ALBUQUERQUE (Feb. 4)-In the regular season finale, the New Mexico State swimming and diving team extended its unbeaten streak over in-state rival New Mexico to five with a 150-150 tie.
In the distance freestyle events, senior Brittney Moore led the Aggies with a pair of wins in the 500 free and 1,000 free. Senior Rachelle Bassen finished in second in the 1,000 free and fourth in the 500 free, while junior Haley Gansneder was third in the 500 free and fourth in the 1,000 free.
"We are very disappointed in the outcome and have to give credit to UNM's sprinters who really out swam us," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We had some great efforts and good swims but needed to be tougher in certain areas to come up with the win. We are a better team than today's results show. Our goal is to peak at conference, and we cannot let today's results get in the way of succeeding in three weeks.
"Brittney Moore had a strong day as a senior and really led the group. Terrin Seaver and Jessica Legge also stepped up and did a nice job. Our divers have gone through a lot but performed well amongst a strong group of UNM divers."
Freshman Jessica Legge earned two individual victories in the 100 breast and 200 breast. Junior Beth Cate scored with top honors in the 200 fly, 200 individual medley and second place in the 100 fly. Freshman Kara Schweitzer provided points with a third-place finish in the 200 fly.
The Aggies swept the backstroke events with sophomore Terrin Seaver leading the way in the 100 back, and sophomore Tricia Kiss winning the 200 back. Seaver also posted a second-place finish in the 100 free, and Kiss finished third in the100 back and second in the 200 IM.
Freshman Aliena Schmidtke won the 200 free and claimed third in the 50 free, while junior Alex Fenton was second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free.
On the springboards, senior Carly Smith was third on both the 1-meter and 3-meter, while sophomore Jaymee Porter was sixth on the 1-meter and fifth on the 3-meter.
The Aggies collected second-place showings in both relays behind the team of Seaver, Legge, freshman Victoria Palombit and Fenton in the 400-free relay and Kiss, senior Maria Spies, junior Kirsta Bezenek and senior Gina Palombit in the 200-medley relay.
In two weeks, the Aggies travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the WAC Championships, Feb. 22-25.