UNM Lobos Make 2013-2014 MW All-Conference Team
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/26/2014

COLORADO SPRINS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced the 2013-2014 swimming and diving All-Conference team and for a second season in a row the Lobos had a total of seven athletes make the list. 

All-Conference selections are awarded to the top eight finishers in the individual events and top three relay team finishers at the MW Championships.

Three Lobos are making repeat appearances on the list: Monica Dudley, Jorgi Hobson, and Megan Harper while the other four are first time selections. 

Dudley finished in the top eight in two events, the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.  The senior swimmer from Overland Park, Kan., was third in the 1,650-yard free with a time of 16.33.61 and fifth in the 500-yard free clocking a time of 4.50.81. This is the second time Monica Dudley has been named an All-MW selection. 

For Hobson, this is the third straight year that the senior from Las Cruces, N.M. finished top eight in the 100-yard butterfly. After placing fifth in 2012, and third last year, Hobson placed seventh this season after she swam the event in 54.56.

Off the boards, Megan Harper was honored for her performances in two diving events. This is the fourth and third year in a row, respectively, that a Lobo diver placed top eight in at least two events. 

Harper won the 3-meter springboard with a final tally of 337.20 to take a first place title home for the University of New Mexico. She also finished fifth off the 1-meter with a total of 262.95 points.

New Mexico had all first time selections for their first through four year swimmers. Freshman Kaela McKee, sophomore Shayla King, junior Caitlin Gardiner, and senior Ashley Blanchette are all first time selections.

Kaela McKee placed top eight in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke for a fourth place finish at 53.63 and sixth place finish at 1.59.07, respectively. Gardiner also placed in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:58.38 for fourth. Ashley Blanchette took third place in the 100-yard breastsroke touching the wall at 1:01.98.

UNM's team of McKee, Blanchette, Hobson, and King finished in the top three for relays as they took third place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:38.49.