LAS CRUCES, N.M. (May 7)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving concluded the 2012-13 season with an end of the year awards banquet.
“This was a special season and we have much to be proud of,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “This group sacrificed so much for our success, and I am not only proud of their accomplishments in the pool, but most of all the way they represent NM State and support one another like a family.”
Sophomore Jessica Legge was named outstanding swimmer of the year. She swept the breaststroke events at the 2013 WAC Championship. Legge was the first Aggies to win two individual titles at the conference meet since 2009. She also broke her own school record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.06.
Junior Jaymee Porter collected the Linda Schroeder Academic Award, and sophomore Kaitlyn Hogan earned the most improved award. Freshman Dorottya Lennert garnered the outstanding newcomer award, while Haley Gansneder was recognized with the coaches’ award. The outstanding diver award went to freshman Audrey Ruiz, who represented the Aggies at the NCAA Zone ‘E’ Diving Championships in March. Junior Terrin Seaver was named lifter of the year, and she and senior Alex Fenton were honored as this year’s team captains. Seaver will return in 2013-14 as a team captain along with sophomore Kara Schweitzer.
“Choosing captains is an important process that we certainly do not take lightly,” he said. “These two individuals have the character and qualities to be great leaders for this team next season, and I am excited for them to take the reins.”
The Aggies also honored their four seniors, Kirsta Bezenek, Fenton, Gansneder and Karen Philpot.
"To swim for four years at the Division I level demands so much dedication and sacrifices,” Pratt said. “Along with that, at NM State we have the highest of standards and to be on this team requires that one be all in. There is no doubt that our seniors gave everything they had, and they are already missed in the pool. I am extremely proud of their efforts and appreciate all of their hard work along the way. They are all special individuals who are going to be successful in the next chapter of their lives.”