LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Jan. 19) - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team returns to the pool for a pair of road meets in Colorado. The Aggies take on Northern Colorado, Friday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Greeley, Colo., and Colorado State, Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Collins, Colo.
“It’s been an amazing month of training, and we are very excited about the progress our team has made,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “We’re ready to start swimming fast and this is a group which has come together in a special way. I am very proud of our seniors especially and now they have set themselves up for the ultimate finale.
”We have not raced in a month and I am eager to see them in action this weekend. Northern Colorado is a young team with a large freshmen class, and they’re well-coached. It will be a good test for us to race after a long trip at their home pool during their senior night.”
Last season, the Aggies defeated Northern Colorado, 220-79, Oct. 31, 2009, in a dual meet, and, 129-107, Oct. 30, 2009 in a relay meet in Las Cruces.
“Colorado State has a tradition of being a tough team who especially does not like to lose at home,” Pratt said. “I do not think we have ever beaten them head-to-head in at least over 20 years, and it will be a great challenge for us.
“CSU has depth and match up really well with us. For us to win, we’re going to have to finish our races well and focus on the things we’ve been working on all year. Diving will be an important factor during both meets, and I am confident in their abilities.”
The Aggies haven’t faced Colorado State since the 2008-09 season. NM State tumbled to CSU, 160-140, Nov. 8, 2008 in the Mean Green Duals in Denton, Texas, and 158-114, Jan. 17, 2009 in Fort Collins.