COLLEGE STATION, Texas, February 4. THE No. 6 Texas A&M women's swimming and diving team won 15 of the day's 16 events for a 186-105 win over North Texas in its final competition before the Big 12 Championships Saturday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.
The home meet was the final event in College Station this season for the Aggies, as well as its senior members. Seniors Alyssa Conner, Anna Heller, Megan Latone, Rita Medrano, Megan Onstott, Jaele Patrick, Janie Potvin and Jo Thibodaux were honored before the meet.
"It was a very nice day as far as honoring the seniors," A&M Head Coach Steve Bultman said. "It's bittersweet, however, because they're all graduating."
The Aggies came right of the gate with a dominant 200-yard medley relay showing as the A&M A, B and C relays posted a 1-2-3 finish.
A&M had seven more 1-2-3 finishes on the day, in the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard butterfly, the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 500-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.
Sophomore Erica Ditmmer earned a hat trick for the Aggies by taking a trio of first places in the 50-yard freestyle (23.48), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.06) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.96).
Two Aggies took a pair of victories each on the day. Sophomore Caroline McElhany and junior Maureen McLaine claimed a double-win evening. McElhany led two strong comebacks, both in the 100 (53.90) and 200-yard (1:57.59) butterfly events. McLaine took firsts in the 200 (1:49.19) and the 500-yard (4:45.81) freestyle events.
Other Aggies grabbing win on the day were Sophomores Cammile Adams in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:42.38), Paige Miller in the 100-yard backstroke (54.28) Breeja Larson in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.98), Kim Pavlin in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.68), junior Christine Regone in the 100-yard freestyle, Patrick in the 3-meter springboard event (382.13) and junior Rebecca St. Germain in the 1-meter springboard event (327.76).
"We had some really good swims today," Bultman said. "I think it made the day even more special with how well everyone swam. The effort was there, and in addition to the effort there was some great speed."
The Aggies put on a show as they held a special relay event for fans after the meet concluded. Donning Mardi Gras masks, the Aggie senior swimmers swam a one-legged relay complete with belly-flop relay starts.
The Aggies will now go into full-on training mode before they travel to Columbia, Mo. to compete in the Big 12 Championship meet Feb. 22-25.
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