COLLEGE STATION -- With a brand-new No. 18 national ranking in hand, the Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team will host longtime rival Southern Methodist in the second annual Art Adamson Invitational Friday through Sunday at the TAMU Student Recreation Natatorium. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday with finals on tap at 6 p.m. Prelims on Sunday will start at 9:30 a.m. with finals slated for 4:30 p.m.
After dual meet victories over then-No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 18 Northwestern, head coach Jay Holmes’ Aggies rose from No. 22 to No. 18 in the most recent College Swim Coach Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet rankings. It is the highest dual meet ranking for the Aggies since being ranked No. 16 in Holmes’ first season in 2005.
“It’s a great honor and a reflection of our dual meets against Notre Dame and Northwestern,” Holmes said. “But it’s only a step in the process that we have for this season. I told the team that the ranking is all well and good, but people don’t remember November. They remember what you do in February and March, and that’s what we’re looking for.”
The Aggies get another chance to show their mettle against SMU, who were just three points behind A&M at last year’s Adamson and then beat the Aggies in a dual meet in Dallas. The Mustangs are on the cusp of breaking into the CSCAA ranking with 25 points in the others receiving votes category.
“We’ve had some great competitions with SMU over the years,” Holmes said. “I think both teams look forward to swimming against each other. I know it will be a hard-fought meet whenever we’re swimming against SMU.”
Admission to the Art Adamson Invitational is free of charge. The 12th Man Team Rewards Program will be in attendance to scan its program members as well.