Texas A&M Seeks 19th Straight Top 25 Finish at NCAA Championships

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AUSTIN The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team will be seeking its 19th straight top 15 national finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday at the University of Texas.

The Aggies will be taking nine swimmers to NCAA meet, which is being contested at the Jamail-Texas Swim Center. Representing Texas A&M at the NCAA Championships are: seniors Simon Frank, Henrik Lindau, Paul-Marc Schweitzer and Kyle Troskot, junior Luke Shaw, sophomores Cory Bolleter, Hunter Funk and Mateo Muzek and freshman Türker Ayar.

Swimming prelims get started at 11 a.m. each day while the finals begin at 7 p.m. Live results are available at TexasSports.com and live streaming video for every swimming session will be available at TexasSports.com or WatchESPN.com.

2014 NCAA Men’s Championship Roster
Name - Events - Cl-Exp - Hometown (High School)

Türker Ayar - Relay Alternate - Fr.-HS - Istanbul, Turkey (FMV Özel Erenköy Isik Fen Lisesi)
Cory Bolleter - 50/100fr - So.-1L - San Antonio, Texas (Churchill)
Simon Frank - 200/400IM, 200br - Sr.-3L - Stockholm, Sweden (Fryshusets KunskapsCentrum)
Hunter Funk - Relay Alternate - So.-1L - Spring, Texas (Klein)
Henrik Lindau - 50/100fr, 100fl - Sr.-3L - Karlskrona, Sweden (Af Chapman)
Mateo Muzek - Relay Alternate - So.-1L - Zagreb, Croatia (Miadost)
Paul-Marc Schweitzer - 100/200fr, 100bk - Sr.-3L - Boersch, France (Lycée Freppel)
Luke Shaw - Relay Alternate - Jr.-2L - San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights)
Kyle Troskot - 50/100fr, 100fl - Sr.-3L - Lethbridge, Alberta (Churchill)

Record-breaking streak
·The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team is one of just a handful of teams in the nation that finished in top 25 at the NCAA Championships every season since 1996. The other teams are: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas.
·The Aggie men’s streak of 18 straight top 25 NCAA finishes is an all-sport record at Texas A&M.

Record-setters to NCAAs
·Eight of the nine swimmers representing Texas A&M at the NCAA Championships set individual school records or swam a leg on a record-setting relay in 2013-14.
·Leading the way is senior Simon Frank, who broke the school records for the 200 IM (1:45.39), the 400 IM (3:44.33) and the 200 back (1:43.66) at the 2014 SEC Championships.
·Senior Kyle Troskot is the fastest Aggie in school history with a 19.32 clocking in the 50 free from the American Short Course Championships.
·Senior Paul-Marc Schweitzer set the school record in the 200 free with a blistering leadoff leg of 1:34.39 on the Aggies’ record-setting 800 free relay at the 2014 SECs. Schweitzer and relay mates Luke Shaw, Mateo Muzek and Hunter Funk went on to set the school standard of 6:21.20.
·A highlight of the 2014 SEC meet was the long-awaited breaking of the 200 free relay record, which had stood since 2001 and was the lone school record from the pre-Jay Holmes era. The foursome of Troskot, Henrik Lindau, Cory Bolleter and Schweitzer touched in a time of 1:17.32.

About the Coaching Staff
·Texas A&M head swimming coach Jay Holmes is in his 10th season as head coach of the Aggies and his 28th season at Texas. He served as assistant coach for 18 seasons before being named head coach on July 14, 2004.
·He is a two-time coach of the year, taking Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2004-05 and being named Big 12 Coach of the Meet in 2012.
·Associate head swim coach Ryan Mallam is in his first season with the Aggies. Mallam, a four-year swimming letterman at the University of South Carolina, spent the previous four seasons – three as head coach and one as assistant coach -- at Indian River State College (Fla.), and the Pioneers swept the NJCAA men’s and women’s national titles each year.
·Former U.S. Olympic diving coach Jay Lerew is in his fifth year of directing Texas A&M’s diving program. During Lerew’s time with the Aggies, A&M has produced its first NCAA Champion (Jaele Patrick in the women’s 3m dive in 2012) and multiple conference individual champions and All-Americans. He also earned Big 12 Dive Coach of the Meet or Year six times.

At the NCAAs under Holmes
2013 - 24th - 32 points
2012 - 13th - 97 points
2011 - 13th - 99.5 points
2010 - 12th - 102 points
2009 - 12th - 104 points
2008 - 13th - 78 points
2007 - 19th - 45 points
2006 - 17th - 45 points
2005 - 15th - 88 points

NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Schedule
Thursday, March 27
11 a.m. CT (prelims)
200 freestyle relay
500 freestyle
200 IM
50 freestyle
400 medley relay
1:30 p.m. CT (prelims)
1-meter diving
7 p.m. CT (finals)
200 freestyle relay
500 freestyle
200 IM
50 freestyle
1-meter diving
400 medley relay

Friday, March 28
11 a.m. CT (prelims)
200 medley relay
400 IM
100 butterfly
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
1:30 p.m. CT (prelims)
3-meter diving
7 p.m. CT (finals)
200 medley relay
400 IM
100 butterfly
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
3-meter diving
800 freestyle relay

Saturday, March 29
11 a.m. CT (prelims)
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 freestyle relay
1:30 p.m. CT (prelims)
Platform diving
4:45 p.m. CT
1,650 freestyle (early heats)
7 p.m. CT (finals)
1,650 freestyle (last heat of timed finals)
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
Platform diving
400 freestyle relay

FINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (7 p.m.)
15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals
16. 200-yard Backstroke
17. 100-yard Freestyle
18. 200-yard Breaststroke
19. 200-yard Butterfly
20. Platform Diving—Finals*
21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay




 
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