COLLEGE STATION --- Ten Texas A&M swimmers and divers will be receiving their bachelor’s degrees at the 2013 Spring Commencement this weekend at Reed Arena. The swimmers and divers are among a group of 102 Texas A&M student-athletes receiving their diplomas.
The impressive group of Aggies includes three 2012 Olympians, five All-Americans, an NCAA Champion and multiple conference champions. All ten of the graduates finished their swimming or diving careers ranked in the school’s all-time top 10 lists, including three that own individual or relay school records.
Heading the list is diver Jaele Patrick (Lilydale, Victoria, Australia), who won the 2012 NCAA crown in the women’s three-meter dive and earned four All-America citations during her career. She also won a trio of Big 12 diving titles and owns the school records in the one- and three-meter dives. She represented Australia in the 2012 Olympics.
Also contributing a Big 12 individual title was swimmer Amini Fonua (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand), who won the men’s 100-yard breaststroke with a school-record time of 53.44 at the 2012 Big 12 Championships. The versatile Fonua earned All-America status six times with four different relays. He represented Tonga at the 2012 Olympics.
A member of Mexico’s 2012 Olympic team, Rita Medrano Munoz (Aguacalientes, Mexico) earned a pair of All-America honors during her career and ranked in the top 10 in both the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Also earning All-America honors during their careers were Megan Latone (Austin, Texas) and John Wagner (Houston, Texas). Latone earned All-America status with the Aggies’ 2009 200 medley relay that placed seventh at NCAAs and remains the fifth-fastest relay in school history. Wagner earned All-America honors seven times during his career and also swam legs on the two fastest 800 free relays in school history.
Also finishing their careers ranked on A&M’s top 10 lists were: Nick Han (Grapevine, Texas) in the men’s 100 backstroke; Anna Heller (Scappoose, Ore.) in the women’s 100 back; Jordan King (Portland, Ore.) in the 200 butterfly; Liz Nelson (The Woodlands, Texas) in the 1,000 and 1,650 free; and Jaclin Rehring (Lucas, Texas) in the 200 fly.
Texas A&M Swimming & Diving May 2013 Graduates
Amini Fonua, Telecommunications and Media Studies
Nick Han, Kinesiology
Anna Heller, Agricultural Communication and Journalism
Jordan King, Allied Health
Megan Latone, Education
Rita Medrano Munoz, Management
Liz Nelson, Allied Health
Jaele Patrick, University Studies (business)
Jaclin Rehring, Allied Health
John Wagner, Petroleum Engineering