Swimming & Diving Recaps

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Swimming & Diving Recaps

NMSU Swimming And Diving Defeats Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving came out victorious in its season-opening meet on Saturday with a 171-127 win over Northern Colorado.

The team of Eliana Beaudry, Hanna McGowan, Reagan Nentwich and Johanna Pettersson won the 200-yard medley relay for NM State with a time of 1:47.32. Lanie McAlpin, Ashley Reynolds, Katherine Harston and Aimee Hatfield finished with a time of 1:49.48, which was good for third.

“Today was a fun meet with many tough performances from both teams,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “This was a different UNC team than we faced last year and they really challenged us in many areas. I'm really proud of the energy and focus that our team had today. Our divers also looked great and I'm excited about that element as well. We still have a lot of work to do and our distance swimmers need to recover better, but in general, this was a great meet to start the season with.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Finishes Second At WAC Swimming And Diving Championships; Pratt Named Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team placed second at the WAC Championships on Saturday. The team scored a cumulative 551 points to finish runners-up to NAU.

Natalie French swam an impressive race in the 1650-yard freestyle. The senior clocked in at 17:00.17 for third place. Picabo Bender placed sixth in the event with a time of 17:05.21.

Johanna Petersson also found herself on the podium as the freshman clocked in at 1:59.31 for third place in the 200-yard backstroke. In fourth was Alix Knagg, who finished with a time of 2:00.03.

Another top performance came from Lauren Wood who finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke. The sophomore claimed the event bronze with a time of 2:14.24.

The NM State 400-yard freestyle relay took fourth. The team composed of Bender, Sina Wegel, Ruby Rodriguez and Petersson combined for a time of 3:25.31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Finishes Second At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - NM State finished in second place at the 2016 Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. The Aggies finished with 488 points, behind only Northern Arizona with 807.5 points.

Senior Dorottya Lennert was named the WAC Swimmer of the Year and freshman Lauren Wood was named WAC Freshman of the Year.

“I'm really proud of the way our group fought this week,” said head coach Rick Pratt. “It was not a perfect week by any means, and we had some injuries and adversity that set us back. Despite that, we had several girls step up and push through till the end. Dory really led our group and I'm very proud of her efforts this week. We had a lot of personal best swims and dives and have much to be proud of.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Swimming And Diving Finishes Third At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team concluded the Western Athletic Conference Championships at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center on Saturday by remaining at the same spot it has been throughout the conference tournament, third place.

The Aggies finished with 528 total points, the most points they have accumulated at the WAC Championships since 2009 when they also finished in third place with 572 points.

NM State finished behind eventual WAC champion Northern Arizona, which finished with 743 points, and Idaho, which marked 642 points. Rounding out the conference tournament were Bakersfield (442 points), Grand Canyon (438 points), North Dakota (364 points), Northern Colorado (349 points) and Seattle U (154 points).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Falls To Idaho On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Not even a tough loss to one of the top teams in the Western Athletic Conference could damper the day on Saturday afternoon inside the NM State Natatorium. The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team lost to conference foe Idaho, 173-127, on what would be the final home meet for five Aggie seniors.

Swimmers Tricia Kiss, Terrin Seaver, Alessandra Zuniga, Briana Zuniga and diver Jaymee Porter were recognized for their Aggie careers during the meet intermission.

NM State did have four wins on the afternoon against a very tough Vandal team. Sophomore Emily Nightingale won the 1,000 free with a time of 10:33.87. Junior Jessica Legge finished the 100 breast in 1:05.93 for a first-place finish while sophomore Dorottya Lennert won the 100 fly with a time of 56.65. Sophomore diver Audrey Ruiz, meanwhile, won the 1-meter event with a score of 262.87.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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).   Continue Reading This Post >>

Legge Wins 100 Breaststroke At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Sophomore Jessica Legge won gold in the 100 breaststroke on the third day of the WAC Championships.

Legge matched her prelim time of 1:01.49, which is an NCAA 'B' cut, in the final for the crown. The Aggies are in fifth place with 236.50 points in the team standings entering the final day of competition.

"We had some great swims especially with Jess's 100 breast," head coach Rick Pratt said. "It was frustrating to DQ another relay, but we've got to come back and finish well."

The Aggies had two swimmers in the 100 back championship heat. Junior Terrin Seaver led the way in fourth (55.59) and freshman Mariah Morrell followed in sixth (56.10).

In the 400 individual medley, junior Tricia Kiss posted a team-best sixth-place showing (4:21.24), and freshman Emily Nightingale was 11th (4:26.70).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Celebrates Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team concluded the 2012-13 regular season on senior day with a 178.5-121.5 loss to in-state rival New Mexico.

The Aggies honored their four seniors, Kirsta Bezenek, Alex Fenton, Haley Gansneder and Karen Philpot at their final home meet.

"Today was a tough loss against a good team who was certainly ready to go," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We are a month away from conference and had some great swims, but also some stale ones. We're on track to do what we need to do in a month, and despite the loss, I feel like we are a better team than the end points showed."

Sophomore Jessica Legge swept the breaststroke events and broke the pool record in the 100 breast (1:03.92). She also won the 200 individual medley. In the butterfly events, freshman Dorottya Lennert led the Aggies and won the 200 fly (2:05.48) and was runner-up in the 100 fly.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Beats Oregon State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team opened the spring semester with a four-team meet in Tucson, Ariz. The Aggies defeated Oregon State, 148-142, but fell to Northern Arizona, 181-118, and meet host Arizona, 221-76.

The Aggies began the meet with a third-place finish in the 200-medley relay with junior Tricia Kiss, sophomore Jessica Legge, freshman Dorottya Lennert and senior Alex Fenton.

Lennert guided the Aggies in the butterfly events. She finished in fifth place in the 100 fly and sixth place in the 200 fly.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Finishes Fourth At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team broke nine school records at the 2012 WAC Championships.

The Aggies finished in fourth place in the team standings with 429 points. Freshman Aliena Schmidtke was named WAC Freshman of the Year. She is the second consecutive Aggie to earn the award.

"The meet was a success and definitely a meet to put in the record books," head coach Rick Pratt said. "The overall scores weren't exactly what we were hoping for, but we cannot be disappointed with nine school records and countless best times. We also had 10 NCAA 'B' cuts this year, more than we've ever had before. It was also great to see Aliena Schmidtke receive WAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year, an award that someone on our team has received for the second year in a row."  Continue Reading This Post >>