GREELEY, Colo. (Jan. 21)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team began the 2011 spring semester with a 132-108 win at Northern Colorado.
The Aggies opened the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay with the team of freshman Tricia Kiss, senior Alannah Lawrence, sophomore Beth Cate and senior Kelly Conrad.
NM State swept the 200 free with freshman Terrin Seaver taking top honors, and junior Brittney Moore and sophomore Jessi Vlasic following in second and third, respectively.
“We had some energetic swims and some not so energetic swims,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “Despite the win, overall we were sluggish. We’ll have to be much better tomorrow to get another W.”
The Aggies scored with first-places finishes from Conrad in the 50 free and junior Maria Spies in the 200 breaststroke.
NM State claimed first and third-place showings in four events including the 200 individual medley with Kiss and freshman Katie Hack, in the 100 free with sophomore Alex Fenton and junior Gina Palombit, in the 200 back with Cate and sophomore Hannah Ferrin and in the 500 free with Vlasic and Hack.
In the 200 butterfly, senior Theresa Illgen led the way in second and junior Ana Smith followed in third. Sophomore Haley Gansneder also supplied points in the third place in the 1,000 free.
“Alex Fenton, Theresa Illgen, Katie Hack and Jessica Vlasic were the ones who really stuck out with passionate races,” Pratt said. “If you compare tonight’s results to the last time we were here, it was a much better meet, on both sides. With only a couple a meets left to prepare for the WAC Championships, we’re trying to take advantage of every opportunity and try to fix the details that will let us be great in five weeks.”
In the diving events, junior Carly Smith finished second and senior Mariesa Cloud was third on the 3-meter springboard. Smith also claimed third on the 1-meter.
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