Ag Swimmers Begin Training

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The reigning Big 12 champion Texas A&M women’s swimming team will continue laying the groundwork for the championship portion of the 2007-08 season by heading on their annual winter training trip on Monday.

The No. 6 Aggies, who went home for the holidays a week after finals were completed on Dec. 19, returned to College Station on Dec. 28 for a few days of training at home before planning to head south to the island nation of Barbados on Dec. 31. While there, A&M will compete against Gettysburg College in a dual meet on Jan. 6 as well.

The trip to Barbados will be the second for the Aggies. The 2002-03 team was the first A&M squad to make the trek south to the island. The Aggies have spent three of the last four training trips in Florida broken up once by a venture west to Hawai’i in 2004-05.

Texas A&M senior and two-time co-captain Beth McCullough (Austin) will help chronicle the Aggies’ training trip experience on the women’s swimming & diving page at

The Aggies were as close to perfect as could be during the fall portion of their season, winning all four of their dual meets as well as three invitational championship titles. The A&M women have defeated seven top 25 teams at the halfway point of the season as well.

Individually, the number of A&M’s NCAA automatic qualifiers number in double digits and the Aggies have virtually assured themselves of having all five relays entered into the NCAA Championships in hopes of improving on last year’s school record eighth-place finish.

A&M will begin its spring season with a flourish once it returns from Barbados. The Aggies, who have won 16 consecutive dual meets dating back two seasons, will face Rice in Houston on Jan. 12 before throwing down with NCAA champion and national No. 1 Auburn and No. 12 SMU in arguably the biggest home dual meet in Texas A&M history on Jan. 12 at 11:30 a.m.