Swimming and Diving Smashes Records at WAC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/24/2011


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 24)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team continued to break school records at the 2011 WAC Championships. After the first full day of competition, the Aggies are in fifth place in the team standings with 136 points.


Freshman Tricia Kiss (2:03.06) and sophomore Beth Cate (2:03.21) both broke the school record in the 200 individual medley that had stood since 2002. Kiss earned fourth place and Cate scored in seventh, while freshman Katie Hack claimed 17th place.


“We had so many great swims today and despite the scores, today was a good day,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “We’re only 16 points off where we were at this point last year, and we’ve got a huge day tomorrow and our best day on Saturday left to catch the field.”


Senior Kelly Conrad finished in eighth place in the 50 free with a career-best performance (23.41). In the 500 free, junior Brittney Moore and sophomore Haley Gansneder helped the Aggies with 13th and 16th-place showings.


The Aggies ended the night with a fifth-place performance in the 200-free relay with the team of junior Gina Palombit, Conrad, Cate and sophomore Alex Fenton.


“This morning was a fast session and every team is really pushing it,” Pratt said. “Our 500 free was stiff, however, Brittney (Moore) and Haley (Gansneder) were right on their lifetime personal bests. The IM’s were the highlight of the morning with Tricia (Kiss) and Beth (Cate) smashing the school record and both making the finals. Kelly (Conrad) was stiff but still managed a lifetime best and made the finals.”


The WAC Championships continue Friday, Feb. 25, in San Antonio, Texas.

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