March 20, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming & diving team had a successful 2006-07 season. The Lobos completed the season with a 6-6 dual meet record. Last year the team finished 1-11.
"I am extremely proud of our team and especially of the seniors," head coach Tracy Ljone said. "The entire year was a success. We improved on our dual meet record and had a strong conference meet. Of course our goal is to keep moving up in the conference and that is what we are doing."
The Lobos ended the season strong at the Mountain West Conference Championships hosted by Oklahoma City Community College at the end of February. Junior diver Carrie Quinn had a fantastic meet finaling on all three boards. At the NCAA Div. I Zone E Diving Regionals, hosted by Air Force in early March, Quinn competed strong, but just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Her best finish was on the 1-meter spring board where she placed sixth with a total of 514.95 points. Quinn also took 12th with 386.05 pts. on the platform board and 18th with 489.00 pts. on the 3-meter board.
The three senior swimmers had great races at the MWC Championships. Senior Jenna Syverson made the finals in all of her events to include the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Senior Jen Hale finaled in the 500-yard free and 200-yard fly and senior Kelly Soldow also had a best time leading off the last relay of the championships. Senior diver Joanna Garcia finished strong in the diving events as well.
"These four ladies have been such a strong force for the past three years and their points will be missed," Ljone said.
Junior Tori Clarridge kept her streak alive at the championships, improving on last year. In her freshman year she finished in eighth place in the 100-yard back, sixth last year and she moved up to fourth place this year. Andrea Zarins also had a great year by being the most well rounded on the team. She finaled in the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke with solid times at the championships.
The freshmen made quite a statement as well with Theresa Rogers, Lisa Toelle and Ashley Grisdale all scoring points at the championships. Grisdale had a fantastic 200-yard fly, placing third as a freshman.
"We had a really good championship," Ljone said. "Many of the swimmers finaled, which was our goal. Each of our relays moved up spots as well. It is always an exciting meet for us and I believe the team as a whole swam and raced great!"
2006-07 Top Times
50-yard freestyle Jenna Syverson 23.70
100-yard freestyle Tori Clarridge 53.28
200-yard freestyle Tori Clarridge 1:53.86
500-yard freestyle Jen Hale 5:04.52
1650-yard freestyle Amina Adnan 18:15.79
100-yard butterfly Ashley Grisdale 57.12
200-yard butterfly Ashley Grisdale 2:03.22
100-yard backstroke Tori Clarridge 57.82
200-yard backstroke Ashley Grisdale 2:08.35
100-yard breaststroke Andrea Zarins 1:07.36
200-yard breaststroke Andrea Zarins 2:23.99
200-yard IM Ashley Grisdale 2:07.87
400-yard IM Ashley Grisdale 4:31.28
200-yard free relay Kelly Soldow, Clarridge, Hale, Syverson 1:36.11
400-yard free relay UNM 'A' Team 3:34.01
800-yard free relay Theresa Rogers, Hale, Zarins, Clarridge 7:37.91
200-yard medley relay Lisa Toelle, Zarins, Grisdale, Syverson 1:48.03
400-yard medley relay Clarridge, Grisdale, Syverson, Zarins 3:52.63
1-meter springboard Carrie Quinn 342.45
3-meter springboard Carrie Quinn 307.65
Platform Carrie Quinn 198.60