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Lobos Trail NMSU by Seven After Day 1 of Halloween Howl

by Jacob Trasen

The University of New Mexico trails New Mexico State University 87-80 halfway through the Halloween Howl swimming and diving meet. The first eight swim events and the one-meter diving competition were completed on Friday night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the Aggies taking a narrow lead. The final nine swim events and the three-meter diving competition will take place on Saturday afternoon.

The night started with the one-meter diving prelims. Immediately following the preliminary rounds of diving and the National Anthem, the swimming portion of the meet began. The first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, was a dead heat between both teams’ ‘A’ relays. UNM’s Olivia Bishop overcame a slight deficit to come from behind and just barely out-touch NMSU’s Neza Kocijan to claim victory. The Lobos’ dramatic 0.22-second victory in this event was their first of four first place finishes on the night.


The Lobos’ Jordan Foster won the 100-yard breaststroke in the fourth event of the night, narrowly beating two Aggie swimmers. New Mexico’s Kailey Turner also won two individual events on Friday night in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. Not only did Turner perform well in the 500, but UNM had four of the first five top finishers in the event with Camila Batista coming in second and Paige Lyons coming in third. NMSU won the other four events, the 200-yard IM, 200-yard backstroke, 100 yard freestyle, and 400-yard medley relay. From the swimming events, the Aggies led the Lobos 81-67.

Immediately following the 500-yard freestyle event, the meet held the finals of the one-meter diving competition in which New Mexico dominated. The Lobos’ Daphne Scheck totaled a score of 273.90 points to win the competition by nearly 9 full points over the Aggies’ highest scorer. UNM’s Jocelyn Gallais and Alexandra Robertson also placed high enough to score points for the team. In the diving portion, the Lobos outscored the Aggies by a score of 13-6.

The remaining events and diving competitions will begin on Saturday at 11:15 am in Albuquerque with New Mexico attempting to make up a seven-point deficit.