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New Mexico Trails After Day 1 Against Wyoming

by Jacob Trasen

Laramie, Wyo. – The University of New Mexico swimming and diving team trails by a score of 79-66 after day one of their meet on Thursday in Laramie, Wyoming. This meet against the University of Wyoming is the Lobos’s first away meet of the season and is also their first Mountain West Conference meet of the season. The meet will continue at 10am on Friday in Wyoming.

The Lobos started the meet off with a bang yesterday, winning the first event of the day in dramatic fashion. Sophomore Katy McCarter narrowly out-touched a Cowgirls swimmer by less than two tenths of a second as anchor for the team’s 400-yard medley relay to finish in first for New Mexico (3:57.51). Senior Maddie Deucher, junior Jordan Foster, and senior Marina Olmstead swam the first three legs of the relay for the Lobos, who have now won this event in each of the first two meets of the season.

New Mexico won three more events on the day to keep them within striking distance of Wyoming. McCarter won the 100-yard freestyle (52.85) by another slim margin, edging out the Cowgirls competitor by four hundredths of a second for the victory in the event. The Lobos came in first, second, and third in the 100-yard individual medley to significantly cut into the Wyoming lead, thanks to a dominant swim by sophomore Kiana Raagas (2:19.91), followed by sophomore Layni Andrle (2:21.66) and freshman Amaya Oliphant (2:25.43). McCarter had yet another thrilling finish as the closing swimmer for the Lobos in a relay to close out the first day of the meet, finishing a hair quicker than the final Wyoming swimmer in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.80). Olmstead, Foster, and sophomore Brynn Quintana also swam well on the relay to help the team win by just one tenth of a second.

With nine events remaining in the dual, the Lobos will have work to do on Friday to make up the deficit.