LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Oct. 13)-The New Mexico State swimming and diving team began the 2012-13 season with a 155-145 win over Air Force at the NM State Natatorium.
The Aggies opened the meet with a statement and more than a three-second win in the 200-medley relay with junior Tricia Kiss, sophomore Jessica Legge, junior Terrin Seaver and freshman Chelsey Reber setting the tone.
"It was so great and lots to be proud of," head coach Rick Pratt said. "I think Air Force is a tough team. We showed a lot of our character to how we performed in a close meet at this time of the season. I thought in the longer events, we finished well. I don't think we have much speed right now but that will come down the road."
Junior diver Jaymee Porter swept the diving events with her first career victories on the 1-meter and 3-meter, and freshman Lauren Reifel contributed with a third-place finish on the 1-meter.
"That's the first time Jaymee Porter has won two events in her collegiate career as a junior against some solid divers from Air Force," he said. "That was really big too."
The Aggies had three swimmers win two individual events. Kiss collected top honors in the 200 back and 400 individual medley along with a third-place showing in the 100 back. Legge swept the breaststroke events and finished second in the 400 IM. Seaver also won a pair of events as she touched the wall first in the 100 back and 100 fly and was third in the 100 free.
Junior Alex Fenton led the way in the freestyle events for the Aggies with a victory in the 100 free and runner-up showings in the 50 free and 200 free.
"I thought our captains Alex Fenton and Terrin Seaver really set the tone along with Tricia Kiss," Pratt said. "They won some close races for us, when we needed it."
The Aggie newcomers also played a role in the meet win in their first collegiate meet. In the 1,000 free, freshman Emily Nightingale finished second and freshman MacKenzie Soper followed in third place. Reber, freshman Nicole Brennecke and freshman Cassandra Rupp scored in the 50 free, 500 free and 200 back, respectively, with third-place finishes.
Sophomore Kara Schweitzer guided the Aggies in the 200 fly with a second-place showing. NM State concluded the season-opening meet with a second-place finish in the 400-free relay.