ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico swimming and diving team is back in action this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.MT in Seidler Natatorium as it welcomes the Bears of Northern Colorado.
This is the first official home meet for the 21 returning letterwinners and six freshmen on Kunio Kono’s squad.
The Lobos hit the pool after a loss at the hands of the Lumberjacks of NAU by a final score of 161.5-133.5. New Mexico took first in six of the 16 events at the dual meet. The Lobos placed first and second in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:57.63 as seniors Ashley Blanchette and Jorgi Hobson coupled with freshmen Kaela Mckee and Fanni Pataki for the event win. Juniors Amber Amr and Samantha Moss and sophomores Kristin Walker and Shayla King comprised the team that took second place with a time of 1:59.65.
Pataki and McKee had stellar debuts for UNM as they contributed four individual wins for the team. McKee took both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke with times of 1:02.80 and 2:19.93, respectively.
Pataki, a native of Hungary, took first in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle. Both freshmen, joined by Caitlin Gardiner and Anna Lilliestrom, were also on the winning 400-meter relay team that posted a time of 3:57.94.
This is the eighth-straight annual meeting for the two schools; UNM has emerged victorious each time dating back to the 2006-07 season. Last season was no different as New Mexico left Greeley, Colo., with a 166-129 victory.
The Bears come to Albuquerque with a record of 1-1. They dropped their first meet of the season to Idaho, on Oct. 18, by a final score of 204.5-95.5. The team then bounced back and defeated Nebraska-Omaha 175.5-124.5 on Oct. 21.
Northern Colorado entered the 2013-14 season with 18 returning letterwinners and five freshmen. The Bears concluded the 2012-13 season with a sixth-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. It was their first season as a member of the WAC; the Bears had spent the previous two years as a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation affiliate.