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Texas A&M seeks to make history at NCAA Championships

March 19, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS --- The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team will be seeking to make history at the 2014 NCAA Championships, which will be contested Thursday through Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

The Aggies will take a school-record 16 swimmers to the national meet and could be in position for the program’s highest NCAA finish in school history. The school’s highest team finish ever is fourth, which was accomplished in 2013 and 2008. The Aggies will be seeking to extend their school record seven-year streak of top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Swimming prelims get started at 11 a.m. each day while the finals begin at 7 p.m. Live results are available at GopherSports.com and live streaming video for every swimming session will be available at GopherSports.com or WatchESPN.com.

2014 NCAA Women’s Championship Roster

Swimmer/Diver

Invited Events

Cl.-Exp

Hometown (High School) (Previous School)

Cammile Adams

500fr/400IM/200fl

Sr.-3L

Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods)

Kelli Benjamin

200fr/100bk

Jr.-2L

Gilbert, Ariz. (Gilbert)

Sammie Bosma

50fr/100fr

Jr.-2L

Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter)

Claire Brandt

200bk

So.-1L

Dallas, Texas (Greenhill School)

Erica Dittmer

200IM/50fr

Sr.-3L

Spring, Texas (Klein)

Sarah Henry

500fr/400IM/1650fr

Jr.-2L

Garner, N.C. (West Johnston)

Liliana Ibañez

50fr/200fr/100fr

Jr.-2L

Celaya, Mexico (Colegio Panamericano del Centro)

Franko Jonker

100br

Fr.-HS

Pretoria, South Africa (St. Francis College)

Colleen Konetzke

1650fr

So.-TR

San Antonio, Texas (Reagan)

Breeja Larson

50fr/100br/200br

Sr.-3L

Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View)

Melanie McClure

200bk

Sr.-1L

Mansfield, Texas (Univ of Texas) (Mansfield)

Caroline McElhany

200IM/100fl/200fl

Sr.-2L

Friendswood, Texas (Friendswood)

Ashley McGregor

200IM/100br/200br

So.-1L

Pointe-Claire, Québec (John Rennie)

Sycerika McMahon

200IM/100br/200br

Fr.-HS

Belfast, Northern Ireland (Strathearn School)

Paige Miller

100fl/100bk

Sr.-3L

Caledon, Ontario (Mayfield Secondary)

Meredith Oliver

200fr

So.-1L

Tyler, Texas (Lee)

Top 10 streak

Texas A&M will be seeking its eighth straight top 10 NCAA finish in Minnesota. Prior to the start of the current streak (2007-13), the Aggies had never finished in the top 10 at the national meet.

Sweet 16

Texas A&M takes 16 competitors (all swimmers) to the 2014 NCAA Championships, which was tied for the second-highest number of swimming qualifiers behind defending NCAA Champion Georgia (17) and tied with California.

• The 16 invited swimmers is the most in school history, nudging out the 15 swimmers from 2011. In 2011, the Aggies took a school record 17 competitors to NCAAs -- 15 swimmers and two divers.

• The Aggies will take double-digit qualifiers to NCAAs for the eighth straight season in 2014. The last time A&M didn’t take 10 or more competitors to NCAAs was 2006 (eight qualifiers), which is the last time A&M didn’t finish in the top 10.

Seeking New Heights 

The Aggies will be seeking to better last year’s fourth-place showing, which tied for the highest finish in program history. Texas A&M has finished in the top 10 seven times previously with the fourth place finishes in 2008 and 2013 being the high-water marks.

Fixture in the Top 10

(NCAA finishes under Steve Bultman)

Year       NCAA Finish         Points

2013       4th         323.5

2012       6th         262.0

2011       10th       182.0

2010       6th         311.0

2009       8th         186.0

2008       4th         315.0

2007       8th         198.0

2006       11th       118.0

2005       t14th     84.0

2004       16th       100.5

2003       --             DNS

2002       26th       21.0

2001       26th       26.0

2000       25th       24.0

Bold -- Indicates program bests

Defending their Turf 

The Aggies will take a pair of defending NCAA Champions to Minnesota -- two-time 100 breaststroke champ Breeja Larson and 2013 200 butterfly winner Cammile Adams

• Larson was victorious in the 100 breast at the 2012 and 2013 Championships, and was second in the race as a freshman in 2011.

