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Reviewing the 2015-2016 Texas A&M Athletics Seasons

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What a year for Aggie Athletics.

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The 2015-2016 Texas A&M Athletics season is now officially over. I am currently refusing to watch a single inning of any College World Series game right now, because I am still heartbroken for the baseball team.  However, this past athletic year as a whole had its ups and downs, transfers, conference championships, and many other good and bad moments in between. Let's take a look back over this year to see how A&M did.

That seems good. Is that good? Yes, it is good.  So good that Texas A&M is the only FBS school to send every sport it sponsors to the postseason in the 2015-2016 season. There were 2 team SEC Regular Season Championships, and 1 SEC team Tournament Champions; 9 All-Americans; 2 SEC Players of the Year; 2 SEC Coaches of the Year; 3 SEC Freshmen of the Year, and 25 selections to the All-SEC First Team.  It's time to put down the pitchforks and acknowledge a job well done to our many student athletes, coaches, and to the athletic department.

FALL SPORTS

Football:

VolleyballSEC Champions

Soccer
Cross Country (Men's and Women's):
  • Both Men's and Woman's teams were invited to the NCAA South Regional (there are 9 regionals).  The Men placed 3rd, just being edged out by rival Texas, and the Woman placed 7th.  Only the top two teams advance, with 13 teams chosen at large to advance.  A&M was not selected at large to advance.
  • Karis Jochen was named an All-American with her performance in the NCAA Championships.  (Some individuals are chosen to race in the championships)
WINTER SPORTS

Men's Basketball: SEC Regular Season Champions
Women's Basketball:
SPRING SPORTS

Baseball: SEC Tournament Champs
Softball
  • Record: Overall 39-20: SEC 9-15
  • Keeli Miligan named a Hammer Strength All-American,
  • Tori Vidales and Ashley Walters (who is from a great place known as Kerrville, Texas, maybe you have heard of it) awarded All SEC First Team honors
  • Coach Jo Evans ( 20th Season) earned her 1,100th Career win on May 7th against Auburn.
  • Went 1-1 with Texas in the NCAA Regional and eliminated the Longhorns from the tournament.
  • Postseason: Eliminated in the Regional Round by host Louisiana Lafayette
  • New Softball Stadium approved by Board of Regents
Track and Field
Men's Tennis
  • Record: Overall 27-10: SEC 8-4
  • Arthur Rendernech and Shane Vinsant named to the All-SEC First Team
  • Jackson Withrow and Arthur Renderknech won 2nd place in the NCAA Men's Doubles Individual Tournament
  • Postseason: Eliminated by Texas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament after knocking out George Washington in the First Round.
Women's Tennis
  • Record: Overall 17-11: SEC 7-6
  • Saska Gavrilovska named to All-SEC First Team
  • Rutuja Bhosale named to All-SEC Second Team
  • Postseason: Eliminated by #15 Stanford in the Second Round of the NCAA Championships after defeating Denver in the First Round.
THESE SPORTS NEVER STOP SPORTING

Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving
Equestrian
  • Record: Overall 11-7: SEC 3-3
  • Alex Desiderio (Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat), Avery Ellis (Horsemanship), Hannah Jechow, and Logan Pluhar (Reining) were named to All-SEC Teams
  • Rachael Hake and Rebekah Chenelle (Fences and Flat), Sarah Orsak (Horsemanship) were named to Freshmen All-SEC Teams.
  • Postseason: Lost to #1 Auburn in the NCEA Semi Finals, after knocking out #4 Oklahoma State in the Quarter Finals, and #12 Fresno State in the First Round.
Men's Golf
Women's Golf
  • Maddie Szeryk tied a Texas A&M record for career stroke average (72.0); Also named to the ALL SEC First Team.
  • Postseason: invited to the Bryan, TX Regional and placed 12th (Branding); did not advance
  • All players will return for next year's season.
  • Finished the year ranked #23
Once again, congratulations to our many student athletes on a great season. Please forgive us when we demand that your coaches are fired; which they all should be since it's been over a month since any have won a national championship.  All kidding aside, the 2015-2016 season should give hope to Aggie fans that there is always next year.