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Texas Aggies Sink SMU -- February 1, 2004

DALLAS, Feb. 1. THE No. 13 Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team completed a perfect dual meet season away from home after posting a 144-94 defeat of SMU at Perkins Natatorium on Saturday.

The Aggies (8-1) won 11 of 13 events with seniors having a hand in nine of them. A&M sprinted out to a 58-16 lead after winning the first four events. The Aggies will finish the 2003-04 season with a perfect 8-0 record away from home.

Seniors Scott Mueller and Matt Rose led the charge for the Aggies by grabbing the four fastest freestyle races. Rose won the 50-yard free in 20.41 and the 100 free in 44.80 while Mueller grabbed the 200 (1:38.94) and 500-yard (4:36.29) races. Mueller's 200 free time ranks as a seasonal and team best.

Seniors Scott Hansen and Josh Hill won the 200 fly (1:50.71) and 200 back (1:48.96) for the Aggies as well.

Senior diver Adam Morgan earned first place on the one-meter at Perkins Natatorium for the second time in three weeks. Morgan defeated SMU freshman Philip Griffin 314.92 to 285.97. Morgan took second on the three-meter as well (332.40).

The Aggies grabbed first place in both relays for the third straight meet. The foursome of Josh Hill, Alfredo Jacobo, Scott Newmann and Andrew Sullivant opened the meet with a winning time of 3:20.52 in the 400-yard medley relay while the 400 freestyle group of Ozzie Gardner, Chris Nelan, Ross Collins and Rose was first in 3:02.98.

Junior Alfredo Jacobo pushed his consecutive win streak to eight in the breaststroke after cruising to first in 2:04.02 in the 200 breast.

The Aggie men will complete their dual meet season by facing off against No. 4 Texas on Friday at 3 p.m. a the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station.