H2O Frogs headed to New Mexico for last conference meet

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    Fresh off home wins against San Diego State University and Centenary College of Louisiana over the weekend, the women’s swimming and diving team will travel to New Mexico on Friday for its final conference meet of the season.

    The women own an overall record of 6-3-1, and have a conference record of 3-3-1. With a win, the women will go above .500 in the Mountain West Conference for the first time since, Nov. 13, when they won against the Air Force Academy. Since losing to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Jan. 6, the team has gone 2-0-1, with the tie coming against undefeated conference rival Utah.

    Head coach Richard Sybesma hopes to close out conference play with a win.

    “It’s our last conference meet, and we’re hoping to go to Albuquerque to get a win,” Sybesma said. “I think our girls right now are on a roll, so as long as we do what we need to, we’ll have an opportunity to get a win.”

    Sybesma also said he was impressed by the women finishing 1-2-3 in events twice during the meet against SDSU and Centenary, which he said helps add to the overall point total.

    “It’s like scoring a touchdown and getting a two-point conversion,” he said.

    Sophomore Maria Alvarez, who won in the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle events Saturday, said the team improved dramatically during last season.

    “It’s a lot better this year,” Alvarez said. “We’re not only better at swimming than last year, but we’re more supportive to each other as well.”

    Sophomore Brittney Martinez swept the backstroke events, and broke her personal record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.22. Martinez said the key to victory is to carry the confidence they gained since the Utah meet.

    “The atmosphere that day against Utah was incredible,” Martinez said. “So we know we can bring that intensity. We just need to be confident, but not too confident.”