WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 22 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team used a victory in the final race of the day to edge No. 18 Northwestern, 154-144, in dual meet action Saturday at the Doris Z. Holloway Pool on the Purdue University campus.
“This was a truly great college dual meet that anyone would have enjoyed watching,” Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “I was really impressed with the way our team focused on the task at hand and wouldn’t let anything distract them. It was great to see the team grow like that.”
The Aggies notched a victory over a team ranked ahead of them in the national Top 25 for the second straight day by virtue of a win in the final race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The A&M foursome of sophomore Casey Strange, sophomore Gregory Widmer, senior Ozzie Gardner and junior Brad Raiford ruled the pool with a time of 1:22.13 to beat the Wildcat foursome by nearly a half-second.
The relay victory culminated a back and forth affair between the Aggies and Wildcats that saw A&M win the first race of the day, NU win the next three, A&M win the next six and then NU answer with three straight to set up a winner-take-all showdown in the 200 free relay.
The Aggies opened the day with a strong victory in the 400 medley relay with the foursome of sophomore Jason Bergstrom, senior Alejandro Jacobo, sophomore Israel Duran and Gardner turning in a time of 3:20.39.
In the individual races it was Jacobo, Gardner and Duran carrying the load for the second straight day. All three posted two individual wins with Jacobo winning the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, Gardner taking the 50 and 100 free and Duran winning the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.
The Aggies also battled No. 14 Purdue in a two-day dual meet with the host Boilermakers winning 182-115.