Lobos Take Down CSU Rams and NMSU Aggies in Quad Meet

Nov. 3, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Ask any of the athletes on the UNM swim and dive team what the biggest difference since first year head coach Kunio Kono arrived on the New Mexico campus is and they'll all tell you the same thing: we're working harder and smarter. It seems as though that philosophy has paid off as the Lobos took down the Rams of CSU and the NMSU Aggies this weekend in the second home meet of the season.

The final score between UNM and CSU was 194-139 while the result in the New Mexico-New Mexico State showdown was 195-138.

"The difference since Kunio has arrived is definitely noticeable," said senior Marissa Campbell. "He always brings a positive attitude to all of our practices and it rubs off on the girls. Having been here for four years now it's an amazing feeling to actually be competitive and contend in every race."

Contend they did. The Lobos may have come in second to the Aztecs of SDSU in many races throughout the meet- they fell to SDSU 168-149- but those second place finishes were closer than in years past.

"This meet, I think, was a great testament to the work we've been putting in," said junior Jorgi Hobson. "NMSU and CSU are teams that usually beat us pretty well during the season, so to beat both of them in a competition that's way before the conference championships is unbelievable."

The quad meet was a two day event, with eight events taking place on Friday, Nov. 2 and the last eight taking place earlier today.

The first event on day two was the 400 yard medley relay, which saw the Lobos come in second with a final time of 3:51.82. That relay team was composed of Stelicia Flores, Lindsey Morris, Campbell and Hobson.

Campbell and Hobson then went on to place first and second in the 50 yard freestyle with times of 24.06 and 24.12, respectively.

The 200 yard medley relay was another close competition between the Lobos and the Aztecs, SDSU took first with a final time of 1:44.51 and UNM was a very close second in 1:45.29.

Heidi Zeiger has a good showing for the Lobos in the 200 yard freestyle with a final time of 1:55.85. Senior Morris was also solid coming in third in the 100 yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:06.74.

Off the boards, the story was much the same as it was on Friday, when New Mexico took first, second and third off the 3-meter. Aubrey Bush was first off the 3-board with a score of 316.65 while teammates Michole Timm and Megan Harper were second and third, respectively with final tallies of 312.15 and 294.65.

Off the 1-meter board Bush and Harper switched places. Harper was first with a final score of 300.30 with Bush placing third with 263.65 points. Timm repeated her second place finish in the 3-meter with another second place finish in the 1-meter. Her final score was 282.75.

The fact that the Lobos swept both boards isn't necessarily surprising, but when you take a closer look at the results, you notice that it is those three divers who are the only ones who have competed for UNM thus far.

In a way, you could say that these three athletes are carrying the team on their shoulders, but this bunch of athletically gifted Lobos wouldn't put it that way.

"I don't see having only three of us diving as added pressure," said senior Aubrey Bush. "If anything it's more motivation to keep diving strong and performing well. Being the senior captain I have to keep a positive attitude and make sure that it rubs off on the other girls."

With the two wins this weekend, the Lobos' record improves to 3-2. They will travel to Reno, Nev. this upcoming Friday to take on the Nevada Wolfpack on Sat., Nov. 10 at 10 am. MT.

If the team's performance this weekend is any indication of where the Lobos are headed in the future, Coach Kono and his staff have a lot to smile about.