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Frank lowers own school record at SECs

February 20, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

Athens, Ga. --- Texas A&M junior Simon Frank’s school record swim in the 400-yard IM highlighted the Aggies’ third day at the Southeastern Conference Championships on Thursday at the University of Georgia.

The Aggies remained in the hunt for an upper-division finish in the Southeastern Conference and were in fourh place with 382 points. A&M trails Florida (773.5),Auburn (721.5),  and Georgia (588), and lead a pack of four teams within 39 points of each other – Tennessee (374), Alabama (352) and Missouri (343).

A&M opened the meet with a 44-point performance in the 400-yard IM, which was led by school record holder Simon Frank. The senior lowered his own school record to 3:44.33 in the morning session and then placed sixth with a 3:45.86 in the Championship final. Chipping in valuable points was junior Hayden Duplechain, who placed third in the B final (11th overall) with a lifetime best time of 3:46.89. He joined Frank as the only Aggies under 3:47 in school history. Sophomore Antoine Marc scratched four points with a 21st place finish in 3:53.11.

“I’m so proud of what Simon has accomplished,” men’s head coach Jay Holmes said. “He’s probably one of the top five most mentally tough swimmers I’ve ever been around. He is willing to take the pain and do whatever it takes. For him to get that school record, which will without a doubt get him to the NCAA meet, was a fun thing for me to watch.”

Senior Henrik Lindau contributed 15 points with a fourth place in the B final of the 100 fly (12th overall) in a time of 47.20.

The Aggies closed out the night with big points in the 200 freestyle with three swimmers earning evening swims. Senior Paul-Marc Schweitzer led from wire to wire on his way to victory in the B final with a time of 1:34.64. Earlier this meet, Schweitzer set the school record in the race with a time of 1:34.39 on the opening leg of the 800 free relay. Also contributing points were junior Luke Shaw with a fourth place finish in the C final (20th overall) in a lifetime best 1:36.24 and sophomore Mateo Muzek placing 23rd in 1:37.13.

After the meet, a pair of Aggies shined in a 50-yard freestyle time trial. Sophomore Cory Bolleter touched in a lifetime best time of 19.59, which is a high NCAA B cut and ranks No. 4 in school history. Freshman Jacob Gonzales went under 20 seconds for the first time ever with a time of 19.95 in pursuit of Bolleter.

Aggies in the Top 24

400 IM

6.      Simon Frank                         3:45.86 (3:43.33p)

11.    Hayden Duplechain           3:46.89

21.    Antoine Marc                      3:35.11 (3:53.10p)

100  Butterfly

12.    Henrik Lindau                      47.20 (46.99p)

200 Free

9...    Paul-Marc Schweitzer      1:34.64

20.    Luke Shaw                            1:36.24

23.    Mateo Muzek                     1:37.13 (1:37.02p)

2014 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

Feb. 18-22, 2014


Friday, February 21

Prelims - 9 a.m. CT
Men's and Women's 200 Butterfly
Men's and Women's 100 Backstroke
Men's and Women's 100 Breaststroke

Prelims - 12 p.m. CT
Men's Platform Diving

Finals - 5 p.m. CT
Men's and Women's 200 Butterfly
Men's and Women's 100 Backstroke
Men's and Women's 100 Breaststroke
Men's Platform Diving
Men's and Women's 400 Medley Relay

Saturday, February 22

Prelims - 9 a.m. CT
Men's and Women's 100 Freestyle
Men's and Women's 200 Backstroke
Men's and Women's 200 Breaststroke

Prelims - 12 p.m. CT
Women's Platform Diving

Finals - 3 p.m. CT
Men's and Women's 1,650 Freestyle

Finals - 5 p.m. CT
Men's and Women's 100 Freestyle
Men's and Women's 200 Backstroke
Men's and Women's 200 Breaststroke
Women's Platform Diving
Men's and Women's 400 Freestyle Relay

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