LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Jan. 21)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team defeated WAC foe Idaho, 171-125, in its final home meet of the season on senior day.
"It was a nice win and fun for our senior class who have sacrificed much for our program," head coach Rick Pratt said. "We had good efforts despite many still fatigued from the past three intense weeks of training. We need to do a better job of splitting our races and being strategic in our efforts. This was a good indication of where we stand, and it is time to perfect our skills and get fast."
The Aggies opened the meet with the top two finishes in the 200-medley relay. Sophomore Terrin Seaver, freshman Jessica Legge, junior Beth Cate and senior Gina Palombit won the event, while sophomore Tricia Kiss, senior Maria Spies, junior Kirsta Bezenek and freshman Victoria Palombit followed in second place.
Cate paced the squad with three individual victories. She claimed top honors in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. In the 100 fly, Bassen followed in second, while freshman Kara Schweitzer was second in the 200 fly.
In the breaststroke events, Legge swept the 100 and 200 breast along with a runner-up finish in the 200 IM. Spies collected bronze in the 100 breast, as sophomore Katie Hack finished in third place in the 200 breast.
Seaver also posted a pair of individual victories in the 100 and 200 back. Kiss scored in the events with a second-place showing in the 100 back and third-place showing in the 200 back.
In the distance freestyle events, senior Rachelle Bassen won the 1,000 free, with junior Haley Gansneder taking second place. Gansneder earned top honors in the 500 free, and senior Brittney Moore helped the Aggies in second place.
On the boards, sophomore Jaymee Porter contributed with runner-up finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.
Freshman Aliena Schmidtke led the way in the freestyle races with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 free. Gina Palombit touched the wall in second place in the 50 free and third place in the 200 free. Junior Alex Fenton and Bassen collected third-place showings in the 100 free and 50 free, respectively.
The Aggies conclude the regular season against in-state rivals, New Mexico, Feb. 4, in Albuquerque.