COLLEGE STATION, TX, February 26. TEXAS continues to lead both the men's and women's field at the 2005 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday, after two days of competition at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium on the Texas A&M campus, per conference reports.
Thursday's action was highlighted by the performances of Longhorn All-America seniors Sarah Wanezek and Rainer Kendrick, who won their 16th and 10th conference titles.
Wanezek posted victories in the 50-yard freestyle (22.52 seconds) and as a member of the 400-yard medley relay (26.32 split / 3:36.28). The two-time Big 12 Swimmer of the Meet and Year (2003, 2004) recorded NCAA Championships automatic-qualifying times in both events. Wanezek and her relay teammates freshman Hayley Gregory and sophomores Connie Brown and Elizabeth Tinnon also broke the first meet record of the 2005 league championships.
Kendrick won the third 200-yard individual medley race of his career with a nationals' provisional time of 1:47.29. The 2002 Big 12 Championships Newcomer of the Meet also claimed the gold in this event in 2002 and 2003.
UT freshman Matt McGinnis and sophomore Garrett-Weber Gale contributed to the Longhorns' sweep in the swimming portion of the meet. McGinnis captured his second career league title in the 500-yard freestyle (4:20.87).
While, Weber-Gale was the only multiple event winner on the men's side, taking home top honors in the 50 free (19.87) and as the anchor leg on the 400 medley relay (3:12.14), which will compete at NCAAs. He was the Newcomer of the Meet in '04. Overall, Weber-Gale has won four league crowns in two years.
In addition to McGinnis another Texas freshman has tallied two Big 12 titles in Macie Garrett. She clocked in at 4:46.87 to finish first in the 500 free. Garrett was apart of the winning 800 freestyle relay Wednesday.
Texas A&M swept both diving events contested.
Freshman Eric Sehn claimed the one-meter diving competition at his first league meet with a score of 352.20. Sehn was awarded three of the possible four Big 12 Diver of the Month honors this season, one for each of the month's he competed.
Junior Rosie Whiting extended the Aggies' win streak to two on the three-meter diving board at the championships with her victory. Whiting compiled 496.90 points.
Senior All-American Danielle Townsend recorded A&M's lone swimming victory. She qualified for the NCAA Championships and set a school record with a time of 1:58.69. It marked the first individual conference title of her career and third overall after two relay triumphs last year.
1. Texas – 330
2. Texas A&M – 284
3. Missouri – 248
1. Texas – 300
2. Texas A&M – 250
3. Nebraska – 180
4. Kansas – 166
5. Missouri – 131
6. Iowa State – 111
! – Big 12 Championships Meet Record; $ – NCAA Championships Automatic-
Qualifying Time; # – NCAA Championships Consideration Time
One-meter Diving: Eric Sehn, Fr., Texas A&M – 352.20
500-Yard Freestyle: Matt McGinnis, Fr., Texas – #4:20.87
200-Yard IM: Rainer Kendrick, Sr., Texas – #1:47.29
50-Yard Freestyle: Garrett Weber-Gale, So., Texas – #19.87
400-Yard Medley Relay: Texas – $3:12.14
(Tom Sacco, Matt Lowe, Dan Rohleder, Garrett Weber-Gale)
500-Yard Freestyle: Macie Garrett, Fr., Texas – #4:46.87
200-Yard IM: Danielle Townsend, Sr., Texas A&M – $1:58.69
50-Yard Freestyle: Sarah Wanezek, Sr., Texas – $22.52
Three-meter Diving: Rosie Whiting, Jr., Texas A&M – 496.90
400-Yard Medley Relay: Texas – !$3:36.28
(Hayley McGregory, Elizabeth Tinnon, Sarah Wanezek, Connie Brown)