FEDERAL WAY, WA -- The Texas A&M swimmers set another school record and qualified an individual and a relay in Friday’s morning preliminary races at the 2008 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center.
Another relay school record was eclipsed as the Aggies’ 200-yard medley relay qualified for the Championship final in a time of 1:26.20. The foursome of sophomore Nikita Denisyako, senior Alejandro Jacobo, sophomore Jason Bergstrom and senior Ozzie Gardner were the No. 8 overall qualifiers. The foursome knocked .35 of a second off the old school record of 1:25.55 set by Riley Janes, Nic Tate, Michael Greene and Michael Colligan at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
Denisyako split 22.18 on the backstroke leg, Jacobo split 24.04 on the breaststroke leg, Bergstrom split 20.99 on the fly leg and Gardner split 18.99 on the free anchor leg.
Also coming back for a night swim was Bergstrom, who posted a lifetime best 47.54 to qualify No. 16 in the 100-yard backstroke. Bergstrom earned his spot in the NCAA Championships as the Aggies’ first-ever non-scholarship swimmer to qualify individually for the national meet.
Other A&M results from the morning session were a lifetime-best 48.15 in the 100 fly by Israel Duran; a 53.86 in the 100 breast by Alejandro Jacobo; and a 47.82 in the 100 back by Denisyako.