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Lobo Swimming & Diving Shows Improvement on Day Two

by Frank Mercogliano

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — While the final scores don’t look great for the season opening meet, UNM’s swimming & diving squad certainly got better on Day 2 of the double dual with Colorado State and Air Force, as the team turned in another event win, and several marks that were much better than the opening day.

The Lobos lost to Colorado State 323-87 and to Air Force 319-91, but for a squad that is breaking in a host of new talent and a new coaching staff, and still recovering from missing an entire season due to COVID, it was an encouraging day in the pool for the Lobos.

The top story once against was rookie Alice English, who not only won the 1-meter dive, but won it going away with 281.8 results to not just win the event, but the qualify for NCAA Zones in her first collegiate meet.  Kristen Hepfer, who turned in a third-place finish in the 3-meter yesterday, was fifth in the 1-meter.

In the swimming events, Jordan Foster had the squads’ best finish as she came in third in the 50-yard breaststroke at 30.65.  In the 100-yard free, Katy McCarter finished in fifth with a time of 53.19 for her best finish of the young season.  Additionally, Maya Clise had a pair of sixth-place finished to pair with her third yesterday as she was sixth in the 500-free and the 200-breast.

The Lobos now return to Seidler Natatorium for a few weeks to prep for their next event, a dual meet with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in Flagstaff on November 4.