UNM Tied for Second after Day One of MW Championships

Feb. 20, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - At the conclusion of day one of the 2013 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships the Lobos find themselves tied for second place with UNLV, both teams have 84 points. San Diego State leads the way with 93 points. Defending champion Boise State is two points behind UNM and UNLV with 82 points.

Day one of the conference championships consisted of three events: the 200-yard medley relay, the 1-meter springboard and the 800-yard free relay.

The 200-yard medley relay saw the Lobos finish in fourth place, the highest finish for UNM in the history of the Mountain West with a time of 1:39.54. Stelicia Flores swam the first leg of the event with Ashley Blanchette, Jorgi Hobson and Marissa Campbell swimming at the second, third and fourth spots. The time was a mere 10 one-hundredths (.01) of a second behind the Broncos who were third with a time of 1:39.53.

Off the boards both Lobos in competition placed in the top eight. Michole Timm, the only underclassmen in the eight diver field, was second with a score of 305.64. Stephanie Hansen of Nevada took the crown off the 1-meter with a tally of 306.99. Junior Megan Harper finished sixth with a final mark of 283.38.

Timm and Harper finished in the same spots of second and sixth in the preliminary round.

The final event of the day was the 800-yard free relay. UNM came in seventh out of nine teams as the team composed of Heidi Zeiger, Caitlin Gardiner, Anna Lilliestrom and Monica Dudley clocked a time of 7:22.66. The time is a new school record the tops the previous best of 7:29.42 set in 2005.

Day two begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with prelims of the 500-yard freestyle.