Texas A&M Overwhelms North Texas, Finishes Season Undefeated In Duals

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, February 1. THE Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team won all 14 events en route to a dominating win over North Texas this afternoon, 153-97. The Aggies honored seniors Cammile Adams, Erica Dittmer, Breeja Larson, Melanie McClure, Caroline McElhany, Paige Miller and Allyson Sweeney, who accounted for six of the Aggies’ 14 wins today. Texas A&M finishes the season undefeated in dual meets at 8-0-1.

Texas A&M Press Release

The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team ended its regular season Saturday with a 153-97 victory over North Texas at the A&M Recreation Natatorium. The Aggies finish the season unbeaten with a final record of 8-0-1 as they prepare to move on to the Southeastern Conference Championships.

The squad of seven seniors who swam their final meet at A&M made the most of it taking 6 individual wins and contributing to both relays victories. Overall the women’s squad won 14 of 14 events, sweeping 1-2-3 in 11 events.

“It was just a solid performance from a great group of seniors,” head coach Steve Bultman said following the meet. “I wish this group wasn’t seniors, but they really took us to the next level with national and international competition.“

Setting the tempo early, the Aggies opened the meet with an explosive sweep of the 400 medley relay. Coming in first was the foursome of sophomore Claire Brandt, freshman Sycerika McMahon, senior Caroline McElhany, and sophomore Meredith Oliver in a time of 3:43.89. Closing out the regular season on the 200 free relay, the squad of senior Breeja Larson, junior Kelli Benjamin, junior Liliana Ibañez, and senior Allyson Sweeney hit the wall in 1:34.88.

The senior class, which made a huge impact on the season, did the same today. Sweeping the breaststroke events, conference, national champion, and Olympian, Larson finished the 100 breast in 59.61 and the 200 breast in 2:10.11. School record holder in the 100 back, Paige Miller took first in the event in 54.53. Melanie McClure won the 200 back easily in a time of 2:02.03. Erica Dittmer, a 2012 Olympian for Mexico made short work of the 50 free hitting the wall in 22.94. Fellow Olympian, as well as conference and national champion Cammile Adams swept the butterfly events as she managed 1:57.03 in the 200 fly and 54.60 in the 100 fly.

Tallying more first place finishes for the Aggies was junior Sarah Henry in the 1650 free (16:35.95) and 500 free (4:49.06). Benjamin won the 200 free (1:49.09) and junior Ibañez came in first in the 100 free in (50.32). McMahon grabbed first in the 200 IM in 2:03.05.

“We are excited to move on,” Bultman added about the SEC meet. “We’ve got a lot of girls already qualified for NCAAs so we feel good heading into the conference championship.”

The team will have two weeks to rest and prepare for the SEC Championships, which will be held in Athens, Ga. from February 18-22. The Aggies finished runner-up in the SEC last season when they hosted the championship meet.

North Texas Press Release

The North Texas swimming and diving team was overwhelmed by No. 2-ranked Texas A&M falling 153-97 to the Aggies.

Junior Mona Groteguth placed second in the 200 backstroke, her time of 2:03.43 was her fastest dual meet performance of the season.

The Mean Green was shut out of the top three in 11 events today and the nationally-ranked Aggies swept the 14 event meet, without diving competing.

Up next North Texas swimming and diving will host TCU Wednesday, Feb. 5, with a tribute to their seniors in the last dual meet of the season. Diving will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the PEB and swimming at 6 p.m. at the Pohl Rec Center.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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