and Raluca Udroiu won the 50-yard free, 400-yard IM, 100-yard free, and 200-yard backstroke, respectively.

SPEEDO CUP INVITATIONAL: The University of California-Irvine/Speedo Cup Invitational will feature a total of 578 swimmers from 13 schools for the men and 20 schools for the women. This year's participation marks UNM's first appearance in the Speedo Cup since 1999.

Also participating for the women are MWC rivals Air Force, and BYU as well as Army, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Occidental, LaVerne, Soka, Cal Lutheran and Cal Baptist.

The Lobos made their first appearance in the Speedo Cup Invitational in 1994. Their best finish was seventh in 1994 and 1998. The Lobos have also never won an individual event at the invitational.

For more information on the Speedo Cup or complete results at the end of each evening, visit UC-Irvine's official website.

TOTAL DOMINATION: Senior Becca Barras has been named Mountain West Conference Women's Diver of the week twice this season. Even though there have been three Diver of the Week awards given out by the MWC this year, Barras has won the award every time she was eligible for nomination. This year's winnings brings Barras' total to 11 Diver of the Week awards for her career.

So far this season, Barras has competed on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards four times. She has won every event she has entered in this year. Barras is the conference's and Lobos' top scorer on both boards. In the conference, she holds a 25.2 point lead over the second highest scorer on the 1-meter board and a 73.25 point lead on the 3-meter board.

SWIMMING SUCCESS: Junior Robyn Miller has the fastest times on the Lobos team in 200-yard free (1.54.39), 500-yard free (5:05.94), 1,000-yard free (10:24.70), 200-yard fly (2:10.87), 200-yard IM (2:09.76) and 400-yard IM (4:32.68). Her time in the 400-yard IM is the second best in the conference. She is seeded third in the conference in the 200- and 500-yard free but with the conversion from altitude, she is second. She is fourth in the conference in the 200-yard IM and fifth in the 1,000-yard free.

Other top-10 conference scorers are senior Aimee Dunavant, sophomore Joanna Garcia and freshmen Carrie Quinn and Tori Clarridge. Clarridge is fourth in the MWC in the 100-yard free with a time of 52.99 and seventh in the 50-yard free (24.62). Quinn is second in the conference on the 3-meter board with a score of 409.65 and is eighth on the 1-meter board (235.80). Garcia is sixth on the 3-meter board (287.05) while Dunavant is 10th in the 100-yard butterfly witb a time of 59.56.