Legge Win Second Gold; Aggies Finish Fifth At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - New Mexico State sophomore swimmer Jessica Legge won her second gold medal of the WAC Championships on the final day of competition. The Aggie swimming and diving team finished in fifth place in the team standings with 331.5 points.

After winning the 100 breaststroke, March 1, Legge captured top honors in the 200 breast (2:12.37) en route to posting an NCAA 'B' cut time. She entered the finals sessions as the top seed after a 2:13.71 performance, also an NCAA 'B' cut, in the preliminaries. Legge is the first Aggie to win multiple individual titles at the conference meet since 2009. Sophomore Kara Schweitzer also scored for the Aggies in the 200 breast following a 15th-place finish (2:23.77).

The Aggies had two swimmers in the 200 back final with junior Terrin Seaver leading the way in fourth place (1:59.15). Junior Tricia Kiss was sixth (2:00.20), and freshman Mariah Morrell finished in ninth (1:59.81).

NM State had three swimmers score in the 1,650 free. Freshman Emily Nightingale posted the best time with a ninth-place finish (17:07.02). Freshman Kenzie Soper was 13th (17:15.93), and senior Haley Gansneder was 16th (17:19.77).

In the final diving event, junior Jaymee Porter directed the Aggies with a seventh-place finish on the platform (187.15). Freshman Lauren Reifel also scored in 16th place (1:48.45). In the 200 butterfly, freshman Dorottya Lennert supplied points with a ninth-place finish (2:02.10).

In the preliminaries, the Aggies had a pair of swimmers qualify for the 200 back championship final with Seaver in third place (1:59.40) and Kiss in fifth place (2:00.61). Morrell and freshman Cassandra Rupp also swam in the evening session after 11th-place (2:01.72) and 20th-place (2:04.70) showings, respectively.

In the 200 butterfly, Lennert paced the Aggies in 10th (2:02.55). Freshman Moranda Madero and Schweitzer competed in the 'C' finals after 17th-place (2:08.70) and 19th-place (2:08.75) finishes, respectively.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Hogan and freshman Chelsey Reber both swam in the 100 free finals. Hogan was 21st (52.53) and Reber was 23rd (52.60).