New Mexico, Colorado State at Air Force
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
USAFA, Colo.— The Lobos were in complete control during Saturday’s tri-meet at the Air Force Academy, winning 11 out of 16 events, seven of which involved seniors, as UNM defeated Colorado State and the Air Force Academy, 168-130 and 211-87, respectively.
UNM started off the meet strong, tallying victories in the first three events on the day, two of which came on back-to-back wins from senior Adriana Palomino in the 1000- and 200-yard freestyle.
In the first event of the day, the Lobos’ 200-yard medley relay team of senior Konoha Shinada, junior Breanna Wiercinski and freshmen Hedda Øritsland and Katie Pollock produced the fastest time with 1:45.99 to take the event.
Both Palomino and Øritsland each came out with four wins on the day- three individual and one as a member of a relay- to pace the Lobos. Palomino added a win in the 500-yard freestyle (5:06.09) to go with her previously mentioned wins in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:29.68) and 200-yard freestyle (1:54.37) and Øritsland recorded the top time in the 50-yard freestyle (23.62), 100-yard freestyle (51.37) and the 100-yard butterfly (56.53).
A pair of divers, junior Natasha Dark and senior Allyson Concepcion, helped the Lobos sweep the diving events and set new season bests en route to the victories. Dark set a season best while winning the 3-meter dive event with a final score of 279.90. Concepcion won the 1-meter dive event, setting a season best with a final score of 267.95, which also earned her an NCAA Zone-qualifying mark. She also set a season best in the 3-meter dive event after posting a 274.65 to add a second-place finish to her 1-meter win and to give the Lobos a 1-2 finish in the event.
UNM actually finished with the top three marks in the 3-meter dive as freshman Jocelyn Gallais took third in the event with a score of 266.55. Dark also finished third in the 1-meter dive with a 256.85 to give the junior a pair of top-three finishes of her own.
The final Lobo to win an individual race was senior Carol De Groote Tavares in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 2:06.39 to win the race.
UNM closed the day with a final win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Shinada, De Groote Tavares, Palomino and sophomore Matea Sumajstorcic (3:33.04) earning the victory.
The Lobos will return to the pool in 2019 with a meet at Pepperdine on Jan. 5.
Courtesy: Colorado State Athletics
USAFA, Colo. – Four different Rams took individual event wins and sophomore diver Skylar Williams notched an NCAA Zone-qualifying mark as the Colorado State swimming & diving squad competed against New Mexico and Air Force at the Cadet Natatorium on Saturday.
Williams scored a 265.90 in the 1-meter dive to place second in the event. The mark earned Williams CSU’s first NCAA qualifying score of the year. Williams also finished fourth in the 3-meter dive (256.65).
Maddie Ward snagged victories in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Three other Rams – Jennae Frederick, Haley Rowley and Tonicia Thomas – also earned wins.
Rams with individual event wins:
- Tonicia Thomas – 100 backstroke (58.39)
- Maddie Ward – 100 breaststroke (1:05.80), 200 breaststroke (2:24.78)
- Jennae Frederick – 200 butterfly (2:10.09)
- Haley Rowley – 200 IM (2:09.29)
CSU swept the podium in the 200 butterfly, won by Frederick. Marie Goodwyn took second (2:11.60) and Ida Donohue placed third (2:14.32), and all three Rams beat the field by almost two seconds.
Rowley placed second in the 1000 freestyle (10:34.38) and the 500 freestyle (5:08.73). Thomas also had a runner-up result, placing second in the 100 backstroke (2:09.44) with Olivia Chatman close behind in third (2:10.21). Frederick took an additional podium finish in the 100 butterfly, placing third (58.69).
Freshman Grace Siebmann took second behind Ward in both the 100 (1:07.10) and 200 breaststroke (2:26.93) events.
CSU only scored dual meet points against New Mexico, losing to the Lobos 168-130.
IN THEIR WORDS…
“It was a tough meet for us but we had some bright spots, including several strong individual performances. I’m especially proud of Skylar Williams for earning the first NCAA zone cut of the season.” – CSU head coach Woody Woodard
CSU will compete in the FAU Invite in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 20.
Courtesy: Air Force Athletics
USAFA, Colo. – The Air Force Academy women’s swimming and diving team fell in dual action to Mountain West foe New Mexico, 211-87, Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1, at Cadet Natatorium. The Falcons hosted both New Mexico and Colorado State, but only scored a dual meet against the visiting Lobos.
The Falcons finished with four top three finishes on the day. Leading off the meet, Air Force took third in the 200 medley relay, finishing with a 1:48.61. One of Air Force’s individual third place finishes came courtesy of junior Autumn Wolfgramm, as she placed third in the 100 free with a 54.49. The other was by freshman Evelyn Johnson in the 200 breast, as she timed in with a 2:29.64.
Air Force’s highest finisher was sophomore Kylie Stronko, as she took runner-up at in the 100 back, clocking in with a 58.61. She finished higher than any New Mexico swimmer.
On the diving board, junior Eve Fowler was the Falcons’ highest placer in the 1-meter, taking fourth with a 252.85, her highest score of the season, as well as the team’s highest 1-meter total. In the 3-meter, fellow junior Kayla Wofford took fifth with a 245.50.
Air Force will return to the pool Wednesday, Dec. 19, as they head to California for a dual against MW rival San Diego State. Start time against the Aztecs is set for 11 a.m. MT.