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Texas A&M matches highest relay finish ever at NCAAs

March 20, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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MINNEAPOLIS --- Texas A&M broke a trio of school records and matched its highest relay finish to highlight the first day of action at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Minnesota.

The Aggies stand in fifth place with 86.5 points and finished the first day trailing Georgia (189 points), Stanford (136), California (126) and Southern California (103).

“It was a solid day overall for us,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “We’re in better shape than we were last year when we finished fourth, so I’m really pleased with the way we stepped up and raced today.”

Texas A&M closed out the night by placing second in the 400-yard medley relay, which matched the highest relay finish in program history. The foursome of senior Paige Miller, senior Breeja Larson, senior Caroline McElhany and junior Lili Ibanez led for most of the race but couldn’t hold off charging Stanford for the win. The Cardinal touched in an NCAA, U.S. Open and American record time of 3:27.51, while the Aggies were second in school record 3:28.13.

“That’s the best we’ve ever been in 400 medley relay and we were just .03 of a second off the old NCAA record, so you’ve got to be happy with that,” Bultman said. “We knew we would have to be faster than we were in the morning, but it wasn’t quite fast enough.”

Already the school record holder in the 100 back, Miller was faster than she’d ever been with a 50.70 on the leadoff backstroke leg that gave the Aggies the early lead. The only Aggie under 51 seconds in school history, Miller’s old school record was 50.91.

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.

Aggies take down 200 FR school record, finish 4th

·         The Aggies shattered their school record in the morning prelims and then placed fourth in evening finals in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The A&M foursome of junior Sammie Bosma, Ibanez, Larson and senior Erica Dittmer took fourth in a time of 1:27.39. They were even faster in the morning session with a blistering time of 1:27.19. Both the prelim and final times were under the old school record of 1:28.02 set by the same foursome at the 2013 Art Adamson Invitational last fall.

Henry, Adams score big in 500 free

·         A&M scored big points in the 500 freestyle with junior Sarah Henry and senior Cammile Adams earning evening swims. Henry placed eighth in the Championship final with a time of 4:37.80, while Adams was second in the consolation final in 4:38.38.

 

Lifetime bests for Ibanez, Larson in 50 free

·         The Aggies got 4.5 points in the 50 freestyle from Ibanez and Larson. Ibanez tied for fifth in the consolation final in 22.34, while Larson was eighth in 22.53. In the morning prelims, Ibanez matched her lifetime best with a time of 22.07, and Larson moved into a tie for fourth (with Maria Sommer) on A&M’s 50 free top 0 list with a lifetime best of 22.17.

 

2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Order of Events

 

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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