Jan. 9, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After two weeks of rest that were undoubtedly filled by mom's home cooked meals, the Lobo swimming and diving team is back in action this weekend as it welcomes the Antelopes of Grand Canyon University this Saturday at noon for the final home meet of the season. The event will also serve as senior day and five athletes will be honored.
The Lobos are coming into this meet still riding high after they claimed the title at the UNLV Invitational by a wide margin. New Mexico's final score of 987.5 was a full 176 points higher than Pacific University who came in second with 811.5 points.
"The team has been training hard and we're coming off of what was a great first half of competition," said Kunio Kono. "After the UNLV Invitational the team will go into this meet with a lot of energy, they've seen what they can do and the potential they have and they're very confident. This is senior day and this is their show."
The seniors may be in the spotlight this Saturday, but that doesn't mean that the Antelopes will go down easily. At 3-3 the members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference share the same record as New Mexico, but they are currently ranked 6th in the NCAA's Division II poll. The `Lopes are coming off of one of their more successful seasons last year when they won the conference championships and finished fifth at NCAA Championships.
This however, doesn't intimidate Kono or the team who is taking things one meet at a time leading up to the Mountain West Championships, which are taking place Feb. 20-23 in San Antonio, Texas.
"We're going to take the meets one at a time," said Kono. "Each contest will serve as a mini training trip where we can work on what needs to be done and not get too ahead of ourselves."
Getting ahead of oneself is indeed something that can happen for the five seniors swimming in front of a home crowd for the last time, but they've put in four years of hard work, and they intend to shine for the Lobo faithful one last time.
The five seniors that will be honored this weekend include: Alyssa Keill, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Aubrey Bush, senior diver from Eaglecrest, Colo., Lindsey Morris, another product of the Centennial State, Hayley Martin from Essex, Vt. and Marissa Campbell, a native of the Duke City.