NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team will be putting its eight-meet road winning streak on the line when the Aggies open 2013-14 with a road dual meet against Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The Aggies, who haven’t lost a road dual meet since the fall of 2012, will take an experienced group of swimmers and divers to Nashville to take on the Commodores. Twenty-one letterwinners return from last year’s team that placed second at its first Southeastern Conference meet and went on to finish fourth at the NCAA Championships, which matched the Aggies’ highest team finish in school history.
Among those 21 letter-winners are 12 swimmers that represented the Aggies at the 2013 NCAA championships, including defending NCAA Champions Breeja Larson and Cammile Adams. Larson won the 100-yard breaststroke for the second straight year, while Adams won the 200 butterfly. Both went on to win their specialties at the Phillips 66 World Trials and advanced to the FINA World Championships last summer.
Eight returnees earned first- or second-team All-SEC honors last season. In addition to Larson and Adams, Sarah Henry, Paige Miller, Caroline McElhany and Lili Ibanez received first-team honors, while Erica Dittmer and Jessica Macauley took second-team honors. Ashley McGregor was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team.
Boosting an already strong team was the addition of 13 newcomers, including four divers and nine swimmers – Zoe Alaniz (Corpus Christi, Texas), Julia Cook (Boerne, Texas), Meg Cooke (The Woodlands, Texas), Maddie Edwards (Austin, Texas), Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas), Courtney Hattie (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Madison Hudkins (Murrieta, Calif.), Cayla Jetter (Pleasanton, Calif.), Franko Jonker (Pretoria, South Africa), Colleen Konetzke (San Antonio, Texas), Sycerika McMahon (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Destine’e O’Neal (Allen, Texas) and Corinne Priest (Atlanta, Ga.)