Texas A&M Swimming and Diving Sweeps Ohio State

Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

The Texas A&M swimming and diving team took down Ohio State on Saturday in a short course yards duel after swimming long course on Friday.

Team Scores

  • Men: No. 11 Texas A&M 153, No. 5 Ohio State 147
  • Women: No. 12 Texas A&M 174, No. 14 Ohio State 124


Texas A&M Swimming and Diving Press Release

The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies men’s swimming & diving team upset the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in a down-to-the-wire 153-147 finish at the Rec Center Natatorium.

The Maroon & White started with a 12-7 lead supplied by the divers’ performances on Friday, and held the slight edge until the 200 fly went Ohio State’s way. After the 1-meter dive the Buckeyes occupied a 23-point advantage over the Aggies, but a clutch 1-2 finish in the 200 breast and the 200 IM by Benjamin Walker and Andres Puente swung the point advantage back to Texas A&M. The final event, the 400 free relay secured the victory after a disqualification was handed to the Ohio State group that finished first.

Shaine Casas placed first in every event he participated in, including the 200 medley relay (1:27.37), 100 back (48.04), 200 back (1:44.78) and 100 fly (47.73). Walker also placed first in each of his four events, 200 medley relay, 100 breast (54.93), 200 breast (1:57.79) and 200 IM (1:48.51). Adam Koster also notched an individual win in the 100 free (44.25) in addition to his two relay victories.

On the diving board, Kurtis Mathews placed fourth with a score of 347.25 and Victor Povzner placed fifth with 335.85. Together they collected three points for the Maroon & White.

Top Times On The Day

  • 200 Medley Relay – Shaine Casas, Benjamin Walker, Adam Koster, Mike Thibert – 1:27.37 *
  • 1000 Freestyle – Felipe Rizzo – 9:31.64
  • 200 Free – Mark Theall – 1:37.53
  • 100 Back – Shaine Casas – 48.04 *
  • 100 Breast – Benjamin Walker – 54.93 *
  • 200 Fly – Jace Brown – 1:48.39
  • 50 Free – Adam Koster – 20.10
  • 100 Free – Adam Koster – 44.25 *
  • 200 Back – Shaine Casas – 1:44.78 *
  • 200 Breast – Benjamin Walker – 1:57.79 *
  • 500 Free – Mark Theall – 4:32.50
  • 100 Fly – Shaine Casas – 47.73 *
  • 200 IM – Benjamin Walker – 1:48.51 *
  • 400 Free Relay – Adam Koster, Mike Thibert, Mark Theall, Jace Brown – 2:56.42 *

First place finishes are marked with *


Men’s Swimming Head Coach Jay Holmes

On the men’s performance today…

“It was a great college dual meet. That’s what makes college swimming so much fun. First, I’ll go ahead and say that I hate winning due to a DQ. I never want to win that way. We could’ve won before-hand if a few other things went our way. Credit Ohio State for the job that they did. They made it difficult for us all day. There was some great races. Them winning the 200 free was a huge momentum change for them, because we were really counting on the 200 free. Same with the 500 free, because we were counting on winning the 500 free as well. It didn’t happen, and we had to fight our way back out of it. Also, with diving getting the points that they got was pivotal for this whole thing. When you got a meet that comes down to the wire, all those points mean everything. This was a lot of fun today, no doubt about it.”

On standout freshman, Andres Puente’s performance…

“Benjamin Walker in the breaststrokes and IM along with our freshman Andres Puente right behind him did great. It was really awesome for Andres. We thought he was pretty good when we recruited him, and now he’s convinced us that he’s really good. Especially in his first college dual meet, putting up those kind of times was really impressive. Especially with where we’re at right now. It’s still October, and he’s doing those types of things.

On Shaine Casas’ swimming today…

“Shaine knew coming in that he’s going to have to win his events. Normally we’d put him in the IM, but we put him in the 100 fly because somebody had to win that thing. Shaine did it, and Benjamin [Walker] had to win the 200 IM, which he did.”

Head Diving Coach Jay Lerew

On the mens’ performance today…

“Well it was a little disappointing with the guys’ outcomes. Their warmups were terrific. They were making some big dives at 10 in the morning on the 1-meter, and I just think a little bit of fatigue caught up to them. I was hoping to see better. I think they should’ve won out this weekend. So they let me down a little bit, but I know they’ll come back.”

Senior Benjamin Walker

On his critical race…

“It was a lot of fun. That was a really great team we just raced. We knew going into the meet that a lot of guys were going to need to step up, and a lot of guys did step up. I was super fired up watching some of my teammates win really close races. I knew it was going to be a close meet, so that last 200 IM I really wanted to win for the team. I haven’t had a lot of races in my career that had so much on the line like that, so I had a little extra incentive to find that extra gear to win that race for my team. It was a lot of fun.”

