Schmidtke Wins 200 Free At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Freshman swimmer Aliena Schmidtke won the 200 freestyle at the WAC Championship with a school-record performance of 1:46.38.

She had a NCAA provisional time and helped the New Mexico State swimming and diving team move into fourth place in the team standings with 289 points. Junior Alex Fenton also scored for the Aggies with a 12th-place finish (1:51.53).

In the 400 individual medley, the Aggies had five swimmers score with sophomore Tricia Kiss leading the way in third place (4:20.70). Freshman Kara Schweitzer finished ninth in her first conference meet (4:30.29). Sophomore Katie Hack was 11th (4:33.01), senior Brittney Moore was 12th (4:33.74) and sophomore Alix Mertel was 15th (4:43.15).

Freshman Jessica Legge claimed a bronze medal in the 100 breast (1:02.06) with an NCAA 'B' cut, while senior Maria Spies had a 15th-place showing (1:05.29).

"This was a great night and certainly the best session of the meet for us," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We need to keep this energy going into the final day. Aliena's 200 free was a great swim and reflective of how we did. Every event was done with passion and great support from everyone on the team. Terrin's school record 100 back, Tricia's IM and Jessica's 100 breaststroke and every second swim was better than our performances from the heats and a lot of fun to watch."

Sophomore Terrin Seaver collected a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (55.97) and 100 backstroke (55.38), a school-record performance. Juniors Beth Cate and Kirsta Bezenek helped the Aggies in the 100 fly in sixth place (56.01) and 13th place (56.97), respectively. Kiss also provided points in the 100 back with an 11th-place finish (56.74).

In the diving events, senior Carly Smith scored in eighth place on the 3-meter springboard (274.65). The Aggies concluded the finals session with a fourth-place finish in the 400-medley relay with the team of Seaver, Legge, Cate and Fenton (3:46.03).

The conference meet concludes with the final day of competition, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.