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Aggies Dominate Vanderbilt in Season-Opener

October 12, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2013-2014 season with a dominating dual meet victory Saturday against the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Centennial Sportsplex. 

It was the ninth straight road victory for the Aggies, who won every event against the Commodores on the way to a 154.5-98.5 win. The Aggies are now 1-0 on the season and in SEC competition.

“I’m very pleased with the start to the season“, head coach Steve Bultman said. “I think that for a first meet we had some really solid swims to start off the year.“ 

Among the first place finishes were junior Liliana Ibañez, who won both the 200 free (1:49.12) and the 100 fly (56.16) and also contributed to the 400 free relay win, and freshman Sycerika McMahon won her first college event in the 500 free (4:57.39).

Other wins include sophomore transfer Colleen Konetzke with her first win as an Aggie in the 1000 free (10:22.18). Senior Paige Miller won the 100 back in 55.44. Senior Breeja Larson won the 100 breast in 1:00.05. Senior Cammile Adams took the 200 fly in 1:59.01. Junior Kelli Benjamin won the 50 free in 24.03. Junior Sammie Bosma won the 100 free in 50.46. Senior Melanie McClure won the 200 back in 2:00.03. Sophomore Ashley McGregor won the 200 breast (2:19.57), and senior Erica Dittmer won the 200 IM (2:01.72).

The Aggies finished the meet as strongly as they opened with a 1, 2, 3 finish in both relays. The foursome of McClure, Larson, Adams, Bosma took first in the 200 medley relay (1:42.83) to open and the team of Ibañez, Emily Neubert, Katherine Huff, and McClure closed the meet with a 3:27.80 finish in the 400 free relay.

The Aggies will compete next in College Station as they host the University of Texas on Oct. 18.  

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