The University of New Mexico women’s swimming and diving team will host its final home meet of the season when they welcome New Mexico State to Albuquerque on Saturday, January 27. The diving events will begin at 10:30 a.m., while the swim meet will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Seidler Natatorium at UNM. The dual-meet also marks Senior Day, as three swimmers will be competing in their final home meets as Lobos.
UNM has won the last five dual-meets against the Aggies, with their last meeting that didn’t end in a Lobo victory ending in a tie in the 2011-12 season. The Lobos are hoping to improve on their last outing as they dropped three matchups in a Mountain West quad-meet versus San Diego State, Fresno State and Colorado State in early January. However, the meet included strong performances by senior Madison Burns, junior Adriana Palomino and freshman Matea Sumajstorcic.
Burns and Palomino each earned two victories in the meet, with Burns taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle along with helping both of her relay teams to top-three finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. Meanwhile, Palomino grabbed her two wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Sumajstorcic had the only other Lobo win at the meet in the 1000-yard freestyle, her first time swimming in the event.
Divers Natasha Dark and Allyson Concepcion also continued their consistent seasons, with the two regularly being the Lobos’ top scorers this year. Concepcion led the Lobos in the one-meter dive with a fourth-place finish while Dark finished fifth and paced UNM in the three-meter with a sixth-place finish followed by Concepcion in seventh.
Madison Burns: Burns served as an integral part of UNM’s team this year and for the years before, winning nine events in six meets up to this point this season. Burns holds the school-record for the 200-yard freestyle relay along with Morgan Ginnis, Shayla King and Kaela McKee with a time of 1:30.63. She also placed seventh at last year’s Mountain West Championships in the 200-yard freestyle relay while placing fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. Burns will graduate in May of this year with her BBA in both HR and Finance, and she plans to pursue a career in impressions.
Celine Bertrand: Bertrand’s Lobo career was highlighted by a dominant performance at last year’s Mountain West Championships. The senior became the first UNM swimmer to capture an individual Mountain West title since the conference’s inception, winning the 200-yard butterfly with a school-record time of 1:59.25. At the same meet, Bertrand also broke the school’s 400-yard individual medley record with a time of 4:19.84. Outside of school athletics, Bertrand’s work with Lobo Aquatics has helped her realize her passion for coaching. She will graduate in May with a Liberal Arts degree with a focus in Exercise Science and Health Management. Afterwards, she plans to pursue a career in coaching with aspirations to reach the collegiate level.
Deidra Dorough: During her four years as a Lobo, Dorough posted impressive performances against in-state rival New Mexico State, winning the 200-yard backstroke in a dual-meet against the Aggies as a sophomore, while also performing at the 2017 Mountain West Championships, taking sixth in the C-Final of the 200-yard backstroke last season while also scoring in the 400-yard individual medley. Outside of the pool, Dorough has proven to be an exceptional student and leader. The senior has been selected to the Mountain West’s All-Academic team for the past three seasons and has achieved a 4.0 GPA every semester at UNM. Dorough is also a member of the Lobo Leadership Academy and is the president of her NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chapter. She will graduate in May with her BBA in International Business.