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No. 2 Aggies Take Down Cougars

January 16, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION--- The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team made short work of Houston in a dual meet in the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium Thursday. The No. 2 Aggies won the meet with a final score of 159-125 to improve to 6-0-1 this season.

With a performance similar to Saturday’s smack down of SMU, the women’s squad finished first in 15 of 16 events and took at least two of the top three spots in every event.

“It was a good solid win for a Thursday afternoon meet,” said head coach Steve Bultman. “We had great racing and had got to swim some off events with some girls swimming different events and doing a really good job.”

The 200 medley relay team of junior Kelli Benjamin, senior Breeja Larson, senior Paige Miller, and junior Sammie Bosma got the meet started with a first place finish in 1:41.60 to establish the lead early.

Aggies with multiple wins include sophomore Claire Brandt with wins in the 200 free (1:51.54) and 100 free (51.66). Adding to her relay contribution, Bosma also grabbed wins in the 100 back (56.52) and the 100 fly (55.74).

There were several freshmen bringing wins for the Aggies. In the 1000 free, freshman Cayla Jetter tallied her first collegiate win hitting the wall in 10:22.32.  Also taking her first win at A&M was freshman Frankie Jonker in the 100 breast finishing in a time of 1:02.95.  Freshman Sycerika McMahon took first in the 200 fly in 2:02.29.

Senior Cammile Adams hit the wall first in the 200 back in a time of 2:02.84.  Senior Breeja Larson took first place in the 200 breast with a 2:11.01 swim. Junior Liliana Ibañez won the 500 free in 4:56.43 and senior Caroline McElhany won the 200 IM in 2:04.96.

From the springboards, freshman Courtney Hattie won the 3-meter competition with a final score of 287.25 followed by a third place finish by senior Jessie Macaulay. On the 1-meter boards, Hattie took first again with a final of 292.65 with freshman Zoe Alaniz taking third with 271.58.

With excitement until the final moments, the A&M ‘D’ relay managed an outside smoke, taking the win from lane eight in the 200 free relay. The squad of Benjamin, sophomore Meredith Oliver, Larson, and sophomore Ashley McGregor hit the wall in 1:34.66 to close out the meet.

The Aggies will turn around and hit the road for the last SEC dual meet of the season against LSU. The meet will take place in Baton Rouge and is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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