AMES, Iowa - The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team placed second at the Big 12 Relays at Iowa State’s Beyer Pool despite not swimming the final two races because the team had to catch its flight back to Texas.
Texas won the the team crown with 117 points, while the Aggies were second with 78 points and Missouri placed third with 76 points. To make their flight and beat Missouri, the Aggies knew they had to have a 14-point lead with two races to go.
The Aggies posted one victory on the day with a win in the 3x50-yard breaststroke relay. The threesome of senior Luke Chambless (26.52 split), senior Alejandro Jacobo (25.75) and sophomore Casey Strange (26.93) teamed up for a time of 1:19.20, which beat Texas’ trio by more than a second. In other action, A&M were second to Texas in 11 races, including five races that were determined by less than one second, while beating Missouri in 11 races.
“There were so many tight races where we were just a stroke away from Texas,” Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “It looks like (Texas) destroyed us, but they knew we were there. I thought we competed very well. We made them fight for everything they got, but Texas did a good job of doing it.”