|Idaho outlasts NMSU|
MOSCOW, Idaho - In their final home meet of the season, the University of Idaho Vandals didn’t miss a beat after a six-week break as they defeated Western Athletic Conference opponent New Mexico State, 154-144, Friday night.
Coach Mark Sowa said winning the 200 medley at the beginning of the meet proved to be key for the team.
“We knew to have a chance we had to win one of the relays,” Sowa said “We were going to take a shot at the 400 relay at the end because the 200 is their best relay but to come out of the gates and win that was tremendous.”
Rachel Millet had three individual wins, 50 free (23.66), 200 free (1:52.37) and the 200 backstroke (2:00.75) and anchored the 400 free relay. Diver Paige Hunt won both events and Jamie Sterbis’ 200 butterfly (2:03.28), Janelle Stacy’s 100 butterfly (57.58) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.10) also added first-place finishes.
“We always talk about wins, but a couple of the races we didn’t win were great races too,” Sowa said
Kelsie Saxe swam her best 100 and 200 breaststrokes of the season.
“Our motto right now is to take it one day, one race and one practice at a time, we try not to get too far ahead of ourselves,” Sowa said.
This motto proved to be true Friday night as New Mexico State's two 400 freestyle relay teams were disqualified from the race, which prevented a tied and gave the Vandals the victory outright.