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Swimming & Diving News

Aggies Announce 2010-11 Swimming And Diving Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt and the Aggies hope to build on a program-best runner-up finish at the 2010 WAC Championships and are looking ahead to the 2010-11 season.

"Our schedule came out great and gives us several challenges, which will help us to prepare for San Antonio," Pratt said. "Our first home meet with Boise State and North Texas is a great way to start."

This year's slate includes three home meets, a Pac-10 opponent and a return trip to the UNLV Invitational. The Aggies open the season at home against Boise State and North Texas (Oct. 22-23).

NM State has a pair of meets on the first road trip of the year as the Aggies face Washington State (Nov. 5) in Pullman, Wash., and Idaho (Nov. 6) in Moscow, Idaho.

After the divers compete at the Arizona Diving Invitational (Nov. 19-21) in Tucson, Ariz., NM State travels to Flagstaff, Ariz., for a dual meet with WAC foe Northern Arizona (Dec. 4).

Following a two-year hiatus, the Aggies return to the UNLV Invitational (Dec. 11-13) in Las Vegas, Nev. NM State meets Northern Colorado (Jan. 21) in Greeley, Colo., and Colorado State (Jan. 22) in Fort Collins, Colo., after the holiday break. The Aggies then host in-state rival New Mexico (Feb. 5) in the regular season finale and travel to San Antonio, Texas for the WAC Championship (Feb. 23-26).

"I am excited about returning to the UNLV Invitational, which is our first invite in several years and to finish with UNM will be an exciting way to head into taper," Pratt said. "We will have to be tough racing through our heavy training regiment and we’ll have to come together to pull out wins."

"Overall, I am excited for another season and to see how our freshmen and hard working upperclassmen progress."

NM State returns 18 swimmers and a diver and adds four swimmers and two divers to the mix in 2010-11.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Eight Aggie Freshmen And Transfers Earn 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER -- The 2009-10 academic All-WAC freshmen and transfers have been announced and NM State had 48 student-athletes honored. The Aggies' soccer team led the way with 11 honorees, swimming and diving had nine honorees, Chelsa McDonnell, Camille Schultz and Courtney Schultz earned honors for three different sports, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team had seven honorees, baseball had five, men's cross country had four, volleyball, women's basketball and football each had two and the men's and women's golf teams each had one.

The following is the list of freshmen and transfer honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

36 Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors For Winter Sports

The WAC announced the 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC teams for the winter sports and a total of 36 Aggies were honored. The women's track and field team led the way with a total of 16 honorees while swimming and diving followed closely behind with 14 honorees. The women's basketball team placed a total of five players on the list while men's basketball had one.

The 36 Aggie student-athletes join the 33 honorees for the 2009 Fall Academic All-WAC Teams. The Aggies placed six more student-athletes on the Academic All-WAC Teams for the winter sports than they did last year.

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 >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Ninth In National Academic Rankings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team ranks ninth nationally on the Division I Team Scholar All-America Fall 2009 list, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced Friday, Feb. 5.

The Aggies posted a team grade point average of 3.44. NM State was the only WAC school ranked in the top 25.

"It is again a huge honor to coach one of the most academically successful swimming and diving teams in the nation," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We have been on and near the top of this list every semester and this shows that our success is no fluke. Our team’s G.P.A. is a reflection of the culture of our program. When our athletes focus on being great students, make smart social decisions, and are competing and training well, everything comes together for that ultimate experience and happiness."

"It also says a lot about the great academic support that our athletes are getting at New Mexico State and the hard work and determination that staff brings to work everyday," he said. "To be a great student is one thing, but to be a great student-athlete is an amazing accomplishment, we should be very proud of what is going on here at NM State."

The Aggies return to the pool for the WAC Championship Meet, Feb. 24-27 in San Antonio, Texas.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelly Conrad Earns WAC Swimmer Of The Week Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior swimmer Kelly Conrad was named the Verizon Wireless WAC Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced, Wednesday, Jan. 6. This is the second career honor for Conrad. She previously won the award as a freshman.

Conrad helped direct the Aggies to a win over Idaho, Jan. 2, with two individual top honors. She swept the sprint freestyle events winning both the 50 free (24.65) and 100 free (52.77) at the meet. It was the second consecutive meet that she won both events. Conrad was also the anchor for the winning 400-freestyle relay (3:33.93).

Conrad and the Aggies travel to Tucson, Ariz., to take on Arizona and Oregon State in a double-dual meet, Friday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.

Kelly Runestrand Earns WAC Swimmer Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior swimmer Kelly Runestrand was named the Verizon Wireless WAC swimmer of the week, the conference office announced, Tuesday, Dec. 22. This is the first career honor for Runestrand.

Runestrand led the Aggies in a dual meet against Arizona State, Dec. 19, with a pair of individual top honors. Runestrand swept the breaststroke events with season-best performances in the 100 breast (1:05.66) and 200 breast (2:21.82). Her time in both events are the eighth best in the WAC this season. Runestrand also swam the second leg of the third place 200-medley relay and anchored the fourth place 400-free relay for the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: Questions For Coach Pratt

40 Aggies Earn 2009 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Tranfers Honor

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC freshman and transfer teams have been announced. A total of 36 freshman and transfer student-athletes from 12 Aggie sports were named to the list.

Kyle Decater, Jr.
Benjamin Harty, Jr.
Cory Hill, Jr.
Chace Perkins, So.
Nathaniel Shaver, Jr.
Michael Sodders, Jr.
Max Taylor, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming and Diving Coach Rick Pratt Named WAC Swimming Coach Of The Year

Rick Pratt, WAC Coach of the YearSAN ANTONIO, TX - Aggie swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt was named WAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Aggies to a third place finish in the 2009 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The award is voted on by the WAC coaches.

The team's third place finish at the WAC championships was the highest since joining the WAC and the team was right in the hunt for the title with three events remaining. The Aggies finished behind the two favorites to win the title, Nevada (which won for the third consecutive season) and Northern Arizona whom the Aggies have defeated in the regular season in each of the past two years.

Freshman Maria Spies swept the 100 yard and 200 yard breast stroke events and won the 200 yard event in 2:12.02, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. The good news for Aggie fans is that the team loses just three seniors to graduation.

Swimming And Diving Pens Moore In Early Signing Period

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has signed Brittney Moore to a National Letter of Intent, in the early signing period. Moore is a freestyle and individual medley specialist from Spokane, Wash.

Moore is a senior at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., and she competes for the Spokane Area Swimming club and head coach Todd Marsh. Her personal best times include a 1:54.8 mark in the 200 free, 5:04 performance in the 500 free and 4:35 time in the 400 IM.

Pratt said he expects Moore to make an instant impact on the Aggie squad when she arrives in Las Cruces next fall.

"Brittany is a great person and we are very excited to have her be a part of our team," he said. "She will contribute immediately at the WAC level and will bring much depth and quality to our middle distance free and IM group.   Continue Reading This Post >>