New Mexico vs San Diego (W)
- Saturday, January 8, 2022
- San Diego, Calif.
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Mari Aoki took a pair of wins in the 150-yard individual medley and the 150-yard backstroke, Olivia Bishop took two in the 150-yard freestyle and the 75-yard freestyle, and the Lobos took the top two spots in the final relay to defeat the San Diego Toreros on the road 129-106 in San Diego at the USD Sports Center Pool.
The win moved UNM to 3-2 on the season, and it marked the first win for UNM over a Division I team this season after two near misses with NMSU and NAU. The Lobos, who didn’t compete at all in 2020-21 due to pendemic, won despite not competing in diving at the event.
Aoki and Bishop’s two wins were tops on the squad as UNM won eight of the 13 events in the meet. UNM was up 115-104 entering the final race, the 300-yard freestyle relay, meaning USD (3-3) could win the meet with a sweep of first and second (that scenario would have given San Diego a 118-117 win). However, Bishop swam a superb race as the third of the four-woman winning team with Marina Olmstead, Katy McCarter and Laura Benkova on the anchor. UNM actually took the top three spots in the final relay (only the two two score officially), clinching the win for UNM.
It was only that close as UNM’s diving squad didn’t compete, allowing USD to rack up a pair of 16-0 event wins in a pair of 1-meter diving competitions. However, along with Aoki and Bishop, UNM got wins from Josie Carpenter (750-yard freestyle), Kailie Turner (150-yard butterfly) and Brynn Quintana (350-yard freestyle) to make up those points and then some.
UNM returns to the pool January 21 and 22 in Colorado Springs at the Air Force/Colorado State double dual.
Courtesy: San Diego Athletics
SAN DIEGO — San Diego swimming and diving competed in a dual meet against New Mexico on Saturday, falling to the Lobos by a 129-106 margin at the USD Sports Center Pool.
“I’m really happy with how we started this semester,” Torero head coach Mike Keeler said after the meet. “We haven’t had a race since late December, so for them to get out there in the first week of training and race in a fun, unconventional format was exciting.”
The USD divers led the charge for San Diego on Saturday, with freshman Jane Riehs recording a finals score of 154.05 for the top spot, good for nine points.
“Obviously our divers did a great job in their performances, and how they’re competing against themselves,” said the 23rd-year head coach.
On the swimming side of things, junior Rachel Hubka turned in an impressive first-place finish in the 50-Yard Freestyle, finishing with a time of 24.70 for nine points and the win. Her victory was complemented by sophomore Hannah Hintermeister’s first-place finish in the 150-Yard Breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:49.74 to earn nine points and a win.
“All in all, everyone stepped up and swam (perhaps) not their best, but very good times for this time of year,” Keeler added.
Full results and scores are linked in the sidebar to the right. The Toreros are back in action on Friday, January 21 when they host the USD Invite at the USD Sports Center Pool beginning at 2 p.m.