SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 1)-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).
The Aggies had three swimmers score in the 100 butterfly with Seaver recording a seventh-place finish (56.50). Freshman Dorottya Lennert and Morrell also provided points in 10th (55.56) and 16th (57.19), respectively.
In the 200 free, sophomore Kaitlyn Hogan led the Crimson and White in 14th place (1:53.08), and senior Alex Fenton followed in 15th place (1:53.18)
In the preliminaries, senior Kirsta Bezenek qualified for the evening session with a 19th-place finish (1:06.59) in the 100 breast.
In the 100 butterfly, the Aggies had five swimmers make the finals with Seaver guiding the Crimson and White in sixth place (55.47). Lennert and Morrell swam in the 'B' finals after ninth (55.57) and 16th-place finishes (57.19), respectively. Bezenek was 17th (57.55) and freshman Moranda Madero was 23rd (58.44), and the duo represented the Aggies in the 'C' final.
Hogan led NM State in the 200 free following a 10th-place showing (1:52.20), and Fenton followed in 13th place (1:52.53). Freshman Nicole Brennecke touched in 18th (1:52.96), and senior Haley Gansneder was 24th (1:53.93) to earn spots in the evening session.
In the 400 individual medley, Kiss made the championship heat after a 4:21.64 time and sixth-place showing. Nightingale and sophomore Kara Schweitzer qualified for the finals in 12th place (4:29.15) and 18th place (4:33.79).
The Aggies have two swimmers in the 100 back finals with Seaver placing sixth (55.95) and Morrell placing eighth (56.00). Freshmen Cassandra Rupp and Chelsey Reber were in the 'C' finals following 20th place (57.93) and 21st place (58.06) swims.