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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobo swimmers hold a commanding 126-49 lead over Grand Canyon, and trail Nevada by one point, 93-92, through eight events of the 16 event quad meet taking place this weekend in Seidler Natatorium. Wyoming stands ahead of New Mexico 107-78. The Lobos finished second in six of the eight events held Friday afternoon.

New Mexico began the meet with a second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Kaela McKee, Ashley Blanchette, Jorgi Hobson and Shayla King finished the event in 1:44.77; Wyoming took the event in 1:43.79. Similarly, New Mexico came in second to Nevada in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Fanni Pataki, Caitlin Gardiner, King and Hobson clocked a time of 3:31.23. Sita Kusserow, Yawen Li, Teresa Baerens and Andrea Kostecki of the Wolf Pack recorded a time of 3:29.77 for first place.

Hobson, King and April Chee took second through fourth in the 50-yard free with times of 24.16, 24.20 and 24.24, respectively.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Caitlin Gardiner finished in 1:53.84 for second place. Pataki was fourth for New Mexico with a time of 1:54.93.

Monica Dudley turned in a 10:31.57 time in the 1,000-yard freestyle for third place. Taylor McGregor and Ally Davis were the other Lobos in the event; they finished seventh and ninth, respectively.

McKee tuned in a 56.78 100-yard backstroke for another second place finish for New Mexico. Kristin Walker swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.55, edging out Stephanie Young of Wyoming, who swam the event in 1:05.91 for second place in a tight race.

The Lobos resume competition tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the 200-yard freestyle relay.

While the Lobo swimmers were competing in Albuquerque, diver Megan Harper was representing New Mexico at the sixth annual Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.

The native of the Grand Canyon state finished the preliminary round of the 3-meter springboard with a top 16 score of 254.10 to place her 12th and advance to the final round. In the final round she climbed two spots to finish 10th overall, second in the consolation final with a score of 282.40. Samantha Pickens of Arizona, the reigning NCAA Champion in the 1-meter springboard took the event with a final tally of 347.80.

Competition resumes tomorrow for Harper at 11:00 a.m. in the 1-meter springboard.  


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