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Aggie Swimming And Diving Beats Lobos For Third Consecutive Year | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Swimming And Diving Beats Lobos For Third Consecutive Year

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team defeated in-state rival New Mexico for the third consecutive year with a 158-142 win, Saturday, Nov. 14, in Albuquerque, N.M., in a double-dual meet. The Aggies split the meet and fell to Wyoming, 208-92.

"We had a handful of great swim but also had several girls beat up and pretty tired, and that is pretty typical as we reach the middle of the season," head coach Rick Pratt said. "Our distance swimmers have been sick and definitely had a hard time going and we need to get them back on track next week."

The Aggie freshmen had impressive performances in their first rivalry meet that contributed to the NM State victory.

"Freshmen Beth Cate, Hannah Ferrin and Jessica Vlasic all had breakout swims," he said. "Kelly Runestrand, Victoria Eickerman and Meghann Percy were great again and are swimming with a lot of confidence."

In the 200 free, Cate led the Aggies with a runner-up showing while Vlasic finished in fifth. Junior Kelly Conrad supplied points in the sprint freestyle events as she took third in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Freshman Haley Gansneder paced the squad in the 500 free.

Percy was also strong with a win in the 200 back as Vlasic followed in third place. In the breaststroke events, Runestrand collected a pair of bronze medals in the 100 and 200 races.

In the 100 fly, Ferrin recorded the Aggies’ best showing with a season-best time in fourth place while Eickerman was third in the 200 fly. Freshman Morgan Kimminau also helped the Aggies with a team-best third-place showing in the 200 individual medley.

"Hats off to UNM and Wyoming, who both swam really well," Pratt said. "I am pleased with the win over UNM, but we didn't win enough races to come close to Wyoming, who have a strong squad this year."