INDIANAPOLIS— The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team finish day one with six points at the 2013 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
To start off the meet, the foursome of senior John Dalton, juniors Henrik Lindau and Kyle Troskot, and senior John Wagner qualified for the B final with a time of 1:18.31 in the 200 freestyle relay. This was the second fastest relay for the team this season, only .36 seconds off the season best. The Aggies finished sixth in the consolation final touching the wall in 1:18.46 to score six points for the team.
“It’s the NCAA Championships, it’s a time to be great and we were just pretty average,” said head coach Jay Holmes. “We have our work cut out for us. This meet is a three day event; we aren’t where we want to be but we have two days left and we can make it what we want it to be.”
Lindau and Dalton needed 19.63 to make the consolation final in the 50 free but swam 19.78 and 19.79 to just miss it. Lindau will compete in the 100 fly on Friday and the 100 free and 400 free relay on Saturday. Dalton, who will compete in six events during the championship, has his mind on the 200 free and 800 free relay set for Friday and the 100 free and 400 free relay which will be contested on Saturday.
“I’m just going to forget about today,” Dalton said. “I just have to move on and focus on the next few days to be better for my teammates. Tomorrow should be a better day and I look forward to the relay and 200 free.”
With great scoring potential, the Aggies look to improve their impressive record of 17 consecutive top 25 finishes at the national championships. Competition will resume Friday with prelims starting at 10a.m. (ct)