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Aggies earn 15 first-place finishes

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M had no problem defeating SMU at the A&M Student Recreation Natatorium Saturday. Coming off a hard-fought battle with No. 4 Georgia on Friday that ended in a 150-150 tie, the No. 2 Aggies downed the Ponies 174-110 to improve to a 5-0-1 record this season.

The Aggies took first place in 15 of 16 events, including 1-2-3 sweeps in 11 events. The women’s squad took at least two of the top three spots in every event and dominated in both swimming and diving.

Leading the way for the Aggies was senior and 2012 Olympian Cammile Adams who took three individual victories. Adams started the meet on a sweep of the 1000 free, finishing in 9:54.12 before leading the sweep of the 200 fly hitting the wall in 1:58.30. Finally, Adams took home the win in the 100 fly in a time of 55.02.

Aggies with first place finishes include junior Sammie Bosma in the 100 free (50.30), who also grabbed a runner up finish in the 200 fly (2:02.57). Sophomore Ashley McGregor took first in the 100 breast in 1:02.64 and finished second in the 100 free (52.14).  Sophomore Claire Brandt grabbed a first place finish in the 200 back (1:59.56) and a third place finish in the 50 free (23.77).

No. 3 California, No. 6 Southern California at the Bruin Diving Invitational

LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore Anne Kastler finished second on the 1-meter board Friday to lead the Golden Bear divers on the first day of the Bruin Invitational.

Seeded fourth after posting a score of 264.70 during the morning preliminaries, Kastler accumulated 282.10 points during the finals to give her a total of 546.80 points for the day, pushing her into the runner-up position.

In addition to Kastler, senior Kahley Rowell placed 12th overall, with a score of 227.35 in the prelims and 232.95 in the afternoon for a total of 460.30 points.

Southern California junior Haley Ishimatsu took first in the 1-Meter competition with a total score of 590.90, after also taking first in the prelims. Sophomore Natalie Kalibat finished 10th overall with a score of 487.20, with sophomore Sam Adams finishing next to take 11th place (487.20). Sophomore Katherine Van Winkle also made the finals for the Women of Troy, placing 16th overall (435.20).

No. 6 Southern California 154, Wisconsin 103

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California defeated Wisconsin in dual meet action on Saturday afternoon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

The Women of Troy won 154-103 to improve to 5-0.

The Women of Troy started off the competition with a victory in the 200y medley relay, as the foursome of Kendyl Stewart, Kasey Carlson, Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk finished with a time of 1:41.08.

In the 1000y freestyle, senior Lynette Lim and sophomore Nikki Chang finished first and second, respectively, with times of 10:07.02 and 10:09.62. The Trojans completed a sweep in the 500y freestyle, as Tosky (4:50.54) finished first, freshman Chelsea Chenault (4:53.19) second and Lim (4:55.90) third.

The Trojans took home first and second in the 200y freestyle as sophomore Joanna Stenkvist and senior Meghan Hawthornefinished tenths of seconds apart (1:50.38 and 1:50.55).

In the 100y backstroke, Stewart took home first by almost two seconds with a time of 55.23.

No. 7 Georgia 157.5, No. 9 Texas 142.5

AUSTIN, Texas -- Georgia earned an impressive road win on Saturday, dispatching No. 8 Texas at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The Lady Bulldogs (8-0-1) posted a 157.5-142.5 victory against Texas (5-3). 

Shannon Vreeland, Brittany MacLean, Melanie Margalis  and Laura Ryan were double winners for the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday.

Vreeland won the 100 freestyle in 49.90 and the 200 freestyle in 1:47.94. MacLean reached the wall first in the 500 freestyle (4:47.31) and the 1,650 freestyle (16:23.61). Margalis claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.81 and the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.67. Ryan swept the springboard diving, registering 319.58 points on 1-meter and 375.08 points on 3-meter.

No. 8 North Carolina 194, Navy 97

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --  North Carolina returned to dual meet action Saturday afternoon, beating Navy at Koury Natatorium.

UNC triumphed by a score of 194-97 to up their record to 7-1. 

It was a strong team effort on both sides for Coach Rich DeSelm's squads. UNC's women had the top times or scores in all 16 events of the dual meet program.

"We've got to sharpen everybody up for the end of the season, the conference meet, and getting ready to qualify for NCAAs," said DeSelm, whose teams will next be in action on Saturday, January 25 when they host defending ACC champion Virginia at 12 noon at Koury Natatorium.

Eleven different Tar Heel women won individual events on Saturday.