March 19, 2011

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AUSTIN --- A pair of NCAA runner-up finishes by Texas A&M freshmen boosted the Aggie women's swimming and diving team to its fifth straight top 10 team finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships on Saturday at the Jamail Texas Swim Center on the University of Texas campus.
 
The Aggies finished three-day competition with 182 points and finished 10th in the team standings. Finishing ahead of the Aggies in the team standings were: California (424), Georgia (394.5), USC (351), Stanford (272), Arizona (266), Texas (232), Florida (226), Auburn (202) and Minnesota (192).

"This is a very tough meet and it's a great accomplishment to finish in the top 10, especially when you consider the amount of new faces we brought to the NCAA Championships," head coach Alia Atkinson. Larson, who has been swimming competitively since she was 17, came to A&M with a lifetime best of 2:22.

"Breeja came so close to winning that," Bultman said. "She swam that race so well, and paced it really well. She just got out-touched, but what a race with four girls within two-tenths of first place. For her to take out Alia's school record, by a chunk, is really something. She has really improved a lot. I was really proud of her 100 breast, but that 200 was something else. It was an impressive swim."
 
2011 Big 12 Newcomer of the Meet Cammile Adams, from Cypress, Texas, kept it going with a silver medal finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Adams, who also placed in the 500 free and 400 IM, took second in a school record time of 1:52.93 behind USC's Katinka Hosszu (1:51.69). Adams lowered her old school record of 1:53.66 from the Big 12 Championships. In the consolation final, junior Rita Medrano finished second and 10th overall in a time of 1:55.43.

"What a great effort by Cammile against a very strong field of swimmers," Bultman said. "She was tired that last 50; it wasn't the prettiest stroke I've ever seen, but it was pretty enough and second place makes up for it, that's for sure. That was a lot of guts that last 50.
 
Earlier in the day, another freshman, Sarah Henry, contributed two points with a 15th place effort in the 1,650 freestyle with a school record time of 16:06.48, which broke the old mark of 16:07.41 by current sophomore Maureen McLaine at last year's NCAA Championships.
 
The Aggies received an important point contribution from junior Janie Potvin in the platform dive. Potvin tallied a fourth-place finish from the 10-meter platform with a score of 314.15.
 
Texas A&M at the NCAA Championships/Day Three
200 Backstroke
Prelims
18. Lindsey King, 1:54.99
21. Tess Simpson, 1:55.29
29. Paige Miller, 1:56.22
32. Kim Pavlin, 1:56.78
 
100 Free
Prelims
35. Maria Sommer, 49.29
39. Lili Ibanez, 49.52
 
200 Breast
Finals
2. Breeja Larson, 2:06.18 (school record)
 
Prelims
3. Breeja Larson, 2:08.03
42. Erica Dittmer, 2:13.64
 
200 fly
Finals
2. Cammile Adams, 1:52.93
10. Rita Medrano, 1:55.43
 
Prelims
4. Cammile Adams, 1:54.40
9. Rita Medrano, 1:55.00
23. Kendra Chernoff, 1:57.62
 
Platform
Finals
4. Janie Potvin, 314.15
 
Prelims
8. Janie Potvin, 286.50
20. Lorena Lujan, 231.25
 
400 free relay
Finals
DQ
 
Prelims
13. Texas A&M, 3:17.30 (Maria Sommer, Erica Dittmer, Kim Pavlin, Lili Ibanez)