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New Mexico Remains in 9th After Day 2 of Championship Meet

by Jacob Trasen

Houston, Tex. – The second day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championship meet concluded on Thursday evening with New Mexico still in ninth place. The Lobos ended the day in the same place in the standings that they began it. The Lobos have 136 points as a team, which puts them 75 points behind eighth-place San Jose State. San Diego State leads the meet with 663 points and has built a significant gap between them and second-place UNLV (436).

Sophomore Katy McCarter had the Lobos’ best swim of the day in the 50-yard freestyle, setting a new personal best time in the C-Final of the event. She went a 23.50 in the morning prelims to qualify her to swim in the finals and made the most of her opportunity later, going a heat-winning 23.29.

New Mexico had two swimmers beat their previous season-best times in the 500-yard freestyle. Senior Josie Carpenter went a 5:03.77, just barely beating out her previous top time of the year in the event. Sophomore Marin Wilson went a 5:13.70, finishing over four seconds faster than her previous best time of the year.

Four more Lobos went season-best times in their respective events on Thursday, all doing so in the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Kiana Raagas (2:12.32) and freshmen Eloise Fisher (2:10.46), Asiana Lee (2:13.47), and Amaya Oliphant (2:18.31) all beat their previous-best times of the season in the event during prelims.

Freshman Melissa Venzon was again the Lobos’ top finisher in the diving event of the day, placing 22nd off the 3-meter board with a score of 204.00.

Friday’s events include the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, and 100-yard backstroke.