Aggies broke three school records on day two of the WAC Championships

HOUSTON – The Aggies had several brilliant moments on Day 2 of the WAC Championships as they posted three new school records and as many podium finishes Thursday night at the CRWC Natatorium.

After the first two days of competition, the Aggies find themselves in fourth place with 145 team points.

The evening started off with a bang as they posted two school records in the program’s first event. Aimee Burton led the charge in the 200-yard freestyle relay as his start time of 22.80 seconds set a new Aggie record in the 50 freestyle. Aliena Schmidtke’s previous set lasted 10 years and posted a 22.82 in the 2011-12 season. Burton’s teammates then continued flying in the pool as Oliva-Aun, Villa and Kocijan combined to help the Aggies post the fastest time in school history at 1:31.94 . That eclipsed the previous record of 1:32.19 set by that same unit just two seasons ago.

Lindsay Puhalski then continued to maintain Aggie’s presence in the top three by finishing second in the 200 m individual medley and setting a new NM state record in the process. Her time of 2:01.31 pushed the previous record set by Dorottya Lennert in 2015-16 by three tenths of a second.

by Aimee Burton name then emerged as one of the top performers once again when she took third place in the 50m freestyle – clocking a time of 22.91. It would be the third time Burton had won a WAC medal in just two days of competition.

Meanwhile, in the 500 free, senior Catherine Harston posted the Aggies best time as she clinched a fourth-place finish in the consolation final reaching the final wall at 5:00.98.

In the only diving event of the day, Italy Aranzabal clinched fourth place among competitors in the 3-metre consolation final when she posted a score of 256.50.

“Although he missed a few chances in the prelims today, tonight was great fun, full of program firsts,” the head coach said. Rick Prat Noted. “Breaking three school records was encouraging and these performances kept our energy high throughout the session. We have to be ready to run in the morning and take advantage of every opportunity.

The Aggies return to action on Friday for day three of the WAC Championships with the preliminaries starting at 9:30 a.m. and the finals kicking off around 5 p.m. The preliminaries can be found on wacdigitalnetwork.com and the finals will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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