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By Lauren Cordova
Contributing Writer 

Lake swimmer helps send college team to championships


February 7, 2011

With the WAC Championship coming up, there is a lot of buzz going around that the New Mexico State swimming and diving team has a good chance at capturing its first title. The Aggies excelled in the 2010 season finishing second at the WAC Championships.

“I feel that we are going to finish the best that we ever have finished. I think we are going to win,” senior Alannah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas) said.

An accomplished swimmer on the team, Lawrence is one of five seniors that are going to be leaving the Aggies after the season along with Kelly Conrad (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Theresa Illgen (Brookfield, Wis.), Cloud and Kelly Runestrand (Bellingham, Wash.).

“They are some of the best all-time swimmers that we have had. This group means a lot to us,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “They have an incredible leadership role amongst the group.”

Conrad has contributed greatly to the team. In her junior year, she helped take the Aggies to second place at the WAC Championships. Conrad’s sophomore year was also a success in contributing to set more school records. She set a record with her 100 freestyle performance, and was also a participant in breaking NM State relay team records.

Her solid performances in the freestyle events helped lead the Aggies to third. Conrad finished third in the 50 freestyle (23.71) at the 2008 WAC Championships as a freshman. Her performance at the WAC meet in the 200 freestyle not only set a school record but set a new personal-best time.


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