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Swimming & Diving News

Pratt Adds International Swimmer To Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has signed Dorottya Lennert to a National Letter of Intent to join the Aggies in 2012-13.

A Budapest, Hungary native, Lennert specializes in the butterfly events and is the 11th member of the Aggies' 2012 Class.

"She has had a successful career at home and came to us very late in the process," Pratt said. "She will contribute right away and should be a great help not only in her individual events, but on our medley relays as well. She is a great lady, and someone I am looking forward to working with. This will be a huge freshman class for us, and I am excited to get things going."

Lennert joins swimmers Jona Helena Bjarnadottir, Nicole Brennecke, Moranda Madero, Mariah Morrell, Emily Nightingale, Chelsey Reber, Cassandra Rupp and MacKenzie Soper along with divers Lauren Reifel and Audrey Ruiz in the Class of 2012.

Pratt Adds Five To 2012 Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has signed Jona Helena Bjarnadottir, Mariah Morrell, Chelsey Reber, Audrey Ruiz and Cassandra Rupp to National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies in 2012-13.

The four swimmers and a diver join fall signees Nicole Brennecke, Moranda Madero, Emily Nightingale, Lauren Reifel and MacKenzie Soper in the Class of 2012.

"With those already committed in the fall, this will be a very large freshman class and one that is going to bring a lot of excitement to the deck," Pratt said. "With a full complement of divers and so many diverse swimmers, it is going to be a fun season. They are all great ladies, hard workers and are going to mold well into our already strong team culture."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Four Aggies Earn All-America Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team had four swimmers earn CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America honors.

Freshman Aliena Schmidtke led the way on the All-America team, while senior Maria Spies, sophomore Tricia Kiss and freshman Jessica Legge were honorable mention selections.

Schmidtke collected the honor after qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. She is only the second Aggie in school history to compete at the national meet. Spies, Kiss and Legge received the honor after recording NCAA 'B' standards, but not selected for the national championships.

As a team, the Aggies recorded 12 NCAA 'B' cuts, a program-record, in 2012, which were seven more than a year ago.

Aggie Student-Athletes Earn 34 Academic All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2011-12 Academic All-WAC men and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, women's swimming and diving and gymnastics teams have been announced. New Mexico State placed 34 winter student-athletes on to the list.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the winter sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aliena Schmidtke Qualifies For NCAA Swimming Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman swimmer Aliena Schmidtke qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 freestyle, the organization announced. She is only the second Aggie to make the national meet, which is held at Auburn University, March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala.

Schmidtke qualified for the national meet after winning the 200 free at the WAC Championships with a school-record performance of 1:46.38. She was named WAC Freshman of the Year and was the second consecutive Aggie to earn the award. Schmidtke also posted runner-up honors in the 50 free (22.82) and 100 free (49.28) with program-record times.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jessica Legge Named WAC Swimmer Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman swimmer Jessica Legge was named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the week for the Week of Jan. 3-10. This is the first career honor for Legge, and the second of the season for the Aggies.

Legge, a Newcastle, Australia native, garnered runner-up honors in the 200 individual medley (2:08.34) at a five-team meet in Tucson, Ariz. She also paced the Aggies in the breaststroke events with a fourth-place showing in the 100 breast (1:04.75) and sixth-place finish in the 200 breast (2:21.11).

"Jessica is making a huge impact for our team, and it's nice to see her get this award," head coach Rick Pratt said. "I am really excited to see how see does at our conference meet."

Aliena Schmidtke Named WAC Swimmer Of The Week

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.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Twenty Seven Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The 2010-11 academic all-WAC men's and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, women’s swimming and diving and gymnastics teams have been announced. A total of 27 New Mexico State student-athletes earned Academic All-WAC honors. The women's basketball team had four honorees, the women's indoor track and field team placed seven honorees and the Aggie swimming and diving team had a total of 16 student-athletes make the list.

A total of 263 winter student-athletes were named to the list. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the winter sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Three Aggies Earn All-America Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -The New Mexico State swimming and diving team was honored when senior Alannah Lawrence, junior Maria Spies and freshman Tricia Kiss were named to the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention Team.

“It is nice for our swimmers to be recognized on this list,” Aggie head coach Rick Pratt said. “With a team record of five NCAA ‘B’ cuts this year, along with 10 school records, it is satisfying to show the progress our program has made.”

Lawrence concluded her Aggie career with her second consecutive WAC individual crown in the 100 breaststroke with a NCAA B cut time (1:01.35) at the 2011 conference meet. Additionally, Spies scored in the 100 breast with a fourth-place finish and NCAA ‘B’ cut (1:02.94).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pratt Inks Kaitlyn Hogan In Spring Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has signed Kaitlyn Hogan to a National Letter of Intent. Hogan, a freestyle and backstroke specialist from Southlake, Texas, joins Kara Schweitzer, Victoria Palombit, Jessica Legge and Aliena Schmidtke in the 2011 Class.

“We are thrilled to have signed Kaitlyn Hogan in the late signing period,” Pratt said. “With our very strong fall signees we only need to fill a couple holes, and Kaitlyn will do that for us.”

Hogan swims for coach Bill Christensen and the North Texas Nadadores. Her personal best times include 24.90 in the 50 free, 53.02 in the 100 free, 1:53.17 in the 200 free, 5:05.78 in the 500 free, 58.91 in the 100 back and 2:06.69 in the 200 back.  Continue Reading This Post >>