Feb. 26, 2011


AUSTIN --- Texas A&M handed Texas its first-ever defeat in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships to highlight the Aggies' performance at the 2011 Championships at the Jamail Swimming Center.

The Aggies' 400 free relay used its top two 100 freestylers - Balazs Makany and John Dalton - on the first two legs to build a significant lead over the Horns. Freshman third leg Henrik Lindau gave the lead to anchor Kyle Troskot and the freshman held off Texas' Dax Hill down the stretch to earn a .07 second win. Texas had won the previous 14 400 free relays at the Big 12 Championships.

"We've always viewed our 400 free relay as our strongest relay," Holmes said. "We had some ups and downs in this meet, but we always knew the 400 free relay was coming. We asked the guys to stand up and do something great. It was a great race and a great way to get it done. It was a battle the whole way, and a lot of fun for our guys to be in that situation."

The Aggies touched in 2:52.76, which was just off an NCAA auto cut and set a school record. The old school mark of 2:52.89 was set last year by Makany, Casey Strange, Dalton and Boris Loncaric.

The host Texas Longhorns won with 1,052 points, the Aggies were second with 817 points and Missouri was third with 707. Next up for the Aggies will be the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships and then the NCAA Championships on March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota.

The Aggies scored solid points in the 100 freestyle with three swimmers in the Championship final. Dalton out-dueled his senior teammate Makany to finish third in 43.64, and Makany took fourth in 43.93. Troskot was eighth in 44.43, and sophomore Austin Wilson was 11th in 45.57 in the consols.

A&M also got good points from the 200 breaststroke with Bryan Snowden going under his pre-Big 12 school record for the second time on the way to a fourth place finish. Snowden, who time-trialed the school record of 1:56.55 on Wednesday, flirted with the record again but finished in 1:56.75. Also contributing points were John Wagner (7th, 2:01.60), Cheyne Hermes (8th, 2:01.98) and Amini Fonua (10th, 1:59.19).

Sophomore Max Lewis logged the Aggies' highest finish in the pool as he swam to a lifetime best of 1:47.69 and a second-place finish in the 200 fly. Freshman Simon Frank was third in 1:50.48, and freshman Donnie Walker was sixth in 1:53.54.

Junior Grant Nel took third in the platform dive with a score of 390.35, and sophomore teammate Paul Xiques was sixth with a score of 263.30.

School record holder Omar Enriquez couldn't approach his school record in the 1,650 freestyle, but he turned in a solid third-place performance in 15:22.66. Also scoring points in the mile was freshman Donnie Walker, who placed sixth in 15:49.86.

The Aggies took sixth and seventh in the 200 backstroke with freshman Paul-Marc Schweitzer finishing sixth in 1:46.74 and John Ariens taking seventh in 1:47.34.

Day 4 Results

200 back Paul-Marc Schweitzer, 6th, 1:46.74 John Ariens, 7th, 1:47.34 Andres Van Dam, 1:48.93

100 free John Dalton, 3rd, 43.64 Balazs Makany, 4th, 43.93 Kyle Troskot, 8th, 44.43 Austin Wilson, 11th, 45.57

1,650 free Omar Enriquez, 3rd, 15:22.66 Donnie Walker, 6th, 15:49.86 John McClure, 15:51.47

200 breast Bryan Snowden, 4th, 1:56.75 John Wagner, 7th, 2:01.60 Cheyne Hermes, 8th, 2:01.98 Amini Fonua, 10th, 1:59.19

200 fly Max Lewis, 2nd, 1:47.69 Simon Frank, 3rd, 1:50.48 Donnie Walker, 6th, 1:53.54

Platform dive Grant Nel, 3rd, 390.35 Paul Xiquesm 6th, 263.30

400 free relay Balazs Makany, John Dalton, Henrik Lindau, Kyle Troskot 2:52.76 (NCAA "B" cut, school record)