Texas Captures Record-Tying 12th NCAA Men’s Championship

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

NCAA DI Championship Editorial Coverage is proudly sponsored by Adidas. Visit All-American Swim for more information on our sponsor. For all the latest coverage, check out our event coverage page.

Texas made history tonight as head coach Eddie Reese now has the most career men’s NCAA coaching titles with his 12th victory at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

That broke a tie for Reese as he previously was tied with Ohio State’s Mike Peppe at 11 titles.  Reese is now tied with Richard Quick for the most coaching titles all time as Quick won 12 women’s titles during his career.

Texas tied Michigan with its 12th men’s NCAA title.

   Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 21                      
  1. Texas                           541.5   2. California                        351
  3. Florida                           334   4. NC State                          314
  5. Georgia                         239.5   6. Alabama                           225
  7. Tennessee                         188   8. Missouri                          184
  9. Indiana                         180.5  10. Auburn                            167
 11. Louisville                      164.5  12. Michigan                          158
 13. Southern Cali                     117  14. Stanford                        112.5
 15. Ohio St                            91  16. Arizona                            87
 17. South Carolina                     71  18. Wisconsin                          53
 19. Virginia Tech                    44.5  20. Minnesota                          41
 21. Brigham Young                      40  22. University of Miami                31
 22. Pittsburgh                         31  24. Penn                               26
 25. Texas A&M                          20  26. UNC                                16
 26. Air Force                          16  28. Virginia                           15
 28. Cleveland St                       15  30. Oakland                            13
 31. Hawaii                             12  31. Florida St                         12
 33. George Washington                  11  33. Yale                               11
 35. Univ of Utah                        9  35. Unlv                                9
 37. Georgia Tech                        8  37. Princeton                           8
 39. Duke                                7  40. Lsu                                 6
 40. Iowa                                6  40. Kentucky                            6
 43. Purdue                              5  44. Cornell                             2
 44. Penn State University               2  44. Harvard                             2
 44. Arizona St                          2

Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling tied for the CSCAA Swimmer of the Year award. Former Bolles High School head coach Sergio Lopez has to be smiling as he coached all three as prep stars.

Reese won the CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year.

NCAA Championships Post-Meet Notes

  • Texas ties Michigan for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA men’s swimming and diving team titles (1981, ’88, ’89, 1990, ’91, ’96, 2000, ’01, ’02, 2010, ’15, ’16). He is the only coach in the sport’s history to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades.
  • Texas head coach Eddie Reese passes former Ohio State coach Mike Peppe for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA men’s swimming and diving team titles
  • Texas head coach Eddie Reese ties Richard Quick for all-time most career coaching titles with 12 men’s victories.  Quick had 12 women’s titles in his career.
  • Texas has posted 23 NCAA top-two finishes and 30 top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships in Reese’s 38 seasons with the Longhorns.
  • Texas’ nine NCAA individual and relay titles for the meet are the most for the Longhorns at an NCAA Championship since 2001, when UT won an NCAA-record 11 events
  • Texas opened the NCAA Championships by winning the first four events for the first time in school history.  Its victories in the first three events marked the first time Texas had completed that feat, as well.
  • Texas opened the meet by winning its NCAA-leading 13th national title in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as Jack Conger, Clark Smith, Townley Haas and Joseph Schooling set NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school and Big 12 records in 6:08.03
  • The Longhorns won their second straight national title in the 200 freestyle relay and sixth in school history, as Brett Ringgold, Joseph Schooling, Jack Conger and John Murray took the win in 1:14.88, good for school, Big 12 and pool records.
  • Townley Haas delivered UT’s second consecutive NCAA title in the 500 freestyle in 4:09.00.  Texas had yet to win an NCAA title in the 500 freestyle prior to the 2014-15 season, but the Horns now have two to their credit.
  • Will Licon became UT’s third NCAA champion in the 200 IM and its first since Austin Surhoff in 2010. Licon is the only Longhorn ever to win NCAA titles in both the 200 and 400 individual medleys.
  • Texas capped the second night of the NCAA Championships by lowering its own NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship meet records in the 400 medley relay, where UT won its second straight national title and 13th overall (No. 1 all-time). John Shebat, Will Licon, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger won the relay in 3:00.68
  • Townley Haas made a clean sweep of the record book in the 200 freestyle, as he set NCAA, American, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records at 1:30.46. He became the first swimmer ever to clear the 1:31mark in the event.
  • Joseph Schooling set NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records in the 100 butterfly in 44.01. It broke the seven-year-old NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship meet record of 44.18 held by Stanford’s Austin Staab.
  • Will Licon set NCAA, American, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records in the 200-yard breaststroke at 1:48.12.  Licon finished the meet with NCAA individual titles in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke to go with a runner-up finish in the 400 IM.
  • Joseph Schooling set NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records on his way to victory in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:37.97.  Schooling has won all four butterfly races he has contested in his two NCAA Championships appearances.
  • Jack Conger lowered his American record in the 200-yard butterfly with his runner-up finish in the event at 1:38.06.

Special thanks to Texas Athletics for contributing to this report.

Notify of

Welcome to our community. We invite you to join our discussion. Our community guidelines are simple: be respectful and constructive, keep on topic, and support your fellow commenters. Commenting signifies that you agree to our Terms of Use

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Niles Keeran
8 years ago

Got a long way to tie KENYON COLLEGE, Longhorns! Boomer Sooner too!

Bill Bell
Bill Bell
8 years ago

Prior to Townley Haas had anynLonghorn ever won NCAA 200 free in an a U.S. Open/American/ NCAA record?

Haas also first Longhorn to win NCAA 200-500 frees @ same NCAAs and also first Big 12 swimmer to do so, and likely first- ever when Conference was known as Bug 8 and before that, Big 6.

For that matter, bet when Southwest Conference still in existence (19th century!) no’Horn or other SWC team swimmer ever won both races — although SMU had some talented swimmers in ’79s-’89s and even into early ’99s.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x