April 25, 2011

The Texas A&M men's swim team's traditional end-of-season peak was recognized in the final Avidasports Performance Rankings, which analyzes performance and improvement by collegiate swim teams.

"Avida does this ranking based on a team's performance and improvement at that certain point of the year," Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. "We spend quite a bit of time preparing to peak at the end of the season, which is our Big 12 Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships. During the early and middle parts of the season we historically are not as good because we're preparing for the end. I've heard it said and I believe it... `No one in swimming and diving remembers November if you have a really good March.'"

Avida rated the Aggies' championship season improvement at 100.4 percent, which ranked No. 4 behind 2011 NCAA team champs California, Texas and Arizona. A&M's performance ranked No. 7 behind Cal, Arizona, Stanford, Iowa, Virginia and Florida. In the overall ranking, the Aggies were No. 8 behind Cal, Arizona, Stanford, Texas, Virginia, Florida and Georgia.

At the NCAA Championships March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota, the Aggies' NCAA roster of senior Balazs Makany, juniors Amini Fonua, Cam McLean and Grant Nel, sophomore John Dalton and freshmen Henrik Lindau and Kyle Troskot scored 99.5 points and placed 13th in the final team standings. It was the Aggies' 16th straight top 25 finish at the NCAA Championships.