Ag Swimmers Train On Island Of Barbados

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CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados- Members of the Texas A&M men's and women's swimming teams helped lead their relays to victory on Sunday afternoon at the Aquatic Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The Aggie men and women teamed up with Gettysburg College to contest a co-ed mixed team relay competition. Captains from both schools picked teams with each of the 10 hand-picked relay teams swimming both a 8 x 50 medley and 8 x 50 freestyle relay.

The A&M women made their mark in the first relay as Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.), Alia Atkinson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia), and Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.) teamed up with four members of the Gettysburg College men's team to hit the wall first in 3:59.71.

The A&M men came through on the final relay as senior co-captain Ozzie Gardner (Kearns, Utah) erased a small deficit on the final 50 yard leg, eclipsing Julia Wilkinson who anchored the runner-up team.

"Today was a great opportunity to break up our practice schedule," A&M women's head coach Steve Bultman said. "We have gotten a lot of hard work done this week to get us ready for the most important part of our season."

Sunday's relay meet starts off an extremely busy week for the A&M women's team. The Aggies will have two-a-days one final time on Monday before leaving for College Station on Tuesday. On Friday, the Aggies will face Rice in Houston then host one of the biggest dual meets in school history the following day as NCAA champion and national No. 1 Auburn and No. 12 SMU come to town.