Busy Weekend in Big 12 Swimming

By Lauren Sampl

BOULDER, Colorado, February 5. MANY college teams closed out their dual meet schedules this weekend with a flurry of meets, as several Big 12 schools competed in multiple meets. Meanwhile, the Northeast-10 kicked off this season's slate of conference championships. Here's a look at some highlights from the weekend.

The Lady Aggies of Texas A&M scored a pair of dual meet wins against Houston on Friday and North Texas on Saturday. Jaele Patrick swept the diving events and Tess Simpson picked up two wins in the 100 back (55.42) and 100 fly (56.65) while teammates Cammille Adams (200 fly, 1:57.64) and Breeja Larson (200 breast, 2:12.50) also posted impressive times en route to wins over Houston.

A&M's Erica Dittmer took home a trifecta of victories against the Mean Green of North Texas on Saturday, racing to times of 23.48 in the 50 free, 2:16.06 in the 200 breast and 2:02.96 in the 200 IM. Caroline McElhany swept the fly events (53.90, 1:57.59) and Maureen McLaine took home the mid-distance free titles (200 free, 1:49.19; 500 free, 4:45.81) for the Aggie women. Notably, Breeja Larson posted a sizzling time of 59.98 in the 100 breast, winning by nearly six seconds.

Meanwhile, the Texas A&M men faced off against their Texas Longhorn rivals on Friday despite a tornado warning in College Station. The Texas men came out on top in the final Big 12 dual meet between the two schools. Jimmy Feigen posted quick times in the 50 free (19.71) and 100 free (43.72) while teammate Nick D'Innocenzo scored a pair of wins in the 200 IM (1:48.13) and 500 free (4:28.82) for the Longhorns.

The first conference meet of the season kicked off this weekend as the Northeast-10 Conference championships took place in New Haven, Conn. Southern Connecticut State took home both the men's and women's team titles. Amanda Thomas of Southern Connecticut won Women's Swimmer of the Meet honors for the third time in as many years. She earned wins in the 100 fly (54.82), 200 fly (2:01.22) and 200 IM (2:03.29), all new conference records.

Matt Sorena, also of Southern Connecticut State, was honored as Men's Swimmer of the Year after winning titles in the 200 fly (1:52.00), 500 free (4:35.42) and 1650 free (15:56.19).

For more college dual meet results, check out the College Channel.

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