Aggies Launch into Lead in Day Two

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team advanced to first place in the team standings at the Art Adamson Invitational Friday. After two days of competition, the Aggies lead with 933.5 points and are followed by Stanford 895.5, LSU 456, SMU 252, TCU 174, and Air Force 33.

The Aggies started day two off with an NCAA ‘A’ time standard finishing second in the 200 medley relay. The squad of senior Paige Miller, senior Breeja Larson, junior Sammie Bosma, and junior Liliana Ibañez finished the event in 1:36.97, which is the fifth fastest time in school history.

Highlighting the day for the Aggies was Miller’s dominating performance with two individual victories including a new school record. Miller broke her own 100 backstroke record of 51.55 and replaced it with today’s ‘A’ time of 51.36. Miller also won the 100 fly in 52.37 for an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

“The new school record was really good,” said head coach Steve Bultman. “We had a lot of great racing and best times. They all stepped up and did a great job racing and when they do that, great things happen.”

Ibañez and Larson both took huge individual victories in NCAA ‘A’ cut fashion. Ibañez came from behind to win the 200 free with an impressive finish of 1:43.75. Ibañez’s time makes her the second fastest 200 freestyler in school history. Larson took first place in her signature event, the 100 breast with a dominant time of 59.07.

Senior Cammile Adams tallied her fourth ‘B’ cuts of the meet with a 4:07.04 time in the 400 IM and a 52.64 time in the 100 fly. Adam’s 100 fly ranks fourth in school history, along with Ibañez whose time of 53.04 is the sixth fastest time in school history, and Bosma whose 53.17 is the eighth fastest time in school history.

Five of the top six breaststroke swimmers in A&M program history competed tonight in the 100 breast championship final. The ‘B’ times in the 100 breast are sophomore Ashley McGregor (1:00.40) who currently holds the third fastest time, freshman Franko Jonker (1:00.75) who becomes the fifth fastest breaststroker in A&M history, freshman Sycerika McMahon (1:01.04), now the sixth fastest in A&M history, and senior Erica Dittmer (1:02.28) who holds the fourth fastest time.

NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 100 fly came from senior Caroline McElhany in 53.94 and junior Emily Neubert in 54.41. In the 200 free, sophomore Meredith Oliver finished fourth (1:46.34) and Bosma finished fifth (1:46.88), both ‘B’ cuts. In the 100 back, more ‘B’ times came from Kelli Benjamin (54.40), Melanie McClure (54.68), and Claire Brandt (55.00). Also swimming a ‘B’ time in the 400 IM was sophomore Romy Landeck (4:18.46).

Freshmen Zoe Alaniz and Courtney Hattie placed fourth and fifth in the 1-meter dive competition with scores of 285.10 and 273.65. Senior Jessie Macaulay also provided points for the Aggies with a score of 241.05.

Finishing the day with the same intensity as they started, the team of Oliver, junior Sarah Henry, Bosma, and Ibañez swam the 800 free relay in an NCAA ‘A’ time of 7:07.02. The Aggies finish the day with 17 NCAA ‘B’ cuts and five NCAA ‘A’ cuts, a new school record, and several career bests.

The Art Adamson Invitational will reach its conclusion tomorrow with preliminary swims beginning at 9:30 a.m. and diving at 1 p.m. Swimming finals will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium.

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