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Barras Claims Third Consecutive 1-meter Diving Title At MWC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/23/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 23, 2005

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The New Mexico women's swimming and diving team is in second place after day one of the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Lobos, with 90 points, trail only BYU's 108. Wyoming, Utah and UNLV are right on their heels with 89, 87 and 84 points, respectively.

Senior Beccas Barras solidified the Lobos 20 points, claiming her third straight 1-meter diving crown. Barras scored 283.30 points after putting up 274.80 in the preliminaries. Freshman Carrie Quinn, who took second in the prelims with 269.30 points, finished seventh with a score of 241.70, collecting 12 more points for UNM.

Also medaling was the 800-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Robyn Miller, Kelsey Leckovic, sophomore Jenna Syverson and freshman Andrea Zarins. The team earned bronze medals for their time of 7:29.42 and set a new UNM record. They broke the old record of 7:33.61 set at last year's MWC Championships by Miller, Leckovic, Hale and Corinne Ellis.

New Mexico's record in the 200-yard medley relay also fell as the team of Syverson, senior Aimee Dunavant and freshmen Tori Clarridge and Rachel Evans turned in a time of 1:46.23, good enough for a sixth place finish. They broke the record of 1:47.17 also set last year at the MWC Championships by Dunavant, Syverson, then-sophomore Whitney Thomson and then-freshman Jessica Brown.

Day two finals begin at 6 p.m. The scheduled events are the 500-yard free, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard free, 3-meter board, and 200-yard free relay.

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

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