Oct. 9, 2007
Up Next for Lobo Swimming & Diving
The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team will open its season this weekend. The first home meet of the season will take place against Northern Colorado at 12 pm on Thursday at Seidler Natatorium.
The Lobos will then travel to Salt Lake City for the Utah Relays on Friday followed by a conference meet against BYU and Utah on Saturday, also in Salt Lake Ciy.
Last Time vs. Northern Colorado: The Lobos defeated the Bears 105-104 in Greeley, Colo. last year.
The Lobo women swimming and diving team look forward to an exciting season. They have just come off their best season and are determined to do even better this year. As the season begins the team has an overall focus to continue to be more competitive in dual meets. Third year head coach Tracy Ljone sat down before the season to share her thoughts on the upcoming season:
How will your work during the off season affect the team performance this year?
"We had a productive off season in which we emphasize the dryland and weight lifting components of the program. We are going to continue that this fall and put more of emphasis than we have before on the dryland components. With a bigger team this year I am hoping to have an even higher level of competition and intensity at each practice."
What is the current state of the program?
"We finished the 2006-07 season with a great conference meet with many ladies making finals and swimming best times. We have out performed ourselves each year and so we keep setting the bar higher and higher. Our goal for this past season was to become more competitive in practice and at meets and we definitely accomplished that. The girls raced each other and trained 100% at every practice. When it came to the meets they stepped up on the blocks and raced anyone and everyone!"
There are five seniors on the team this year. What impact will they have on the season?
"This group of seniors is so much fun. They have all worked extremely hard the past three years and are an exciting group to be around. Andrea Zarins had UNM's top times in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke last year. She will be looking to be top 8 this year in all of her events. Andrea has become one of our top swimmers and continues to improve on her racing abilities. Tori Clarridge will be one of our top sprinters this year. She has continued to improve each year at UNM and I expect her to do the same this year. Ashley LaBree has contributed every year at UNM. She is one of our most versatile swimmers able to swim the IM's as well as the backstrokes and breaststrokes. Amina Adnan will be representing us in the distance freestyle events. Amina is such a tough swimmer and continues to improve each year."
What qualities will the juniors bring to the team?
"Kristen Naber struggled a bit last season but I think she has pulled it together and is ready to go this year. Kristen will compete in the flys, IMs and breaststroke. Katrina McLoughlin will add to our butterfly, IM and breaststroke events. Katrina is definitely looking to be in the top 16 at conference this year. Niki Naber will be adding to our fly and sprint free events. Niki had a season ending injury last January and was unable to compete at the conference meet. We will work on getting her back into shape and back into racing."
What will the sophomores contribute?
"Ashley Grisdale was our top butterflier and IMer last year. She had UNM's highest place finish at the conference meet placing 3rd in the 200 fly. Ashley had UNM's top times in the 100 and 200 fly, 200 backstroke and both the 200 and 400 IM's. I expect her to be competing for the top place in the conference in the flys and also to be making her NCAA cuts. Theresa Rogers had a great freshmen year. Theresa will be looking to final in all of her events this year as well as break into the top 8. Lisa Toelle is another versatile swimmer. Lisa had a great freshmen year in her backstrokes and IM's and placed 15th at the conference meet in the 100 backstroke. Lisa will look to improve on this finish as well as final in her 200 backstroke. Jennifer Patterson has been a great addition to our team in the flys and the 200 freestyle. Sara Kelley has been a pleasant addition in our distance group. She had a good summer of training and will be looking to improve on all her places from last year."
You have eight new additions to the team. What impact will they have on the season?
"We have a great squad of newcomers to the team this year and I am eager to see what we can do this year. As always we plan to train hard, study hard but also have fun while we are doing it."