COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team is in sole possession of first place and the Aggie women are tied for the lead after the first day of action at the Big 12 Championships.

The Aggie men won the 800-yard freestyle relay thanks to a disqualification by nine-time defending champion Texas. A&M leads Missouri, 74-66, while the Longhorns are in third with 40 points.

Two of the meet's 21 events were completed Wednesday.

Scott Newmann, Joel Benson, Ryan Loney and Matt Neal captured the Big 12 title after a exchange error by the Longhorns. The Aggies won the conference 800 free relay for the first time in school history in an NCAA consideration time of 6:37.52.

The Aggies began the meet by finishing second in the 200 medley relay with a season-best time of 1:28.24.

Individual preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mizzou Aquatics Center on Thursday with finals scheduled for 6 p.m.

The A&M women broke a pair of Big 12 records to tie seven-time defending conference champion Texas at 74 points apiece after a masterful performance by four true freshmen in the 800 freestyle relay.

Codie Hansen, Kristen Heiss, Christine Marshall and Julia Wilkinson broke the Texas A&M, conference and Big 12 meet records with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7:09.52. Defending champion Texas was second in 7:16.46.

The Aggies opened the meet by taking second place in the 200 medley relay.

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