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Aggies Seeking NCAA Top 10

March 21, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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SEATTLE --- The Texas A&M men's swimming and diving will be seeking to break into the top 10 at the 2012 NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Aggies have finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships for a school record 16 straight seasons, but have finished in the top 10 just twice in program history. A&M finished tied for 10th in 1943 and placed 10th in 1999. The Aggies' streak of consecutive top 25 NCAA finishes is a record for all sports at Texas A&M, and A&M is one of just a handful of swimming and diving teams nationally to have finished in the top 25 every season since 1996.
 
"Our No. 1 goal going into NCAAs is to get better," Aggie head swimming coach Jay Holmes said. "We've been in the top 15 for the last four years, but we really want to break into the top 10. Finishing in the top 10 would be huge in the development of this program. Is it a possibility? Yes, absolutely, but it will be a battle. We have to stand up and represent this great university, and do the things that we've been training for all year."
 
The Aggies are well-equipped as they head west to the Pacific Northwest with a team of 10 student-athletes - eight swimmers and two divers. Representing Texas A&M at the NCAA Championships will be seniors John Ariens, Amini Fonua, Boris Loncaric and Grant Nel, juniors John Dalton and John Wagner, sophomores Hayden Jones, Paul-Marc Schweitzer and Kyle Troskot and freshman Luke Shaw (relay alternate).
 
"We got most of what we thought we needed to be competitive into the meet," Holmes said. "They were a couple of other individuals that could have or should have been in the meet, but we made sure that we got our relays to NCAAs. We didn't get our sprint freestyle relays qualified, but the components of those relays are in and we're looking for contributions from all the relays, not just the qualified ones."
 
Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 22
Trials
11 a.m. (PT)/1 p.m. (CT)
1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay
2. 500-yard Freestyle
3. 200-yard Individual Medley
4. 50-yard Freestyle
6. 400-yard Medley Relay
5. One-meter Diving-Trials*

Finals
7 p.m. (PT)/9 p.m. (CT)
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
 
Friday, March 23
Trials
11 a.m. (PT)/1 p.m. (CT)
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
14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay-All but last three heats of time finals
13. Three-meter Diving-Trials

Finals
7 p.m. (PT)/9 p.m. (CT)
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 three heats of time finals

Saturday, March 24
Trials
11 a.m. (PT)/1 p.m. (CT)
16. 200-yard Backstroke
17. 100-yard Freestyle
18. 200-yard Breaststroke
19. 200-yard Butterfly
21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay
20. Platform Diving-Trials
15. 1,650-yard Freestyle-All but last heat of time finals

Finals
7 p.m. (PT)/9 p.m. (CT)
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
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