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Texas A&M closes out 2014 at NCAA Championships

March 29, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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AUSTIN --- A strong swim by Texas A&M senior captain Simon Frank highlighted the team’s final day at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship as the Aggies closed out the 2013-14 season.

Frank, who earned the first All-America citation of his career on Friday, won his preliminary heat of the 200-yard breaststroke in a lifetime-best time of 1:57.56 but did not advance to the final. His lifetime best moved him to No. 2 on A&M’s top 10 list as he jumped the Jacobo brothers – Alfredo and Alejandro – and Amini Fonua, and he finished his career behind only school record holder Bryan Snowden.

In other action, the Aggies’ 400-yard freestyle relay just missed earning a spot in the finals as the group of senior Kyle Troskot, sophomore Cory Bolleter, senior Paul-Marc Schweitzer and freshman Turker Ayar finished 17th with a time of 2:53.64. Senior Henrik Lindau turned in a time of 44.42 in the 100-yard freestyle.

For the season, the Aggies broke an impressive five individual school records – Troskot in the 50 free (19.32 at the American Short Course Championships), Schweitzer in the 200 free (1:34.39 at the SEC Championships) and Frank in the 200 IM (1:45.39 at SECs), 400 IM (3:44.33 at SECs) and 200 back (1:43.66 at SECs). The Aggies also broke a pair of relay school standards with the foursome of Troskot, Lindau, Bolleter and Schweitzer taking down the 200 free relay record (1:17.32 at SECs) and Schweitzer, junior Luke Shaw, sophomore Mateo Muzek and sophomore Hunter Funk breaking the 800 free relay record (6:21.20 at SECs).

The season also produced the school’s first two SEC individual titles as junior diver Ford McLiney won the 3-meter dive and the platform dive at the SEC Championships on his way to earning SEC Diver of the Meet honors.

Five Aggies qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships and four more trips earned trips to the national meet as relay alternates. Earning NCAA invitations were Bolleter (50 free), Frank (400 IM), Lindau (100 fly), Schweitzer (200 free) and Troskot (50 free). Relay alternates were Ayar, Funk, Muzek and Shaw. Frank was the lone point scorer for the team with a 14th place finish in the 400 IM, which generated three points for the Aggies. The Aggies finished in 44th place as their school record streak of top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships ended at 18.

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