NCAA Div. I Women: Texas Winds Up Dual Meet Season Against Stanford and SMU

AUSTIN, Jan. 30. THE 10th-ranked University of Texas women's swimming and diving team will look to rebound after last weekend's loss to No. 3 Arizona when they host No. 4 Stanford and No. 11 SMU in their final dual meet of the season on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3. The first race is slated for 6 p.m., on Friday and noon on Saturday.

No. 4 Stanford won 11 of 16 events to defeat No. 8 USC, 167-131, on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Palo Alto, Calif. Olympian and senior Misty Hyman led Stanford to two first-place finishes in the 100 (54.74) and 200 backstroke (1:58.01), while freshman Tara Kirk set a pool record in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.30). The Cardinal have now posted a dual-meet record of 3-1,
with their only loss of the season coming against No. 3 Arizona, 159-138, on Jan. 20.

Under co-head coach Jill Sterkel, the Longhorns hold a 0-8 mark against Stanford. Most recently, Stanford and Texas placed second and third, respectively, at the
Texas Invitational earlier this season (Dec. 1-3). Last year, Stanford recorded its 12th consecutive win against UT, defeating the Longhorns, 173-127, on Oct. 15, 1999, in Palo Alto, Calif. The last time Texas defeated Stanford was on Feb. 6, 1988 by a score of 80-50 in Palo Alto, Calif.

The 11th-ranked SMU Mustangs downed Houston, 141-96, on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Dallas, Texas. The Mustangs have now won their last four dual meets and own a 5-2 overall record. Sophomore Sarah Chandler leads the Mustangs' breaststroke contingent, notching team best-times in the 100 (1:02.79) and 200 (2:13.12) events.

The Longhorns are 4-4 against SMU under co-head coach Jill Sterkel, after the Mustangs claiming a 170-130
victory over Texas last season on Feb. 5 in Dallas, Texas.

Last weekend, Texas fell to No. 3 Arizona, 195.5-176.5, on Friday- Saturday, Jan. 26-27. The Longhorns held a slight lead heading into Saturday's final session, but the Wildcats claimed four of six events on the day en route to victory. Senior Colleen Lanné (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) led the UT charge by winning the 100 freestyle (49.14) and placing second in the 200 freestyle (1:47.27). Sophomore Tanica Jamison (Dublin, Calif./Dublin) claimed first-place honors in the 100 butterfly (55.62), while also
finishing third in the 100 backstroke (56.99) and freshman Ally Hartzell (Austin, Texas/Home-schooled) captured the one-meter springboard by posting a season-best score of 277.75.

Texas dropped to No. 10 in the latest edition of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25
Poll (CSCAA), after falling to Florida on Jan. 13. The next edition of the CSCAA Poll will be released on Feb. 1 and posted on

Freshman divers Ally Hartzell recorded impressive
performances this past weekend, placing in the top five of each diving event. She not only won the one-meter springboard (277.75), but also placed third on the three-meter event (472.70) and finished the weekend with a fourth-place showing on the platform (357.10).

For the second week in a row, sophomore Emily Ballenger (Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna) has led the Longhorns in the distance events. On Saturday, she posted a second-place finish in both the 500 freestyle (4:52.41) and 1650 freestyle, where she also recorded a team season-best time of 16:47.68 to pace the Horns'
distance contingent.

After spending the first part of the dual meet season on the road, Texas will remain at home until the NCAA
Championships held on March 15-17 in Long Island, N.Y. The Longhorns will compete in their last dual meet of the season against No. 4 Stanford and No. 11 SMU on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4, before hosting the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 14-17.

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