The 2018 men’s and women’s Big 12 championships got underway tonight in Austin with the University of Texas leading the way towards taking the team titles.
The lady Longhorns took the very first event, the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:36.87. Their quartet of Claire Adams, Olivia Anderson, Mimi Schneider and Rebecca Millard got past the TCU team of Maddie Ibrahim, Devin Newton, Micaela Roemer and Claire Munster who produced a 1:40.31. Iowa State’s team of Harper Emswiler, Kasey Roberts, Mary Kate Luddy and Laura Miksch threw down a 1:40.37.
Austin Katz led the Longhorn men to a victory in the 200 medley relay by leading off in a quick 21.61 while Austin Temple (24.30) followed with the breast with Joseph Schooling (19.60) and Brett Ringgold (18.79) swimming the fly and free legs which put together a 1:24.30. WVU’s Angelo Russo, Jake Armstrong, David Dixon and Merwane Elmerini produced a 1:25.97 to take second while TCU earned third with their 1:29.07.
On the diving boards the Longhorns took first yet again with Jacob Cornish (367.05) taking the win in the men’s 1-meter diving. The Mountaineers took second an third with Michael Proietto (364.70) and Logan McHenry (330.15).
The lady Longhorns remained at the top of the podium by winning the 800 free relay in the only sub-7:00 time with a 6:58.63. Claire Adams threw down a 1:42.33 anchor leg to contribute to the win. In second was WVU who swam a 7:10.66 while Kansas snuck in for third in 7:13.75.
Taking the win in the men’s race was, to no one’s surprise, Texas with a 6:16.78. Jeff Newkirk was the fastest split in the A relay with a 1:32.80 lead-off leg. WVU took second in a time of 6:27.82 with Nate Carr leading that relay in 1:35.21. TCU took third with their 6:36.67 with Radu Duncan (1:36.63) posting their fastest split.