Lobos Place Sixth With 387 Points At MWC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/26/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 26, 2005

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The New Mexico womens swimming and diving team placed sixth at the Mountain West Conference Championships hosted by Oklahoma City Community College with 387 points. BYU was knocked out of first place, the position it held for the first three days of competition, finishing in second with 670. UNLV won the Championships with 701.5 points.

Senior Becca Barras claimed her second gold medal of the competition, putting up a score of 396.90 points on the platform. Barras finished the competition with two gold medals and one silver.

Junior Robyn Miller added another silver medal to her collection. Miller, setting a new UNM record, placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.07. The previous New Mexico record (2:04.59) was set by Miller in last year's MWC Championships.

The final Lobo record to fall at the Championships was the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Miller, junior Kelsey Leckovic and sophomore Jenna Syverson and freshman Tori Clarridge took second with their time of 3:26.47. They crushed the record of 3:29.47 set by Leckovic, Miller, Syverson and then-freshman Jen Hale at last year's Championships.

Clarridge and senior Aimee Dunavant each just missed receiving individual medals, placing fourth in the 100-yard free (51.77) and 200-yard fly (2:05.64), respectively.

UNM's top performance in the 200-yard backstroke came from junior Whitney Thomson, placing 11th with a time of 2:06.52. Classmate Megan Verbrugge turned in the top time for the Lobos in the 1,650-yard free, finishing 14th with a time of 17:46.50.

For more information, visit the MWC official web site at www.themwc.com.