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Texas A&M Continues Winning Ways -- January 25, 2004

MONROE, Louisiana, January 24. THE No. 14 Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team upped its record to 7-0 as the visiting team this season with a 162-108 win over Louisiana-Monroe, and the No. 14 Texas A&M women's swimming & diving team moved its dual meet season record to 8-1 with victories over Louisiana-Monroe and Tulane at Lake C. Oxford Natatorium on Saturday.

The Aggies (7-1) won 13 of 16 events including both diving competitions and both relays despite using most of their athletes in non-specialty events.

Sophomore Devin Saez led the way for the Aggies on Saturday by winning three events. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native won the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.87), 200 breaststroke (2:10.65) and the 200 individual medley (1:54.38).

Junior Joel Travnicek was also a multi-event winner for A&M against the Indians. Travnicek captured the 500 (4:42.76) and 1,650-yard (16:10.13) freestyles.

The Aggie divers swept both boards for the second straight day. Senior Adam Morgan posted the highest score on each board, 324.15 on the one-meter and 305.20 on the three-meter. Sophomore Cliff West earned the first place points for the Aggies on the three-meter after posting a career-best score of 249.75.

The all-senior 400-yard medley relay team of Josh Hill, Scott Mueller, Chris Nelan and Matt Rose opened the meet with a win (3:25.53) while A&M's 400 free relay captured first in 3:02.19.

Junior Alfredo Jacobo upped his personal breaststroke win streak to seven with a win at the 100-yard distance (57.49). Sophomores Andrew Sullivant and Matt Neal captured wins in the 50 (20.82) and 200 (1:43.21) freestyles, respectively, for the Aggies.

The Aggie women finished off their three-day road trip to Louisiana by beating the ULM Indians 178-94 and the Tulane Green Wave 175-113. A&M won 11 of 16 events despite swimming a large majority of its athletes in non-specialty races.

The Aggie divers swept both springboard events on Saturday. Sophomore Rosie Whiting captured first place on the three-meter with a score of 245.10 after injuring her hand earlier in the meet on the one-meter. Fellow soph Alida DiPlacido won the one-meter (227.10), finished third on the three-meter (239.77) then capped the meet off by crossing over to the swimming team for the first time in her career to anchor A&M's 'D' 400 free relay team.

In addition to the diving boards, A&M also swept both relay events. The 400-yard medley relay team of Courtney Patterson, Michelle Kohutek, Erin Briskie and Danielle Townsend opened the meet in 3:51.73 while the 400 freestyle relay squad of Rachel Condit, Rita Soni, Christina Thompson and Townsend sealed it in 3:38.29.

All seven solo races that A&M captured were won by seven different swimmers. The Aggies swept both backstroke and breaststroke events. Sophomore Ewelina Zwierzykowski won the 100 back in 58.51 while freshman Rebecca Sturdy won the 200 back in 2:04.18. Junior Danielle Townsend was first in the 100 breast in 1:06.28 while freshman Michelle Kohutek won at the 200-yard distance (2:24.32).

A&M's three additional victories came at the 200-yard distance. Junior Michelle Bird won the 200 free (1:5511), sophomore Katy Lieb took the 200 individual medley (2:06.73) and freshman Meghan Nebera captured the 200 fly (2:05.86).