COLLEGE STATION, Texas-- The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team fell to No. 10 Georgia at the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium Friday. The Bulldog’s depth led to the 173-127 duel meet defeat.
Already in the spotlight for senior night, Kyle Troskot had a huge meet, making the most of his last meet at home. Troskot went under :20 again this season in the 50 free hitting the wall first in 19.95, trailed closely by teammate sophomore Cory Bolleter who took second in 20.49. Troskot also led the Aggies to a sweep of the 100 free with a finish in 44.37 followed by senior Henrik Lindau in 45.12, and Bolleter in 45.59. With the squad of sophomore Alexandros Theocharidis, senior Jack Burley, Lindau, and Troskot, the Aggies took 2nd in the 200 medley in 1:30.24.
“We had a lot of good swims and I’m really proud of Kyle Troskot and our divers,” said head coach Jay Holmes. “It was good to face a top 10 team at this point in the season and I know we will see them again at the SEC and NCAA championships.”
Other seniors stepping up were Omar Enriquez who grabbed 3rd in the 200 fly (1:50.52), and a pair of 4th place finishes in the 1000 free (9:25.82) and 500 free (4:32.74). Paul-Marc Schweitzer took 3rd place in the 200 back (1:49.12), and finished in 2nd in the 200 free (1:39.64) just ahead of teammate sophomore Mateo Muzek who touched third (1:39.66). Burley and Lindau came through with second place finishes in the 100 breast (58.36) and 100 fly (49.24), respectively.
Other scoring performances came from Theocharidis in the 100 back (49.86) who finished in second and junior Hayden Duplechain who grabbed a pair of third place finishes in the 200 breast (2:06.31) and the 400 IM (4:00.12).
Not all the action happened in the lanes, however, as the Aggies scored 31 points in the diving well. In the 1-meter diving competition, junior Ford McLiney took 1st place with a score of 379.58. Taking second place was senior Adam Ruiz with 290.33. The Aggies made a full sweep in the 3-meter competition as McLiney scored 390.93 for first, Ruiz scored 344.18 for runner-up, and freshman Zachary Stockton scored 294.68 for third.
After displaying their depth by sweeping the 100 freestyle, the Aggies went on to close out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay. The squad of freshman Ayar Turker, Bolleter, Troskot, and Schweitzer touched the wall before anyone else to win in 2:59.19.
The seniors recognized prior to the meet were: Jack Burley (College Station, Texas), Omar Enriquez (San Andreas Tuxtla, Mexico), Simon Frank (Stockholm, Sweden), Henrik Lindau (Karlskrona, Sweden), Bryan Michaels (Shoreline, Wash.), Antonio Page-Kahn (Albuquerque, N.M.), Adam Ruiz (Lubbock, Texas), Paul-Marc Schweitzer (Boersch, France), Kyle Troskot (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) and Donnie Walker (San Antonio, Texas).
“I don’t care where other teams are right now,” added Holmes. “Every team in the county is tired at this point. We will just work on finding ways to get better, better than other teams, and get a lot sharper.”
The Aggies have set their focus on their next duel meet when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. on January 18 to they take on long-time rival and conference opponent LSU.