SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 25)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team broke nine school records at the 2012 WAC Championships.
The Aggies finished in fourth place in the team standings with 429 points. Freshman Aliena Schmidtke was named WAC Freshman of the Year. She is the second consecutive Aggie to earn the award.
"The meet was a success and definitely a meet to put in the record books," head coach Rick Pratt said. "The overall scores weren't exactly what we were hoping for, but we cannot be disappointed with nine school records and countless best times. We also had 12 NCAA 'B' cuts this year, more than we've ever had before. It was also great to see Aliena Schmidtke receive WAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year, an award that someone on our team has received for the second year in a row."
Schmidtke collected runner-up honors in 100 free (49.28) with a school-record performance and an NCAA provisional time. Junior Alex Fenton contributed points with a 14th-place showing (51.85).
In the 200 backstroke, sophomores Tricia Kiss and Terrin Seaver both broke the school record. Kiss earned a bronze (1:58.81) with an NCAA 'B' cut, while Seaver followed in fifth place (1:59.99).
Freshman Jessica Legge claimed third place in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.47) with an NCAA 'B' cut time, and senior Maria Spies scored in 11th (2:18.54). Junior Beth Cate broke her own program record in the 200 butterfly (2:02.00) en route to a bronze medal.
In the 1,650 free, junior Haley Gansneder led the Aggies with a seventh-place finish (17:06.29). Senior Rachelle Bassen and Brittney Moore also scored in 12th (17:21.38) and 16th place (17:31.66), respectively.
The Aggies ended the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-free relay with a school record and NCAA 'B' cut with the team of Schmidtke, Seaver, freshman Victoria Palombit and Fenton.