HOUSTON, Texas – The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team added another 203 points to its total during the final day of the Phil Hansel Invitational on Saturday to finish the meet in fourth place with 587 total points.
Rice finished atop the leaderboard with 994 points. Western Athletic Conference member, Idaho, finished in second with 653 points while host-school Houston was right behind with 640.50 points.
“This was again an amazing experience for our team and I am very proud of our group of young ladies,” Aggie head coach Rick Pratt said. “Most swam over 10 events with several swimming over 15 throughout the weekend and their mental toughness was inspiring.”
Aggie junior Jessica Legge brought home an individual title for NM State after winning the final of the 200 breaststroke. Legge’s time of 2:16.17 is good enough for third-best all-time in the Aggie record books for the event. Legge also owns the second spot on the list, marking a time of 2:12.37 last spring.
The 200 breast was the most productive event of the meet for NM State. Legge’s win gave the team 20 points while senior Tricia Kiss’ seventh-place finish added another 12 points. Freshman Logan Morris won the consolation final during the event with a time of 2:21.40 for nine more points and junior Kara Schweitzer added a couple more points with her 15th-place finish.
Senior Terrin Seaver almost made it two wins for the Aggies on the day, finishing second during the 200 back with a time of 1:59.32. Like Legge, Seaver’s time was third-fastest in NM State history for the event. Also like Legge, Seaver owns the second position on the all-time fastest list for the event.
Kiss also scored points for the Aggies during the 200 back, winning the consolation final with a time of 2:02.50.
“Tonight was the last and best session for us and to finish like that really says much for our conditioning and character,” Pratt said. “We were way better than we've been at this meet before and it is a great sign for things to come.”
The day started with the 1,650 free event in which sophomore Emily Nightingale was NM State’s top finisher. Nightingale finished in fifth place with a time of 17:08.95. Also scoring points for the Aggies during the event were freshman Natalie French with an eighth-place finish, sophomore Nicole Brennecke right behind in ninth and sophomore Moranda Madero who finished in 15th place.
The 200 fly saw French finish in seventh place with a time of 2:05.38 and NM State sophomore Dorottya Lennert win the consolation final with a time of 2:03.17. In the 100 free, freshman Erin Giles was the Aggie top finisher, finishing in 15th place with a time of 52.18.
The only diving held on Saturday was the platform diving event in which senior Jaymee Porter marked a total score of 139.25, good enough for a ninth-place finish.
The NM State team concluded its participation in Houston by swimming in the 400 free relay. The Aggie ‘A’ team of Seaver, Giles, Lennert and sophomore Cassandra Rupp finished the relay in fifth place while the ‘B’ squad consisting of sophomore Chelsey Reber, Legge, Brennecke and sophomore Mariah Morrell finished in ninth place.
The Aggies will now focus on getting back to dual-meet action and conference play. NM State will host WAC opponent Northern Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the NM State Natatorium. The dual meet, which will be the last of the 2013 calendar year for the Aggies, is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. (MT) and is free to the public.