Salladin and Sicko finish in top 25, Aggies eighth at CSCAA Open Water Championships
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Three distance swimmers and a top CSCAA competition tied a top ten for the NM State Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
Nicole Salladin produced a top 20, freshman Millie Sicko ranked in the top 25 competitors and the NM State Women’s Distance Swimming and Diving trio secured an impressive eighth place finish at the CSCAA National Collegiate Open Water Swimming Championships Friday morning at Lone Star Lake.
• A total of 70 female distance swimmers from NCAA Divisions I, II and III jumped into the water at Lone Star Lake to complete the three-mile course.
• Salladin, who collected points for NM State at the WAC swimming and diving championships last season, was the Aggies’ best player crossing the course in 1: 07: 25.6. The time was good for a 19th place finish and allowed Salladin to beat five competitors from the Power Five institutions.
• Not far behind Salladin was Sicko who made his college debut. The freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., Swam the five-kilometer loop in 1: 07: 51.6 and crossed the finish line in 22nd place. Sicko’s time was better than four of the five Kansas swimmers who took part in the event.
• Zoey Dodson rounded out the trio of Aggie competitors with a 34th place time of 1: 08: 43.3.
• Nebraska won the event with a total of 17 points while Rice (31 points) and Purdue (39 points) rounded out the top three.
• The NM State team’s total score of 75 points put it in eighth place ahead of Vermont (117 points) and Niagara (125 points) who placed ninth and 10th respectively.
QUOTE | HEAD COACH RICK PRATT
“I’m really proud of our young distance group. Overall today was a great experience and a lot of fun. Nicole really helped our freshmen prepare as she has for many of these events. For Millie and Zoey it was their first event, they got better as the race progressed and had some really good third laps. Open water is kind of a contact sport and fighting for different. positions and judging their lines is something they can all improve. Today was a great way to start the season with a little extra stamina and it will help them move forward early in our session. “
TO BE CONTINUED
• Once back in Las Cruces, the Aggie will not be leaving until the rest of the month. NM State’s next action for the 2021-22 campaign is set for Saturday, September 25, when the Aggies host their alumni meet at 11:00 a.m. From there, the team’s annual intra-team meeting, the Crimson & White meet, will take place on Wednesday. , September 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the NM State Swimming & Diving Complex.
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