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A&M pair to compete at NCAA champs

Freshman Turker Ayar competes in the 200-yard butterfly in a swim meet against Auburn.
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Freshman Turker Ayar competes in the 200-yard butterfly in a swim meet against Auburn.

The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team will be represented by swimmer Cory Bolleter and diver Tyler Henschel as they travel to the University of Iowa to compete in the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Bolleter will race in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, and Henschel will compete in all three dives: the one-meter, three-meter and platform.

Henschel, who is a freshman from Alberta, Canada, has been one of the breakout stars this year in the SEC. The diver has earned SEC Diver of the Week honors twice this season along with garnering 14 regular season victories. 

“It would be awesome to place in the top three,” Henschel said. “Diving is a very competitive field in the U.S. There are a lot of people from other countries that I’ve competed against internationally. There are a few Olympic medalists here and people going to the next Olympics.”

When asked how he would prepare for his events, Henschel said he needed to keep taking the right steps.

“I just have to keep confident and do my best,” Henschel said. “If I come in here thinking I’m going to win, chances are I’ll put too much pressure on myself. If I just do the things I already do, I can push the top three.”

Bolleter, who is from San Antonio, will be returning to the NCAA Championships with plenty of experience after racing in the 50-free and 200- and 400-free relays last year. Bolleter comes into the championships with a string of impressive performances throughout the year where he set personal bests in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. The junior beat his personal records at the American Short Course Championships where he swam the 50 in 19.36 and at the SEC Championships with a time of 43.46 seconds in the 100.

With those times, the junior holds the second and eighth fastest times in Texas A&M history for the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.

The NCAA Championships will take place all day from Thursday to Saturday. Thursday’s events can be seen online on hawkeyesports.com, and Friday’s final events can be streamed on ESPN3. 

           

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