New Mexico State Takes Lancer Invite Title

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December 16th, 2018 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Lancer Invitational

Courtesy: New Mexico State Athletics

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The New Mexico State swimming and diving team dominated the Lancer Invitational in Riverside, Calif., racking up 1,683 points on its way to winning the meet.

“This was a great experience for our team and I’m really excited and proud of the grit we showed this weekend,” said head coach Rick Pratt. “It was a lot of races in three short sessions and our team had infectious energy on deck.  It was a great way to finish off the year and move into the second half of our season. Standout performances came from many individuals, but our upperclassmen really impressed me how they lead our team in and out of the pool.”

The Aggies started the day with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay from the squad of Alix Knagg, Hanna McGowan, Reagan Nentwich and Neza Kocijan finishing first in 1:44.41 to earn 40 points. NM State also had the second place team as Barbora Krizanova, Ashley Reynolds, Lindsey Muiznieks and Makena Sutherland recorded a time of 1:45.11.

Next, Lauren Wood picked up 20 points for NM State as she won the 400 IM with a time of 4:28.17. Lanie McAlpin notched a fourth place at 4:30.86 to earn 15 points.

After a strong showing yesterday, Reagan Nentwich earned another win, this time in 100 Fly with a time of 55.25. Katherine Harston (56.61), Muiznieks (57.36) and Lauren Hemburrow (58.00) finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. Then, New Mexico State earned the top-four spots in the 200 Free with Moana Houde-Camirand (1:53.20) picking up the win and 20 points.  Anabel Ivanov placed second (1:53.66), Sina Wegel (1:54.00) third and Grace Laporte in fourth at 1:54.78.

The 100 Breast saw McGowan finish second at 1:03.43 while Krizanova (1:05.1) finished third. Reynolds (1:05.29) placed third with Wood (1:05.72) in fourth. Then, Nentwich picked up another victory for NM State in the 100 back with a time of 56.46.

Next, New Mexico State picked up another relay win to conclude the morning session with Ivanov, Laporte, Houde-Camirand and Wegel finished first in the 800 Free relay at 7:35.65. The Aggie team of Harston, Hemburrow, Oliva-Aun and Knagg placed second (7:39.25).

The afternoon session started with Grace Laporte earning 20 points in the 1650 Free with a first-place finish at 17:31.01. This was followed by Krizanova finishing third in the 100 IM at 57.92 and then the Aggies sweeping the podium in the 200 Back. Lillian Araujo (1:39.61) finished first with Nentwich (2:02.53) and Knagg (2;02.69) in the second and third respectively. Oliva-Aun then placed third in the 100 free with a time of 52.39 while Wegel (52.42) and Kocijan (52.57) finishing third and fourth.

In the 200 Breast, McGowan (216.76), Wood (2:20.05) and Krizanova (2:21.51) finished second, third and fourth respectively. After that, Harston picked up a win for NM State in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:04.64 while Lanie McAlpin (2:05.62) went second and Nentwich (2:07.57) third. Finally, in the 400 Free relay, Kocijan, Hemburrow, Laporte and Wegel placed second with a time of  3:31.84.

On the diving side of things, the Aggie divers put together more strong performances. MacKinna Hauff won the 3m with a score of 295.35 while Raina Brommer (254.35) and Sheridan Decker (241.30) placed second and third. New Mexico State also swept the 1m as Hauff picked up another win at 284.60 with Decker in second at 243.25 and Brommer (239.40) in third.

The Aggies are back in action when Idaho visits the Swimming and Diving Complex on Monday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. (MT). All fans receive free entry to all NM State swimming and diving home meets.

Courtesy: Cal Baptist Athletics

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Isabella Rhodes continued a dominant week for California Baptist University, with six top-three finishes, including three wins, on the final day of the Lancer Swim/Dive Invitational on Saturday.

CBU finished second in the event, with 1,179 points, behind Western Athletic Conference foe NM State (1,683). The Lancers will return from Christmas break for their final two home events of the season, a dual with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at noon on Jan. 4 and a tri-dual with Grand Canyon and Wyoming on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.

Rhodes provided the big highlights again for the Lancers on Saturday, with individual wins in both the 100-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle in 57.13 and 50.66 seconds, respectively.

