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Aggies Have Solid First Day at SEC Championships

February 19, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The Texas A&M men's and women's swimming and diving teams both stand in sixth place after the first day of the Southeastern Conference Swimming & Diving Championships on Tuesday at the Student Recreation Center.

In the women's team standings, the No. 10 Aggies are sixth with 130 points and are looking up at No. 7 Tennessee (185), LSU (151), No. 8 Georgia (151), Missouri (141) and No. 3 Auburn (132). Rounding out the team standings were No. 5 Florida (126), No. 18 Arkansas (116), Alabama (110), Kentucky (91), South Carolina (65) and Vanderbilt (62).

In the men's standings, the No. 18 Aggies are sixth with 123 points and trail No. 5 Auburn (196), LSU (156), No. 4 Florida (149), No. 11 Tennessee (147) and Missouri (146). Rounding out the standing were South Carolina (107), No. 12 Georgia (103), Kentucky (95) and Alabama (82).

The top finish of the day came from the Aggies' women's 200-yard medley, which tied for second while flirting with the school record. The foursome of senior Tess Simpson, junior Breeja Larson, junior Paige Miller and junior Erica Dittmer touched the wall in an NCAA "A" cut time of 1:35.96, which was just .25 off the A&M mark set by the same four swimmers at last year's NCAA Championships.

The men's team's top finish of the day came in the 800-yard freestyle relay with the foursome of freshman Mateo Muzek, senior John Wagner, junior Paul-Marc Schweitzer and senior John Dalton taking fourth with an NCAA "A" cut time of 6:22.27, which was less than a half-second off the school record of 6:21.88.

In the diving events, sophomore Ford McLiney took sixth in the men's one-meter dive (3:48.65), while senior Becca St. Germain placed seventh in the women's three-meter dive (308.25).

The Aggies took fourth in the women's 800 free relay with the group of sophomore Lili Ibanez, senior Maureen McLaine, freshman Meredith Oliver and sophomore Sarah Henry finishing in an NCAA "A" time of 7:01.14, which made them the fourth-fastest relay in school history.

The men's 200 medley relay of freshman Alexandros Theocharidis, Wagner, junior Henrik Lindau and junior Kyle Troskot placed eighth in a time of 1:27.60.

The SEC Championships return to action on Wednesday with the prelims at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.

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