13 Nov From the Desk of Ross Bjork – Texas A&M Athletics
The Aggies are in the midst of a four-game winning streak including a pair of ranked wins at Kyle Field, defeating then-No. 1 Alabama and No. 12 Auburn. A&M travels to No. 12 Ole Miss this weekend before hosting our final home game of the season against Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Nov. 20. We hope all of you come out to support our senior student-athletes as we honor them prior to the game. The Prairie View game is also the annual Military Appreciation Day–military personnel are invited to request up to five (5) complimentary game tickets and can purchase additional discounted tickets here.
Men’s Basketball opened the season on Wednesday with a 64-46 victory over North Florida. Henry Coleman III dazzled the crowd as the sophomore scored a career-high 27 points and hauled in seven rebounds, also a career high. The Aggies are back in action tonight at 7 p.m. against Abilene Christian, before hosting Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on Sunday.
Women’s Basketball has started the season with a bang after a pair of dominating performances this week at Reed Arena in wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Southern. The Aggies averaged just under 90 points in the victories, and continue their season-opening homestand with a Monday night matchup against DePaul. The team got to savor a special moment last night as they were presented with their SEC Championship rings prior to tipoff.
The cross country teams wrapped up the SEC Championships with the men finishing ninth place and women in 11th place. Gemma Goddard highlighted the meet earning All-SEC Women’s Freshman Team honors. She was the second-fastest overall true freshman in the women’s race. The Aggies wrapped up the season with the NCAA South Central Regional Championships today in Waco, Texas with a pair of sixth-place finishes. Attention now turns to the start of the track & field season at home with the Reveille Invitational on Dec. 4.
Equestrian recently moved up one spot to No. 4 in the NCEA national rankings after defeating defending national champions No. 2 Georgia, 13-6, on Oct. 29. The team faces off against UT-Martin today and Lynchburg on Saturday in a jumping seat only competition. The fall schedule wraps up with a home meet against Auburn on Thursday, Nov. 18. The Aggies are 3-1, (2-0 SEC) on the season.
Men’s Golf closed out the fall with a second-place finish at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. The Aggies finished at 38-under, which marked the lowest 54-hole tournament score in relation to par in program history. Sam Bennett is currently ranked No. 1 in the PGA TOUR University Global Velocity Rankings. So far this season, Bennett has finished tied for third twice and tied for 12th while shooting par-or-better in every round. Walker Lee captured an individual title and also finished fifth at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.
Women’s Golf completed its fall season with three top-five finishes, including a runner-up placing at the Schooner Fall Classic. Blanca Fernandez Garcia-Poggio has asserted herself into the national conversation as one of the best golfers in the country. The junior was selected to the Final Fall ANNIKA Award Watch List presented by Stifel, which featured 15 of the best collegiate golfers that the NCAA has to offer. The Aggies will return to the course for spring competition on Feb. 22 at the ICON in Humble, Texas.
The men’s swimming and diving team picked up its first dual meet win of the season, topping TCU 180-114 at the Rec Center Natatorium. Junior Jace Brown swept the butterfly events, posting season-best times in each race. After earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his performance against Texas, freshman Trey Dickey continued to impress, posting top finishes in the 1,000 free and 500 free. Senior Kurtis Mathews made his season debut against the Horned Frogs and dominated the field with scores of 435.00 on the 1-meter and 431.93 on the 3-meter. The Aggies will begin to prepare for their biggest meets of the fall as the swimmers will host the Art Adamson Invitational Nov. 17-19 and the diving team will compete at the Texas Diving Invitational Nov. 18-20.
The women’s swimming and diving team dominated TCU to earn their second dual meet victory of the season and first at home. The Aggies had the top time or score in all 16 events. Sophomore transfer Abby Grottle got the individual events started with back-to-back first-place finishes in the 1,000 free and 200 free. Sophomore Chloe Stepanek added a pair of top times in the 100 back and 500 free, while junior Andrea Pertulla dropped nearly two seconds off her season-best time to take first in the 100 breast. Senior Aimee Wilson led all divers as she swept the springboards for the second time this season. The swim team will return to the Rec Center Natatorium to host the Art Adamson Invitational Nov. 17-19, while the diving team returns to action Nov. 18-20, competing at the Texas Diving Invitational.
The Aggies wrapped up a successful fall campaign last week in Columbia, S.C., at the Gamecock Scramble. The men earned 17 singles wins and seven doubles victories at the three-day event. Coach Denton and the squad return to competition in January at the always-challenging Sherwood Intercollegiate in Sherwood, Calif. Additionally, Coach Denton announced the signings of two elite student-athletes this week, Grant Lothringer and Mathis Bondaz. Grant is from just down the road in The Woodlands, while Bondaz continues Coach Denton’s tradition of signing elite Frenchman to the Maroon & White roster.
Coach Weaver and the women’s team is set to host their only fall tournament this weekend at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies will be joined by student-athletes from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU and Princeton with play scheduled to begin each day at 10 a.m. Make plans to join us out on West Campus for some exciting tennis. Last weekend, No. 3 Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova reached the semifinals at the ITA National Fall Championships, the premiere national tournament of the fall season.
Earlier this season, fifth-year senior and volleyball team captain, Camille Conner, broke the program rally scoring career assist record. We were able to celebrate this accomplishment by Camille ahead of the team’s first match with Auburn last week. Camille currently has 4,781 assists, which is the fourth-most in NCAA Division I volleyball. There are just three more chances to see the Aggies at home this season, including Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., when the team takes on Arkansas.
Lightwire Theater–a globetrotting troupe of dancing electroluminescent puppeteers–are bringing their original production “A Very Electric Christmas” to Reed Arena on Thursday, Dec. 23. Audiences of all ages will watch in wonderment as captivating new characters pursue a holiday journey of inspiration and light, all set to Christmas classics, including songs from Nat King Cole, Tchaikovsky and Mariah Carey. The group combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness and are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry.
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