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Aggies & Longhorns: Rivalry renewed

October 17, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- One of college swimming’s greatest rivalries will be renewed when the Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team hosts the Texas Longhorns in a 6 p.m. dual meet at the Student Recreation Natatorium on Friday.

It will be the first time that the Aggies and Longhorns have faced off in a regular season head-to-head matchup in any sport since Texas A&M left the Big 12 Conference and joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012. The Aggies and Longhorns were charter members of the Southwest Conference and later the Big 12 Conference.

“We want to pack the Rec (Student Recreation Natatorium) and get as many people there as possible,” Bultman said. “This is the first time any A&M team has competed against them since we joined the SEC, so hopefully we can get a big crowd and that can help us a lot.”

The two teams were the class of the Big 12 Conference with either the Aggies or Longhorns winning every conference championship since 2000, which was A&M head coach Steve Bultman’s first season in Aggieland. The Aggies won the Big 12 in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

“I’m excited to get the rivalry going again,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “They are a very good school and a very good team that’s within two hours of us. We like to have that kind of competition, especially in-state competition. It’s a lot of fun.”

The Aggies take on the Horns a week after opening their 2013-14 season with a dominating 154.5-98.5 victory over SEC foe Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. In their first-ever meeting with the Commodores, the Aggies swept all 16 races while tallying their ninth straight dual meet victory away from College Station. The Longhorns also got their season started last week with a 149-99 win over Rice in Austin, and they will host North Carolina in a dual meet on Thursday before heading to College Station.

“It’s going to be tough and I know there will be a lot of great racing,” Bultman said. “This is a very early season dual meet, but it’s time to get up and race. I’m anxious to see everyone step up on the blocks and compete.”

Admission is free for the competition, which will be the Aggies’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness meet. The Aggies will wear special pink swim caps, while the coaching staff and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will wear pink wristbands. All donations raised from a raffle and silent auction will be given to the Pink Alliance, which is a non-profit organization that provides breast cancer support in the Brazos Valley. The meet will be live-streamed on AggieAthletics.com.

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