• Larson has been oh-so-close in the 200 breast but never a winner -- she was second in 2011 and third in 2012 and 2013. 

• Larson was the NCAA and American record-holder at both distances until Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney erased Larson’s record in the 200 breast at the 2014 ACC Championships.

• Adams was the NCAA runner-up in the 200 fly to Katinka Hosszu in 2011 and 2012 before breaking through for the NCAA title in 2013.

• Both Adams and Larson were 2012 U.S. Olympians and they were the first Aggies to make Team USA in individual events. Larson went on to place sixth in the 100 breast and earn a gold medal with the 400 medley relay, while Adams placed fifth in the 200 fly for the highest individual finish for a current A&M swimmer in London.

Experienced Aggies

Of the 13 Aggies that contributed points to 2013’s fourth-place finish, 10 will be making return trips to the NCAA Championships in 2014.

 

Many Happy Returns

(top 16 at 2013 NCAA Championships)

+Cammile Adams – 400 IM, 200 fly

+Kelli Benjamin – 800 free relay, 400 free relay

+Sammie Bosma – 200 free relay, 400 free relay

+Erica Dittmer – 200 free relay, 200 IM, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay

+Sarah Henry – 500 free, 400 IM, 800 free relay, 1,650 free

+Lili Ibanez – 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 free, 800 free relay, 100 free, 400 free relay

+Breeja Larson – 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 breast, 200 breast

+Caroline McElhany – 200 free relay, 200 IM, 400 medley relay,

+Ashley McGregor – 200 breast

Maureen McLaine – 500 free, 800 free relay, 1,650 free

+Paige Miller – 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 back

Tess Simpson – 200 medley relay, 100 back, 200 back

Rebecca St. Germain – 1m diving

+ -- denotes returnees

Transfer of Power

Three of the Aggies’ 16 qualifiers started their collegiate careers at other schools  before transferring to Texas A&M.

• Sophomore Colleen Konetzke is in her first season at A&M in 2013-14 after spending her first season at Wisconsin.

• Senior Melanie McClure spent her first two seasons at Texas before transferring to A&M. She is a two-time NCAA qualifier with the Aggies.

• Senior Caroline McElhany also transferred from Texas and developed into as dangerous weapon in the 100/200 fly and 200 IM and with a variety of relays. She has earned nine All-America citations in her two previous trips to the NCAAs.

 

2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Order of Events

 

TRIALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (11 a.m.)

1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay

10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay

2. 500-yard Freestyle

3. 200-yard Individual Medley

4. 50-yard Freestyle

20-minute intermission

6. 400-yard Medley Relay

5. One-meter Diving—Trials*

 

FINALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (7 p.m.)

1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay

2. 500-yard Freestyle

3. 200-yard Individual Medley

4. 50-yard Freestyle

5. One-meter Diving—Finals*

6. 400-yard Medley Relay                                                    

 

TRIALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (11 a.m.)

7. 200-yard Medley Relay

10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay

8. 400-yard Individual Medley

9. 100-yard Butterfly

10. 200-yard Freestyle

11. 100-yard Breaststroke

12. 100-yard Backstroke

20-minute intermission

14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—All but last two heats of time finals

13. Three-meter Diving—Trials*

 

FINALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (7 p.m.)

7. 200-yard Medley Relay

8. 400-yard Individual Medley

9. 100-yard Butterfly

10. 200-yard Freestyle

11. 100-yard Breaststroke

12. 100-yard Backstroke

13. Three-meter Diving—Finals*

14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—Last two heats of time finals

 

TRIALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (11 a.m.)

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20-minute intermission

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

20. Platform Diving—Trials*

15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—All but last heat of time finals

 

FINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (7 p.m.)

15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform Diving—Finals*

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

[Note 1: A consolation final immediately shall precede the championship final for each event except the 1,650-yard freestyle and diving events. Eight lanes will be used in all swimming events.]

[Note 2: The 1,650-yard freestyle event will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m., with the last heat of the preliminaries to end at approximately 6 p.m.]

[Note 4: Awards ceremonies will be held immediately after the championship final of that given event.]

[*Note 5: For a detailed schedule of diving, refer to Rule 6-2-2.]

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