COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team finished day three in first place to win the 2013 Art Adamson Invitational Saturday. The final scores have the Aggies with 1356.5 trailed by Stanford (1276.5), LSU (649), SMU (348), TCU (272), and Air Force (82).
It was a huge meet for the women, who end the meet with two new school records and dozens of NCAA ‘A’ and ‘B’ time standards.
“It was a great meet with great competition,” head coach Steve Bultman said. “We had a lot of lifetime bests along with a few ‘A’ cuts and a lot of ‘B’ cuts so we will have a number of girls invited to NCAA championships.”
Aggies go 1, 2, 3 in the mile competition. Junior Sarah Henry won the 1650 free in an NCAA ‘B’ time of 16:12.95. Teammates sophomore Colleen Konetzk and freshman Sarah Gibson hit the wall second and third in times of 16:37.94 and 16:44.18 to bring the team a combined 53 points in the event.
Several Aggies made ‘B’ time standards look easy in the 200 backstroke including senior Melanie McClure who finished third in 1:55.46. Along with McClure were, senior Paige Miller in 1:56.37, freshman Maddie Edwards in 1:56.79, and sophomore Claire Brandt in 1:58.31.
In the 100 freestyle, four swimmers made ‘B’ cuts including junior Liliana Ibañez (48.28), junior Sammie Bosma (48.72), sophomore Meredith Oliver (49.21), and senior Erica Dittmer (49.36). Oliver’s time puts her in the top ten 100 freestylers in program history at number 10. Ibañez, Bosma, and Dittmer are also in the top 10.
Senior Breeja Larson and sophomore Ashley McGregor finished the 200 breast first and second. Larson hit the wall in an impressive ‘A’ time of 2:07.60 to win the event. McGregor came in as a close second in 2:09.18 for a ‘B’ time. Adding to the depth at breaststroke, all with ‘B’ times were freshmen Frankie Jonker (2:13.29), sophomore Romy Landeck (2:13.51), and senior Paige Miller (2:13.59). Jonker and Miller made their way into the program top 10 swimming the seventh and tenth fastest times and joining Larson, McGregor, and Landeck as members of the programs top 10.
Senior national champion Cammile Adams showed off her speed in the 200 butterfly grabbing first place in 1:52.72. The ‘A’ cut time was only .32 seconds off of Adam’s school record in the event. Also pitching in spectacular effort in the 200 fly was Bosma, finishing in a ‘B’ time of 1:57.65 making her the seventh fastest in program history.
Senior diver Jessie Macaulay finished fourth in the platform diving competition scoring 222.30 and bringing in 15 points for the team.
The final event of the meet was the 400 freestyle relay. The squad of Ibañez, Dittmer, Oliver, and Bosma finished a close second with an excellent ‘A’ time of 3:14.68.
“We’ve been doing invites for a while,” Bultman added. “Its great to let the girls rest and make qualifying cuts. It’s a good confidence builder and learning experience.”
The Aggies add an invitational victory to their season statistics. The team has been perfect so far with a 3-0 dual meet record and a first place finish in the Art Adamson Invitational. The Aggies will compete next when they host Rice on Dec. 20 in the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium.