Aggie Swimmers Win On The Hilltop

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DALLAS- The sixth-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving team captured the 14th annual SMU Swimming & Diving Classic at Perkins Natatorium on Saturday.

The Aggies earned a 330-306 win over the host Mustangs. No. 21 Florida State snuck by No. 15 Southern California, 267-259.5. No. 16 Wisconsin fell just one point short of USC while Alabama was sixth with 233 points.

“I was very pleased with how the girls stepped up and raced,” A&M head coach Steve Bultman said. “For an early season competition in the middle of hard training we had some very good swims.”

A&M was paced again by Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia) who won her third individual event in two days. Aljand took the top spot in the 100-yard free in an NCAA consideration time of 50.78. She also led off the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay in an impressive time of 23.07.

Junior Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) won the 200-yard individual medley with a season best and strong NCAA consideration time of 2:01.95. Wilkinson also finished third in the 200 back in a consideration time of 2:00.21.

The Aggies opened Saturday night’s action by grabbing a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The group of Wilkinson, Melissa Hain (Kingwood), Sarah Woods (Birmingham, Ala.), and Aljand hit the wall first in an NCAA consideration, and pool record, time of 3:23.13.

Sophomore Alia Atkinson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) grabbed second place in the 200-yard breaststroke in a near-NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:14.80 behind NCAA champion Rebecca Soni of USC.

Big 12 Swimmer of the Year Kristen Heiss (Casper, Wyo.) claimed second place in the 500-yard freestyle, coming in at an NCAA consideration time of 4:53.11.

Junior Codie Hansen (Arlington) was also a winner for the Aggies, taking the top spot in the ‘B’ heat of the 100-yard freestyle (51.27).

The Aggies will train for the next three weeks before closing their fall schedule by hosting the Art Adamson Invitational at the Student Rec Center in College Station on Nov. 16-18.