COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- Texas A&M senior John Dalton broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle twice on Saturday to highlight the Aggies' final day at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championships at the Student Recreation Natatorium.
In the team standings, the No. 17-ranked Aggies finished their first-ever SEC meet with a seventh-place finish and 709.5 points. No. 5 Florida broke Auburn's 16-year stranglehold on the team crown. The Gators were trailed by No. 6 Auburn, No. 11 Georgia, No. 12 Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama.
"I think my guys raced really well," Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. "We had some really good swims in there. I'm disappointed in the team finish, but there are several events that we're going to have to get a whole lot better in and those key events cost us. We've historically gotten better as the season goes on and we're continuing to do that."
Dalton, who broke the team record in prelims went on to break the record again in finals tying for silver at 42.74. Dalton brought in 74.5 points individually for the team during the meet with three NCAA ‘B' times.
"We rely on his for so many things," Holmes said about Dalton. "He's in the water more than anyone else. We expect a lot out of him, and I expect him to keep getting better. He broke the 100 free record today and he already has the 50 free record. He hasn't broken the 200 free record, but I really believe he will."
Sophomore diver Ford McLiney dove an impressive 382.60 to tie for second in the platform diving. McLiney now ranks third on the team's all-time top ten in the event. His performance this week earned the team 71.5 points.
Several other Aggies had personal bests today; sophomore Luke Shaw swam a lifetime best of 15:24.76 and moved to number four on the teams all-time best in the 1,650 free. Freshman Alexandros Theocharidis, junior Paul-Marc Schweitzer, and junior Simon Frank all had personal bests in the 200 back with NCAA ‘B' times of 1:44.72, 1:45.14 for Schweitzer, and 1:45.34 for Frank.
The Aggies finished in style to close the meet, making it to the podium in the 400 free relay. The team of junior Henrik Lindau, Dalton, senior John Wagner, and junior Kyle Troskot finished third for an NCAA ‘A' time of 2:53.07. This is the third fastest time in school history for the event.