HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 17)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team finished the UH Phill Hansel Invitational with individual personal-best performances. The Aggies moved up one spot in the team standings and finished in 10th place in with 75 points.
"The finish in the standings is definitely not an indication of the level of our current team," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We had a challenging meet with some of the best competition in the country. We learned a lot about each other this weekend and despite all the ups and downs, I am really proud of the way we finished the meet, and the passion we put into our swims.
"We are focusing on February and doing the things needed to be successful at the end of the year. To have personal bests this weekend was great, but we still have much more work to do."
The Aggies had three swimmers in the 200 back finals with junior Tricia Kiss leading the way in 13th place. Senior Terrin Seaver followed in 14th, while Emily Nightingale was 34th. In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Jessica Legge had a team-high 11th-place showing. Kiss finished in 27th, and sophomore Kara Schweitzer was 32nd.
Freshman Nicole Brennecke guided the Aggie distance crew with a 13th-place finish in the 1,650 free. Nightingale was 18th, and freshman Kenzie Soper was 24th. In the 200 fly, Schweitzer finished in 22nd place, while freshmen Dorottya Lennert and Moranda Madero were 28th and 38th, respectively.
The Aggies return to dual meet action, when they travel to Northern Arizona, Dec. 1, in Flagstaff, Ariz.