ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Lobos are back in the water this morning along with MW affiliates Wyoming, Grand Canyon, and Nevada. The teams competed for a second day in a row to conclude the quad-meet hosted in Seidler Natatorium. The Lobos were greatly victorious over Grand Canyon with a final score of 233 to 89. They fell to the Wyoming Cowgirls with a final score of 210 to 123. The Nevada Wolf Pack also prevailed over New Mexico with a neck-and-neck score of 167 to 166.
The Lobos started off the meet with a second and third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Fanni Pataki, Shayla King, April Chee, and Jorgi Hobson coming in at 1:36.31. Shortly after, Kaela McKee, Anna Lilliestrom, Heidi Zeiger, and Sarah Weihe clocking in at 1:36.87.
New Mexico took second and third place once again in the 200-yard backstroke. Freshman McKee for second with a final time of 2:05.07. Third-year swimmer Caitlin Gardiner recording a time of 2:06.28. Amber Amr and Sarah Weihe competed in the same event placing seventh and eleventh, respectively.
Monica Dudley finished for fourth for the Lobos in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:12.01.
Lindsey Englestead also showed strength for the freshman class of New Mexico taking third place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.63. Englestead right behind Nevada swimmer Aranxta Medina Alegria who finished for second at 2:23.16.
The Lobos finished third in the final event of Saturday’s meet. The team of McKee, Hobson, Gardiner, and Kristin Walker touched the wall at 3:50.90 in the 400-yard medley relay.
“We did pretty good. Our team still has to build team culture and improve a lot of things. A lot of girls are taking leadership and we’re racing and training hard. Overall, I’m very happy of where we’re at. I can see some special things in the next couple of months,” comments Lobo head coach Kunio Kono at the conclusion of the two-day meet.
He includes words on the competitors, “Wyoming was ready; strong and well coached. Reno is the same way. Those teams will come back in the Conference Championship better and faster. We need to be ready.”
Megan Harper continued to represent New Mexico in the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tuscon, Ariz.
She placed second and fourth in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events, respectively. Harper tallied 259.10 points in the 1-meter diving event and 254.10 points for the 3-meter diving event.Kono says the team will continue to train until their upcoming meet for the Florida International on Sat, Jan. 04 in Miami, Fla. at 12:00 p.m. MT.