College Station - The No. 18 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team jumped to an early 403-398 lead over SMU after the first day of the second-annual Art Adamson Invitational on Friday at the TAMU Student Rec Natatorium.
The meet featured an invitational style order of events, with each team fielding its four fastest swimmers in each event after the prelim session. The competition saw A&M and SMU battle back and forth throughout the night with the Mustangs winning each of the six swimming and diving events.
However, A&M’s depth proved too much to overcome. Every member of the 200-yard freestyle “A” relay posted sub-21-second 50’s with senior Luke Chambless turning in a jaw-dropping 20.17 second anchor leg. More impressively, the Aggie “B” team came in third place to beat SMU’s “B” team by an impressive margin.
“We were really proud of our relays tonight,” A&M head coach Jay Holmes said. “Our 200 free relay has some things to work on, but it’s nice to have so many options to utilize in our relays.”
Alejandro Jacobo continued his successful season with a strong showing in the 200 individual medley, recording a time of 1:53.09. Jacobo also posted a lightning-fast split of 54.38 on the breaststroke leg of the 400 medley relay to help his teammates en route to a second-place finish.
Sophomores Israel Duran and Casey Strange proved their worth by posting strong swims. Duran took third in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:51.93, while Strange came from behind to take second in the 50 freestyle in 20.69 which was faster than his lead-off split in the 200 freestyle relay.
“Our 400 medley relay is the second fastest we’ve been in-season in a long time,” Holmes said after the conclusion of the night’s events. “I’m very impressed with how the guys are improving throughout the season."
The morning prelims session begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Student Recreational Natatorium. Admission is free to all spectators. Prelims will be conducted in long course meters to allow swimmers to qualify for the Team U.S.A Olympic Trials later this summer.