On January 26, the Aggies had a big Senior Day celebration with a double-dual sweep of Vanderbilt and the University of Houston at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Natatorium. These victories gave Texas A&M seven wins in a row and a record of 8-1 heading into the SEC Championships from February 19-23 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia.
The great performances of both the women’s basketball and swimming teams, coupled with the winning streaks, have been exciting to follow.
The Aggies dominated the home meet by winning 13 of the 14 races and won both diving events for the first time this year.
Diving coach Jay Larew had his squad ready to go for their final diving competitions at home, but head coach Steve Bultman has bigger aspirations. He viewed the Senior Day meet competition as the final tune-up before the SEC Championships. This senior class has already won three SEC titles and are hoping to finish their careers with a fourth championship.
Before defeating Vanderbilt and Houston, Texas A&M had just dominated LSU the week before with a 172-121 mark, and they looked unstoppable. The Aggies won 13 out of the 16 races and swept the top three spots in five different races. Add in the lopsided wins of 162-91 against the Commodores and 175-116 over the Cougars, and it’s safe to say Aggies fans are looking forward to seeing what will happen in Georgia next month.
Texas A&M senior captains Claire Rasmus and Sydney Pickrem have been leading by example. Individually, Rasmus won the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.31), and the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.37). She won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:33.90 to end the day. Pickrem won the 100-yard freestyle (50.66).
The Aggies are currently ranked No. 2 in the SEC and the Tennessee Volunteers appear to be the only team they need to watch out for. Hopefully they can take this momentum into the SEC Championships and finish the season on top once again.