LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State University swimming and diving team started its season with its annual Crimson and White intrasquad meet Wednesday afternoon at the NM State Swimming and Diving Complex. The White squad needed a win in the final race, the 200 freestyle relay, to defeat the Crimson squad, 55-49.
“The big part of this meet is to give the girls some adversity,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “We trained hard all week, did a big run this morning, lifted weights, but we had some good swims despite that and they encouraged each other. They really worked on the details we’ve been talking about.”
Aggie senior Tricia Kiss paced the White team with wins in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Meanwhile, junior Jessica Legge, last season’s outstanding swimmer of the year and two-time WAC champion, had a win for the Crimson team in one of her signature events, the 100 breaststroke.
On the diving side, sophomore Audrey Ruiz won the 1-meter event for the White team while fellow sophomore-diver Lauren Reifel won the 3-meter for the Crimson.
“Overall I’m really proud of the group, I think we have a special chemistry going on,” Pratt said. “I’m really proud of our divers, this is the first year that in our intrasquad meet they were ready to do all their dives on 3-meter and 1-meter and get right into it.”
NM State now prepares for its first competitive meet of the fall season, a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Oct. 25, to face the Air Force Academy.