COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team out-dueled the Texas Longhorns for a 152-148 victory in the first regular season meeting between the longtime rivals in any sport since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference.
The back-and-forth affair saw multiple lead changes and came down to the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay. With the Longhorns leading 144-139, the Aggies had to take first and third in the final relay to be victorious in the overall team race, and the foursome of Sammie Bosma, Meredith Oliver, Kelli Benjamin and Lili Ibanez got home in 3:20.57 to beat the Longhorn four by over a second. The foursome of Emily Neubert, Melanie McClure, Katherine Huff and Paige Miller secured the deciding points with a third-place finish in 3:26.87.
“Both teams fought incredibly hard and I’m extremely proud of the way we competed,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “This was just a tremendous college dual meet. The girls laid it on the line and were able to get it done.”
The Aggies won eight of 16 events, including both relays, against the Longhorns with their defending NCAA individual champions Cammile Adams and Breeja Larson both logging a pair of individual wins. Adams won the 200 butterfly in 2:00.32 and the 500 free in 4:52.07, and posted a runner-up finish in the 1,000 free in 9:50.92. Larson won the 100 breaststroke in 59.23 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.22, and also contributed a third-place finish in the 200 IM in 2:03.84.
Contributing single individual wins were Erica Dittmer and Sammie Bosma. Dittmer crushed the 50 free field with a time of 22.92, and also chipped in a runner-up finish in the 200 IM in 2:01.13. Bosma won the 100 free in 50.03 and placed second in the 200 fly in 2:02.07.
The Aggies opened the meet with a strong victory in the 200 medley relay with the foursome of Benjamin, Larson, Miller and Dittmer touching in 1:39.91. Other Aggies turning in runner-up individual finishes were Ibanez in the 200 free (1:48.56) and 50 free (23.38), Courtney Hattie in the three-meter dive (328.43), Ashley McGregor in the 200 breast (2:15.78) and Miller in the 100 fly (54.48).