Ag Swimmers Top Rice, Prep For Saturday

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HOUSTON—The sixth-ranked Texas A&M swimming & diving team cruised to a 159-95 win over Rice University at Rice Pool on Friday afternoon.

The Aggies (5-0) won 13 of 14 events, including finishing first and second in both relays. A&M’s depth shone through as 10 different swimmers won 11 individual events.

“It was good win for us,” A&M head coach Steve Bultman said. “You could tell that we were coming off some good hard training the past two weeks but I think this meet helped get us ready for our meets tomorrow against Auburn and SMU.”

Leading the way for A&M against the Owls was freshman transfer Lindsey King (Beaverton, Ore.). King, who came to Aggieland from Cal-Berkeley, was the Aggies’ lone swimmer to win two individual events, hitting the wall first in both the 100-yard backstroke (57.71) and 200 back (2:04.10).

The sophomore class turned in a strong showing Friday, winning four events. Sarah Woods (Birmingham, Ala.), Alia Atkinson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), and Hannah Kinder (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) swept the 100 (52.68), 200 (1:52.42), and 500-yard freestyles (4:58.74) while Emily Neal (Plano) won one of her specialty events, the 400-yard individual medley (4:23.40).

Senior co-captains Brittany Lentz (Humble) and Beth McCullough (Austin) both earned victories against Rice. Lentz cruised past the field in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:22.75 while McCullough earned the win in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:14.94, her fastest of the season.

Two juniors earned butterfly wins against the Owls. Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.) was first in the 100 fly (56.76) while Kristen Heiss (Casper, Wyo.) did likewise in the 200 fly (2:06.58), an event she rarely competes in.

Freshman Maria Sommer (Brenham) won her second 50 freestyle of the year with a 24.19 finish.

The Aggies opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia), Renee Iserman (Spring), Megan Rains (Puyallup, Wash.), and Sarah Woods finished first in 1:45.78.

A&M ended its fifth dual meet win of the season with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Alia Atkinson, Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.), Christine Marshall, and Chelsea Helgason (Olympia, Wash.) capped the meet with a winning time of 1:35.75.

The Aggies return home to face top-ranked Auburn and No. 12 SMU at the Student Rec Center Natatorium on Saaturday at 11:30 a.m.