AUSTIN, Texas, February 24. THE Texas A&M women’s team pulled away while the Texas men jumped two spots up to first place after the second day of competition at the 2011 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
On the women’s side, Texas took home the title in the 200-freestyle relay. The Longhorns relay of Kelsey Amundsen, Bethany Adams, Brie Powers and Karlee Brispo set a a Big 12 Championship record with a time of 1:28.15. Texas A&M’s Cammile Adams established a Big 12 Championship meet and overall record of 4:39.14 in the 500-freestyle, en route to the freshman’s first-career Big 12 victory. In the 200-yard individual medley, Texas’ Bispo added to her medal collection with her third gold, setting a Big 12 Championship meet record with a mark of 1:155.15.
The Longhorns’ Maren Taylor prevailed in the three-meter springboard with a score of 344.80, earning her first-career championship victory. Missouri’s Loren Figueroa finished just behind with a 340.40 mark, while Texas A&M’s Janie Potvin took the bronze after totaling a score of 335.10.
For the men, the Longhorns continued their winning streak from day one with their first-place finish in the 200-freestyle relay (1:17.95). The win by James Feigen, Dax Hill, Woody Joye and Neil Caskey was the seventh-straight in the event for the Longhorns. Texas did not stop there as Jackson Wilcox notched his third consecutive title in the 500-yard freestyle, turning in a time of 4:16.61. Jackson’s victory is the sixth win in as many years for the Longhorns.
Texas’ Austin Surhoff took home his second consectutive title in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:43.85. The Longhorns have won the 200 IM every year since 1997.
In the final event of day two, UT’s Kelsey Amundsen and Jimmy Feigen captured titles in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 22.50 and 19.27, respectively. The victory was Feigen’s second straight.
The championships resume Friday with prelims at 10 a.m. The men’s three-meter diving finals begin at 5 p.m., while swimming and women’s one-meter finals kick off at 6 p.m.
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