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NCAA Div. I Women: Texas Aggies Breeze By Houston, 173-115 -- February 1, 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas., Feb. 1. THE 23rd-ranked Texas A&M women's swimming & diving team used its depth to end its home season with a 173-115 victory over the University of Houston.

There was no men's meet as Houston does not have a me2n's team.

The Aggies (8-3) won every event in the pool, including both relays. Three-time national champion diver Yulia Pakhalina of Houston swept both diving events.

Twelve different A&M swimmers earned individual victories, while senior Karri Tibball closed out her home career with a pair of wins on Senior Day. Tibball finished on top in both the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.01) as well as the 200 individual medley (2:09.77).

The quartet of Courtney Patterson, Britney Pesek, Millie Reynolds and Danielle Townsend began the meet out on the right foot for the Ags by capturing the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:52.69. Three of the four went on to capture individual events later on in the meet. Patterson grabbed top honors in the 200 back (2:05.58), Reynolds won the 100 fly (57.12) and Townsend earned the victory an off-event for her, the 100 breast (1:06.81).

Britney Pesek closed the meet by anchoring the winning 800 freestyle relay for the Aggies which was led off by Tiffany Moore, Alex Baldree and Sarah Yates. Earlier in the meet, Moore won the 500 free in 5:00.20.

Freshman Olympian Paty Villareal continued her hot streak with a third consecutive win in the 1,000 free during the month of January. Villareal outswam teammate Katie Fancher 10:09.81 to 10:20.07 for first place honors. A few races later, Fancher came back and won the 100 free in 52.98.

Sophomore Ashley Roark continued to dominate the individual medley by capturing the top spot in he 400 IM in a time of 4:26.99.

Other Aggie winners on Saturday included Laura Fry, 200 fly; Brittany King, 50 free; Kelsey Savage, 200 free; and Christina Thompson, 100 back.