ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobo Swimming and Diving team hit the road once again this past weekend for two days of competition in Colorado. At Denver, New Mexico fell to DU by a final score of 199 to 99 and also BYU by 158 to 140 in Friday’s tri-meet. While at Fort Collins on Saturday the team collected a total of 113 points but were ultimately defeated by CSU who finished with 185 points.
The Lobos started the meet off with a second and fourth place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Kaela McKee, Ashley Blanchette, Jorgi Hobson, and Shayla King came in for second place. Fourth place was claimed by New Mexico’s Amber Amr, Kristin Walker, Samantha Moss, and Anna Lilliestrom.
Monica Dudley took third place in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth place in the 1000-yard freestyle clocking in at 5:10.07 and 10:42.26, respectively.
Heidi Zeiger also placed in the 500-yard freestyle event coming in fourth place at 5.15.14. She took a title in the 200-yard freestyle by placing third with a time of 1.54.99.
Lilliestrom brought in another third place finish for the Lobos as she touched the wall at 2:11.61 in the 200-yard IM.
Amr and McKee took third and fourth places in the 100-yard backstroke, respectively. Amr finished at 59.05 while McKee completed the race at 59.17.
Two more fourth place finishes were claimed by McKee in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2.09.60 and Kristin Walker in the 100-yard breaststroke as she finished at 1.07.36.
New Mexico came in second and fourth places in the 200-yard butterfly. Moss took second at 2.09.52 and Anna Lengyel for fourth at 2.10.71.
In the final swimming event of the day the Lobos took a third and fourth place title in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of King, Hobson, April Chee, and Caitlin Gardiner finished at 1:37.17 for third place. Fourth place was given to Zeiger, Blanchette, Lilliestrom, and Sarah Weihe as they finished the race at 1:38.97.
Competition for the Lobos continued to Saturday where they took first place in 6 out of 16 events.
They immediately came in for a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of McKee, Blanchette, Hobson, and King clocked in at 1:44.50. Amr, Walker, Moss, and Chee finished at 1:48.58 for third place in the same event.
Dudley contributed towards two additional first place titles in the 1000-yard freestyle as she finished at 10:38.32 and in the 500-yard freestyle at 5.09.16.
Zeiger took another title in the 500-yard freestyle when she completed the race at 5.17.97 for third place.
New Mexico also took first place in the 50-yard freestyle along with two other placing titles. Hobson finished for first place at 24.50. King came in for second place at 24.56 and Chee for fourth place at 24.70.
The Lobos had another first place win in the 100-yard fly event. Hobson clocked in at 57.18 for first place. Moss came in third place and raced at 58.89.
McKee finished for third place in the 100-yard backstroke at 58.36 and fourth place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2.09.79.
Gardiner came in second and third place in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, respectively. She clocked in at 1:57.09 for her second place title and 54.23 for her third place title.
Blanchette raced the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1.06.05 which put her in third place for the event.
Lilliestrom finished for fourth place in the 200-yard IM as she touched the wall at 2.13.95.
Moss and Lengyel took a second and third place title in the 200-yard fly, respectively. Moss clocked in at 2.08.95 and Lengyel at 2.10.50.
New Mexico completed the final event of the day with a second and fourth place win for the 400-yard free relay. The team of Zeiger, Gardiner, King, and Tininenko took second place with a time of 3.36.21. Lobos Hobson, Chee, Dudley, and Weihe came in fourth place at 3.39.46.
Megan Harper brought in two first place titles for the Lobos in both springboard events against DU and BYU. She came out on top in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events collecting 287.55 points and 297.80 points, respectively.
While competing against CSU, Harper claimed another first place title in the 3-meter diving event with 308.40 points. She took second place in the 1-meter for a final score of 285.60.
“This weekend was very tough for our athletes. Right after our Florida training trip we drove 8 hours to Colorado. However, all of our girls performed very well. This is our hardest training time for the entire season”, Coach Kono says after two days of competition.
The Lobos have only two meets remaining until the MWC Championships, Kono is excited for the upcoming meets and is confident that his athletes will have amazing performances while in San Antonio. He includes, “It will be the best conference championships ever for UNM swimming and diving.”
The team will head to Colorado Springs, Colo. next to compete in the two day Air Force Diving Invitational beginning on Jan. 31st.