SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 28)-On the second day of the WAC Championships, the New Mexico State swimming and diving team broke a school record.
In the primaries of the 200 individual medley, the Aggies had two swimmers make the championship final with school-record performances. Both sophomore Jessica Legge (2:02.06) and junior Tricia Kiss (2:03.00) broke Legge's previous record of 2:03.03.
In the finals, Legge finished in fifth place (2:02.59) and Kiss followed in sixth place (2:02.94). Freshman Dorottya Lennert also scored for the Aggies in 16th place (2:06.79). As a team, the Aggies are in fifth place with 144.5 points.
On the 3-meter springboard, freshman Audrey Ruiz led the way with an eighth-place showing (250.95). Freshman Lauren Reifel and junior Jaymee Porter scored in 11th place (249.00) and 13th place (246.70), respectively.
The Aggies had three swimmers post points in the 500 free. Senior Haley Gansneder was 10th with a near a school-record mark of (4:57.75). Freshman Emily Nightingale tied for 11th (4:59.33), and freshman Kenzie Soper finished in 16th place (5:02.76). In the 50 free, freshman Chelsey Reber paced the Aggies in 15th place (23.93).
In the morning prelim session, the Aggies had four swimmers qualify for the finals of the 500 freestyle. Nightingale, Gansneder and Soper swam in the 'B' final after 10th-place (5:00.71), 11th-place (5:0121) and 15th-place (5:02.04) finishes, respectively. Freshman Nicole Brennecke also swam in the evening session after touching in 18th place (5:02.94).
In the 50 free, Reber posted a team-best 23.71 and 12th-place showing, and senior Alex Fenton followed with 24.07 and 23rd place in the sprint.
The Aggies continue the conference championship meet, Friday, March 1.