LAS CRUCES, N.M. – For the second time this month, the New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team heads to Arizona for a swim meet. The Aggies will continue their stretch of three-consecutive weeks of competition with a dual meet in Phoenix versus Western Athletic Conference member Grand Canyon University on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The meet, being held at the Dottie Boreyko/Brophy Sports Campus, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (MT) start.
NM State also traveled to Arizona at the beginning of the month (Jan. 3) for a three-way meet in Tucson in which the Aggies defeated Oregon State but lost to Arizona.
The Aggies are coming off a loss to WAC foe Idaho during their final home meet of the season. Although NM State did win four events, the team was outscored 173-127 by the Vandals. Aggie head coach Rick Pratt seems optimistic, however, that the squad can rebound from the tough loss.
“The team has responded well to our loss last weekend and we are excited to get on the road for another dual meet,” Pratt said.
NM State heads to Phoenix with sophomore Dorottya Lennert leading the team with six wins on the season, including three in the 100 butterfly event. Senior Terrin Seaver has added another four wins, two in the 100 backstroke and another two in the 200 backstroke.
On the diving side, sophomore Audrey Ruiz has three wins on the season. She has won the 1-meter event twice, including versus Idaho, and the 3-meter one time.
Grand Canyon, meanwhile, has a couple of wins in dual meets this season. The ‘Lopes are coming off a split with North Dakota in back-to-back dual meets.
“GCU has some great swimmers and will give us many challenges,” Pratt said. “If we can clean up the mistakes we made last weekend it will be a successful trip.”
The Aggies conclude their three-week stretch of competition next week with the swimmers and divers competing in different venues. The divers will compete in the Falcon Diving Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., while the swimmers will be in Albuquerque to take on I-25 rival New Mexico.
Next week’s competitions will be the final time NM State will face an opponent before heading to the WAC Championships in San Antonio beginning Feb. 26.