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Lobos Rout UTPB, Adams State on Senior Day

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lobo seniors Mari Aoki, Raine Gavino and Jordan Hartley swam the first three legs of the opening event, the 400-yard medley relay, leading UNM to a convincing win, getting the Lobos off to a perfect start.

They never slowed down either.

The Lobos swept all 14 swimming events, taking the top two spots to defeat UT-Permian Basic 170-103 and Adams State, which didn’t bring a full squad, 170-19.

Aoki was a part of three wins, with the relay, the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke.  Hartley won the 200-yard butterfly and was second to Marina Olmstead in the 100-yard butterfly, while Gavino was second in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke to teammate Kianna Raagas.

Other winners included Olmstead and Wilson twice and Gracie Moylan, Olivia Bishop and Maddie Deucher.  Wilson, Deucher, Jordan Foster and Brynn Quintana all teamed up for the final win, the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The wins pushed UNM to 5-3 a year after missing the entire season due to the pandemic.

No diving competition was held as UNM’s diving squad competed at Northern Arizona in the NAU Diving Invitational.  There, Alex Robertson finished 10th in the 1-meter with Hannah Tiendas 15th and Daphne Scheck 18th.  The NAU Diving Invitational continues Saturday and Sunday.

The team will next compete at the Mountain West Championships February 17-20 in College Station, Texas.