COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team dominated the competition for the third day to finish in first place at the 2013 Art Adamson Invitational Saturday. The final scores show the Aggies with 1114.5 followed by LSU (851.5), Air Force (827), TCU (596), SMU (475.5), and Stanford (129.5).
The team’s depth helped the Aggies expand their lead each day of the competition. Filling the championship heats with swimmers provided a huge burst of points throughout the meet.
“Our 100 freestyle really showed up to race so that is good,” said head coach Jay Holmes. “We had some nice results and I was really pleased with them, but the process of a three day meet was really important for the swimmers.”
The highlight of the day was the 100 freestyle when six of the eight lanes were filled by the Aggies. Senior Henrik Lindau won the event, hitting the wall in an NCAA ‘B’ time of 43.89. Also with a ‘B’ time was senior Kyle Troskot who came in third in 44.07. Helping fill the heat and bring in a total of 86 points in the event were junior Luke Shaw (44.83), freshman Or Sabatier (45.01), sophomore Cory Bolleter (45.27), and sophomore Hunter Funk (45.33).
Junior Ford McLiney took the runner up spot in the platform diving competition with a score of 351.90. Freshman Zachary Stockton’s score of 230.20 also brought in points for the team.
Senior Omar Enriquez had a commanding individual victory in the 1650 free with an NCAA ‘B’ time standard of 15:14.92.
The energy heading into the final event was incredible, even as the Aggies held an untouchable lead. Ending the meet in style, the foursome of Lindau, Troskot, Shaw, and senior Paul-Marc Schweitzer grabbed a victory in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 2:55.28.
“The relay was awesome,” Holmes added. “I figured we would win it because of our 100 free depth but the way they did it was awesome. Paul-Marc was great, he was already ahead but he just killed it.”
With the first place finish at the Art Adamson Invitational, the Aggies conclude their fall semester competition. The team will have a tough practice schedule going into the break and will return to the pool on Jan. 10 when they host SEC foe Georgia at the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium.