LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team begins its competitive schedule on Friday, Oct. 25, by taking a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a dual meet with the Air Force Academy Falcons beginning at 6 p.m. (MT).
This will be the second-consecutive season that the Aggies open their schedule facing the Falcons. Last year’s meet saw NM State defeat Air Force, 155-145, at the NM State Natatorium, a feat that Aggie head coach Rick Pratt knows will be difficult to repeat in Colorado.
“It has been an incredible start to our training this fall and we are certainly ready and eager to race,” Pratt said. “Facing AFA in Colorado Springs definitely has many challenges, but I think this will be a great experience for our group.”
It will be a more experienced team that faces the Falcons as the Aggies return 16 swimmers from the 2012-13 season. Among them is junior Jessica Legge who comes off winning two gold medals at the WAC Swimming and Diving Championships (100 and 200 breaststroke) and breaking her own school record in the 200 individual medley.
On the diving side, it will be a season of familiar faces as well as a new one. NM State returns all three divers from a season ago, including sophomore Audrey Ruiz who was the first Aggie diver to make it to an NCAA zones meet in four years.
Ruiz and the rest of the divers will have a new coach at the helm as Kyle Bogner will enter his first meet as the NM State diving coach. Bogner replaces Molly Parker who had coached the divers for the previous two seasons.
“Diving will be an important part of the equation as well and I am relieved to have coach Bogner here to help with our talented three divers,” Pratt said. “We are excited to see where we are at this point of the season.”
The Aggies will certainly have their hands full as Air Force comes into the meet undefeated at 7-0, winning a dual meet versus Kansas, winning a five-team meet and more recently winning a three-team meet on Saturday.
“This will be the best AFA team we have faced since my time at NM State,” Pratt said. “They have some strong freestylers and key stroke swimmers who have swam real well so far. To win this Friday we are going to have to have a winning attitude and take the close races.”
A recap and final results will be available Friday night at NMStateSports.com.