Big 12 Preview: Texas Men Travel to Tennessee, TCU Hosts Trinity

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By Jason Tillotson. 

We are in store for yet another exciting week around the Big 12 conference. Last week we saw both Texas squads defeat in-state rival Texas A&M while the Kansas Jayhawks earned a victory against their rival Nebraska.

Iowa State got past Big 12 opponent TCU last week in a double dual with SMU.

This week the Texas men will travel to Knoxville to take on Tennessee and Auburn in a double dual while the women will travel further west to swim Stanford.

The other meet around the Big 12 this weekend will be a TCU vs. Trinity matchup in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas and Iowa State both have the weekend off as they gear up for their respective invitationals next weekend.

Check below for a breakdown of this weekend’s action.

Texas Takes on Tennessee

The University of Texas men’s squad are set to take on the University of Tennessee and Auburn University this weekend at the Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville.

Texas and Tennessee are both coming off victories from last week’s duals. Texas topped Texas A&M while Tennessee got passed Purdue and Wisconsin.

This week we should see another Texas win as it is hard to imagine either Tennessee or Auburn putting together a deep enough roster to get past the Longhorns.

The usual suspects will be at bat for Texas; Ryan Harty, John Shebat, Jason Park and Austin Katz will lead the dense backstroke squad while Chris Yeager, John-Thomas Larson and Jack Collins will take the distance freestyle responsibilities.

Townley Haas and Drew Kibler will likely step into the mid-distance freestyle range, as they did last weekend against the Aggies.

The one whole in the Longhorns’ roster is the sprint-freestyle areas. The Longhorns will rely on Tate Jackson and Daniel Krueger in the splash n’ dash.

TCU Hosts Trinity

The Horned Frogs from Texas Christian University will host Trinity in Fort Worth this Friday. The men’s squad will likely rely on the trio of Dayne Odendaal who won the 1,000 free and 200 IM last weekend against SMU.

Noah Cumby won the 200 free(1:41.41) and took second in the 50 (21.16) and 100 (45.97) freestyles versus SMU, so the Horned Frogs will look to him to do the same against Trinity.

Joao Andrade was useful last week in the 500 free as he posted a swift 4:36.30 against the Mustangs.

On the women’s side, Nicqueline Rettberg took the distance free events by storm last week by winning both the 500 and 1000 in times of 5:04.99 and 10:28.39.

Kiki Rice will likely take the stroke responsibilities as she took wins in both the 200 fly (2:07.17) and 200 back (2:04.76) last weekend.

Emily Visagie will be the go-to girl in the breast events with her 1:05.35 and 2:20.16 in the 100 and 200 distances from last weekend.