COLLEGE STATION --- A pair of Southeastern Conference swimming and diving heavyweights traded haymakers to the final race, but neither No. 2 Texas A&M or No. 4 Georgia could deliver the knockout blow as the two teams battled to a 150-150 tie on Friday at the Student Recreation Center. The Aggies return to the pool for a 1 p.m. dual meet against SMU on Saturday at the Rec.
Trailing for much of the meet, the defending SEC and NCAA team champion Bulldogs grabbed a narrow 144-139 lead heading into the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay. But the Aggie foursome of junior Sammie Bosma, senior Erica Dittmer, sophomore Meredith Oliver and junior Lili Ibanez rose to the challenge and won comfortably in a time of 3:17.89 to Georgia’s runner-up finish of 3:18.74.
The race for third was hotly contested as the Bulldogs “B” team finished just .03 of a second ahead of the Aggies “B” squad, 3:22.67-3:22.70. The race win gave the Aggies 11 points, while the Bulldogs’ second and third place finishes produced six points for the final score of 150-150.
Bosma, from Marietta, Ga., was dominant against the Bulldogs as she swam a leg on both victorious relays and posted a pair of individual wins. Bosma won the 50 free in 22.79 and followed with a win in the 100 free in 49.51.
Also logging a pair of wins was senior Breeja Larson, who swept the breaststroke races. The 2012 U.S. Olympian held off a challenge from Georgia’s Melanie Margalis in the 100 breast to win 59.51 to 59.98, and she cruised to the victory in the 200 breast in a time of 2:09.66. Larson also swam a leg on the Aggies’ victorious 200 medley relay.
In addition to her work on the medley relay, Miller posted a victory in the 100 backstroke in a time of 53.45 and she took second in the 100 fly in 54.77.
Senior Cammile Adams, also a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won her specialty, the 200 fly, in a time of 1:57.59, and also chipped in valuable points with a second place effort in the 400 IM (4:15.73) and a third-place finish in the 100 fly (55.02).
The Aggies opened the meet with an impressive win in the 200 medley relay with Miller, Larson, senior Caroline McElhany and Bosma touching the wall in 1:39.47.