AUSTIN, Texas, February 2. NO. 7 Texas (5-2) took advantage of strong all-around performances to post victories over No. 1 Arizona and SMU Friday evening on Senior Day at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Texas defeated the top-ranked Wildcats by a 166-125 margin and defeated SMU, 184-108. Arizona defeated SMU, 165-134.
“We definitely wanted to win this meet,” UT head coach Eddie Reese said. “We had been working really hard for a long time. This was one of the best meets we've ever had.”
Redshirt sophomore Will Chandler kicked off the evening with wins in the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Chandler claimed the one-meter event with 367.75 points, and freshman Cory Bowersox placed third with 297.10 points. Chandler completed the sweep by taking the three-meter event with 381.80 points. Junior William McCraney took fourth with 351.70 points.
Senior All-American Michael McBroom set a blistering pace in the meet's first swimming event, the 1000-yard freestyle, and was victorious in 8 minutes, 43.48 seconds. It eclipsed the school mark set by Michael Klueh, who finished the first 1,000 yards of the 1,650 freestyle in 8:46.88 at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Unofficially, the swim is believed to be the one of the fastest 1000-yard freestyle swims ever, but the NCAA does not keep a record for the 1000-yard freestyle, given that it is not contested at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Sam Lewistook second in the event in 9:05.95.
“I had eyed the 1000 free all week in training, and I knew that I wanted to have one good swim today in my senior meet,” McBroom said. “I decided to throw a (jammer) suit on for that swim. I wanted to lay it on the line and see where I could go.”
Texas followed that effort by claiming the 400 medley relay in 3:12.43, as sophomore Kip Darmody, senior Austin Surhoff, sophomore Tripp Cooper and junior Madison Wenzler finished in 3:12.43. Senior Dax Hill, the reigning NCAA champion in the 200 freestyle, captured the event in 1:33.92. Sophomore Clay Youngquisttook second in 1:35.72.
Senior Cole Cragin led a one-two Texas finish in the 100 backstroke in 47.65. Junior Patrick Murphy followed in 48.03. Freshman John Martenspaced the Horns in the 200 butterfly by taking second in 1:46.68. Hill followed by producing his second win of the night, as he captured the 100 freestyle in 43.05.
Texas posted a dominant all-around showing in the 200 backstroke and claimed the top-three spots. Darmody led the way in 1:44.35, while Murphy placed second in 1:45.12. Surhoff took third in 1:45.15. UT notched another one-two-three finish in the 500 freestyle, as McBroom took his second win of the night in 4:18.57. Sophomore Jake Ritter took second in 4:22.79.
Texas wrapped the night by winning the 200 freestyle relay, as Hill, Surhoff, junior Charlie Mooreand Wenzler finished in 1:18.51.
The Longhorns will take on Arizona and SMU once more in an unscored meet Saturday at the Texas Swimming Center. The meet gets underway at 10 a.m. Central.
No. 10 Texas (5-3) closed strong down the stretch and clinched a victory over No. 5 Arizona with a meet-ending relay victory, as the Horns downed the Wildcats and SMU on Senior Day Friday at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Texas defeated Arizona, 154-146 and knocked off SMU by a 228-66 count. Arizona dealt SMU a 230-58 defeat.
“It really was special,” UT head coach Carol Capitani said. “It was an emotional meet, but I felt that the seniors really had something to hold on to. It's always nice to have them perform in front of a crowd when it really counted.”
Redshirt junior diver Maren Taylor, the reigning Big 12 Women's Diver of the Week, was true to form Friday with her pair of victories in the one-meter and three-meter events. Taylor captured the one-meter event with 297.05 points, and senior Shelby Cullinan took second with 274.75 points. Taylor and Cullinan also led a one-two finish in the three-meter diving event. Taylor posted 364.30 points for the win, while Cullinan totaled 310.30 points.
Arizona claimed the meet's first two swimming events, the 1000-yard freestyle and the 400 medley relay before UT junior Samantha Tucker posted a strong in-season time of 1:44.97 to win the 200 freestyle. Junior Alex Hooper took third in 1:46.59. Sophomore Gretchen Jaques turned in a pair of excellent swims that led to victories, the first in the 100 breaststroke. Jaques won the event with a personal best of 59.74.
Later in the evening, senior Laura Sogar continued her exceptional season by taking first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.49. Sogar is UT's record holder in both breaststroke events. Jaques posted her second win of the night in the 100 butterfly in 52.65, just a half of a second off of the NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 52.11. Senior Kelsey Amundsen took third in 54.20.
Texas kept things close with Arizona and ultimately took a three-point lead on Arizona by adding a one-two finish in the 400 individual medley, where sophomore Kaitlin Pawlowicz took the win in 4:17.53. Sogar placed second in 4:19.32, and Victoria Cassidy added a fourth-place mark of 4:25.14. With a win over SMU already in hand, Texas sealed its victory over Arizona by claiming the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.24.
Texas will join Arizona and SMU in an unscored meet on Saturday. The meet gets underway at 10 a.m. Central at the Texas Swimming Center.
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