Jan. 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It's strictly a swimmers affair this weekend for the Lobos as the swimmers travel to Laramie, Wyo. on Friday for a meeting against the Cowgirls and then quickly turnaround and hit the road again for Greeley, Colo. where they will face the Bears. The meets are the final home events of the season for both Wyoming and Northern Colorado.
Although the drive from Laramie to Greeley is only 1 hour and 45 minutes going south, the turnaround is swift and it has given the Lobos problems before. During the 2010-2011 season, the Lobos made the same trip in reverse order. They visited Northern Colorado first and emerged victorious with a final score of 136-102, however, the very next day they dropped their contest against Wyoming 133.5-104.5.
Wyoming, always a contender in the Mountain West, will be a challenge to UNM once again. The Cowgirls are always a contender to take the MW, they came in fourth last year at the conference championships, and the team has a history of beating New Mexico. The meeting between the schools last season saw Wyoming emerge victorious with a final score of 190-110. That was the seventh straight victory over New Mexico for the Cowgirls.
The meet on Friday is the final home meet of the season for the Wyoming who currently stands at 4-1. Their lone loss of the season came at the hands of the Boise State Broncos this past Saturday by a score of 192-108. Head coach Tom Johnson returned 24 letter winners from last year's squad who came in fourth at the 2012 MW Championships. Of those 24, seven were named to the All-MW team.
The Bears of Northern Colorado may be an easier opponent. The team currently stands with a record of 1-5; the only victory coming against Colorado-Mesa 252-111. Northern Colorado has dropped contests against Air Force, Northern Arizona, Wyoming, San Jose State and Cal State-Bakersfield. The team returned 18 letter winners from last year's team. The Lobos took on the Bears last season on Oct. 27, 2011 and prevailed easily by a final score of 176-108. The meet begins at 10 a.m. MT on Saturday.
While Kunio Kono and the swimmers tackle the challenge of back-to-back meets, the divers will be in Colorado Springs, Colo. participating in the Air Force Diving Invitational.
The field this year consists of divers from MW schools past and present in: Utah, BYU, Boise State, Colorado State, Wyoming, San Diego State, UNM and host Air Force, along with divers from UCLA, Idaho and Northern Arizona.
The invitational begins on Friday at 11 a.m. MT and ends on Saturday.