Sprinter Kira Brownell Commits to New Mexico State

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Kira Brownell from Cheyenne, Wyoming has announced her commitment to swim and study at  New Mexico State University beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. 

“I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and swimming career at New Mexico State University. I want to thank my family as well as my club and high school coaches for believing in me and helping to make it possible to swim in college. I can’t wait to be an Aggie! #AggieUp”

Brownell swims for Capital City Aquatics out of Cheyenne, WY. Over the summer, she earned numerous long course best times while at the Western Zone Senior Championships. Those best times included the 50 (27.63), 100 (1:01.68), and 200 (2:13.23) freestyles, 100 (1:08.12) and 200 (2:32.90) backstrokes, 100 butterfly (1:14.52) and 200 IM (2:32.70). 

She has continued her success into this fall as she had a very successful high school season at Central High School. At the Wyoming 4A (large schools) Girls High School Championships, she earned best times in the 50 freestyle (23.67) and 100 backstroke (56.00). Those times captured both of the state titles. Her 50 freestyle time also earned her first Futures cut. 

Her best short course yards times are:

  • 50 freestyle: 23.67
  • 100 freestyle: 52.30
  • 200 freestyle: 1:56.18 (1:54.98 alt. adjusted)
  • 100 backstroke: 56.00
  • 200 backstroke: 2:10.04
  • 200 IM: 2:09.59

New Mexico State University is a public university located in Las Cruces, NM. The school is a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in NCAA Division I. The New Mexico State women finished second out of eight teams at the 2021 WAC Championships. They were only nine points behind conference champions Northern Arizona. 

Based on her best times, Brownell has the potential to make an immediate impact for the team at the conference level. Her best times would have placed her into the ‘A’ final of the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and the ‘B’ final of the 100 and 200 freestyles. 

Brownell will arrive on campus next fall as a member of the class of 2026 along with sprint freestyler Katie Rink and distance freestyler Naomi Slee. She comes in just in time as the team graduates their fastest backstroker, Maude Boily-Dufour, although she does have the potential to take a fifth year due to the COVID-19 eligibility waiver.

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