COLLEGE STATION, Texas, January 26. THE No. 24 Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team was downed 143-98 by the No. 25 SMU Mustangs in dual meet action Friday night at the TAMU Student Recreation Natatorium.
The A&M swimmers won a pair of races in the pool and junior diver Eric Sehn swept both dives to pace the Aggies.
"Our guys did some good things, but it doesn't feel good to not win in your own pool," Aggie head swimming coach Jay Holmes said. "You have to give a lot of credit to SMU. They swam great and they've got a very talented team. For them to not be ranked until this week is just wrong. We're not happy with the result, and our job is to get better."
Sehn, already a six-time Big 12 Champion, looked primed to defend his conference crowns with a pair of strong efforts. He shattered the school record and eclipsed the 400-point barrier with a 405.15 score on the one-meter springboard and scored 363.54 on the three-meter board.
"I was really happy with the way I competed tonight," Sehn said. "I had been in a little bit of a slump. Against LSU we even took some of the harder dives off my list. I guess my taper is going well because I really felt comfortable out there. This type of performance gives me good perspective with the conference meet coming up."
Sehn's teammates, true freshmen Matt Platt and Henry Stevens, also contributed with Platt and Stevens grabbing second and third, respectively, on the three-meter and third and fourth on the one-meter.
True freshman Israel Duran Mata continued his strong first season with a win in the 200-yard butterfly in a career-best and NCAA consideration time of 1:47.49. The time ranks No. 4 on A&M's all-time 200-yard butterfly list. Duran Mata also placed third in the 200 I.M. with a time of 1:50.81 and swam the fly leg on the Aggies' second-place 400 medley relay.
Also grabbing gold for the Aggies on Friday was junior Alejandro Jacobo, who placed first in the 200 breast with a season-best time of 2:02.05. Jacobo swam the breaststroke leg on the 400 medley relay.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Aggies who travel to Austin on Saturday to face the top-ranked Texas Longhorns in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown at 2 p.m.