“Isabella is just showing how talented a swimmer she is,” Coach Rick Rowland said. “We knew it when we signed her a year-and-a-half to go. Her times were rocking, she put herself on CBU’s all-time list in the 200 IM, 100 free and 100 fly this week. She just tore it up, without a doubt the swimmer of the week on the women’s side.”

The redshirt freshman also swam on the victorious 400-free relay team, which included Rita Smirnova, Grace Oeser and Hannah Parson and clocked a 3:28.58 — an automatic qualification for the 2019 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America National Invitational Championship. Her 100 IM time was well under the automatic qualifying mark (58.94) for the 2019 NIC. The Idaho native’s 100 free time earned NIC consideration, along with her 55.52 in the 100 butterfly, which was also good for second place.

“It’s great to qualify everyone we did this week, we already booked some plane tickets so we have to get some bodies in those seats,” Rowland said. “The team is excited to compete there for the first time. There are going to be some big teams there.”

In the 100 back, Rhodes almost had another win but took third in 57.74, with CBU teammate Andrea Laliena on her heels in fourth (58.36). She also swam on the 200-medley relay team, with Robin Smallwood, Kylie Morrison and Smirnova that took third in 1:46.35.

Mackenzie Mergel and Parson added runner-up finishes for CBU in the 1650 free and 100 free, respectively. Parson finished just behind Rhodes in the 100 free with an NIC consideration time of 51.91, while Mergel’s 17:39.55 was good for second in the mile.

“Parson had a great week, she swam well in a lot of different events for us this week,” Rowland said.

Alina Jungklaus logged five top-five finishes of her own for CBU on Saturday. She took third in the 400 individual medley (4:29.72), fourth in the 200 fly (2:09.19) and fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.38) individually. She also led off the 800-free relay squad that included Mergel, Morrison and Oeser that took third (7:42.70). Oeser also took fourth in the 100 IM with an NIC consideration time of 59.62.

Savannah Uhlir, Janae Jizmejian and Kiree Lowe all finished top-eight on both boards on Saturday. Uhlir took fifth at 3-meter (232.85), while Jizmejian (226.40) took sixth and Lowe (225.20) seventh. The trio of Uhlir (211.15), Jizmejian (210) and Lowe (196.45) finished sixth through eighth on 1-meter.

Courtesy: Fresno Pacific Athletics

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Fresno Pacific men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up the Lancer Invitational on Saturday with strong racing. Olga Tovstogan highlighted the day with two victories and a school record for the Sunbirds.

Lancer Invite
Lancer Aquatics Center • Riverside, Calif.

• “We came into today’s sessions with some fire and passion to race hard and dive sharp. We finished with a few lifetime bests, a school record, and some season bests. Very pleased with how we turned around from yesterday’s session.” – head coach Katelyne Herrington

• Tovstogan impressed on the day for the women, as the sophomore went 57.17 in the 100 IM for a new school record. She also won the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.85 and the 200 breast at 2:15.53, both just off her season best marks.
Luisa Roderweis swam well in the 400 IM, going 4:32.72 while teammate Morgan Coddington followed at 4:38.56.
• Coddington also had a strong finish in the 1650 free, as the sophomore clocked at 17:45.30.
• Another individual highlight came from Arianne Kooijinga, who took second in the 100 back at 57.27. Kooijinga also finished fourth in the 200 back at 2:04.58.
• The Sunbirds finished in third overall with 705 points, while New Mexico State won with 1,683 points.

Kyle Jones continued his consistent swimming for the Sunbirds, as the senior took second in the 200 back at 1:56.12. He also touched at 1:56.39 in the 200 fly and 1:45.06 in the 200 free.
Dylan Sewell swam well for FPU, as he went 1:00.92 in the 100 breast, 56.26 in the 100 IM and 2:10.77 in the 200 breast.
Christian Meyer went 16:31.07 in the 1650 free, while Trey McDaniel touched at 17:04.10 for a season best in the race.
Zach Peltzer had a strong day, swimming 47.76 in the 100 free, 56.61 in the 100 IM and 1:50.39 in the 200 free.
• The men finished in second (661 points) behind California Baptist (2,088).

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