LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team opened its 2013-14 home schedule by defeating Northern Colorado, 170-128, in a Western Athletic Conference dual meet Saturday afternoon at the NM State Natatorium.
The Aggies came in first during 11 of the 16 events, including sweeping the top three spots during the first and final individual swimming events, the 1,000 freestyle and the 200 individual medley (IM).
“Overall I was really happy with the energy and passion our team brought to the pool today,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “It was a beautiful day for a meet, we had some great support on deck, and this was a step in the right direction headed into November.”
Three NM State sophomores finished 1-2-3 during the 1,000 free, led by Emily Nightingale who won the race with a time of 10:34.82. Nicole Brennecke came in second while Kenzie Soper finished third.
Another Aggie sophomore, Dorottya Lennert, led the charge in the 200 IM. Lennert finished with a time of 2:10.75 to win the event, just in front of her teammates, junior Jessica Legge and senior Tricia Kiss, who took the second and third spots respectively.
Lennert finished as the top NM State swimmer on Saturday, winning a total of three events. She also touched the wall first in the 100 (57.32) and 200 butterfly (2:06.83).
Other individual winners for NM State included senior Terrin Seaver who swept both backstroke events, winning the 100 back in 57.43 and the 200 back in 2:06.42. Sophomore Cassandra Rupp took home the 200 free title with a time of 1:56.81 while Brennecke won the 500 free at 5:14.09. The Aggies also won the 400 medley relay.
“Today was a good day and we had some much better swims compared to last weekend,” Pratt said. “We still have a lot of work to do and at this point of the year we're starting to get tired from the workload.”
On the diving side, Aggie sophomore Audrey Ruiz swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, finishing the 1-meter with a total score of 264.37 and the 3-meter at 253.87. Senior Jaymee Porter helped NM State finish 1-2 in the 3-meter, finishing in second with a total score of 229.57.
“[Diving] Coach [Kyle] Bogner and our divers did a tremendous job today as they had some good performances,” Pratt said. “Audrey was really impressive winning both boards.”
NM State now has a couple of weeks to prepare for participation in the Houston Invitational swim meet which begins on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 23.