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Aggie Swimming And Diving Defeats UNM For Fourth Consecutive Year

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team cruised to a 144-98 win over New Mexico in the regular season finale. The Aggies defeated the Lobos for the fourth consecutive time.

“I think it was the perfect meet to end on leading into conference,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “Our team swam with a lot of passion, and we had several in-season best times so that’s always promising.”

The Aggies also celebrated their five seniors, Mariesa Cloud, Kelly Conrad, Theresa Illgen, Alannah Lawrence and Kelly Runestrand, that competed in Las Cruces for the final time.

“I think our seniors were great,” Pratt said. “It was a real emotional day with a lot going through their minds. It’s always fun.”

NM State set the tone for the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay with the team of freshman Terrin Seaver, Lawrence, sophomore Beth Cate and Conrad.

The Aggies swept the 50 free with Conrad, junior Gina Palombit and sophomore Kelsey Konicke taking first, second and third, respectively. Conrad also collected a first-place showing in the 100 fly, while sophomore Hannah Ferrin provided points in third place.

In the 200 free, Cate won top honors, and sophomore Alex Fenton followed in second place. Cate won her second event of the meet, the 500 free, and junior Brittney Moore claimed second place. Additionally, Moore was third in the 1,000 free.

Freshman Tricia Kiss was victorious in the 200 individual medley, and freshman Katie Hack scored in third place. Kiss also won the 100 back, and Seaver finished in second.

In the 100 free, Fenton posted a meet-best time and Palombit followed in second place. Junior Maria Spies helped the Aggies seal the victory with a win in the 100 breast.

Junior Carly Smith paced the Aggies in the diving events with second-place finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. Cloud also scored on the 1-meter with a third-place showing.

The Aggies ended the meet with a win in the 200-free relay with the team of Fenton, Konicke, Seaver and Palombit.

“I really want to thank the community for coming out,” Pratt said. “We had a great showing at our indoor pool. I need to thank our aquatics director Danny Montoya and his staff including Michelle Mason, who did a great job helping the pool get ready despite it being closed for the past couple days.”