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Swimming and Diving Return to the Pool against USD Toreros

by Frank Mercogliano

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — What was a two-meet road trip is down to one, but the New Mexico swimming and diving team returns to dual meet action on Saturday as the squad takes on the San Diego Toreros at the USD Sports Center Pool, starting at 10 am local time in San Diego.

The USD Sports Center Pool is an outdoor facility that houses a 40 x 25-yard pool with two 1-meter diving boards.  As the center is outside, the USD indoor COVID protocols will not be utilized, but they are here for fans wishing to review them.

The Lobos will be competing in their first dual meet since a November 6 meet at Northern Arizona.  That was the second of two straight losses for UNM as the Lobos are 2-2 in dual meets on the season.  The Toreros are 3-2, coming off a 182-98 win over Loyola Marymount on October 30.

The two programs have only met four times, with UNM owning a 3-1 advantage.  The Lobos have won the last three meetings, but the only meeting within the last 20 years came in Ft. Collins in on October 28, 2006, a 168-131 win for the Lobos.  The other three meetings were in San Diego, and the last matchup there was way back on Nov. 2, 2001 when UNM won 59-54.

The Lobos were slated for a quad-dual at San Diego State, taking on the Aztecs, Colorado State, Fresno State and Cal State East Bay, but that meet was canceled due to health and safety concerns with several of the teams in the event.

UNM’s last outing at Northern Arizona saw a solid performance from freshman Katy McCarter as she took two individual wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle and also as part of the first leg of the 40-yard freestyle relay, but NAU went 1-2-3 in six events including both diving events.  Olivia Bishop picked up one a victory with a nearly two-second win over NAU’s Maddy Rey in the 200-yard freestyle.  UNM’s other individual win in that meet came from Mari Aoki, who won the 400-individual medley