LAS VEGAS (Dec. 19)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team ended the UNLV Invitational on a high note with a win in the 400-free relay. The team of sophomore Terrin Seaver, junior Alex Fenton, freshman Victoria Palombit and freshman Aliena Schmidtke powered the Aggies to a third-place team finish with 443 points.
"We had some really tough swims, and to finish the meet with an amazing relay like that is a great sign," head coach Rick Pratt said. "This meet will make us better prepared for conference and that was the goal. We learned a lot this weekend, and it was the perfect meet to end the year on."
In the 100 free, Schmidtke led the Aggies with a runner-up finish, while Seaver and Fenton were 10th and 13th, respectively. Seaver also guided NM State in the 200 back with a third-place showing. Sophomore Alix Mertel (seventh), sophomore Tricia Kiss (10th) and junior Beth Cate (11th) scored for the Aggies.
Cate collected a second-place showing in the 200 fly, while senior Rachelle Bassen (10th), freshman Jessica Legge (13th) and freshman Kara Schweitzer (14th) provided additional points.
In the 200 breast, Legge posted a team-best eighth-place finish. Kiss and Schweitzer also contributed in 11th place and 16th place, respectively. In the 1,650 free, Bassen finished 14th, while junior Haley Gansneder was 16th.
The Aggies have a break until after the New Year, when they head to Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona and Oregon State, Jan. 6.