Swimming and Diving Falls in Tight Meet

Oct. 20, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Miscommunication between the timing system and the touchpads swimmers hit as they finish their event prevented things from commencing as they usually do, earlier today at Seidler Natatorium, so Abel Sanchez and his squad of divers were thrust into action half an hour before they're used to.

This didn't deter the divers however as Michole Timm and Aubrey Bush placed first and second in the 3-meter springboard with scores of 341.10 and 337.43. Megan Harper was fourth with a score of 314.78. The scores by Michole Timm and Aubrey Bush both broke the school record score of 330.90 with their stellar performances today. The previous record belonged to Bush who dove the aforementioned 330.90 in 2010.

After the 3-meter action concluded the swimmers were finally able to hit the water. The first swimming event of the meet was the 200-yard medley were New Mexico placed first. Stelicia Flores, Hayley Martin, Jorgi Hobson and Marrissa Campbell turned in a time of 1:44.48; that time is 0.38 hundredths of a second short of landing the team with the second best time in school history.

Other events in which the Lobos shined included the 100-yard breaststroke, 50-yard free, 100-yard free, 200-yard back, 100-yard butterfly and 1-meter diving which the Lobos all swept.

Campbell continued her success in the freestyle events taking first in both the 50- and 100-yard free. Her times of 24.08 in the 50- and 52.59 in the 100-yard free are both improvements over her times from two weeks ago. She shaved 0.40 hundredths of a second from her 50-yard time and 0.26 hundredths betters as well.

"This meet was really close, but everyone performed so well today," said Head Coach Kunio Kono. "If the team keeps swimming and diving the way they did today, I am very excited about our potential and the direction we are headed in."

Senior Lindsey Morris was one of the many swimmers who had a good showing for the Lobos; her time of 1:06.26 in the 100-yard breaststroke was good enough for first place. Jorgi Hobson also contributed to the team's success with a 56.35 100-yard fly that was more than two seconds faster than Northern Arizona's Alexis Juergens second place time of 58.42.

Julia Carroll rounded out the first place finishes in the swimming events with a final time of 2:05.83 in the 200-yard backstroke.

The 1-meter dive was also in favor of New Mexico who took first, third and fourth place. Megan Harper, who was fourth in the 3-meter with a score of 314.78, placed first with a final tally of 325.20. Timm was third with and even 300.00 points and Bush was fourth with 296.40 points.

"This is the second week the girls turn in NCAA Qualifying scores and I'm very happy with where they're going," said Diving Coach Abel Sanchez. "There are some things that we need to work up and tighten up, but the team is exciting with having Aubrey back and their performances, and I am very anxious to see how far we can go."

Up next for New Mexico is a quad meet that runs from Friday, Nov.2 to Saturday, Nov. 3 in which they welcome San Diego State, Colorado State and New Mexico State to Albuquerque.