Swimming and Diving: Lobos Travel To Indiana For Non-Conference Match-Ups
Albuquerque, N.M. - After a weekend off, the Lobos travel to Bloomington, Indiana Nov. 22-24 for the Indiana Invite and will match up against non-conference opponents Indiana, Cincinnati, Miami (Florida), Arkansas, Clemson and Evansville. UNM is currently 3-2 in the MWC after getting wins against conference opponents, BYU, San Diego State and Wyoming. The Lobos will be looking for top performances from several key team members this weekend, including sophomore diver Becca Barras (Kitchener, Ontario), freshmen Robyn Miller (Yountville, Calif.), Kelsey Leckovic (Burnaby, B.C.) and Whitney Thomson (Allen, Texas), sophomores Nicole Overeem (Hutchinson, Kan.) and Aimee Dunavant (El Paso, Texas) as well as senior Myra Will (Tillamook, Ore.) These seven have played an integral part in UNM's success and can be credited with a majority of the top-finishes.
THE COMPETITION • Host team Indiana is currently ranked 14th in the country by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and is 4-0 after beating Evansville, Notre Dame, Illinois and Northwestern.
• Cincinnati is currently 2-2 on the season. The Bearcats beat Oakland and Louisville before losing to Purdue and Georgia Tech.
• Miami stands at 1-2 with its only win coming against Florida International. The Hurricanes suffered two losses at the hands of Florida State and Tennessee.
• Arkansas is off to an excellent start, recording three wins and only one loss. The three consecutive wins came against Drury, Houston and Alabama. The Razorbacks’ only loss was to LSU.
• Clemson is currently 3-3 having beaten Maryland, Charleston and Virginia Tech and lost to second-ranked Georgia, and nationally ranked South Carolina and California.
• Evansville’s record is set at 1-3 after the Aces lost their home-opener to Indiana. Most recently the team has beaten Illinois-Chicago and UW-Milwaukee.
MOST RECENT LOBO MEETS
Nov. 7 vs. San Diego State, BYU, Northern Arizona
• The Lobos made history on Nov. 7 when they played host to San Diego State, BYU and Northern Arizona. Not only did the team win all three of its dual match-ups, but for the first time in the history of the New Mexico swim program the Lobos beat BYU. The Cougars were picked as the preseason MWC title favorites for the fourth year in a row.
• Nicole Overeem (Hutchinson, Kan.) had the best showing for the Lobos, winning the 1000 free in 10:33.99 and the 500 free (5:11.77).
• Lobo senior Myra Will (Tillamook, Ore.) clinched the top spot in the 50 free with a time of 24.03.
• Freshman sensation Kelsey Leckovic (Burnaby, B.C.) also garnered a top spot as she won the 100 free in 52.89.
• Divers Tracey Berghian (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Becca Barras (Kitchener, Ontario) were expectedly strong again for the Lobos. The duo has not finished lower than third in any meet so far this season. Berghian captured first-place in the 3-meter event and second in the 1-meter. Barras won the 1-meter and was third in the 3-meter.
Nov. 8-9, Lobo Invitational
• UNM grabbed third place in their own invitational meet with 831. 50 points behind San Diego State who had 840.50 and BYU with 948.
• Freshman phenom Robyn Miller had another outstanding meet in the cherry and silver, capturing two firsts and three second-place finishes. She had the top finishes in the 500 free (5:05.92), 400 IM (4:35.86) and a second-place finish in 200 IM (2:11.65)
• Kelsey Leckovic also played a part in two outstanding finishes. She swam the 100-yard freestyle in 53.00, which was good enough for first-place. The freshman was also a part of the top-finishing 400-yard freestyle relay team made up of fellow freshman Whitney Thomson, sophomore Aimee Dunavant and junior Heather DiLuzio. The team had almost a two second lead on the second-place finishers from BYU with a time of 3:36.62.
• In addition, Miller and Leckovic were also a part of the No. 2 finishing teams in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.68) and the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:54.12).
• Divers Becca Barras and Tracey Berghian also had a successful meet. Barras won the 1-meter springboard with 275.50 points and captured second place in the 3-meter with a score of 466.55. Berghian received third place in the 1-meter with a score of 242.50 and was also second in the 3-meter with 462.80 points.
• UNM sophomore diver Becca Barras has garnered two Diver of the Week honors (Oct. 31 and Nov. 15) after performances at the UNLV meet on Oct. 6 and the Lobos’ two home meets Nov. 7 and Nov. 8-9. The scores Barras put up at the UNLV meet were good enough to give her two firsts in the 1-meter and 3-meter events as well as a berth into the Diving Zones, March 13-15 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Barras’ performances Nov. 7, 8, 9, helped UNM capture its first-ever win over four-time champion BYU as well as accumulate points in the third place Lobo Invitational finish.