NCAA Div. I Women: Texas A&M Defeats North Texas, 173-113

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Nov. 10. THE Texas A&M women's swimming and diving team rebounded from a tough loss at the University of Texas last night to defeat North Texas 173-113 in its home opener at the Student Rec Center Natatorium on Saturday.

The Aggies captured first place in 14 of 16 events, including both diving competitions. North Texas was awarded first place in two of the final three events as A&M did not score each of the final three races.

Three Aggies were double winners in the meet. Senior All-American Clara Ho took first in both the 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly while teammate Alex Baldree was golden in both the 100 breaststroke and 1000 freestyle.

Two-time All-American Meghan Zack continued her hot streak on the springboards by winning both the one- and three-meter competitions. Zack beat teammate Katie Williams 296.32 to 282.38 on the low board while earning a 305.85-281.33 win on the low board.

Freshman distance star Tiffany Moore captured first in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:55.12. Moore has won a race in all of A&M's four dual meets this season.

The Aggies opened the meet on fire by going one-two in the 400-yard medley relay. The underclassmen foursome of Christina Thompson, Kelsey Savage, Katy Lietzau and Danielle Townsend edged out senior Clara Ho and freshmen Courtney Patterson, Emily Semrau and Sarah Yates 4:00.49 to 4:01.14.

A&M continued its dominance with 1-2-3 finishes in the next two events. Baldree Laura Fry and Amy Allen turned the trick in the 1000 freestyle while Moore, Danielle Townsend and Kimarie Durso did so in the 200 freestyle.

The Aggies' most dominating event proved to be the 50 freestyle with maroon-and-white swimmers claiming each of the top five spots. Sophomores Michelle Bird and Carli Watts led the barrage of maroon in one of the sport's most glamourous events.

Not to be outdone, A&M swimmers earned each of the top five spots in the 500 freestyle, though only two of them counted in the team scoring. Senior Shannon Steel won the race in 5:10.57 while sophomore Kelli Deavenport was tops among scoring swimmers at 5:11.32.

With the win, the Aggies even their overall record at 2-2, and stay undefeated in non-conference action at 2-0.

Texas A&M will travel to Dallas to face Southern Methodist University on Friday in a dual meet scheduled for 2 p.m.

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