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Swimming & Diving News

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 >>

Molly Parker Joins Aggie Swimming and Diving Staff As Diving Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has added Molly Parker to his staff. She joins the Aggies as diving coach.

“I am very excited to announce Molly Parker as our new diving coach at NM State,” Pratt said. “We have been very fortunate to have attracted strong coaches to NM State, and coach Parker is no exception. Molly will provide much for our swimming and diving program. She is passionate, organized, hard working and a great person. Not only will she be able to take our diving program to the next level, but she will be a great representative of our athletic department and academic institution. To me this was a no brainer, and I am very excited to have Molly on deck continuing to allow our program to grow.”

Parker arrives in Las Cruces from Indiana and has been coaching high school and club divers in the Indianapolis area.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelly Conrad Earns WAC Swimmer Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior swimmer Kelly Conrad was named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week, for Jan. 17-23. This is the first time she has earned the award this season and third time in her career.

Conrad led NM State to a pair of road wins at Northern Colorado and Colorado State, Jan. 21-22. Her performances lifted the Aggies to victory over Northern Colorado. She swam the anchor leg of the winning 200-medley relay (48.14), and also claimed victory in the 50 free with a time of 24.69. Conrad went on to wrap up the 132-108 victory for the Aggies as the leadoff leg for the winning 200-free relay team (1:36.29).

Her two individual wins against Colorado State helped propel the Aggies to their first-ever victory over the Rams in 14 dual meets. Conrad claimed the top spot in the 100 free, recording a season-best time of 51.98 in the event, and in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.71. The Aggies won the meet, 156.5-143.5.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Swimming and Diving Team On Its Way To No. 1

Written By: Lauren Cordova, For NM State Athletics

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -With the WAC Championship coming up in February, there is a lot of buzz going around that the New Mexico State swimming and diving team has a good chance at capturing its first title. The Aggies excelled in the 2010 season finishing second at the WAC Championships.

In 2008, NM State finished in fifth place with a score of 460.5 points. The Aggies scored in the diving events for the first time in program history with diver Mariesa Cloud setting a school record on the platform. The relay teams also posted three school records. In 2009, the Aggies set a school record with the highest score at the WAC Championship, with the total of 572 points while placing third. There were also 17 school records that were broken.

“I feel that we are going to finish the best that we ever have finished. I think we are going to win,” senior Alannah Lawrence said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Ranked In Top 20 In CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team is ranked No. 18 in the first CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll of the year.

“This is a nice indicator where we stand currently with un-rested times,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “It is still early in the season, yet I think this is a good indicator of our progression.”

The Aggies return to dual meet action at Northern Arizona, Dec. 4 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The mid-major ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.

A record 57 schools submitted entries in the first ranking of the season. Future release dates are scheduled for Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Inks Four Talented Signees

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has signed Kara Schweitzer, Victoria Palombit, Jessica Legge and Aliena Schmidtke to National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies in 2011-12.

“These four signees are going to change our program in many ways,” Pratt said. “We are very excited to have lured such talent to NM State. It is not a huge class, however, it is certainly the most talented group to have ever committed at one time to NM State, and each individual will contribute to NM State in big ways.

“We are graduating five Aggies who have contributed much to our program, we are very please of our recruiting efforts and feel confident this class will continue to help us move forward.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Carly Smith Earns WAC Diver Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior diver Carly Smith was named the Verizon WAC Diver of the Week, for Oct. 20-26. This is her first career honor and the first award for the Aggies in the 2010-11 season.

Smith recorded three diving victories in her Aggie debut. She swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events on the first day of competition in a double dual meet with Boise State and North Texas, Oct. 22, and also claimed the 3-meter springboard on the second day of competition, Oct. 23.

She scored 242.65 points on the 1-meter springboard for the win, while she posted scores of 246.50 and 263.60 in the 3-meter victories. Smith also claimed the runner-up spot on the 1-meter on the second day of competition with 229.15 points.

The Aggie swimming and diving team returns to action at Washington State, Nov. 5, and Idaho, Nov. 6.

Aggie Swimming And Diving Continues Academic Success

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2010 fall semester underway, New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt doesn’t have to worry about his team’s performance in the classroom.

For the fifth year, the Aggies have a place on the Division I Team Scholar All-America Spring 2010 list, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced recently. NM State posted a team grade point average of 3.216 for the spring 2010 semester.

"We always expect to be on the list," Pratt said. "This is the 10th straight semester that we’ve been on the list. I'm proud of the team and it says a lot about the culture of our team. We strive not only to be on the list but at the top of the list every semester."

Additionally, senior Alannah Lawrence earned individual honorable mention All-America honors.  Continue Reading This Post >>