NCAA Div. I: Aggies Win Sixth Straight Meet

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The Texas A&M women's swimming and diving team used
Senior Day to capture its sixth consecutive win, a 151-128 decsion over the
University of Houston at the Student Rec Center Natatorium on Friday

The Aggies (8-4) won every race in the pool while the Cougars (2-11)
dominated the diving boards.

A&M began the meet by taking the top three spots in the 200-yard medley
relay. The foursome of Laura DeCook, Danielle Townsend, Clara Ho and
Michelle Bird captured first place in 1:47.70, thanks in large part to a
brilliant third leg by All-American Ho. Ho was also the biggest winner of
the day, capturing both the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as being on the
winning 200 medley relay team.

Freshman Christina Thompson continued A&M's dominance of the backstroke by
leading a 1-2-3-4 Aggie finish in the 100 yard event and a 1-2-3 finish at
200 yards.

Freshman Kelsey Savage was the third and final Aggie to win two individual
events on Friday. Savage won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in times of
1:06.42 and 2:24.43, respectively.

Freshman Katie Fancher opened up a big lead early in the 1000 freestyle,
gave it back to the field, then held on for a two-tenths-of-a-second victory
in the day's longest race. In other distance action, freshman Tiffany Moore
cruised to a six second win over Houston's Kristen Douglas in the 200
freestyle while redshirt freshman Casey Mucha was a big winner in the 500
free in 5:03.29.

Freshmen Courtney Patterson and Danielle Townsend were A&M's other two
freshman winners, grabbing first in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual
medley in times of 52.94 and 2:07.59, respectively.

Sophomore Michelle Bird otswam freshman Sarah Yates for top honors in the 50
freestyle by a difference of 24.31 to 24.71.

Houston's Yulia Pakhalina, the 2001 NCAA champion on both the one and
three-meter springboards, beat A&M senior Meghan Zack 327.6 to 282.6 on the
one-meter board. Pakhalina beat A&M sophomore Sarah Welker at the higher
distance 363.37 to 275.32.

The Aggies closed the meet by taking the top two spots in the 200 freestyle
relay. The quartet of Bird, Alex Baldree, Fancher and Karri Tibball swam a
winning time of 1:39.92.

The Aggies will take three weeks off to prepare for the Big 12 Championships
which will be held at the Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station on
Feb. 20-23.

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