Olympian Larson Sets NCAA, American Record

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HOUSTON --- Texas A&M junior Breeja Larson broke her own American and NCAA record in the 100-yard breaststroke to highlight the Aggies’ second day at the Phill Hansel Invitational on Friday at the University of Houston.

Larson, from Mesa, Ariz., trimmed nearly two-tenths of a second off her old record when she touched the wall in a time of 57.53. Larson’s old record of 57.71 was set while winning the 2012 NCAA crown and set the school, Big 12, NCAA, US Open and American records. On Friday, Larson’s time broke the NCAA, US Open, American and the Southeastern Conference records. It was also a NCAA “A” cut and guarantees Larson a spot at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

It was a dominant day for the Aggie women, who swept all the swimming races with victories in the 200 medley relay, the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 free relay.

Junior Cammile Adams and sophomore Sarah Henry duked it out the 400 IM with Adams emerging victorious with a school record time of 4:01.56, while Henry touched in 4:03.02. Both times were NCAA “A” cuts and were under Henry’s old school record of 4:05.30 from the 2011 NCAA Championships. Freshman Meredith Oliver was fifth in 4:18.74, but was faster in the prelims with a “B” cut of 4:16.38.

Also tallying its NCAA “A” cut was the 200 medley relay of senior Tess Simpson, Larson, junior Paige Miller and sophomore Lili Ibanez, who posted a swift time of 1:36.72.

The Aggie women went 1-2-3 in the 100 fly with Miller taking first in 53.36, followed by Simpson in 53.72 and junior Caroline McElhany in 54.21. All three times were NCAA “B” cuts.

Four Aggies logged “B” cuts in the women’s 200 free with Ibanez grabbing first in 1:44.96, Henry taking third in 1:46.46, senior Maureen McLaine fourth in 1:46.62 and Adams in sixth at 1:47.68.

In addition to Larson’s record-setting effort, the Aggies also received “B” cuts from junior Erica Dittmer (1:01.26) and freshman Ashley McGregor (1:01.15).

The Aggies swept the top three spots in the 100 back, all in “B” cut fashion, with sophomore Kelli Benjamin grabbing first in 53.11, followed by Miller (53.14) and Simpson (53.19).

The women’s 800 free relay of McLaine, Henry, Adams and Ibanez was victorious with a “B” cut time of 7:09.13.

On the men’s side, divers Ford McLiney and Hayden Jones swept the top two spots in the three-meter dive. McLiney grabbed the top spot with a score of 410.50 and Jones was right behind with 405.05 points. Junior Antonio Page-Kahn placed fourth with 365.40.

The men also had solid finishes from junior Omar Enriquez in the 400 IM (fourth in 4:00.65), senior John Dalton in the 100 fly (third in 49.35) and 200 free (sixth in 1:40.36), freshman Mateo Muzek in the 200 free (fourth in 1:39.23), junior Henrik Lindau in the 100 fly (first in the consolation final in 50.47) and senior Nick Han in the 100 fly (second in consols in 50.51).

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