Erica Sullivan Wins Twice as Texas Women, Men Open With Home Victories Over Incarnate Word

Jul 26, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Erica Sullivan (USA) before the women's 1500m freestyle heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Erica Sullivan -- Photo Courtesy: Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

Erica Sullivan Wins Twice as Texas Women, Men Open With Home Victories Over Incarnate Word

The University of Texas women and men swam their first official competitions of the young college season Friday as Incarnate Word came to town. The Longhorns cruised to comfortable victories in both meets, and a highlight performer was Olympic silver medalist Erica Sullivan, who competed in her first college meet and dominated the 1000 and 500 freestyle.

Sullivan swam a 9:44.97 in the 1000 free to win by almost 20 seconds, and she also won the 500 free in 4:55.05. Also excelling for the Longhorns was Kelly Pash, who anchored the Longhorns’ 200 medley relay to a win in 1:39.96 before winning the 200 free (1:47.11) and 100 fly (52.72). Julia CookEllie Andrews and Emma Sticklen joined Pash on that 200 free relay. Later on, the group of Grace Cooper, Cook, Kyla Leibel and Pash posted the top time in the 200 free relay (1:31.34).

Elsewhere for Texas, Olivia Bray won the 100 back (53.14), and Emma Sticklen swam a quick 1:56.24 to win the 200 fly. Evie Pfeifer had by far the fastest time in the 400 IM with her 4:16.22.

For the Texas menCarson Foster made a rare appearance in the 1000 free and took first in 8:59.93, and he also won the 400 IM in 3:46.15, while older brother Jake won the 200 breast in 1:58.88. Meanwhile, U.S. Olympian Drew Kibler swam the 200 back and 100 fly in this meet instead of his standard freestyle events (after he missed the Texas men’s intrasquad two weeks ago), and he won the 200 back in 1:46.69 before finishing second to freshman teammate Tim Connery in the 100 fly (48.08 to 48.67).

Pete Larson took first for Texas in the 100 back (49.63) and 500 free (4:31.12), and after an impressive start to the season in the intrasquad meetCoby Carrozza won the 200 free in 1:37.08. In diving, Jordan Windle was victorious in one-meter (449.63) and three-meter (486.30).

Texas defeated Incarnate Word in the women’s meet 212-81, and the men were victorious by a 194-98 margin.

Full results available on Meet Mobile.

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