Texas Teams Busy Over Dual Meet Weekend

By Lauren Sampl

BOULDER, Colorado, January 16. WHILE many of the top college teams boasted tough schedules this weekend, the University of Texas swimmers found themselves racing two top-ranked teams in the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers. Southern Methodist also hosted a two-day Classic in Dallas against powerhouses Michigan, Southern California, and Florida. Here are a few highlights.

On Thursday night, Auburn and Texas faced off on Auburn's home turf. The Lady Tigers, ranked 12th in the nation, pulled off a stunning upset over the third-ranked Lady Longhorns, winning by a final score of 183-117. Micah Martindale (500 free, 4:52.28; 1000 free, 9:54.33), Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (50 free, 22.38; 100 free, 49.05) and Emily Bos (100 back, 53.71; 200 back, 1:57.17) led Auburn with two individual wins apiece. Anna Aguero was victorious in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events.

On the men's side, Auburn emerged with the dual meet win over top-ranked Texas. Michael McBroom of the Longhorns earned wins in the 1000 free (9:08.74) and 500 free (4:30.43), while teammate Nick D'Innocenzo touched first in the 200 IM (1:48.25) and 200 breast (1:56.96).

Texas was back in action on Saturday afternoon in Athens, as an exciting battle unfolded between the number two-ranked Georgia women and the number three-ranked Texas women. The Bulldogs emerged victorious by a final score of 169.5 to 130.5. Georgia posted wins in 10 of 16 events, with Kelsey Gaid (200 back, 1:56.50; 100 back, 54.59), Allison Schmitt (200 free, 1:47.19; 500 free, 4:50.29) and Melanie Margalis (100 breast, 1:01.38; 400 IM, 4:10.51) all posting two victories apiece.

Meanwhile, the defending NCAA champion Texas men scored a narrow victory over the Georgia men, posting 135 points to Georgia's 106. Nick D'Innocenzo (400 IM, 3:50.77; 200 breast, 1:58.66) and Jimmy Feigen (50 free, 19.89; 100 free, 43.90) touched first in two events each, while Drew Livingston (1-meter diving, 372.52; 3-meter diving, 399.90) was impressive in the diving well.

In Dallas, the Michigan men took home the team title at the two-day SMU Classic, ahead of North Carolina, Southern California, SMU, Florida, and Purdue. Southern Cal's Vladimir Morozov (50 free, 19.95; 100 back, 48.74; 100 free, 43.69), SMU's Tom Cole (100 breast, 54.67; 200 breast, 1:57.75), North Carolina's Tyler Harris (400 IM, 3:46.54; 500 free, 4:23.66), Michigan's Daniel Madwed (100 fly, 47.99; 200 fly, 1:45.28) and Florida's Conor Dwyer (200 free, 1:37.09; 200 IM, 1:47.09) all posted wins in multiple events.

In Division 3 action, the Kenyon women posted quick times en route to a win over Carnegie Mellon. Hannah Saiz swam to an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.77. Additionally, Anna Connolly won the 50 free (23.93) and 100 free (51.65) in NCAA B cut times.

For results from all of the meets this weekend, check out the College Channel.

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