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Aliena Schmidtke Named WAC Swimmer Of The Week | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aliena Schmidtke Named WAC Swimmer Of The Week

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman Aliena Schmidtke was named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week for the week of Nov. 14-21. This is her first career honor.

Schmidtke helped the Aggies to a third-place team finish at the Houston Cougar Invitational. She set three school records in the three-day event. Schmidtke set a program record with a time of 50.51 in the 100 freestyle with a fifth-place showing. She also swam the first leg of the 400-freestyle relay that crushed the school record (3:24.56) and finished in fourth place. She broke the school record in the 200 freestyle in the prelims and improved her time in the finals with a second-place showing of 1:48.24. That performance was an NCAA 'B' cut and the fastest time recorded by a WAC swimmer this season.

"Aliena is making a huge impact on our program and had a strong weekend," head coach Rick Pratt said. "It is great to have her recognized especially since there were so many great performances this past weekend. We're very excited about the rest of the season, not only for Aliena but for the entire group as a whole."

The Aggies return to action at home when they host Northern Arizona, Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the NM State Natatorium.