Lobos Welcome Northern Arizona this Saturday
Oct. 17, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After a season opening victory against Air Force, 167-143, in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Oct. 5, the Lobo swimming and diving team hosts the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona this Saturday at noon in Seidler Natatorium. The dual meet will be the first of three home events for New Mexico this season.
The Lumberjacks come to the Duke City after posting a season opening 57-46 victory over Arizona State in a mixed relay dual on Oct. 13 in Flagstaff. NAU is returning 17 letterwinners from its 2011-2012 squad that finish second in the WAC Championships.
New Mexico is off to a solid start under first-year Coach Kunio Kono and it will look to improve on its performance against the Falcons two weekends ago.
"NAU is well coached team and they are tough," said Kono. "There will be a lot of close races this weekend and what we learned from the meet against Air Force is that we need to finish those close races in a stronger fashion. Our goal this weekend is to challenge in each race."
Senior Marissa Campbell was one of the many Lobos who had a good showing against Air Force winning the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.48. That time is currently the fifth fastest time in that event in the Mountain West. Her time in the 100-yard freestyle of 52.85, good for a second-place finish against the Falcons, is the eighth fastest time in the Mountain.
Junior Jorgi Hobson was second in the 50-yard free and her time of 24.43 has her with the ninth best time in the conference.
Monica Dudley is another Lobo swimmer whose performances are ranked in the top ten in the MW. Her times of 5:11.78 in the 500-yard free and 10:40.67 in the 1,000-yard free are ninth and seventh, respectively.
The swimmers are making a splash off the blocks, while the divers are also off to a hot start off the boards. The Lobos swept the 1-meter and 3-meter boards going one-two-three in both events vs. Air Force.
Sophomore Michole Timm finished first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 295.80 and second in the 3-meter with 320.40 points. Those scores were good enough to qualify the Minnesota native for NCAA Zones this March. Her performances off the boards are the first (1-meter) and second (3-meter) in the conference.
Aubrey Bush, the lone senior for the diving squad this year, made a grandiose return to the pool after missing the past year and half with a concussion. She finished first in the 3-meter, an event she's known to dominate. Her score of 327.15 was also NCAA Zone qualifying and was 3.75 points shy of breaking the school record score of 330.90 that she set in 2010. Bush was third on the 1-meter with a score of 279.15. Bush's scores put her in the top spot in the conference in the 3-meter and fourth in the 1-meter and earned her Mountain West Diver of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 10th.
"Our team is training very hard," Kono said. "The team is ready to swim and dive against Northern Arizona, and this is a great opportunity for them to compete against a top ranked team from the WAC."