Dec. 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The University of New Mexico swimming and diving team is performing well at the UNLV Invitational, holding a commanding lead over the rest of the field with 728.5 points. The Rebels, who are hosting the event, are in second with 536 points while Cal State East Bay is in third with 195 points. The top three schools are the only teams in triple digits.
The Lobos got off to a hot start on the first day of competition, taking the first event of the day- the 200 yard free relay with a time of 1:33.40. The relay team, consisting of Jorgi Hobson, Marissa Campbell, Shayla King and April Chee, set a new school record in the event besting the previous record that was set by Campbell, Hobson, Anna Lilliestrom and Tesse Maciejko at the 2012 Mountain West Championships.
Monica Dudley made a mark in her return to the pool after missing time due to a concussion. The junior took first place in the 500 yard free with a time of 5:01.66. New Mexico took spots 3-6 in the event as well. Heidi Zeiger was third, clocking a time of 5:05.07, and she was followed by Caitlin Gardiner, Sarah Weihe and Taylor McGregor.
Three Lobos also swept the top three spots in the 50 yard freestyle. Hobson came in first with a time of 23.18, just 0.08 seconds off of the school record time of 23.10 that was set by Terri Sexton in 1988. Sexton's record in the event is the longest standing. Campell took second in 23.23 seconds and King was third touching the wall in 23.72.
The final event of the day, the 400 yard medley relay, was another solid showing for New Mexico. Hobson and Campbell paired with Stelicia Flores and Ashley Blanchette, swam the event in 3:48.06. The time was 0.16 seconds off of the school record time of 3:47.90 set in 2011.
UNM ended day one with 377 points.
The second day of the Invitational proved to be just as successful for New Mexico saw three more records fall. The 100 yard backstroke, 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard medley were all broken during competition.
In the 200 yard medley, Campbell, Hobson, King and Blanchette- who clocked a time of 1:42.25- lowered the previous mark of 1:42.54 set during the 2012 MW Championships.
Incidentally, Campbell and Hobson also broke records in their events, the 100 fly and back, that they previously set. Hobson, whose previous best in the fly was 54.75, lowered her time after she swam a time of 54.72 to place second.
Campbell's time of 54.89 in the 100 yard back, was a .10 one hundredths of a second better than her previous best of 54.99, that record was set back during Campbell's freshman year in 2009. New Mexico closed the day with a fifth place finish in the 800 yard free relay, when Anna Lilliestrom, Taylor McGregor, Samantha Moss and Ally Davis touched the wall in 7:47.75.
At the conclusion of day two and 24 events, the Lobos stood in first place with 728.5 points, the invite is set to end later today.