Swimming And Diving Downs Boise State

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

BOISE, ID - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team defeated Boise State, 174-118, Saturday, Jan. 19 in Boise, Idaho. The Aggies dominated the WAC meet winning all but one event.

Head coach Rick Pratt said he was proud of his team calling the meet the best of the season.

"We looked good," he said. "We were more relaxed and had a lot more speed than two days ago against Nevada."

The Aggies began the strong with a one-two finish in the 400-medley relay. The team of junior Stephanie Peacock, freshman Alannah Lawrence, sophomore Victoria Eickerman and senior Carolyn Bohm scored the first points of the meet.

Eickerman not only contributed to the relay but she also had three lifetime-best performances (100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM).

In the second event of the day, sophomore Liz Thomson won the 1,000 free and recorded a season-best time against a pair of solid Bronco distance swimmers. Freshman sprinter Kelly Conrad also had a big meet earning victories in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle.

"It was a big win (Thomson's) early in the meet that set the tone," Pratt said.

Many Aggies had season-best performances against Boise State including Peacock, who won the 100 back, while sophomore Tessa Bain followed in second-place.

In the 100 breaststroke, Lawrence was victorious while freshman Kelly Runestrand finished second and then set a lifetime best with her win in the 200 breaststroke. In addition, sophomore Bonnie Taylor won the 200 backstroke.

The Aggies also had strong performances in the diving events with freshman Kirstin Pickett colleting top honors on the 1-meter springboard and Amanda Schulte winning the 3-meter event.