Feb. 2, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second straight time, in the same season, the New Mexico swimming and diving team defeated the Aggies of New Mexico State with a final score of 178.5-121.5. UNM took the first three events of the day: 400 yard medley relay, 1,000 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle and never looked back; the Lobos ended up prevailing in seven of the remaining 13 events.
The 400 yard medley relay team composed of Marissa Campbell, Lindsey Morris, Jorgi Hobson and Heidi Zeiger swam the event in 3:48.20 to take first place. The NMSU relay team was a close second coming in at 3:49.03.
In the grueling 1,000 yard freestyle- which equates to a little over half a mile- Monica Dudley touched the wall first with a time of 10:29.22. The win in the event marks the third straight meet in which Dudley takes first in the distance event.
Following suit, Zeiger- who already had one win under her belt- swam a 200 yard free in 1:55.09. Anna Lilliestrom came in third in the event with a final time of 1:56.56. Caitlin Gardiner was the final Lobo to bring in points after she placed fourth clocking a time of 1:57.37.
Three freshmen led the way in the 50 yard freestyle as they took the top three spots in the event. Shayla King was the first Lobo to finish. The native of Atlanta, Ga. turned in a time of 24.43 to add to the Lobo lead. April Chee and Lauren Tininenko were second and third with times of 24.88 and 25.02, respectively.
As is usually the case, the boards were dominated by Michole Timm and Megan Harper. Timm swept both the 1 and 3 meter events with scores of 300.90 and 296.18. Harper took third in both events as well, scoring 357.18 off the 1 meter board and 274.05 off the 3 meter.
The 100 yard free was also a one-two punch courtesy of New Mexico. Campbell and King took first and second with times of 52.81 and 53.01, respectively. 400 yard medley relay teammate Jorgi Hobson also took first in her signature event, the 100 yard fly with a time of 55.85. Hobson shaved close to two full seconds off her time compared to last week when she swam a 57.05 fly against Northern Colorado.
Zeiger struck one last time in the 500 yard free after she swam the event in 5:08.21 to take first and add another 9 points to UNM's column.
The final event of the meet was really icing on the cake for New Mexico who by then had the contest in the bag. King, Campbell, Chee and Hobson turned in a time of 1:35.75 in the 200 yard free relay to "seal" the second straight win for the Lobos over the Aggies.
UNM ends the regular season with a record of 6-4 under first year head coach Kunio Kono. New Mexico has a little over three weeks to taper and train prior to the 2013 Mountain West Championships set to take place in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 20-23.