Texas Men's Swimming and Diving -- January 10, 2002
The Longhorns Checklist
* The Longhorns open their spring campaign this weekend against No. 3
Auburn and No. 16 Georgia. Texas is 6-5 against Auburn and 4-3
against Georgia under head coach Eddie Reese.
* Texas won the 2001 Texas Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at the
Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. UT tallied 669
points, distancing it from the rest of the field and 119.5 points
ahead of second place Arizona State (549.5).
* The Texas men's team remained ranked No. 2 in the latest edition of
the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25
Poll released on Dec. 13. The Horns have been ranked first or second
in the nation since Nov. 19, 1999.
* The Texas men's team won its second consecutive NCAA Championship
last year and its eighth title (1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996,
2000) in school history. The Longhorns return 11 of 16 All-Americans
and 20 of 26 letterwinners from the 2000-01 NCAA Championship team.
THIS WEEK: The second-ranked University of Texas men's swimming and
diving team opens its spring campaign this weekend as it hosts No. 3
Auburn on Friday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. and No. 16 Georgia on Saturday,
Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. Both meets are open to the public and admission
2001 TEXAS INVITATIONAL: The Longhorns men's squad picked up a
victory its last time out, winning the 2001 Texas Invitational, Nov.
30-Dec. 2, in Austin. UT won the meet with 669 points, well ahead of
No. 13 Arizona State (549.5), which finished second. Texas had eight
first-place finishes (individual and relay) against the 10-team field.
HANSEN SHINES AT HOME: Sophomore Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa.)
stole the show during the 2001 Texas Invitational, winning two
individual events and joining in on two relay victories. Hansen won
the 100 breaststroke in 53.57 and the 200 breast in 1:56.09, both
NCAA automatic qualifying marks and Texas Invitational records. Both
times are also the fastest collegiate times in the nation during
2001-02, according to Taper & Shave's College Quick 50 released on
KEMP CONTINUES TO POST TOP TIMES: After touching first in 200
freestyle at the 2001 Texas Invitational, junior Chris Kemp
(Southlake, Texas) continues to be an additional threat for the
Longhorns this year. His 200 free time of 1:36.02 is an NCAA "A" cut
and tallied as the fastest collegiate time this season, according to
Taper & Shave's College Quick 50. Kemp led the Horns vs. UGA last
season with a win in the 100 freestyle (44.72).
DYNAMIC DIVERS: Returning one of the most decorated diving squads in
NCAA history, the Longhorns' chances at a NCAA title three-peat will
be enhanced by the veteran talents of seniors Troy Dumais (Ventura,
Calif.), the two-time NCAA Diver of the Year (2000, 2001), eight-time
All-American Justin Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and two-time
All-American Harold Hyde (Austin, Texas). The Dumais brothers pulled
off a combined hat trick at the 2001 Texas Invitational, with Troy
Dumais winning the one-meter (379.45) and three-meter (662.55) boards
and Justin Dumais winning the platform (639.30). Troy Dumais, who
enters the season as the most decorated diver in UT history, is the
three-time defending NCAA Champion on the three-meter springboard and
the two-time defending champ on the 1m board.
BREAKING DOWN AUBURN: The No. 3 Tigers (3-0) come into Friday's meet
undefeated on the season, following a 174-113 victory against
Southwest Missouri State. Auburn, the defending Southeastern
Conference champions, return 17 letterwinners from a squad which
finished seventh at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
SERIES WITH AUBURN: Texas is 5-4 against Auburn under head coach
Eddie Reese, including a 136.50-103.50 win last year at the James E.
Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. The Horns won nine of 13
events and were led by Troy Dumais, who notched wins in the one and
BREAKING DOWN GEORGIA: No. 16 Georgia was scheduled to compete at
Alabama on Jan. 4, but the trip was cancelled due to inclement
weather. The Bulldogs did not travel to take on the Tide, but the
schools did conduct a "phone" meet with each team swimming at their
respective facilities. UGA had a 117-85 final edge in scoring, but
due to the circumstances surrounding the meet, the outcome will not
be reflected on Georgia's won-loss record and is not considered an
official meet. Georgia was led by freshman Robert Margalis who won
the 1,000 free in a school-record time of 8:57.28. Margalis also won
the 200 IM (1:51.37) and 500 free (4:24.66).
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DAWGS: The last time the Horns and Dawgs
squared off, UT grabbed a 161-133 victory on Jan. 13, 2001, at
Gabrielson Natatorium in Athens, Ga. The key to the Texas victory
was its domination in the freestyle events. UT won the 50, 100, 200
and 500. The Horns are 4-3 against Georgia under head coach Eddie
HIGHLIGHTS OF SUMMER COMPETITION: Hansen and Ian Crocker (Portland,
Maine) highlighted all Texas men's swimmers at the 2001 World
Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. Hansen captured the 200-meter
breaststroke gold medal in a meet-record time of 2:10.69, while
Crocker took the silver in the 100 butterfly (52.25). Crocker's
second-place performance broke his previous American record of 52.44
set at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. At the 2001 U.S. National
Championships, seniors Tommy Hannan (Baltimore, Md.) and Joe Montague
(Houston, Texas) both won silver medals - Hannan in the 100-meter
butterfly (53.91) and Montague in the 200 IM (2:02.04). Justin
Dumais led the way for UT divers at the Speedo Outdoor National
Diving Championships, winning four gold medals (3m, synchro 3m,
platform, synchro platform).
2001 NCAA CHAMPIONS: The Texas men's swimming and diving team
captured its second consecutive NCAA title at the 2001 NCAA
Championships. A total of nine American and eight NCAA records were
broken at the meet with the Longhorns setting six of those records.
The Longhorns claimed their eighth NCAA team title in UT history
after posting 597.5 points. Stanford finished second (457.5) and
Tennessee (330.5) placed third. Texas posted a UT-record seven
individual titles and four relay crowns at the meet.
MEN'S HEAD COACH EDDIE REESE: Head coach Eddie Reese is in his 24th
season at the helm of the Texas men's swimming program. During his
tenure, the Longhorns have won seven of the last 14 NCAA
Championships and an incredible 22 consecutive conference titles.
Last year, he led the Longhorns to their eighth NCAA Championship.
Reese has coached 31 NCAA individual champions, 25 National Champion
relays, 120 All-Americans and 18 Olympians. Those Olympians have
claimed 19 gold medals in four Olympiads.
HEAD DIVING COACH: Matt Scoggin begins his eighth year at Texas as
the head diving coach, where he has clearly established UT as one of
the nation's top men's and women's diving programs. A former U.S.
Olympic diver and a 2000 USA Olympic men's assistant diving coach,
Scoggin has been recognized nationally for his outstanding efforts.
He was selected NCAA Women's Diving Coach of the Year for 1996-97,
1997-98 and 1998-99, as well as the NCAA Men's Diving Coach of the
Year in 2000-01. Additionally, Scoggin is a four-time Big 12
Conference Women's Diving Coach of the Year and was the 1994-95
Southwest Conference (SWC) Women's and Men's Diving Coach of the
Year. Scoggin has also coached the U.S. National Team seven times,
including his most recent appointment as the head coach of the
national team that competed at the 2001 World Championships in
Fukuoka, Japan (July 22-29).