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Page 8 • Friday, January 29, 1999
Swimmers prepare for tough me
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With the season winding down for Texas
A&M swimming, the men and women’s teams
are preparing for a strong ending to carry them
through the Big 12 Championships and into the
NCAA tournament. The start of the final stretch
begins Friday in Austin where they will face
some of the toughest dual-meet competition in
the programs history in the form of three swim
ming powerhouses. University of Texas, Miami
and Arizona.
The Longhorns and Wildcats are the pinna
cle of the sport with top-ten rankings that are
going to make the Aggies perform their best in
an already successful season.
The A&M men’s team is ranked 13th in the
nation following an important win over 19th
ranked Louisiana State and Kentucky to im
prove their dual-meet record to 4-0. The win
over LSU marked the first time since 1993 that
the visiting team has won the Tigers and Aggies
“The LSU dual-meet was a very big win for
us,” junior Keven Kehlenbach said. “It’s good
for us going into this meet, and we all have re
ally high hopes. We’d like to beat Arizona and
perform our season bests.”
Nineteenth-ranked Louisiana State is just a
small dose of the talent the men’s team will face
this weekend in Austin.
With the dual-meet format, all competitors in
an event will face off at the same time, instead
of one school against another, and then tally
times against each of the three other schools.
This will provide competition in each race
that promises to feature top ten talent. Texas is
ranked second and Arizona is fifth with Miami
sitting back in 23rd.
“We’re really happy to be involved in a meet
like this,” A&M men’s assistant coach Jay
Holmes said, “it’s going to be exciting — every
team there has great strengths in one way or an
other. The team is really looking forward to go
ing over there and racing Texas. We think we
can be competitive with them. Our guys are re
ally excited for it.”
Each of the men’s teams have their own
strengths that will standout. The Longhorns
lowest finish in the NCAA tournament since
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Freshman swimmer Riley Janes celebrates after a
the rest of the Aggie swimmers are competing in
1980 is fourth and Austin has been home to
some of swimming’s finest athletes and com
Miami is a diving powerhouse with a strong
swimming background that makes it a well
rounded, up-and-coming team. Arizona is
strong all over but tend to be dominant in
freestyle events.
As far as the Aggies stand, this meet will not
only prove to be a good starting point into the
countdown toward the Big 12 Championships
and the NCAA tournament, but will have big in
fluence on their way up to a top ten ranking.
Texas A&M’s strengths will come from the
sprints and relays where they hope to provide
their best times.
Pan-American team members Jerod Kappler
and Devin Howard will provide the seasoned
leadership for the team while trying to establish
their place against their toughest dual-meet
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The number four was a theme of sorts for the Texas
A&M Track and Field teams last weekend at the Hous
ton Indoor Invitational at the University of Houston.
The teams captured four first-place finishes as both
the men’s and women’s team finished fourth in the
team standings. In addition, four Aggies finished in
the top seven in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase,
and four Aggie women placed in the top five in the
weight throw.
Four will be the Aggies’ magic number again this
weekend when they travel to Norman, Okla., for the
OU Classic, where they will face four Big 12 oppo
nents: Oklahoma State University, Baylor University,
the University of Texas and host. University of Okla
In addition, the Aggies will face the University of
Texas-El Paso and Texas Christian University.
Track and Field Coach Ted Nelson said this week
end’s competition will offer A&M a chance to test its
skills against conference opponents.
“It will be good to see how we do against some of
the other Big 12 teams that will be there,” Nelson said.
“It should be a strong field.”
Despite their fourth-place finish, the Aggies domi
nated in several events last weekend. Sophomore
Meshell Trotter took first place in the women’s weight
throw with a heave of 53 ft. 3 1/2 in. Teammates Ter
ra Taylor, Kelli Schrader and Meghan Koonce were
right behind her, finishing in third, fourth and fifth
places, respectively.
On the men’s side, A&M put up big numbers in the
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Junior Chimika Carter competes in the 60-meter
hurdles. The Aggies are preparing for the OU Classic,
steeplechase with juniors Scott Lengfeld finishing in
third and fourth place and sophomores Chuck Cusi-
mano and Bryan Oubre coming in sixth and seventh
in the race.
The Aggie women also got first-place points from
senior Detrich Clariett in the triple jump, while sopho
mores Kris Allen and Mike Hummel added victories
in the 60-meter high hurdles and one-mile run for the
Johnson said he is hoping for another big weekend
from the Aggies.
“I’m looking for us to have a strong showing this
weekend,” he said. “I’m anxious to see how we com
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