DALLAS --- The No. 18 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team will face off against No. 22 SMU in dual meet action at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Perkins Natatorium on the SMU campus.
“Some of the most exciting dual meets we’ve had in our history have come against SMU,” fourth-year Aggie head swimming coach Jay Holmes said. “Even going back to when I was swimming in the 80s, this dual meet has always seemed to bring out the best in both teams. I think the teams take this meet a little personally.”
The Aggies (2-4) will be competing for the first time since dropping a 186-114 decision to LSU two weeks ago in Baton Rouge, La., while SMU (5-1) is coming off a 143-101 victory over cross-town rival TCU in Fort Worth last Friday. The two teams faced off earlier this season at the Art Adamson Invitational with the Mustangs taking a hard-fought 1,462-1,397 victory in the three-day competition.
“There are some races where we can’t touch SMU, so when the opportunity comes around for us we have to take advantage of it,” Holmes said. “We have to step up and make it happen.”
Against LSU, the Aggies won four individual races and were victorious in the 200-yard free relay. Senior Alejandro Jacobo continued his strong season by sweeping the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke against the Tigers. Fellow senior Ozzie Gardner was victorious for the second straight meet in the 100 free and sophomore Israel Duran won his specialty in the 200 butterfly. Gardner also teamed with Casey Strange, Brad Raiford and Luke Chambless to win their third 200 free relay in four outings this year. The only loss for the Aggie foursome this season came at the hands of SMU at the Art Adamson Invitational last fall.