Texas A&M vs. Houston

HOUSTON, Texas, February 3. THE No. 6 Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team took one more step toward the Championship portion of its season with a 183-106 win over Houston on Friday afternoon at the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
The Aggies will have one more tune-up before heading to the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Championships when they host North Texas in a 1 p.m. dual meet on Saturday at A&M’s Student Recreation Natatorium.

“We intentionally set up these two meets on back-to-back days to get used to racing for multiple days in a row,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “I want to see us step up, race well and compete. We’ve got lots of decisions to make in regard to our scoring lineup at Big 12, and this is the girls’ last chance to make a statement.”

The dual with the Mean Green will also be Senior Day with eight swimmers and divers making their final appearances in their home pool. Being honored prior to Saturday’s meet will be Alyssa Conner, Anna Heller, Megan Latone, Rita Medrano, Megan Onstott, Jaele Patrick, Janie Potvin and Jo Thibodaux.

Against the Cougars, the Aggies scored victories in 15 of the 16 events with Patrick and junior Tess Simpson leading the way with two individual wins each.

Patrick swept the diving events with scores of 345.45 on the one-meter board and 373.73 on the three-meter board. Simpson won her specialty with a 55.42 in the 100 back and also posted a victory in the 100 fly in 56.65.

Picking up solo victories for the Aggies were: junior Maureen McLaine in the 1,000 free (9:45.48), sophomore Paige Miller in the 100 breast (1:03.98), sophomore Cammile Adams in the 200 fly (1:57.64), freshman Emily Neubert in the 50 free (23.88), freshman Sammie Bosma in the 100 free (50.82), Heller in the 200 back (2:02.07), sophomore Breeja Larson in the 200 breast (2:12.50), sophomore Ashley Adams in the 500 free (4:56.44), and sophomore Kim Pavlin in the 200 IM (2:03.47).

The Aggies opened and closed the meet with wins in the relays. The foursome of Simpson, sophomore Erica Dittmer, Miller and freshman Kelli Benjamin touched first in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:43.22, while the group of Bosma, redshirt sophomore Kristina Kontrimas, junior Christine Regone and Larson took the 400 free relay in a time of 1:34.29.

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