COLUMBIA, Mo. --- The Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team grabbed the first day lead at the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
The Aggies jumped to the top of the standings with a pair of runner-up finishes in two relay races and four divers in the top seven of the one-meter springboard.
"We're happy with the way we competed today, but we have to get ready for tomorrow," Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. "The divers did a great job and that helps us so much. This meet has just started. We still have six more sessions left and we have a lot of things we want to get done. We're going to go back to the hotel and tell our guys 'great job, get some sleep and be ready to come in Thursday morning and get better.'"
The Aggies' dive crew scored a whopping 55 points on the one-meter with sophomore Hayden Jones taking third with 375.20 points, and sophomore Adam Ruiz, sophomore Antonio Page-Kahn and senior Paul Xiques sweeping places 5-6-7. Ruiz and Page-Kahn posted career-bests of 335.80 and 318.60, respectively, to grab their NCAA zone cuts, while Xiques turned in a score of 263.40. Last year's Big 12 Champion Grant Nel wasn't able to defend his title while competing with the Australian team in preparation for this summer's Olympic Games.
A&M also shined in the 800-yard freestyle relay with the foursome of sophomore Paul-Marc Schweitzer, junior John Dalton, senior Boris Loncaric and junior John Wagner finishing second and breaking the school record by nearly three seconds with a NCAA "B" cut time of 6:21.88.
"That was one of the most memorable races I've ever seen our team do," Holmes said. "Right now I'm really stoked about that relay because they swam really, really well. It was just an overall great effort by those four guys."
The Aggies also grabbed a runner-up finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the foursome of senior John Ariens, senior Amini Fonua, senior Boris Loncaric and sophomore Kyle Troskot touching the wall in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:25.87.
The Aggies scored 123 points after three events on the first day to take an eight-point lead over Texas (115 points), followed by Missouri with 92 points.
Aggie Men Grab Lead at Big 12s
February 22, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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