AUSTIN, Texas, February 5. TEXAS Seniors Ian Crocker (Portland, Maine) and Ally Hartzell (Cedar Park, Texas) both earned All-Big 12 Conference honors for the month of January, the league office announced Thursday morning. Crocker was named the male Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Month for the second straight month, while Hartzell was honored as the female Big 12 Conference Diver of the Month.
Crocker, the world record holder in the 100-meter butterfly and the 400-meter medley relay, led second-ranked Texas to victories over sixth-ranked Georgia (126-117) and eighth-ranked Arizona (164-154) in the month of January. Against Arizona, Crocker claimed first in the 100-yard butterfly (47.80) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:20.89). In addition to those wins, Crocker also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relay as well as third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.77). Two weeks before against Georgia, Crocker won every event he competed in with wins in the 50-yard freestyle (19.97), the 200-yard butterfly (1:45.04) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.41). The victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay against Georgia came in the last event of the day and clinched the win for the Longhorns.
Hartzell, the reigning Big 12 one-meter diving champion, was tabbed as the January Female Diver of the Month award for the second time in her career — she also won in January 2002. A Cedar Park, Texas, native, Hartzell turned in her best performance of the month when she swept the diving events against second-ranked Georgia. The senior diver compiled a 297.53 score in one-meter diving, and 323.78 points on the three-meter springboard. Despite Hartzell's contribution, the fifth-ranked Longhorns dropped that dual 169-126. Against Arizona, Hartzell placed second in the one-meter competition (274.95), while adding second (270.16) and third-place finishes (244.13) on the three-meter and one-meter springboards, respectively, in UT's ousting of in-state and conference rival Texas A&M.