COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – New Mexico State’s swimming and diving team began its 2013-14 season by falling to the Air Force Academy in a dual meet, 191-103, Friday evening at the Cadet Natatorium.
It was a rough start to the Aggies’ season in the pool as NM State got swept in all 14 events by a very strong Air Force team that has yet to lose to any of its eight opponents this season.
“This was a rough way to start the year and one we would like to forget,” Aggie head coach Rick Pratt said. “Training has been going so well and we're definitely tired from that.”
Senior Tricia Kiss finished in second place during three events, the 100 and 200 back and the 200 individual medley. Junior Jessica Legge, meanwhile, had runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 breast. She also finished behind Kiss and in third place in the 200 IM.
A couple of NM State freshman had third-place finishes while participating in their first meet as Aggies. Logan Morris was right behind Legge in both the 100 and 200 breast, finishing third in both events. Erin Giles also had two third-place finishes, in the 50 and 100 free.
Senior Terrin Seavers finished ahead of Giles in the 100 free and in second place. She also had a third-place finish the 100 butterfly.
NM State sophomores swept the 2-4 spots in the 500 free with Nicole Brennecke finishing second, Emily Nightingale third and Kenzie Soper fourth.
Perhaps the best chance at an Aggie victory came from another sophomore, Dorottya Lennert. She finished second in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall less than 1/10 of a second after her Falcon competitor.
“It was hard to lose like that and we have to learn from this experience,” Pratt said. “AFA had an amazing meet and my hats go off to coach (Casey) Converse and his staff and team.”
NM State has a week to shrug off the loss and prepare for its first home meet of the season. The Aggies will face Northern Colorado in a dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the NM State Natatorium beginning at 11:30 a.m.