MAKING A BIG SPLASH
By Craig Kilgore '17 | Vol. 3 Issue 1
A sports pass gives you access to all kinds of exciting athletic events beyond football. Out of the many sports available to watch, I highly recommend the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
Both teams begin competition at the end of October and go until the championships in March. However, this year is very special for the swimming and diving teams at Texas A&M. The Olympic Trials will be taking place and our swimmers and divers are training to compete in the trials in hopes of moving on to the Olympics. Many Texas A&M athletes have competed in previous Olympics. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, twelve student swimmers and divers competed. Breeja Larson ’15 went to London and returned with a gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay. When you go to one of the swim meets, you could very well be watching a future Olympian competing.
This season has been one of splashing accomplishments already for both teams. Madison Hudkins ’17 was named the SEC Diver of the Week for a third time and her team finished in first place at the Art Adamson Invitational, a competition hosted by Texas A&M that included teams from all over the country. The men’s team finished second, and many competitors from both teams placed in the Invitational. Bethany Galat ’18 and Béryl Gastaldello ’18 performed well enough at the meet to earn automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships.
The spring semester marks the end of the regular season for the swimming and diving teams at Texas A&M, and is when they’ll need full support from the 12th Man. All of their training and hard work will shine as they compete for the NCAA Championships and for a chance to represent their country at the 2016 Summer Olympics. So make your way over to the Rec Center Natatorium and show your support for the swimming and diving teams!