New Mexico State Tops Conference Rival NAU

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November 24th, 2019 College, News

New Mexico State v. Northern Arizona

Courtesy: New Mexico State Athletics

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State swimming and diving team dominated Western Athletic Conference rival Northern Arizona 180-133 over two days at the Swimming and Diving Complex. A day after setting four pool records and a school record, the Aggies et four more pool records in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Breast, 100 Free and 400 Free Relay.

“I’m really proud of our team, this meet was a great experience and should give us loads of confidence leading into the second half of the season,” said head coach Rick Pratt. “I was surprised with the speed we had and our relays were better than ever at this point of the year.  The weather at times was challenging, but we weren’t affected much by that and showed great focus and grit through that.  Our Seniors also really lead well and our energy was infectious, overall it was a lot of fun and we’re excited to continue improving.”

Entering the day with a 107-79 lead, the Aggies stayed hot, setting the pool record 200 Medley Relay to start today’s session. Maude Boily-DufourAshley ReynoldsReagan Nentwich and Neza Kocijan finished in 1:42.96, nearly two seconds faster than their NAU counterparts. Katherine Harston followed up that performance with a win in the 500 Free (5:03.16).

Boily-Dufour kept the Aggies rolling with a win in the 200 Back (2:01.41) which was immediately followed up with Jordan Andrusak claiming the 200 Breast with a pool-record 2:16.40. Kocijan then set another pool record with a 50.79 in the 100 Free.

To wrap up the day, NM State’s 400 Free Relay squad of Airam Oliva-AunAimee BurtonLauren Hemburrow and Kocijan set their own pool record with a blazing 3:25.37.

Meanwhile at the Phil Hansel Invitational in Houston, Lily Ellis and Italia Aranzabal competed in the platform event. Aranzabal finished with a 151.15 and qualified for consolation finals.

“Platform today went very well,” said diving coach Miranda King. “The last couple of days was the first exposure Lily and Italia have had to platform this season and today was Italia’s very first time competing platform. The girls both completed an easy, solid list and held their own. Italia made it into consolation finals and improved her preliminary score by almost 17 points. It was a great weekend overall and I am excited to spend the next few days training here in Houston before the girls have a few days off.”

The Aggies will now head to San Antonio to take on Incarnate Word on Monday, Dec. 16.

Courtesy: Northern Arizona

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (November 23, 2019) – Northern Arizona University swimming wrapped up its two-day double dual meet at New Mexico State University, falling 180-133 to the Aggies. Yesterday, NMSU ended day one with an advantage of 107-79.

To conclude part two, the ‘Jacks contested in the 200 medley relay, 500 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 200 butterfly, and 400 freestyle relay.

“We had some strong individual performers today, but overall as a team we were not as sharp as we’ve been in the past going into the meet,” head coach Andy Johns said.

Sarah O’ConnorHope WilliamsMaddie Seidl and Miranda Nichols competed in the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, to place second with a time of 1:44.49. New Mexico State’s relay team filled in the gaps of first (1:42.96) and third (1:44.86).

In the 500 free, Astrid Villeda and Alice Hick took second and third, unable to best NMSU’s Katherine Harston (5:03.16). Villeda was close at a time of 5:04.87 and Hick was just behind her at 5:05.66. Katy Smith also brought in a point for the ‘Jacks in this event, taking fifth at 5:09.68.

Lainie Bell and Fernanda Montiel brought back three points for NAU in the 200 backstroke, earning fourth and fifth place respectively. Bell swam at 2:05.83 while Montiel was 2:06.11.

Haley Mayhew and Williams claimed silver and bronze in the 200 breaststroke. Mayhew received a time of 2:18.37 with Williams at 2:21.31. NMSU’s Jordan Andrusak took the lead with 2:16.40.

Maddie Seidl and Kate Bier ranked high in the 200 butterfly, with Seidl in first at 2:02.66 and Bier in second at 2:05.85.

Nichols, Montiel, Smith and Mayhew wrapped up the final 400 free relay in first place, beating NMSU by .11 of a second at 3:30.44.

“NMSU was better than us in all three sessions,” Johns said. “We have to get healthy, some hard work over the next six weeks and see where we can get to come second semester. ”

The Lumberjacks will return to the pool January 2-3 at the University of Arizona to swim against Northwestern University, New Mexico State again, and Arizona.

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