LAS VEGAS (Dec. 18)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team is in second place in the team standings with 281 points after day two of the UNLV Invitational.
"We had another great day with most of our athletes competing in five to six events," head coach Rick Pratt said. "It is a great experience to go through this, and I am very proud of the toughness we showed tonight."
The Aggies controlled the 400 individual medley with junior Beth Cate and freshman Jessica Legge earning first and second places, respectively. Freshman Kara Schweitzer also scored in eighth, while sophomore Tricia Kiss finished in ninth.
NM State collected third-place showings in both relays with the team of sophomore Terrin Seaver, Legge, Cate and freshman Aliena Schmidtke in the 200-medley and Seaver, junior Alex Fenton, Legge and Schmidtke in the 800-free relay.
In the 100 breaststroke, Legge led the Aggies in second place with junior Kirsta Bezenek and senior Gina Palombit contributing in 14th and 15th place. In the 200 free, Schmidtke posted a team-best third-place finish. Fenton and freshman Kaitlyn Hogan provided points in 13th and 14th place, respectively.
Schmidtke paced the Aggies in the 100 butterfly in fifth place, while Cate posted a sixth-place showing. Additionally, Bezenek (11th), senior Rachelle Bassen (12th) and Seaver (14th) helped the Aggies score. In the 100 back, Seaver finished in fourth place, while sophomore Alix Mertel and Kiss were eighth and 13th, respectively.
In the diving events, senior Carly Smith guided the Aggies in fifth place on the 1-meter springboard, while sophomore Jaymee Porter was ninth. On the 3-meter, Porter collected an eighth-place showing.
The Aggies conclude the UNLV Invitational, Monday, Dec. 19.