“This meet was a great experience and we’re very proud of the group,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “With so many in-season un-rested best swims and even all-time bests, it was a great sign of the training we’ve been doing and the toughness of our group. We’re excited about where we are and the next half of our season.”
Sophomore Beth Cate finished the invitational on a strong note with a win in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Hannah Ferrin scored in fourth, while senior Theresa Illgen was eighth.
Senior diver Mariesa Cloud qualified for the NCAA Zone meet with her performance on the 1-meter springboard. She led the Aggies in second place, while junior Carly Smith was fifth. Cloud also won the 3-meter event, and Smith claimed third.
In the 200 back, Cate finished in second place, and freshman Tricia Kiss was fifth. Additionally, freshman Terrin Seaver was sixth and sophomore Alex Fenton took eighth. NM State dominated the 200 breaststroke with four Aggies scoring in the event. Senior Kelly Runestrand led the way in fourth place and Kiss followed in sixth. Senior Alannah Lawrence and Illgen provided points in seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the 1,650 free, junior Brittney Moore recorded a team-best fifth-place finish, sophomore Jessi Vlasic followed in sixth and junior Rachelle Bassen claimed seventh. The Aggies also earned second place in the 400-free relay.
On the second day of competition, Kiss recorded a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley. Illgen followed in third place, while Moore and freshman Katie Hack also scored in seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the 100 breaststroke,
Cate led the way for the Aggies in the 100 butterfly in third place. Senior Kelly Conrad and Ferrin also contributed points in the event in sixth and seventh, respectively. In the 200 free, Conrad posted a team-best third place, while Fenton was sixth and
The Aggies finished second in the 200-medley relay and third in the 800-free relay.