Ashlee Erickson named Diver of the Year at 2012 MW Championships

Feb. 25, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The 2012 Mountain West swimming and diving championships came to a conclusion today with conference newcomer Boise State taking home the title edging out San Diego State by only five points, 747 to 742. New Mexico finished sixth with a total of 285 points, a major improvement over the teams eighth place finish in 2011. UNLV came in third with 551.5 points; Wyoming was fourth with a total of 470 and TCU finished fifth with 374.5. Colorado State was seventh and the Falcons finished last with point totals of 276 and 192, respectively.

The biggest win for UNM, however was outside of the water. Senior Ashlee Erickson was named Diver of the Year and Abel Sanchez repeated as MW Diving Coach of the Year. Erickson's award was the first time since 2005, when former diver Becca Barras won the honor, that a Lobo diver was recognized for her excellence off the boards. Erickson took the gold medal in both the 1- and 3-meter boards this week.

In the water sophomore Monica Dudley finished 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a final time of 17:05.46, she was the only Lobo to place in the top 15.

In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Caitlin Gardner finished fifth in the B-Finals (13th overall) with a final time of 2:01.11. Teammates Amber Amr and Stelicia Flores placed 22nd and 23rd respectively with swims of 2:04.20 and 2:07.08.

Junior Marrisa Campbell came in 14th in the 100-yard freestyle with a final time of 51.18. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hobson, Campbell, Tesse Maciejko and Anna Lillistrom came in sixth swimming the event in 3:25.79.

Boise State coach Kristin Hill was named swimming coach of the year and Bronco senior Amber Bouche was swimmer of the year.

The 2012 Mountain West All-Conference team will be released Tuesday, Feb. 28, in order for an athlete to earn a spot on the all-conference team she must place in the top eight at the MW championships.