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Dalton, Wagner Named Team MVPs

April 29, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Senior swimmers John Dalton and John Wagner shared the Team MVP Award as the Texas A&M swimming and diving men's team honored the 2012-13 season at its annual banquet.

The Aggie men entered their first year in the Southeastern Conference and finished seventh in the SEC Championships. The men went on to finish 24th at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis.  It was the 18th straight year that A&M has finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships.

Dalton and Wagner played huge roles in the Aggies' success this season.

Dalton posted 74.5 individual points at the SEC Championships, tying for second place in the 100 free, taking third in the 50 free, third in the 200 free relay, and third in the 400 free relay, placing fourth in the 800 free relay, eighth in the 400 medley relay, and placing 9th in the 200 free. Dalton broke the school record in the 100 free with a time of 42.74 at the SEC Championships. Dalton currently holds the 50 free school record and ranks second in school history in the 200 free after a 1:35.24 swim at the SEC Championships. Dalton was named Second Team All-SEC after his performance at the conference championships. Dalton was a member of the 800 free relay team at the NCAA Championships that took eighth place.

Wagner posted 38 points at the SEC Championships in three individual events. Wagner earned NCAA ‘B’ time standards in the 200 I.M., the 200 free, and the 100 free; also helping grab two NCAA ‘A’ cuts in the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. As a member of the 800 free relay, helped take eighth place in the event at the NCAA Championships.

During the season the Aggies broke three school records:  100-Yard Free (John Dalton, 42.74), 1650-Yard Free (Omar Enriquez, 15:03.38), and 400-Yard IM (Simon Frank, 3:46.70).

Also earning awards were junior Adam Ruiz (Trey Heye Memorial), junior Henrik Lindau (Most Improved) and junior Simon Frank (Aggie Heart).

Picked as team captains for the upcoming season were junior swimmers Simon Frank and Donnie Walker, and junior divers Antonio Page-Kahn and Adam Ruiz.

2012-13 Team Awards

Danny Green MVP: John Dalton, John Wagner
Awarded to the team member who, according to the staff, contributed the most to the success of the team throughout the season with their performances during competition. The award is named for Danny Green '46, who was Texas A&M's first All-American in swimming. Green was a two-time Southwest Conference Champion and finalist for the Sullivan Award under legendary coach Art Adamson before dropping out of Texas A&M to serve his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy. He returned to A&M after his military duty and won four more conference titles in 1947 and 1948.

Trey Heye Memorial Award: Adam Ruiz
Given to an upperclassman swimmer who came to A&M as a non-scholarship athlete, but proved himself with his work ethic, performance and teamwork.
The award is named for Trey Heye, the eldest son of Aggie graduates Paul '87 and Mary Jo '88 Heye of Little Rock, Ark., who tragically passed away at the age of seven in 2000. Trey was a talented swimmer who dreamed of swimming for the Aggies.

Most Improved: Henrik Lindau
Awarded to the Aggie swimmer or diver who improved the most, not only with his performances, but also with his work habits and commitment to the team goals and values.

Aggie Heart (In Memory of Bob Stallings): Simon Frank
Voted on by the team, the Aggie Heart is awarded to the swimmer or diver that best exemplified what it means to be an Aggie: Always putting the team's needs ahead of his own while setting a positive example both in and out of the water, and striving to push others to be their best. The award is in memory of former A&M swimmer and water polo team member Bob Stallings '70, who was one of Texas A&M's greatest supporters and benefactors before passing away while doing what he loved -- serving as an official at the 2007 Junior National Championships in Indianapolis.

2013-14 Team Captains: Simon Frank, Donnie Walker, Antonio Page-Kahn, Adam Ruiz

School Records set in 2012-13

100-Yard Free: John Dalton, 42.74
1650-Yard Free: Omar Enriquez, 15:03.38
400-Yard IM: Simon Frank, 3:46.70

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