LINCOLN, NE – The University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team opened its 1998-99 season by winning the 1998 Big 12 Relays Friday at the Bob Devaney Center Pool in Lincoln, Neb. The Texas women finished second for the third straight year in their second meet of the season.
The third-ranked Longhorn men, as they have in the first two editions of this conference meet, dominated from start to finish. UT won three of the first four relays to take a lead it would not relinquish and ended the night with seven total victories. Texas finished with 72 points, 20 more than No. 15 Texas A&M (52). Co-No. 15 Nebraska (48), No. 24 Iowa State (40), No. 25 Kansas (36) and Missouri (14) rounded out the men’s standings.
Freshman Tommy Hannan (Baltimore, Md. / Mount St. Joseph HS) and senior Jeff Livingston (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) each swam on three winning relays for the Horns. Hannan anchored UT’s victorious 3×100-yard backstroke, Livingston did the same on the 3×100 breaststroke, and the pair led off the first two legs of the Longhorns’ winning 400 medley relay (3:22.61) and 400 individual medley relay (3:27.62).
Double relay winners included freshmen Kyle Sanders (Anderson, Texas / Bentonville HS [Bentonville, Ark.]) and Joey Montague (Houston, Texas / Cypress Creek HS), sophomore Nate Dusing (Villa Hills, Ky. / Covington HS), and junior Bryan Jones (College Station, Texas / A&M Consolidated HS). In all, 12 Longhorn men combined on UT’s seven winning relays.