- November 17, 2017
- Las Cruces, New Mexico
- New Mexico State 184, Northern Arizona 148
Courtesy of New Mexico State Athletics
The New Mexico State women’s swimming team closed out day one against Northern Arizona in the lead, 134-88, at the NM State Swim and Dive Complex, while the diving team concluded day one of the Northern Arizona Diving Invite in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“We swam really well in the two sessions today,” assistant coach Rachel Judge said. “In the morning, we started out slower with the mile, but NAU has three of the top mile swimmers in the conference. I think confidence wise, our girls having the chance to swim against them is good experience at this point in the season. We picked it up from there and had a really solid relay at the end of the first session. The girls came back with really good energy this afternoon. I think the swim of the day was Hanna McGowan where she won the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:02.61, which is her best time by a second and a half and is going to be one of the top times in the conference. That really puts her in position to be in the top-three at the WAC, so that’s really exciting. Alix Knagg had some really solid backstroke swims today. Picabo Bender was really solid in the freestyle, winning both the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. We’re really looking forward to tomorrow’s session.”
In the 1650-yard freestyle, Monique King (17:04.87), Sam Milewski (17:16.44) and Kimmy Richter (17:18.40) finished first, second and third, respectively for NAU.
NM State dominated the 200-yard backstroke and took the top-three spots. Alix Knagg finished in first-place with a time of 2:01.12, while Gabrielle Sanchez finished second after clocking a time of 2:03.31. Johanna Pettersson finished in third-place with a time of 2:03.91.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Picabo Bender (51.73), Sina Wegel (51.99) and Aimee Hatfield (52.78) swept the category for the Aggies and finished first, second and third, respectively.
Hanna McGowan finished the 200-yard breaststroke in first place with a time of 2:17.56, while Lauren Wood recorded a time of 2:17.70 to finish in second-place. Sarah Takach placed third after clocking a time 2:18.24.
At the conclusion of the 200-yard butterfly, Andrea Schmidt posted a time of 2:00.98 to finish in first-place, while Alina Staffeldt placed second with a time of 2:01.23. Reagan Nentwich clocked a time of 2:05.25 to finish third.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Grace Laporte, P. Bender, Wegel and Pettersson recorded a time of 3:27.90 for NM State and placed first. Elisa Rodriguez, Monique King, Alina Staffeldt and Roni Houck place second with a time of 3:29.72, while Ruby Rodriguez, Olivia Bender, Hatfield and McGowan clocked a time of 3:34.38 to finish in third-place.
The Aggies took home the top two spots in the 400-yard medley relay when the team of Eliana Beaudry, Hanna McGowan, Reagan Nentwich and Picabo Bender recorded a time of 3:47.86. With a time of 3:49.34 was the team of Alix Knagg, Lauren Wood, Katherine Harston and Sina Wegel to place second.
Coming in third-place was NAU’s Sarah O’Connor, Sarah Takach, Alina Staffeldt and Roni Houck.
In the 400-yard IM, Takach placed first with a time of 4:22.86, while NM State’s Knagg came in second with a recorded time of 4:27.77. Wood finished in third-place with a time of 4:30.76.
P. Bender clocked a time of 1:51.32 to finish first in the 200-yard freestyle, while Kimmy Richter (1:52.27) and Monique King (1:52.34) placed second and third, respectively.
NM State’s McGowan claimed the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke after clocking a time of 1:02.61. Hope Williams followed up with a time of 1:03.63 and Wood placed third with a time of 1:04.48.
At the end of the 100-yard backstroke, Knagg finished in first-place for the Aggies with a time of 56.37, while Nentwich came in second with a recorded time of 57.37. Coming in third-place was Lauren Hazel with a time of 57.81.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, NAU’s Andrea Schmidt, Elisa Rodriguez, Roni Houck and Alina Staffeldt came in first-place with a time of 1:35.75. NM State’s Rodriguez, Hatfield, Sutherland and Wegel finished in second with a time of 1:36.16 while the team of P. Bender, Laporte, O. Bender and Pettersson finished in third place with a time of 1:37.80.
Meanwhile, the diving squad led by head coach Miranda King, closed out Friday’s one-meter event just shy of the top 12.
“Overall, the girls were solid this today,” King said. “The competition was tough, but they hung in well with some PAC 12 divers. It was a long event and it’s difficult to stay focused when there is 39 minutes between each dive. However, they handled the metal side of the meet incredibly well. We are hoping to come back tomorrow and make it into the finals for the three-meter.”
NM State’s Raina Brommer finished 14th with a final score 249.95, while MacKinna Hauff placed 17th with a score of 241.50. Sheridan Decker rounded out the group with a score of 193.95 to finish 28th. Sharae Zheng finished in first-place with a score of 326.30 for Nevada. Frida Kaellgren represented Arizona State with a score of 314.65 to finish in second-place and Phoebe Lamay gave UC Berkeley a third-place finish with a score of 294.60.