Aggie Swimmers Top North Texas & Northern Arizona

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DENTON, Texas- The sixth-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving team defeated both North Texas and Northern Arizona at the Pohl Recreation Center on Saturday.

The Aggies (4-0), swimming without eight of their top athletes and diver Emily Watson (Frisco), still managed to win all but two races as well as the one-meter springboard against the Mean Green and Lumberjacks. The remaining nine Aggies were taking part in the SMU Swimming & Diving Classic.

A&M earned a 185-111 win over host North Texas while beating NAU 180-113.

Ten-time All-American Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.) led the way for A&M, winning the 100 and 200-yard freestyles and the 100 butterfly. Marshall earned the wins in 51.66, 1:51.50, and 56.99, respectively, in the three events.

Sophomore Emily Neal (Plano) and freshman Casey Hurrell-Zitelman (San Antonio) both were double winners on the day. Neal, swimming in her first meet of the season, took top honors in the 200 back (2:02.35) and 200 IM (2:06.66). Hurrell-Zitelman swept both distance races, grabbing the 500 free in 4:58.83 and the 1,000 free in 10:07.68.

Seniors Chelsea Helgason (Olympia, Wash.) and Brittany Lentz (Humble) won the breaststrokes for the Aggies with Helgason taking the 100-yard race (1:05.41) while Lentz grabbed the 200-yard event (2:22.46).

Diver Alex Tipple (Thunder Bay, Ont.) grabbed her first collegiate victory with a zone qualifying score of 258.40 one the one-meter springboard.

Freshman Maria Sommer (Brenham) also earned her first collegiate win by taking the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.75.

A&M’s group of Neal, Reneé Iserman (Spring), Megan Rains (Puyallup, Wash.), and Marissa Jasek (San Antonio) opened the meet by taking first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.90). The Aggies put a bookend on their victory after the group of Ella Doerge (Clive, Iowa), Erin Mahoney (Wichita, Kan.), Sommer and Jasek hit the wall first in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:33.61).