No. 6 Aggies Face Rice, Host No. 1 Auburn, No. 12 SMU

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COLLEGE STATION -- The reigning Big 12 champion Texas A&M women's swimming & diving team will jump headfirst into the spring portion of its schedule with three dual meets over the course of the next two days.

First the Aggies (4-0) will travel to Houston on Friday for their annual
get-together with Rice. A&M has dominated the all-time series, holding a
29-4 advantage. Rice last beat the Aggies on Feb. 8, 1997, but since then A&M has rolled off 10 consecutive wins.

Last season, A&M downed Rice, 151-101, on Dec. 2 in College Station. The Aggies won 13 of 14 races with 10 different swimmers taking the top spot.

The Aggies were first and second in 12 of the 14 races as well.

Friday¹s meet with Rice will begin at 2 p.m. at Rice Pool.

On Saturday, the Aggies will host one of the biggest dual meets in school history as two-time defending national champion and current No. 1 Auburn rolls into town as does No. 12 SMU.

The Auburn Tigers (2-0) have won five of the last six NCAA Championships, including the 2004 crown in College Station. They are under new management this season, however, as former head coach David Marsh resigned to take a job outside of collegiate athletics. Marsh was replaced by one of his predecessors at Auburn, Richard Quick, who went on to win 12 national championships at Texas and Stanford in the 1980¹s and 1990¹s.

The Aggie women will face Auburn in a dual meet for the first time in school
history. Auburn will be rolling into town after facing off against Texas in
Austin later today. They have wins over SEC rivals Alabama and No. 9
Tennessee so far this season.

A&M will also continue its annual battle with the Southern Methodist
University Mustangs (2-1) in conjunction with the Auburn meet. The
Conference USA champion Mustangs hold a commanding 23-3 advantage over the
Aggies through years, however A&M got a big 178.5-115.5 win in Dallas last
season. SMU has wins over North Texas and Wyoming while their lone defeat
came at the hands of No. 2 Georgia last Saturday.

Admission to Saturday¹s meet at the Student Rec Center Natatorium against
Auburn and SMU is free of charge. There will be giveaways, a race for
spectators, and the 12th Man Team Rewards Program will be scanning its
members at the door.

Saturday¹s meet will also be video streamed for free at AggieAthletics.com.