Feb. 24, 2011


The Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team stands in second place after two days of competition on Thursday at the 2011 Big 12 Championships at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

The Aggies finished the day with 250 points. The Texas Longhorns lead with 369 points and Missouri is third with 249 points.

"We had some really good swims today, a bunch of season bests," Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. "We got started with on a sour note with the DQ of the 200 free relay, but the team responded and stayed focused on what we came here for. It happened and we had to move on, which we did a good job of doing."

The Aggies' 200-yard freestyle relay was disqualified because of an early takeoff. The foursome of sophomore John Dalton, junior Amini Fonua, freshman Henrik Lindau and freshman Kyle Troskot was initially credited with second place in 1:18.58. The relay, with Makany in place of Lindau, returned to the water for a time trial and touched the wall in 1:18.06, which is a NCAA "B" and the third-fastest 200 free relay time in school history.

The Aggies scored big points in the 50-yard freestyle with four swimmers in Championship final and two more in the consolation. Senior Balazs Makany came out of lane eight to grab a runner-up finish in a lifetime best 19.85, and he was trailed by sophomore John Dalton (4th, 19.91), freshman Kyle Troskot (5th, 19.92) and junior Amini Fonua (8th, 20.83). In the consolation final, sophomore Austin Wilson took 11th in 20.37 and freshman Henrik Lindau was 14th in 21.12.

"Our 50 free guys were really pretty good today," Holmes said. "We had four guys break 20 seconds in the same meet (including prelims), which I don't think has ever been done here before. I was really impressed by what they were able to get done."

The Aggies scored solid points in the 500-yard freestyle with sophomore Paul-Marc Schweitzer finishing in the top eight. Enriquez, the A&M record-holder in the race, took fourth in a season-best 4:22.05, which was just off his school record. Both hitting their season bests, Schweitzer placed seventh in a NCAA "B" cut time of 4:25.80 and Walker was eighth in 4:30.97. Also achieving a life-time best was sophomore John McClure, who placed second in the consolation final in 4:32.11.

Sophomore John Wagner took fifth in the 200 IM with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.12, after swimming to a lifetime best in the prelims with a time of 1:48.46. The Aggies also received points from freshman Simon Frank (12th, 1:49.64) and senior Nathan Lavery (16th, 1:54.59).

Day 2 Results 200-yard free relay DQed for early takeoff

500-yard freestyle Omar Enriquez, 4th, 4:22.05 (NCAA "B" cut) Paul-Marc Schweitzer, 7th, 4:25.80 (NCAA "B" cut) Donnie Walker, 8th, 4:30.97

200-yard IM John Wagner, 5th, 1:49.12 Simon Frank, 12th, 1:49.64 Nathan Lavery, 16th, 1:54.59

50-yard freestyle Balazs Makany, 2nd, 19.85 (NCAA "B" cut) John Dalton, 4th, 19.91 (NCAA "B" cut) Kyle Troskot, 5th, 19.92 (NCAA "B" cut) Amini Fonua, 8th, 20.83 Austin Wilson, 11th, 20.37 Henrik Lindau, 14th, 21.12