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Lobos Fall to Two Mountain West Foes

by Jacob Trasen

Albuquerque, N.M. – The University of New Mexico swimming and diving team finished their two-day double-dual meet against Colorado State and Air Force on Saturday. The Lobos lost to the Rams by a score of 272-81 and to the Falcons, 251-102.

The Rams defeated the Falcons by a score of 237-116 in the meet as well.

Saturday was the second day of the two-day meet, with the first nine events being completed on Friday evening. The remaining nine swimming events and one diving event ran on Saturday.

The day began with the 1-meter diving event, where New Mexico had two divers place highly. Sophomore Alex Robertson scored 258.4 points in the event for a top finish in the event and junior Kristen Hepfer scored 240.75 to finish near the top as well. Robertson’s score was a season-best for her in the event.

The Lobos’ best swim of the day came courtesy of a strong effort by senior Ola Tomaszek in the 100-yard breaststroke. She went a 1:05.44 in the event, just barely being out-touched by the top Rams swimmer. Sophomore Kiana Raagas also swam well in the event, finishing with a 1:08.00 time.

Senior Marina Olmstead and junior Jordan Foster went the exact same time in the 50-yard freestyle, 23.99, for high finishes for both of them. Olmstead’s time was good enough for less than half a second off her season-best time in the event.

New Mexico had three impressive swims in the 100-yard backstroke, led by senior Josie Carpenter (59.42). Fellow seniors Olmstead and Maddie Deucher both placed well in the event as well, going 59.93 and 1:00.08, respectively.

Freshman Maya Clise was the Lobos’ best finisher in the 200-yard individual medley, posting a 2:10.96.

Sophomores Paige Lyons and Katy McCarter finished back-to-back with strong swims in the 200-yard freestyle event, going 1:57.80 and 1:58.08, respectively.

New Mexico will return to competition the weekend of Dec. 17-19, where they will compete in the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Their next dual meet will not occur until a Jan. 21 bout against Mountain West Conference rival Nevada in Albuquerque.