Sophomore Shaine Casas

On his excitement moving forward…

“It was a really exciting meet! I haven’t quite experienced that yet, being at Texas A&M. It was a great experience for us as a team. Individually I learned a lot, and there’s still a long process we’re going to need to go through. I’m really excited, because this is a really talented team. There’s a lot of great things we can do, and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Women’s release

The No. 12 Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving squad started its season off with a powerful win over No. 14 Ohio State. The Aggies notched 174 points total, defeating the Buckeyes at 124, with four student-athletes recording multiple first-place finishes.

A&M started the meet with a 12 to 7 lead over Ohio State after impressive diving performances the day before. Junior Charlye Campbell clinched first both days for the Aggies, earning 306.60 on the 3-meter and 301.88 on the 1-meter dives. Freshman Alyssa Clairmont finished third in both events, notching a score of 278.17 in the 3-meter and 281.18 in the 1-meter, adding big points for the Aggies.

Sophomore Caroline Theil notched her first Olympic Trial cut time this weekend, finishing 2:17.35 in the 200 IM. The Aggies completed a 1-2 finish in the 200 Free with senior Karling Hemstreet earning first (1:50.01) and junior Camryn Toney placing second (1:51.25), helping kickstart the momentum early on. The 200 Back was a 1-2-3 finish for A&M with senior Anna Belousova collecting first with 2:16.48, Theil clinching second (2:17.35) and senior Victoria Roubique earning third (2:18.01).

Redshirt senior Raena Eldridge earned first in the 50 Free (23.15) and the 100 Free (51.04). Belousova also placed first in both 100 Breast (1:02.33) and 200 Breast (2:16.48). Sophomore Emma Carlton notched double firsts as well in the 100 Back (53.83) and 100 Butterfly (53.82).

Head Diving Coach Jay Lerew

On Charlye Campbell’s performance this weekend…

“It made me feel really good again since she has been battling that injury in her neck but she pulled it off.”

On the squad’s performance this weekend…

“We’re on a heavy weightlifting cycle right now in conditioning so their legs sort of lost them today, but they still pulled it off. I was very proud of them.”

Junior Diver Charlye Campbell

Her thoughts on finishing first…

“I thought it was a really good start to the season, I think it was good to see where we are at as a team. We did some really good stuff, we were up against some really tough competition. We match up really well against Ohio State.”

Woman’s Head Coach Steve Bultman

His thoughts on todays match up…

“I really thought it was going to be really close but winning the 200 relay really got us off to a good start. Karling Hemstreet and Camryn Toney going 1 – 2 in the 200 Free was huge, especially right after we didn’t do as well as we wanted in the 1000 so that was really important. Emma Carlton, Anna Belousova and Raena Eldridge all won two events each. We had some girls who stepped up. I was really pleased.”

Sophomore Caroline Theil

On getting today’s win…

“It makes me feel pretty good. It shows that the training we’ve been doing really pays off this early in the season. I’m just getting back from an injury where I pulled all of last year so just used my arms in the water so finally being back in the water and able to use my legs to my full potential is really nice.”

Ohio State Press Release

The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams officially opened their 2019-20 seasons this weekend with a two-day dual meet against the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas. All four of the teams are nationally ranked among the Top 15 teams in the nation.

Ohio State’s No. 5 (Collegiate Swim Coaches Association) men’s team battled No. 11 Texas A&M to the final event before falling, 153-147, while Ohio State’s No. 14-ranked women were defeated by the No. 12 Aggie women, 174-124.

The women were led by multi-event winner Molly Kowal, who took first in both the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyle events. Ohio State went 1-2-3 in the 1,000, with Kowal winning in 9:59.21 and Meredith Moelle and Nicole Fye taking second and third, respectively.

Kristen Romano added a win in the 200 backstroke in 2:02.83, and the 400 free relay team of Amy Fulmer, Taylor Petrak, Lucija Jurkovirisa and Freya Rayner also took first in 3:22.33.

Divers Jackie Brenn and Genevieve Anger each took second on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events, respectively, two of six runner-up efforts for the Buckeyes. The others: Rebekah Bradley in the 100 backstroke (:55.56), Hanna Gressar in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.28), Freya Rayner in the 50 freestyle (23.17), and Katie Trace in the 200 individual medley (2:04.33).

