BATON ROUGUE—The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team was edged out by the LSU Tigers Saturday as the Aggies swam their last conference dual of the season. The 157.5-142.5 final was decided in the last few events with the Tigers coming out on top.
“It was a great meet for swimming fans,” said head coach Jay Holmes after the tight competition. “There was a lot of back and forth and some great racing, especially with the history between the two teams.”
More than pulling his weight, senior Omar Enriquez brought two huge wins for the team. Enriquez won the 1000 free in 9:15.92 and the 500 free in 4:29.96. He went on to take second in the 200 fly (1:48.84) even though he wasn’t originally planning to swim the event.
Stepping up for the team, several men made a big impact on the meet. Senior Kyle Troskot kept his 50 freestyle streak alive with a win today in 20.29. Troskot also came through with a 100 free win in 45.01. Senior Paul-Marc Schweitzer helped to keep the Aggies in close competition with a big win in the 200 free hitting the wall in 1:39.80. Sophomore Alexandros Theocharidis had a great swim in the 100 back, winning in a time of 49.64.
On the 1-meter boards, senior Adam Ruiz brought in crucial points with a first place score of 338.78, followed closely by junior Ford McLiney who finished second with 329.55. McLiney also brought a second place finish in the 3-meter with a final score of 389.48.
“Adam Ruiz was on fire,” Holmes added. “And with Ford coming in second, we really needed that win. They both did a really good job.”
The men’s squad depth in the 50 freestyle helped to make for an easy win in the 200 free relay. The foursome of senior Henrik Lindau, Troskot, sophomore Cory Bolleter, and Schweitzer came to the wall in 1:20.45 to tighten the score in the final event.
The team will head to Dallas next as they close out dual meet competition against SMU on January 24.