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Texas A&M swimmers succeed at national events

July 20, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Several new, current, and former Texas A&M swimmers took on the swimmers of their home countries as they competed for national titles. Four Aggies took part in the Mexican Swimming Nationals while another Aggie went up north to compete in the Canadian Swimming National Championship.

Returning Aggie senior Liliana Ibañez performed spectacularly while at the Mexican national meet in Veracruz, Mexico, by taking four gold medals and setting a new Mexican National Record in the 50-meter butterfly.

Ibañez, a native of Celaya, Mexico, claimed two gold on the second day of competition in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:02.29 and in the 50-meter butterfly with a record setting time of 27.94. Ibañez took another gold on the third day in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 55.91, barely missing her own national record of 55.70. On the final day of the competition, Ibañez earned another gold in the 50-meter freestyle finishing with a 25.75.

Ibañez's successes at the national championship have qualified her for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games where she will represent Mexico in all four of her events. The Games, comprising of 36 different sporting events, will take place in Veracruz at the end of November.

Also in Veracruz with Ibañez were former teammate Erica Dittmer, and incoming freshmen Esther Gonzales and Mauro Castillo. Dittmer, senior class of 2014, took silver in both the 100-meter and 50-meter breaststroke with times of 1:11.19 and 33.10, respectively. The two incoming freshmen also managed to nab several silver medals. Gonzales earned second in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:33.94. Castillo took the same in the men's 50-meter breaststroke coming in at 29.00 and the 100-meter breaststroke with a 1:03.55. Castillo ended the meet taking a third silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:16.39. Castillo also earned a berth to the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Meanwhile up north in Saskatoon, Canada, Texas A&M junior Ashley McGregor had her own fantastic performances bringing home her own national title.

McGregor, from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, took gold on the first day of the championship in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:27.18. McGregor's swim was just shy of her Canadian trials swim in April which ranked her 37th in the world at 2:27.11. McGregor took third in the 100-meter breaststroke on the second day with a time of 1:09.51 finishing behind Fiona Doyle and Rachel Nicole. She ended the championship by earning a silver medal going 2:17.67 in the 200-meter individual medley.

Mexican Nationals

Erica Dittmer

2. 100m Breaststroke - 1:11.19

2. 50m Breaststroke - 33.10

6. 200m Breaststroke - 2:41.08

Esther Gonzalez

6. 100m Breaststroke - 1:13.81

7. 50m Breaststroke - 34.35

2. 200m Breaststroke - 2:33.94

Liliana Ibañez

1. 200m Freestyle - 2:02.29

1. 50m Butterfly - 27.94*

1. 100m Freestyle - 55.91

1. 50m Freestyle - 25.75

Mauro Castillo

2. 100m Breaststroke - 1:03.55

2. 50m Breaststroke - 29.00

2. 200m Breaststroke - 2:16.39


Canadian Nationals

Ashley McGregor

1. 200m Breaststroke - 2:27.18

3. 100m Breaststroke - 1:09.51

6. 50m Breaststroke - 32.45

2. 200m Individual Medley - 2:17.67


* Mexican National Record
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