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Lobos Come Up Short Against North Texas

by Jacob Trasen

Albuquerque, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Lobos swimming and diving team fell to the University of North Texas Mean Green in their first meet of the season on Saturday. The Lobos came up short in their late comeback attempt and lost by a score of 125-118.

At the second break of the meet, with two swimming events remaining, the Lobos trailed 97-91 to the Mean Green, but came back to lead 114-112 heading into the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Junior Jordan Foster anchored the relay for the Lobos and got out-touched by North Texas’s final swimmer by just over six tenths of a second, which proved to be the difference in the meet.

The Lobos won each of the first three swimming events of the day, starting with strong swims from Foster, senior Maddie Deucher, senior Marina Olmstead, and sophomore Katy McCarter in the 200-yard medley relay. The ensuing event was the 1000-yard freestyle in which sophomore Paige Lyons came in first place and senior Josie Carpenter finished just behind her in second place. Freshman Maya Clise and sophomore Brynn Quintana kept the good things going with another one-two finish in the 200-yard freestyle for New Mexico.

New Mexico only won one other swimming event courtesy of a dominant swim from Clise in the 500-yard freestyle. Lyons finished second, making it the third event of the day in which the Lobos came in both first and second places.

The Lobos won both of the diving events of the day as well, finishing in first and second place on the 1-meter board and first and third place on the 3-meter board. Sophomore Alex Robertson won both events, coming just eight points shy of qualifying for zones on the 3-meter. Junior Kristen Hepfer also had a good day, taking second in the 1-meter and third on the 3-meter.

Up next on the schedule for the Lobos is a two-day trip this weekend up to Laramie, Wyoming, to face the Wyoming Cowboys on October 14th and 15th.