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Aggies Break into Top 25

March 29, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team moved into the top 25 after day two of competition on Friday at the 2013 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.

The high point of the day for the Aggies was the 800 freestyle relay. The team of senior John Wagner, junior Paul-Marc Schweitzer, sophomore Luke Shaw, and senior John Dalton swam an impressive time of 6:22.46, making it to the podium to receive eighth place overall honors. The relay earned the team 22 points to jump the Aggies up to No. 24 in the team standings.

“It’s the first time we have ever scored in the championship final for the 800 free relay,” head coach Jay Holmes said. “It was great for us to get to race some really great teams. I’m really happy with the guys and it was a lot of fun to watch.

Several Aggies proved themselves as NCAA competitors by swimming three NCAA ‘B’ time standards in morning competition. Junior Simon Frank started the morning off with a 3:49.54 swim in the 400 individual medley.  Following with another ‘B’ time standard was junior Henrik Lindau in the 100 butterfly. Lindau hit the wall in 46.82, which was just .32 seconds off the team’s best time this season in the event.   Finally, senior John Dalton swam the 200 freestyle in 1:37.38 for the team’s third ‘B’ cut of the morning.

“We have a whole day tomorrow and a lot of things need to happen,” Holmes added.

The men’s squad looks to keep the momentum established today heading into the final day of competition.  The Aggies have a big day Saturday, which will include several individual races and along with the 400 freestyle relay.  Competition will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. (ct)

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