SAN ANTONIO, Texas – It was a record-breaking day for the New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team during day three of the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Friday. Senior Terrin Seaver and junior Jessica Legge both became WAC champions after winning events with NCAA ‘B’ cut times.
NM State remains in third at the conference tournament being held in the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center with 353 total points. Northern Arizona continues to lead with 476 points while Idaho remains in second with 457 points.
Seaver won the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.77, breaking her own school record of 55.38 she set during the 2012 WAC Championships. It was the second time on Friday that Seaver broke a NM State record.
Earlier in the day, Seaver finished second during the 100 butterfly event to Idaho’s Jamie Sterbis. Her time of 54.67, however, broke the Aggie record set by Beth Cate in 2011. Seaver broke Cate’s record by 1/100th of a second.
Sophomore Dorottya Lennert also marked points during the 100 fly, finishing in fourth place with a time of 54.93.
Legge, meanwhile, made it two WAC championships in a row in the in 100 breaststroke. She won the event in a time of 1:01.78 for back-to-back gold medals. Legge will also try to make two in a row in the 200 breast on Saturday as she defends her crown during that event.
Senior Tricia Kiss also had a top-3 finish to help the NM State point total. Kiss finished in third place during the 400 individual medley (IM) with a time of 4:21.55.
Also helping the Aggie cause was a third-place finish by the NM State 400 medley relay team to close day three. The team of Seaver, Legge, Lennert and sophomore Cassandra Rupp swam the relay in 3:42.26, 2/100th of a second off the school record.
The WAC Swimming and Diving Championships conclude on Saturday with seven events. The women will compete in the 1,650 free, 200 fly, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 back, 400 free relay and the platform diving event.