Top Individual Finishes

  • 1-meter diving – 2. Jackie Brenn, 286.73; 4. Lexie Barker, 275.33
  • 200 medley relay – 2. Bradley, Gresser, Trace, Rayner, 1:41.24
  • 1,000 free – 1. Molly Kowal, 9:59.21; 2. Meredith Moelle, 10:12.29; 3. Nicole Fye, 10:12.86
  • 200 free – 3. Lucija Jurkovic, 1:51.51
  • 100 back – 2. Rebekah Bradley :55.56; 4. Amy Fulmer 55.97
  • 100 breast – 2. Hanna Gressar 1:03.28; 4. Hannah Bach 1:04.55; 5. Aislinn Walsh 104.61
  • 200 fly – 3. Kathrin Demler 2:02.13; 4. Katie Trace 2:02.88
  • 50 free – 2. Freya Rayner :23.17; 4. Taylor Petrak :23.50; 5. Rebekah Bradley :23.60
  • 100 free – 3. Taylor Petrak :51.17; 4. Freya Rayner :51.26; 5. Amy Fulmer :51.74
  • 200 back – 1. Kristen Romano 2:02.83; 5. Devin Landstra 2:03.89
  • 200 breast – 4. Hanna Gresser 2:19.03; 6. Josie Panitz 2:19.23
  • 500 free – 1. Molly Kowal 4:52.65; 2. Kathrin Demler 4:55.15; 4. Sally Tafuto 5:01.44
  • 100 fly – 4. Aislinn Walsh :57.08; 5. Katie Trace :57.60
  • 3-meter diving – 2. Genevieve Anger 292.20; 4. Lexie Barker 270.30; 5. Mackenzie Crawf 266.40
  • 200 IM – 2. Katie Trace 2:04.33; 4. Josie Panitz 2:06.06; 5. Hanna Gresser 2:06.57
  • 400 free relay – 1. Ohio State “A” (Fulmer, Petrak, Jurkovirisa, Rayner) 3:22.33; 2. Ohio State “B” (Kilger, Landstra, Bradley, Romano) 3:29.95

The men’s team took a lead over the Aggies, 66-65, after the seventh event when Alex Dillman and Noah Lense went one-two in the 200 fly in 1:47.52 and 1:47.64, respectively, with Chachi Gustafso taking fourth.

Paul Delakis was a double winner, taking first in the 200 freestyle (1:37.16) and the 500 freestyle (4:32.27). Carson Burt won the 1,000 freestyle (9:27.75) and Alex Dillman (200 butterfly in 1:47.52), Cameron Craig (50 free in :20.08) and diver Lyle Yost (1-meter with 377.33 points) won back-to-back-to-back to give the Buckeyes an 18-point cushion.

The Aggies raced back, though, overtaking the Buckeye lead on the second-to-last event – the 200 individual medley – and then clinching the team victory with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

Top Individual Finishes

  • 3-meter diving – 2. Joseph Canova, 412.88; 4. Jacob Siler, 375.91
  • 200 medley relay – 2. McDermott, Mathews, Lense, Craig, 1:29.50
  • 1,000 free – 1. Carson Burt, 9:27.75; 6. Matthew Magness 9:46.46
  • 200 free – 1. Paul Delakis 1:37.16; 3. Matthew Abeysin 1:41.06; 4. Andrew Loy 1:41.09;
  • 100 back – 2. Colin McDermott :49.63; 3. Thomas Watkins :49.66; 4. R.J. Kondalski 49.80
  • 100 breast – 3. Jason Mathews :55.60; 4. Evan McFadden 56.00
  • 200 fly – 1. Alex Dillman 1:47.52; 2. Noah Lense 1:47.64; 4. Chachi Gustafso 1:50.53
  • 50 free – 1. Cameron Craig :20.08; 3. Semuede Andreis :20.71; 4. Joe Pohlmann : 20.77
  • 1-meter diving – 1. Lyle Yost 377.33; 2. Jacob Fielding 373.43; 3. Joseph Canova 356.25
  • 100 free – 2. Cameron Craig :44.30; 4. Matthew Abeysin :45.25; 5. Andrew Loy :45.39
  • 200 back – 2. Thomas Watkins 1:47.37; 3. Colin McDermott 1:50.83; 4. R.J. Kondalski 1:51.31
  • 200 breast – 3. Jason Mathews 2:00.95; 4. Evan McFadden 2:03.97
  • 500 free – 1. Paul Delakis 4:32.27; 5. Carson Burt 4:35.47
  • 100 fly – 2. Noah Lense :48.21; 3. Joe Pohlmann :49.03; 4. Alex Dillmann :49.52
  • 200 IM – 3. Thomas Watkins 1:52.19; 4. Daniel Gloude 1:52.30
  • 400 free relay – 2. Ohio State “C” (Cooper, Johnson, McDermott, Stapp) 3:06.04; 3. Ohio State “D” (Burt, Magness, Gustafson, Sampson) 3:10.85