The 2017-18 season proved to be a tremendous success for Aggie student-athletes both on and off the field.
Three former Texas A&M football standouts were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Receiver Christian Kirk was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round, providing him with the opportunity to begin his professional career with his hometown team. The Kansas City Chiefs selected safety Armani Watts in the fourth round, and receiver Damion Ratley went to the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams enjoyed successful NCAA tournament runs. For the first time in Texas A&M history, both teams advanced to the Sweet 16 in the same season. The 2018 postseason was the men’s fifth Sweet 16 appearance, and the women’s 26-10 record marked their most season wins since the 2013-14 campaign.
The Aggie baseball and softball teams continued their postseason success as the baseball team advanced to NCAA Regionals for the 12th consecutive year, and the softball team advanced to Super Regionals for the second season in a row and the seventh time in program history.
The heralded Texas A&M Equestrian Team celebrated winning the NCEA Reining National Championship, and the women’s soccer team won the SEC tournament championship to garner the program’s 17th conference title. The Aggies’ men’s and women’s swimming Texas A&M Athletics and diving teams continued to achieve new heights. The men’s swimming team finished second at the 2018 SEC Championships, and a program record 14 student athletes competed in the 2018 NCAA Championships. The women’s swimming and diving team earned third place at the 2018 NCAA Championships, marking the twelfth straight year the team finished in the top 10 at nationals.
The 2017-18 campaign proved to be historic for the men’s golf and tennis teams. The golf team set a school record by winning six tournaments during the season and finishing in the top three at 10 of the 14 tournaments in which the team competed, and the tennis team advanced to NCAA semifinals for the first time. The men’s track team continued its legacy of success, finishing in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships for the 11th consecutive season.
Most significantly, 39 Aggie student-athletes earned their degrees from Texas A&M during December commencement exercises, and 81 student -athletes graduated following the spring semester. Additionally, Aggie Athletics achieved its highest single-year and multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The Aggie men’s basketball, women’s cross country, and softball teams earned public recognition awards as their APR scores ranked in the top-10 percentile nationally among their peers.