GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Texas A&M swimming and diving teams split dual meets with the Florida Gators on Friday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.
The No. 4-ranked Aggie women beat the No. 11 Gators, 196-104, while the top-ranked Gator men defeated the Aggies, 197-98.
The Aggie women’s team improved to 4-0 in dual meets on the strength of 12 victories in 16 events. Winning multiple events for the A&M women’s squad were senior Rebecca St. Germain, sophomore Lili Ibanez, junior Breeja Larson and junior Cammile Adams. The men’s squad fell to 0-3 in dual meets and earned individual victories in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
Larson was impressive with wins in both breaststroke races, and posted a NCAA “A” cut in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.14. Last year, Larson set the NCAA, American and US Open record of 57.71 while winning the 2012 NCAA crown in the 100 breast. Larson logged a NCAA “B” cut while winning the 200 breast in 2:10.31.
St. Germain swept both dives with scores of 309.30 in the 1-meter dive and 296.03 in the 3-meter dive. Ibanez was victorious in the 100 free (49.49) and 200 free (1:47.37), while logging NCAA “B” cuts in both races. Adams also posted a pair of “B” cuts in victories in the 200 butterfly (1:57.58) and the 500 freestyle (4:46.60). Grabbing solo wins were senior Maureen McLaine in the 1,000 freestyle (9:42.54) and junior Caroline McElhany in the 100 fly (54.72). A&M swept both relays with the foursome of senior Tess Simpson, Larson, junior Paige Miller and sophomore Sammie Bosma winning the 200 medley relay in 1:39.79, and the quartet of Bosma, junior Erica Dittmer, McElhany and Ibanez winning the 400 free relay in a “B” cut time of 3:21.49. Other Aggies earning NCAA consideration times were sophomore Sarah Henry in the 200 free (1:47.79), 500 free (4:47.41) and the 400 IM (4:13.61), senior Tess Simpson in the 100 back (55.06), freshman Romy Landeck in the 200 breast (2:15.57) and Adams in the 400 IM (4:16.49).
On the men’s side, junior Hayden Jones posted the fifth win of the season with a victory in the 1-meter dive with a score of 370.43. Sophomore transfer Ford McLiney was right behind Jones with a score of 337.36. McLiney, who dove for Florida State last year, grabbed the win in the 3-meter with a score of 355.50. Junior Omar Enriquez shined for the Aggies with four top four finishes. He was runner-up in the 200 fly (1:49.60) and the 500 free (4:29.28), third in the 1,000 free (9:16.22) and fourth in the 400 IM (4:02.52). Senior John Dalton was second in the 50 free (20.83) and third in the 100 free (45.73). Freshman Mateo Muzek was second in the 200 backstroke (1:49.35) and fourth in the 200 free (1:41.25). Sophomore Diego Suarez placed third in the 100 breast (58.40) and the 200 breast (2:08.02). Junior Kyle Troskot was third in the 50 free (20.91) and fourth in the 100 free (45.88). The foursome of Muzek, Dalton, Troskot and senior John Wagner placed second in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:02.01.
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