COLLEGE STATION--- The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team had no problem defeating SMU at the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium Saturday. Coming off a hard-fought battle with No. 4 Georgia on Friday that ended in a 150-150 tie, the No. 2 Aggies downed the Ponies 174-110 to improve to a 5-0-1 record this season.
The Aggies took first place in 15 of 16 events, including 1-2-3 sweeps in 11 events. The women’s squad took at least two of the top three spots in every event and dominated in both swimming and diving.
“We had solid swims all the way up and down coming back after a pretty intense duel meet yesterday,” head coach Steve Bultman said after the win. “I was very pleased with how they stepped up and raced well.”
Leading the way for the Aggies was senior and 2012 Olympian Cammile Adams who took three individual victories. Adams started the meet on a sweep of the 1000 free, finishing in 9:54.12 before leading the sweep of the 200 fly hitting the wall in 1:58.30. Finally, Adams took home the win in the 100 fly in a time of 55.02.
Aggies with first place finishes include junior Sammie Bosma in the 100 free (50.30), who also grabbed a runner up finish in the 200 fly (2:02.57). Sophomore Ashley McGregor took first in the 100 breast in 1:02.64 and finished second in the 100 free (52.14). Sophomore Claire Brandt grabbed a first place finish in the 200 back (1:59.56) and a third place finish in the 50 free (23.77).
Also in the 50 free, junior Liliana Ibañez came in first in 23.23 just ahead of senior Breeja Larson who finished second in 23.29. Larson also had a win of her own in her signature 200 breast in 2:11.93. Junior Sarah Henry won the 200 free in 1:49.34 and went on to grab a pair of runner up finishes in the 200 breast (2:18.39) and the 200 IM (2:02.84). Freshman Sycerika McMahon had a win in the 500 free in 4:55.05 as well as two third place finishes in the 100 breast (1:03.52) and the 200 IM (2:04.31). Winning the 200 IM was senior Erica Dittmer in an easy 2:01.54.
Sweeping both diving events, the Aggie divers demonstrated the well roundedness of the team. On the 3-meter, freshman Courtney Hattie scored 330.45 ahead of freshman Madison Hudkins (302.40) and freshman Zoe Alaniz (281.63). On the 1-meter it was Alaniz leading the pack with 271.65 followed by Hattie (269.40) and senior Jessie Macaulay (267.68).
The Aggies finished with all the intensity that they started the meet. To open the meet the foursome of senior Paige Miller, Larson, senior Caroline McElhany, and Bosma led a sweep of the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:40.21. Sealing the victory was the closing 200 free relay sweep in which the squad of Bosma, sophomore Meredith Oliver, junior Emily Neubert, and Dittmer finished first in 1:33.56.
The Aggies take to the pool again on January 16 as they host Houston scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the A&M rec.