Swimming and Diving: Lobos Will Take On New Mexico State In Final Home Meet Of The Season
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNM will take to the pool against New Mexico State for the second time this season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Seidler Natatorium in Albuquerque. The first time the Aggies and Lobos met this year was on November 8-9 at the Lobo Invite. NMSU finished in fourth place behind the Lobos.
ABOUT THE AGGIES
•The Aggies have had mixed results this season. They have lost dual-meets to Northern Arizona, Fresno State as well as Houston and Air Force, two teams the Lobos have recently beaten. New Mexico State has beaten Denver and Northern Colorado and placed eighth in the prestigious Speedo Cup in Long Beach, Calif.
•NMSU is being led mostly by the foursome of Sandra Dupuy, Danielle Adams, Laura Lopez and Crystal Wilson. These four have been dominant in the relays as well as individual events, capturing a majority of the Aggies’ first and second-place spots. Wilson broke the school record in the 50 freestyle this season with a time of 23.27.
•Aggie diver Alexia Miller has had the most success on the 1-meter board this season, while junior diver Darcie Monson has been dominant on the 3-meter. Miller has posted a top time of 239.70 on the 1-meter this season.
EDGED BY UTAH
• UNM lost a tough meet to Utah on Jan. 19. The Lobos fell 130-104 despite strong performances from sophomore and junior divers Becca Barras and Tracey Berghian as well as junior breaststroke specialist Heather DiLuzio.
• The loss to the Utes dropped the Lobos into fourth place in the MWC behind UNLV, Colorado State and Utah. New Mexico’s record stands at 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the MWC.
• Becca Barras was in tip-top condition on the boards at the dual-meet. She captured first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events with scores of 262.57 and 272.47 respectively. Close behind was teammate Tracey Berghian who grabbed the second spot in both events. She scored a 257.85 on the 1-meter and 267.83 on the 3-meter. Both UNM divers finished more than 50 points ahead of the next competitor from Utah in each event.
• UNM had several top swimming performances headlined by Heather DiLuzio's time of 2:26.49 in the 200 breast which gave her the first-place spot. Senior Myra Will was second in the 50 free with a time of 24.10, recording one of her top times in the event this season.
• All-around swimmer Robyn Miller had two second-place finishes. She completed the 500 free just behind Ute Marta Stepanczuk with a time of 5:08.98 and was second in the 400 IM (4:33.19), the event she currently holds the school record in.
• Other Lobos with strong second-place finishes included Whitney Thomson in the 200 back (2:11.88), Heather Morsilli in the 200 breast (2:35.97) and Aimee Dunavant in the 200 fly (2:10.04).
AIR FORCE RECAP
• The Lobos won an important conference battle on Jan. 11 vs. Air Force. UNM topped the Falcons 162-135 with seven different Lobo victories in the dual-meet competition.
• Becca Barras controlled the flow in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events. She won the 1-meter with a personal best score of 280.42, almost 50 points ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Tracey Berghian and 75 points ahead of Air Force’s top finisher Jessica Williams. Barras and Berghian proved again, on the 3-meter board, that they were head and shoulders above the competition. Barras scored 293.41 points for a first-place spot, while Berghian was close behind with 259.13 points.
• Myra Will came out in her usual fashion, winning both sprint free events handily. She bettered her second place time in the 100 free from yesterday’s meet against Houston, clocking in at 53:36 for the win. She also led the group in the 50 free with a time of 24.07, just over a second better than second-place finisher and teammate Kelsey Leckovic. Leckovic also finished behind Will in the 100 free with a time of 54.17.
• Robyn Miller had another outstanding performance with wins in the 200 back and 200 free. Miller won the 200 back, recording a time of 2:10.83, a good three seconds ahead of runner-up Emily Heidgerd of AFA who swam the race in 2:13.16. In the 200 free, Miller again beat her closest opponent solidly. She had a time of 1:55.11 in the race and finished just under five seconds faster than Falcon Sarah Thilo (2:00.05).
• Freshman Whitney Thomson made her mark on the scoreboard grabbing first place in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.33.
• The distance, fly and breast events were also Lobo-dominated. Nicole Overeem completed the 1000 free in 10:44.39 which was good enough for first place while Heather DiLuzio clinched first in both the 100 breast (1:08.66) and the 200 breast (2:28.00). Sophomore fly specialist, Aimee Dunavant, was the winner in the 200 fly, finishing in 2:11.29 and earned second-place in the 100 fly (59.83).
A LOBO FIRST
Freshman swimmer Robyn Miller garnered Swimmer of the Week honors on Jan. 15 for the first time in her career. The honor was also the first for the Lobo women’s swimming team this season.
The backstroke and freestyle specialist helped lead the Lobos to a pair of dual-meet victories at home, contributing four individual wins and two more in the relays. New Mexico (7-2, 4-2 MWC) defeated Houston 142-101 and got a crucial win over conference opponent Air Force, 162-135, at the Seidler Natatorium in Albuquerque.
On Friday, Jan. 10, Miller captured the top spot in both the 200 free (1:55.07) and the 200 back (2:07.75). The time she set in the 200 back that day was a new personal best for the Yountville, Calif. native.
Miller’s results on Saturday, Jan. 11 were equally impressive. Her first-place time in the 200 free (1:55.11) was almost five seconds faster than the time set by her closest opponent. In the 200 back, Miller dominated again, grabbing first place with a time of 2:10.83 which was over three seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Lobo Top Times in the MWC
50 free 2. Myra Will - 23.83
100 Free 8. Myra Will - 52.47
200 Free 5. Robyn Miller - 1:53.12
500 Free 3. Robyn Miller - 4:58.60
1650 Free 7. Nicole Overeem - 17:56.82 100 Back 5. Whitney Thomson - 58.98 7. Myra Will - 59.59
200 Back 8. Robyn Miller - 2:07.96
400 IM 3. Robyn Miller - 4:28.04
200 Free Relay 2. UNM A - 1:38.22
200 Medley Relay 5. UNM A - 1:51.29
1-Meter Dive 1. Becca Barras - 280.42 2. Tracey Berghian - 257.85
3-Meter Dive 1. Becca Barras - 466.55 2. Tracey Berghian - 462.80
LOBOS IN THE MWC
|Team|W|L|PCT| |UNLV|7|0|1.000| |CSU|5|1|.833| |Utah|3|2|.600| |UNM|4|3|.571| |Wyoming|1|2|.333| |BYU|1|4|.300| |SDSU|1|6|.143| |Air Force|0|4|.000|