Day Two of MW Championships Sees Lobos Fall to Sixth

Feb. 21, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Day two of the 2013 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships saw the Lobos bring their point total to 157 and drop down to sixth place.

Day two concluded with San Diego State retaining the lead with a team total of 291.5 points; MW newcomer Nevada stands in second with 186, while UNLV and Wyoming are third and fourth with 178 and 173 points, respectively. Boise State has 165.5 points while UNM is sixth. Fresno State, Colorado State and Air Force round out the nine team field with scores of 148, 102 and 96.

Megan Harper and Michole Timm made finals off the 3-meter springboard while swimmers Monica Dudley and Marissa Campbell also made finals in the 500- and 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

Off the boards, Harper was the top qualifier going into the finals round after she posted a score of 318.99, sophomore Michole Timm who was once again the only underclassmen to make finals came in eighth with a tally 271.74. UNM, along with Nevada, were the only schools to have more than one diver make finals.

In the final round, Harper fell to third with a final score of 325.08 while Timm finished fourth with a tally of 321.72. Grace Huang and Stephanie Hansen of Nevada swept first and second place with scores of 339.30 and 337.85, respectively.

The swimming end of the pool also saw its fair share of Lobo action as Monica Dudley finished eighth in the preliminary round of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.35; enough to send her into finals where she was in lane eight for the event. In the final round, Dudley was seventh with a time of 4.52.39. Her time lowers the school record, which Dudley currently owns, by 2.44 seconds.

Junior Heidi Zeiger finished 17th overall and she swam in C-finals in lane 6, the native of Sylmar, California swam a C-finals time of 4:56.27.

In what can be considered the quickest event of the entire meet, the 50-yard freestyle, five Lobos had the opportunity to bring in points to the overall team score.

Marissa Campbell finished fifth in the preliminary round with a time of 22.98, which incidentally is a new school record. She found herself in lane two during the final heat which saw her finish eighth with a time of 23.17.

The other Lobos in scoring position were April Chee with a prelim time of 23.37, Jorgi Hobson (23.33) and Shayla King (23.24), who swam in lanes one, two and six, respectively in B-finals which were places 9-16. The trio finished 16th, 12th and ninth and brought in another 15 points for New Mexico. Ashley Blanchette was in C-finals swimming in lane seven after posting a time of 23.59, she finished 23rd overall after she clocked a time of 23.81.

Sophomore Anna Lilliestrom and senior Lindsey Morris were the only swimmers representing the Cherry and Silver in the 200-yard individual medley where they swam in B-finals. Lilliestrom posted a time of 2:04.52 while Morris clocked a time of 2:04.94. In the consolation finals round Morris was 16th with a time of 2:07.07 and Lilliestrom finished 14th touching the wall in 2:04.50

The 400-yard medley relay team of Campbell, Blanchette, Hobson and King was disqualified; Boise State's relay team was also DQ'd.

The third day of competition begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with the 400-yard IM prelims