The Texas A&M women debuted at number seven in the CSCAA coaches poll, and they showed everyone they deserve to rank that high with an impressive performance on Friday.
A&M won 12 of the 13 events over Houston and North Texas, and had two swimmers who doubled up during the evening.
Senior Sammie Bosma was one of the Aggie women who took multiple individual victories. Bosma won the 50 free in 22.72, with her teammates Beryl Gastaldello and Meredith Oliver helping Bosma complete the top-three sweep in 22.84 and 23.96, respectively.
Bosma also won the 200 fly in convincing fashion. She came in at 2:03.17, while North Texas’ Caroline Culpepper was a distant second in 2:06.36. Houston’s Maya Owens was third in 2:06.96.
Sycerika McMahon, a sophomore, won the 200 free and 500 free for the Aggies. McMahon was 1:49.38. Her teammates Lilli Ibanez Lopez and Kelli Benjamin were 1:51.29 and 1:52.52 respectively to complete another sweep for the Aggies.
McMahon then blew out the field in the 500, coming in at 4:51.85, compared to North Texas’ Basia Wasilewska’s distant 5:08.33 for second, and Mackenzie Alspaugh was 5:08.73 for third.
A&M won the 400 medley relay in 3:43.90 behind the team of Claire Brandt, McMahon, Ibanez Lopez, and Bosma.
Another impressive came from Colleen Konetzke in the mile. Konetzke was 16:52.81, and brought the swim home in a closing 50 split of 29.03. Konetzke, in the Aggies’ first shot at the full distance this season, was well ahead of her teammate Caitlynn Moon, who took second in 17:19.96, and Wasiliewska, who was 17:52.33 for third.
A&M’s Nancy Schuchhardt won the 400 IM in 4:13.11, again another convincing victory. North Texas’ Krista Rossum was second in 4:27.36. A&M senior Sarah Henry was third in 4:27.59.
A&M continued winning, and continued winning big, with a victory from Sarah Gibson in the 100 free in 51.93. Gibson was over a second and a half ahead of Isabelle Morris of North Texas, who was 53.49 for second. Emma Moore of Houston was 53.90 for third.
The only event that did not go to the Aggies was the 200 back, which was as dominant of a victory as any of A&M’s wins. Mona Groteguth of North Texas won in 2:00.81, followed by A&M’s Kristin Malone in 2:04.35. Julia Cook was third for A&M in 2:05.12.
Henry, who was third in the 400 IM came back for the win in the 200 breaststroke for the Aggies, and even negative split her last 100. Henry finished in 2:17.07 with t two 50 splits of 35.09 and 34.38 to come in to the finish. Her teammates Esther Gonzalez Medina and Franko Jonker were second and third in 2:17.79 and 2:18.06, respectively.
A&M won the 200 free relay in the 1:35.19 from the A relay, and the B relay finished second in 1:35.65.
Full results are available here.