Lobos remains in 6th place after Day 2 of the Invitational – University of New Mexico Lobos Athletics

Houston, Texas – The University of New Mexico still sits 6th out of six teams after day two of the Phil Hansel Invitational swim meet in Houston, Texas. In Friday’s events, the Lobos set several more season bests and improved their team standings to 371.5 in 20 events.

Houston remained in the lead after day two with 1196.5 points. They are followed in the rankings by Rice, then Air Force, Tulane, North Texas and New Mexico.

Just like Thursday, the day started with the preliminary rounds for the day’s five events, with some swimmers qualifying to return for the finals later in the day.

In the 400-yard individual medley heats, three lobos qualified for a return to the finals. Senior Josie Carpenter and coed Layni Andrle, who set new season bests later in the day, and coed Caitlyn Beery, who set a season best of 4:39.27, all qualified. Carpenter posted a season best of 4:30.36 in the finals and Andrle clocked a 4:35.83 to beat her season best as well.

Senior Marina Olmstead set her new season best in the 100-yard butterfly to qualify for the finals later in the evening. Junior Jordan Foster and Junior Ashley Sterchele both qualified to return to the finals of the event, setting new season bests with 56.74 and 58.28, respectively.

Three Lobos qualified for the 200-meter freestyle final, with two of them setting new season bests in the heats. Sophomore Brynn Quintana (1:53.97) and Paige Lyons (1:56.77) set new season bests in the prelims for the event. College student Katy McCarter placed 12th in the final of the event, setting a new season best of 1:51.29.

New Mexico had five different swimmers who could qualify for the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke. Senior Ola Tomaszek not only qualified for the return, but set a new personal best in the heats and then broke that personal best for another in the finals. She placed 5th in the event with a time of 1:03.12. Freshmen Eloise Fisher (1:05.30) and Foster (1:05.63) both set new season bests in the preliminary rounds as they qualified for the finals of the event. Sophomore Kiana Raagas (1:06.28) and rookie Amaya Oliphant (1:07.82) both qualified to return to the finals of the event and set those season-best times in the finals.

Senior Maddie Deucher and Olmstead were both fast enough in the preliminary rounds of the 100-yard backstroke to return later in the day for the finals as well. Not only did both race later in the day, but they also set new season bests at the event of 58.05 and 56.85 respectively.

Sophomore Alex Robertson finished 10th in the 3m show jumping on Friday, scoring 254.90 points. Junior Kristen Hepfer also had a good day off the 3m board, finishing 14th in the event with 245.85 points.

Saturday is the final day of the Phil Hansel Invitational. The finals for each event can be streamed at http://uhcougars.com/watch.

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