Swimming & Diving Name 2022-23 Team Captains – Texas A&M Athletics

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s swimming & diving team named Kaloyan Bratanov, Ethan Gogulski, Andres Puente, Anze Fers Erzen, Jace Brown, William Coakley and Kyle Sanchez team captains for the 2022-23 season.

Bratanov returns for a fifth year to lead the Aggies after also being selected as a captain last season. The Katy, Texas, native showed great improvement last year, reaching the medal stand at SEC Championships for the first time in his career. He earned a bronze medal in the 200 IM, boasting a time of 1:42.98, ranking him third-fastest in program history. He also qualified for NCAAs in three events for the second straight season and was again a key contributor in the Aggie relays.

“The goal is the same as every year, to hopefully win a championship, especially with us hosting the SECs at the Rec. I have always dreamed of that since I was a freshman, but now it is happening for my fifth year and I am excited to show out for the crowd.”

The senior describes himself as a lead-by-example type of leader, in his consistent time drops throughout his career and contribution to relays such as the 200, 400 and 800 free relays, assisting the teams in earning the best times in Texas A&M history . His continued improvement, selflessness and experience have set him up to be a great example for the team.

“Ethan [Gogulski] loves to let his presence be known, along with Jace [Brown],” Bratanov said of the Aggie’s vocal leaders. “Everyone has a pretty loud voice and that is one thing I really like because everyone has a say no matter what class you are in. This is not a one-man thing, it is a group effort. The most important thing is for everyone to be comfortable enough to speak their minds and help the team.”

Gogulski burst onto the scene last season with top-20 times in the nation, continuing to improve while getting to the medal stand twice. The Cedar Park, Texas, native claimed silver medals in the 100 and 200 back at SECs. His conference championship meet time of 45.42 in the 100 back and 1:39.58 in the 200 back are tabbed the second fastest in program history.

Brown comes off last season after bettering his time in the 100 fly, boasting top-10 times in program history in both fly events. Throughout his career, he’s been a key contributor to the Aggies, helping set a school record in the 200 medley relay in 2021. The Mesquite, Texas, native has competed for the Maroon & White for the past two years at NCAAs.

Fers Erzen joined the team last year as a junior transfer and made an immediate impact, qualifying as an individual for NCAAs and medaling at SECs. Registering the third-fastest 200 back time in program history, the Ljubljana, Slovenia, native swam a 1:40.31 to join his teammate on the podium and bring home a bronze medal at SECs. The senior captain is constantly improving and dropping time.

Puente made his way back to the medal stand last year, earning a bronze medal at SECs in the 200 breast. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native earned All-America honors with a top 16 finish in the 200 breast at NCAAs Championships. He has clocked top-three times in program history in each of the breast stroke events

Coakley notched his best time in over four years in the 500 free, going 4:22.41 at the American Short Course Championships, ranking top 10 all-time in program history. Additionally, the senior lowered his personal best in the 1650 free to 15:37.17 at the Art Adamson Invitational.

Sanchez will step in as the diving captain on the men’s side. Last season, the junior placed third in the Air Force Diving Invitational with a score of 298.6 on the one-meter. An SEC top-20 finish highlighted his 2021 season with a score of 319.05 on the three-meter.

“Everyone leads differently and our team takes motivation from seeing someone who is already working hard in the pool, they see that and think ‘okay now I’m going to work just as hard as them.’ As I am in the pool, I am going to be trying to push for myself and hopefully others will follow right behind me.”

“Since the SECs are at home, I’d definitely love to help the team win SECs and maybe put a 1-2-3 on every board. For the whole team in general, I want us to grow as a family. It has always been a big thing for us as a team, so that’s our main goal.”

The Aggies begin the season at the SMU Classic on Oct. 7-8.

Visit 12thman.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s swimming & diving. Fans can keep up to date with the Aggies on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter by following @AggieSwimDive.

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