COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The No. 8 Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team opens the 2019 portion of its schedule with a 1 p.m. dual meet against regional foe SMU on Saturday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.
Records / Rankings
The Aggie women's team has compiled a 4-1 dual meet record, while the Mustangs were 3-1 entering the weekend (SMU hosts Loyola University New Orleans on Friday afternoon). The Aggies are ranked No. 8 in the most recent edition of the CSCAA Top 25, while SMU is unranked.
The Aggies will be seeing their first action of the New Year on Saturday. Texas A&M closed out the fall on a hot streak with an overall team victory at the Art Adamson Invitational and consecutive dual meet wins over Rice and TCU.
Texas A&M boasts a number of Southeastern Conference leaders entering 2019: Claire Rasmus in the 200 freestyle (1:44.22) and Sydney Pickrem in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.13), 200 IM (1:53.88) and 400 IM (4:01.73).
Rasmus, along with 2018 seniors Bethany Galat and Lisa Bratton, was recently named to Team USA’s roster for the 2019 Pan American Games, which will be contested in Lima, Peru in August.
SMU owns the advantage in the long rivalry between the two schools with a 23-14 record against the Aggies, but Texas A&M has won 12 straight meetings against the Ponies. Aggie head coach Steve Bultman has an 12-6 record against SMU.
The meet will be streamed online on SEC Network +, which provides events to SEC Network/ESPN subscribers through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and other connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One).