Aggie Women Sweep Day 4 at Mexican Trials

No senior National Records were broken on day 4 at the 2012 Mexican Olympic Swimming Trials, but the National Age Group Record total did run its way up to a total of 32 thus far. Though only 2 swims have set senior National Records, 32 National Age Group Records in a single meet is significant, no matter how you slice it.

The Aggies were back in action very shortly after the kick-off of this meet with Lili Ibanez swimming a 2:01.25, which is just a tenth off of her National Record set at last October’s Pan Am Games. That reaffirms her FINA B-time in the event.

She showed strong fitness to close in 30.58 (which was faster than her third 50).

Under normal circumstances, a swimmer about matching a time from one taper meet to the next would be unremarkable. But for Ibanez, who cracked three vertebrae in a bike accident just after returning from the Pan Am Games, this is remarkable. She was forced for 6 weeks out of the water, and then a long and slow rehab process after that.

After the injury, there was a chance that she wouldn’t swim again in a year, if ever, let alone get back to an elite level just 6 months later. This is truly an impressive, gutsy performance, and look for more of the same in the 100 on Saturday.

In the second women’s event of the night, Ibanez’s collegiate teammate Erica Dittmer (who only changed her sporting citizenship to Mexico in the fall) won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.00, which was three-tenths away from a National Record. Unlike what we saw in the 200 IM earlier in the meet, this was, in fact, a best time for her. This swim misses the FINA B-time by just .11.

She got a better-than-expected push in this final, but it was from some unexpected sources. Daniella Avilla took 2nd in 2:11.26, and Melissa Rodriguez was 3rd in 2:11.36. But Arantxa Medina, who won last year’s National title in a 1:10.90 that was brutally-close to the Olympic B-time (.01 short), finished only 4th in 1:12.25 on Friday.

Dittmer now makes even more impressive an incredible women’s breaststroke group that will take hold in Aggieland next year, that includes the fastest swimmer ever in yards Breeja Larson, and a pair of great incoming freshmen in Ashley McGregor and Romy Landeck.

And closing out the session, with a clean sweep of the senior-level events, was Rita Medrano in the 50 fly in 27.70, which is the best time of her career. That missed the National Record by just .02 (a record that’s held by her teammate Ibanez).

In the men’s races, Gustavo Gonzales won the men’s 200 free in 1:52.46, using a big closing 50 to roar home ahead of Gerardo Banuel (1:52.66).

David Mercado won the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:03.27.

Full, Live Results here.


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H20 fan
10 years ago

The Texas A&M girls breast stroke group should be the fastest and deepest in the country next year, and I think the IM girls are even deeper with Sarah and Cammile in the 400 and Caroline, Erica, Kim, Ashley and Paige earning points in the 200 IM.

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