Jan. 28, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - With a first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the SMU men's swimming and diving team edged No. 18 Texas A&M, 128-115, at Perkins Natatorium on Friday night. The meet came down to the final event, which the Mustangs won with a time of 2:57.04, the 11th fastest time in the country this season. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 3-1 in dual meets this year.
"When these two teams get together, it is always a great meet, and this year was no different," head coach Eddie Sinnott said. "Both teams battled hard and it was great to be a part of it. Tonight marked the final meet on the Hilltop for the seniors and they led us to victory. Devin played a key role in putting us in position to take it to the last relay and win the meet."
Freshman diver Devin Burnett won the three-meter dive with a score of 352.73. He placed second in the one-meter event with 336.52 points.
Matas Andriekus continued his strong freshman campaign with a victory in the 200-yard backstroke, clocking in with a time of 1:46.40. He also swam the lead-off leg of the winning 400-yard medley relay squad, which finished with a time of 3:13.92.
Senior Mitchell Thomson picked up important points with his first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 9:28.63. Also picking up a top-finish was Nicolai Hansen as he swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.73.
SMU competes in the Conference USA Championships Feb. 15-18 in Houston.