AUSTIN, TX, February 5. SENIORS Andrew Davidson (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Rainer Kendrick (Birmingham, Ala.), Daniel DiToro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Austin McAnally (McKinney, Texas) capped the final dual meet of their collegiate careers with the top time in the 200-yard medley relay as ninth-ranked Texas defeated No. 16 Texas A&M, 132-107, in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown on Saturday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, per Longhorn and Aggie reports.
The win improves the Longhorns to 5-3 in dual meets on the season and Texas now holds a 5-3 edge in points in the rivalry series with Texas A&M.
Texas won seven of 13 total events in the meet. The Longhorns posted the first of three straight wins to open the meet in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of sophomore David Donaldson (San Antonio, Texas), Kendrick, senior John Nabors (Spring, Texas) and freshman Daniel Rohleder (Austin, Texas) combined to pace the field with a time of 3:42.07.
A&M’s dynamic duo of Eric Sehn (Edmonton, Alberta) and Andrew Sullivant (Houston) each won two events for the Aggies in the Longhorns home pool. Sehn stretched his current winning steak to seven with win on both the one and three-meter springboards. Sehn turned in a lifetime-best score of 334.65 on the one-meter, which ranks No. 4 on the all-time A&M list. For the first time in four meets Sehn didn’t set a lifetime best on the three-meter but still won handily with a solid score of 345.15.
Sullivant, one of the nation’s top sprinters, won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.13. In the 100 freestyle, Sullivant rebounded from a slow start to come back and take the win in 44.97.
Senior Alfredo Jacobo (Leon, Mexico) turned in an upset win the 100-yard breaststroke, beating Longhorns Christian Schurr and Matt Lowe in a seasonal best time of 55.68.
UT freshman Caleb McDermott (Canyon Lake, Texas) followed with the top time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:31.80) and freshman Matthew McGinnis (Raleigh, N.C.), the Big 12 Conference’s January Swimmer of the Month, followed with the top showing in the 200-yard individual medley with a mark of 1:50.00.
Texas added its fourth and fifth victories when DiToro captured the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.93 and McDermott became a two-time winner on the day, finishing in the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.60).
Davidson and sophomore Blake Copple (Boise, Idaho) concluded Texas’ individual event winners with victories in the 100-yard backstroke and the 1650-yard freestyle, respectively. Davidson beat out teammate Nathan O’Brien (Sammamish, Wash.) for first in the 100-yard backstroke, 48.79 to 49.44, while Copple finished the mile in 15:53.63.
On the boards, Texas freshman Brian Smith (Carrollton, Texas) posted runner-up finishes, behind Texas A&M’s Eric Sehn, in both the one- and three-meter diving events, with scores of 282.75 and 298.28, respectively.
Of note, the Longhorns swam the final event, the 200-yard medley relay, as an exhibition.
Texas will return to action when it travels to College Station, Texas, where Texas A&M will host the 2005 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium, Feb. 23-26.