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UNM On The Road For Meets Three And Four
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/12/2003

Nov. 12, 2003

LAST WEEK IN COMPETITION: The Lobos hosted their first dual- meet of the season competing against the Lumberjacks on Thursday Nov. 6. UNM came up short against NAU with 140 points to 179. Five first place finishes were clinched by New Mexico, two of which were in the springboard diving events. Four returning swimmers had no. 1 finishes for the Lobos, including sophomore Robyn Miller, juniors Aimee Dunavant and Becca Barras and senior Tracey Berghian.

The UNM swim/dive team finished up in fourth place (596 points) in their Lobo Fall Inviational at the Armond H. Seidler Natatorium, behind conference opponent Wyoming, who had 634 points, non-conference opponent NAU with 824 points and conference opponent CSU, who fisnhed first with 1,151 points. The diving duo of Tracey Berghian and Becca Barras dominated both days of the invite taking first and second place in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.

LOBOS MAKING WAVES LAST WEEKEND

Robyn Miller * SO * YOUNTVILLE, CALIF. Miller had strong performances during both meets over the weekend. Against NAU, she grabbed first place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:06.92) and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.59). During the Lobo Invitational, Miller captured the silver in the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.35) and bronze in both the 400-yard IM (4:37.66) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.45).

Aimee Dunavant * JR * EL PASO, TEXAS Dunavant claimed the gold in the 100-yard butterfly against NAU with a time of 59.74. She also helped the Lobos finish second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.77. In the Lobo Invitational, Dunuvant place third in the 100-yard butterfly (59.60).

Becca Barras * JR * KITCHNER, ONTARIO Barras was a top finisher in both meets over the weekend. On Nov. 6 against NAU, she won the 1-meter with 284.40 points and was awarded third place in the 3-meter with a score of 269.47. At the Lobo Inviational, Nov. 7-8, Barras recorde a fist place finish in the 3-meter dive (469.05) and scored second place in the 1-meter dive (236.25).

Tracey Berghian * SR * PHOENIX, ARIZ. Berghian had stellar performances on the springboard over the weekend. She earned a first palce finish in the 3-meter event ( 310.05) and second in the 1-meter (274.20) against NAU. She remained solid at the Lobos Invitational, placing first in the 1-meter dive (262.95) and second in the 3-meter (465.35).

LOOKING AT THE COMPETITION

UNM vs. UNLV -- Nov. 14 @ Las Vegas, Nev. Buchanan Natatorium

The Rebels took third place at the 2003 MWC Championships. UNLV's Raluca Udroiu, was honored with MWC Swimmer of the Year award last season. The junior set a Mountain West Conference record and school record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:58.30. Udroiu also became the all-time record holder in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. At the 2003 NCAA Championships, Udroiu and sophomore Shayna Burns represented the UNLV Rebels. Udroiu placed 32nd in the 100-yard backstroke and 24th in the 200-yard backstroke. Burns finished 34th in the100-yard breaststroke and 40th in the 200-yard breaststroke.

UNM's head coach Biill Spahn sees UNLV as one of the toughest competitors for the Lobo swimming and diving team."They are a tough team to beat and this weekend we will have to push hard to stay in the race," said Spahn.

UNM vs. SDSU -- Nov. 15 @ San Diego, Calif. Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center

The Aztecs took eight place at the 2003 MWC Championships. This season, SDSU has matched up against conference foes Utah and BYU. SDSU was unable to capture a win in the dual-meets, but there were several Aztec swimmers who had solid performances. Senior Megan Storey had a fantastic run against BYU. She won the 1000 freestyle (10:32.23) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.86). Storey also has SDU's top times in both the 1000 and 1650 free this fall, and ranks third and first in the MWC in those two events.

Other top swimmers for the Aztecs are freshman Caitlin Friedhoff who won three of the four events in which she competed in against Utah and BYU last weekend and senior Hannah Ryan who set a personal career best when she turned in a time of 25.66 in the 50 free at BYU.

Coach Spahn expects to see great performances in the dual-meet against conference foe SDSU. "This should be a good meet for us. We usually do well against SDSU," said Spahn.

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