NM State (1-0) at Northern Colorado (0-0)
friday, october 14 | 4:00 p.m
Butler Hancock Swimming Pool (250) | Greeley, Colo.
Mines Triangular (vs. Colorado Mines/Colorado State)
Saturday, Oct. 15 | 11 am
Colorado Mines Natatorium (500) | Golden, Colo.
THE STARTING BLOCK
• Following a big opening win over North Texas last Friday, NM State will head to Colorado for a pair of back-to-back meets this weekend.
• The Aggies will open competition with a dual against WAC foe Northern Colorado tomorrow afternoon. This will mark the ninth time in the last ten years that Rick Pratt’s squad will swim against the Bears with the only gap in the head-to-head series coming during a shortened season in 2021.
• NM State will then make the one-hour drive to Golden, Colo., where they will share the pool with both host Colorado Mines and Colorado State.
• Friday’s schedule of events is set to begin at 4 pm and are set to be competed in the following order: 400-yard medley relay, 1,000 free, 200 free, 50 free, 200 IM, 1-meter dive, 200 fly, 100 free, 200 back, 500 free, 3-meter dive, 200 breast and 200 free relay.
• Meanwhile, Saturday’s meet will start at 11 am with schedule of events still to be announced.
• Both events will be available to watch via online stream as Friday’s meet will be streamed live on UNC’s YouTube and Saturday’s triangular will be shown on the RMAC Network.
DUAL MEET HISTORY (Last 10) | NM State vs Northern Colorado
09/10/21 | L, 131-167 (Las Cruces)
5/10/19 | L, 136-162 (Las Cruces)
10.13.18 | L, 112.5-187.5 (Greeley, Colo.)
10.14.17 | W, 171-127 (Las Cruces)
10.29.16 | W, 153-88 (Greeley, Colo.)
10.29.15 | W, 175.5-116.5 (Las Cruces)
7/11/14 | L, 117-126 (Greeley, Colo.)
10.29.11 | W, 174-110 (Las Cruces)
1.21.11 | W, 132-108 (Greeley, Colo.)
10.31.09 | W, 220-79(Las Cruces)
All-time record vs. UNC | 10-5
LAST TIMEOUT | vs North Texas | 7/10/22 | W, 150-88
• The Aggies kicked off the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as the team of Maude Boily-Dufour, Aimee Burton, Rachel Ponte and Kira Brownell combined to finish at 1:47.15.
• Katie Rink came in as the first-place finisher in the 200 free – reaching the wall at 1:56.42 in her debut as an Aggie.
• The podium was full of Aggies again in the 400 IM as Lindsay Puhalski led the way with a time of 4:36.83 while Estel Galo and Molly Hill finished in second and third, respectively.
• Aimee Burton then picked up her second win of the day as she came in ahead of the competition in the 100 free (52.55).
• To conclude the meet, the quartet of Lindsay Puhalski, Naomi Slee and Elizabeth Cervantes-Vanderlugt raced to the win in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:33.35.
• Italia Aranzabal recorded the top-scoring dive at the one-meter height as she notched a final score of 228.08 to finish in first among all divers.
LAST TIME OUT vs Northern Colorado | 9/10/21 | L, 131-167
• Italia Aranzabal earned first-place finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events, but the NM State women’s swimming & diving saw visiting Northern Colorado win 13 of the 14 swimming events and the Aggies fell 167-131 at home.
• In the 100-yard backstroke, Carli Baldwin came up with the third runner-up finish for the Aggies in the first four event by posting a time of 57.95 seconds.
• Trailing 83-48 following seven events, NM State made up ground on the diving platform. Of the 18 points up for grabs in the one-meter diving event, NM State amassed 16 of them. In addition to Aranzabal’s (253.13) first-place finish, Casey Schmidt (second, 192.60) and Kate Malinowski (third, 186.68) put forth great performances to help the hosts sweep the podium finishes in that event.
• NM State’s team of Burton, Hemburrow, Kocijan and Airam Oliva-Aun came up with an event-best time of 3:29.00 to win the relay. The Aggie quartet’s time was nearly three seconds faster than the Bears’ runner-up foursome.
• With 21 points to her credit through individual and relay events, Burton posted the highest point total by any Aggie swimmer on the afternoon.
QUOTABLE | HEAD COACH RICK PRATT
“Traveling to Colorado always provides our team with a great opportunity to face some strong opponents and this weekend will be a positive experience for some back to back duals. Northern Colorado’s program has great leadership and talent and this will be a tough meet in their home pool. We are going to have to have courage in attacking our events and we have to finish our races well to be successful.
“Facing Mines and Colorado State the following morning will be a good test as they are both strong teams. The format for our second meet will be a little different look and will give us many chances to race. We turned a corner in our training this week and despite it still being early, I am looking forward to seeing how we will adjust. Our freshmen are learning so much every day and those skills will potentially pay off big down the road.”
COMING UP NEXT
• After back-to-back competition days, NM State will return home for its Alumni Meet next Saturday. The annual event is set to begin at 11 am and will take place at the NM State Swimming and Diving Complex.
• The next time the Aggies will face off against an opponent will be Saturday, Nov. 5, when they host WAC power Northern Arizona.