AUSTIN, Texas, January 31. NO. 3 Texas captured eight more events on day two of its dual meet against No. 2 Arizona, as the Longhorns put the finishing touches on a 186.5-162.5 victory over the Wildcats Saturday at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Freshman Kathleen Hersey paced Texas with three individual wins, and classmate Karlee Bispo added two victories. Senior Jessica Livingston added a platform diving win, and junior Susana Escobar contributed a victory in the 1,650 freestyle. Texas went on to wrap up the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.
Arizona opened the second session by claiming the 200-yard medley relay, but Escobar responded by winning the 1,650 freestyle in 16:23.41. Sophomore Ashleigh McCleery took fourth for Texas in 16:38.99. Bispo nailed down a win in the 200 freestyle, where she was victorious in 1:46.28. Freshman Leah Gingrich added a fourth-place finish in 1:48.41.
Hersey notched her first of three wins on the day in the 100 backstroke, where she finished one one-hundredth of a second off of her school record in 53.38. Freshman Katie Riefenstahl took third in 55.04. Bispo, better known for her freestyle, knocked off Arizona All-American Annie Chandler in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.77. Sophomore Carlye Ellis took fourth in 1:03.34, and junior Alexi Spann placed fifth in 1:03.53.
Hersey returned to capture the 200 butterfly in 1:55.75, and Gingrich followed in third in 1:57.99. Senior Jacqueline Martin-Lacey took fourth in 2:02.72. Hersey later added a victory in the 200 IM in 1:59.30. Sophomore Abbie Mahoney took third in the event in 2:03.75.
Texas capped the meet by taking the 400 freestyle relay in 3:17.48, though with the team victory in hand, UT exhibitioned the event and declined the points. Bispo opened in 49.61 before giving way to senior Hee-Jin Chang, who split 49.73. Riefenstahl followed in 49.66, and Hersey closed in 48.48, as Texas finished in 3:17.48.
The Texas divers capped off a weekend sweep with a platform win on Saturday, as Livingston took top honors with 346.43 points. Freshman Shelby Cullinan took second with 282.15 points.
Texas resumes competition on Saturday, Feb. 7 against SMU at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Special thanks to Texas for contributing this report.