SAN ANTONIO, Texas – University of New Mexico senior diver Megan Haper scored her team's first victory Thursday at the 2014 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Champinships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.
Harper, who scored 337.20 points to outlast Nevada's En-tien Huang by 6.18 points, brings the trophy back to UNM after a year's absence. Ashley Erickson won the event for UNM in 2012.
As a team, the Lobos are currently in fifth place with 140 points, 20 points behind Wyoming for fourth. The two teams were tied after Wednesday's results.
Boise State assumed the team lead with 276.50 points. San Diego State (239.5 points) is second, followed by Nevada (216).
New Mexico competed in five swimming and diving events Thursday and began with the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center.
The team of Jorgi Hobson, Shayla King, April Chee and Kaela McKee came in for fourth place touching the wall with a time of 1:30.96 in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The 500-yard freestyle event was next. Four-year swimmer Monica Dudley came in for fifth place with a time of 4:50.81, just behind UNLV who finished at 4:50.32.
Anna Lilliestrom was the only swimmer to represent UNM in the 200-yard individual medley. She competed in the C-finals of the event, finishing 24th at 2:05.44.
The final event of the day was raced by senior swimmer Hobson, sophomores King and Chee, and freshman McKee. Hobson, King, and Chee raced in the B-finals of the 50-yard freestyle coming in at 10th, 14th and 16th place, respectively. McKee participated in the C-finals of the same event with a 19th-place finish. The Lobo athletes finished the fleeting race with the following marks: Hobson at 23.01 seconds, King at 23.20, Chee at 23.38, and McKee at 23.64.
New Mexico has made an impressive effort in the first half of this season’s MW Championships. The Lobos have another two days of competition to further prove themselves and move up in the conference standings. The Lobos will hit the water again Friday at 11 a.m. beginning with the 400 IM prelims.