AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 5 University of Texas women's swimming team picked up two dual meet victories, defeating Houston (116-81) and Northern Arizona (117-80) on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
Junior Tanica Jamison (Dublin, Calif./Dublin) led the way for the Longhorns as the meet's lone double-event winner, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.97) and the 100 backstroke (56.09). Both times are NCAA "B" consideration marks.
All together, Texas had seven individual athletes and two relay squads which delivered first-place finishes. Sophomore-transfer Lacey Elliott (El Paso, Texas/Franklin) touched first in the 50 freestyle (23.85), while freshman Kaela Humphries (Chaska, Minn./Eden Prarie) led the field in the 400 IM (4:27.61). Senior Kelley Robins (Houston, Texas/Awty International) took top honors in the 100 butterfly, timing 58.16, followed by junior Erin Phenix (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) who won the 100 free (52.37). In the 500 free, senior-transfer Jenna Bridges (Tallahassee, Fla./Bolles/Virginia) led the way with a first-place time of 5:04.05, while junior Ashlee Fotinakes (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) rounded out the individual top times with a mark of 1:05.33 in the 100 breaststroke.
In the 200 medley relay, the Texas "C" team of freshman Sarah Wanazek (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East), sophomore Cherie Albertson (Houston, Texas/Tasis), senior Lauren Martin (Houston, Texas/Bolles) and sophomore Martha Guleke (Austin, Texas/Westlake) captured first in 1:46.95, while Elliott, freshman Alisa Schuknecht (Bend, Ore./Bend), Phenix and junior Jennifer Cray (Federal Way, Wash./Charles Wright) won the 400 free relay in 3:32.59.
"This meet was a great tune-up for our squad," co-head coach Mike Walker said. "It helps us to get back into a rhythm of having dual meets again. Coming off of the holiday training and our intra-squad meet, our team needed this to remain sharp and ready before our meets this weekend with Georgia and Florida."
Although Texas and Houston both swam at the Jamail Swim Center, Northern Arizona competed under the same events schedule at their own respective home facility. Following completion of the day's competition, results were faxed to each school, where upon a dual meet score was determined.
Texas returns to action this weekend, when it hosts No. 2 Georgia on Friday, Jan. 11 at noon, followed by No. 8 Florida on Saturday, Jan. 12, at noon. Both meets are open to the public and admission is free.