Aggie Swimming And Diving Celebrates Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team concluded the 2012-13 regular season on senior day with a 178.5-121.5 loss to in-state rival New Mexico.

The Aggies honored their four seniors, Kirsta Bezenek, Alex Fenton, Haley Gansneder and Karen Philpot at their final home meet.

"Today was a tough loss against a good team who was certainly ready to go," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We are a month away from conference and had some great swims, but also some stale ones. We're on track to do what we need to do in a month, and despite the loss, I feel like we are a better team than the end points showed."

Sophomore Jessica Legge swept the breaststroke events and broke the pool record in the 100 breast (1:03.92). She also won the 200 individual medley. In the butterfly events, freshman Dorottya Lennert led the Aggies and won the 200 fly (2:05.48) and was runner-up in the 100 fly.

Junior Terrin Seaver captured top honors in the 100 back and third place in the 100 free. Junior Tricia Kiss also won an individual event, the 200 back, and finished in second place in the 200 IM and third place in 100 back.

In the diving events, freshman Lauren Reifel paced the Aggies in second place on the 3-meter springboard. Freshman Audrey Ruiz claimed second place on the 1-meter while also qualifying for the NCAA Zone 'E' Diving Championships with 275.18 points.

"Our medley relay went more than three seconds faster than our own pool record and Jessica's 100 breast was also a pool record," he said. "Our divers did great as well with Lauren finishing second and Audrey qualifying for zones again on the 1-meter. Coach (Molly) Parker is doing a great job, and those divers are going to help out in the conference race. We had many in-season best swims but need to start resting more and let all the hard work we've put in come to the surface."

The Aggies opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-medley relay en route to breaking the pool record (3:49.03) with the team of Kiss, Legge, Lennert and Seaver.

In her final dual meet, Fenton posted a second-place showing in the 200 free and two fourth-place finishes in the 50 free and 100 free. Several Aggie freshmen also scored for the Crimson and White with Mariah Morrell taking second placed in the 200 back, Emily Nightingale finishing second in the 1,000 free and Nicole Brennecke earning second in the 500 free.

The Aggies travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the WAC Championships, Feb. 27-March 2.