Texas Celebrates Senior Day in Win Over SMU, Several Quick Times

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Austin Katz; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The No. 1 University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving team posted a 170-115 victory against SMU on Friday afternoon at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Longhorns (2-0) won 14 of the 16 events during the dual meet.

Results

Texas Swimming & Diving Press Release

Prior to the meet, Texas recognized nine student-athletes as part of ‘Senior Day’ ceremonies. The senior class of Luke Bowman, Alvin Jiang, Austin Katz, JohnThomas Larson, Parker Neri, Sam Pomajevich, Jake Sannem, Chris Staka and Jordan Windle have produced one NCAA Championship, a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship and three-consecutive Big 12 Conference titles. They have combined to garner 31 All-America honors, four honorable mention All-America honors and 19 Big 12 individual or relay titles.

Jordan Windle swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, and junior Alex Zettle won the 1,000-yard freestyle while posting the third-fastest time in the nation this season (8:48.39). Three Texas seniors captured individual swimming victories on the afternoon, including Alvin Jiang (50-yard freestyle), Austin Katz (200-yard backstroke) and JohnThomas Larson (500-yard freestyle).

Freshman Zac Van Zandt (200-yard freestyle), junior Drew Kibler (100-yard backstroke), freshman Carson Foster (200-yard butterfly), junior Daniel Krueger (100-yard freestyle), junior Halvor Borgstroem (100-yard butterfly) and sophomore Jake Foster (200-yard individual medley) added individual wins. The Longhorns also swept the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay events.

Meet Highlights

  • The Longhorns opened the meet by taking the top two spots in the 200-yard medley relay. The Texas ‘A’ team of Alvin Jiang, sophomore Caspar Corbeau, Chris Staka and junior Daniel Krueger claimed the win in a time of 1:25.45.
  • UT swept the top four spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Junior Alex Zettle earned the victory (8:48.39) and was followed by sophomore Jake Foster (8:54.95) in second. Zettle’s time marked the third-fastest in the nation this year, while Foster’s effort is the seventh-fastest in the country.
  • Freshman Zac Van Zandt captured the win in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:37.11.
  • The Longhorns swept the top four places in the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Drew Kibler claimed victory in a time of 47.15 and was followed by sophomore Peter Larson (48.62), Luke Bowman (48.99) and junior Braden Vines (49.46).
  • Junior Halvor Borgstroem finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.43), while junior Andrew Couchon placed fourth (54.81).
  • Texas claimed the top four spots in the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Carson Foster took the win (1:43.06) and was followed by junior Andrew Koustik (1:43.61), Sam Pomajevich (1:43.81) and sophomore Ethan Harder (1:45.55).
  • Alvin Jiang won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 19.48, while Caspar Corbeau placed second (19.97).
  • Jordan Windle captured the 1-meter diving title with a score of 431.79, while freshman Noah Duperre finished second (391.35).
  • Daniel Krueger claimed victory in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 43.42, while Chris Staka took second (43.93).
  • Austin Katz earned the win in the 200-yard backstroke (1:40.89). This marked the eighth-fastest time in the nation this season. Freshman Coby Carrozza placed second (1:45.82).
  • Carson Foster placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:56.56.
  • Texas swept the top three spots in the 500-yard freestyle. JohnThomas Larson claimed the win in a time of 4:19.40 and was followed by Sam Pomajevich (4:28.74) and freshman Matthew Tannenberger (4:32.46).
  • Halvor Borgstroem claimed the win in the 100-yard butterfly (48.49), and Braden Vines placed second (48.64).
  • The Longhorns swept the top four spots in the 3-meter diving competition. Jordan Windle captured the title with a score of 450.68. Sophomore Andrew Harness placed second (421.13) and was followed by Noah Duperre (420.83) and junior Andrew Gawin-Parigini (407.33).
  • Jake Foster recorded the top time in the 200-yard individual medley (1:44.50), and Caspar Corbeau registered the second-fastest time in the event (1:45.51).
  • The Texas ‘A’ quartet of Peter Larson, Coby Carrozza, Ethan Harder and Andrew Couchon swam the fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:20.51).

The No. 1 University of Texas Women’s Swimming and Diving team posted a 188-104 victory against SMU on Friday afternoon at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Longhorns (2-0) won all 16 events during the dual meet.

Prior to the meet, Texas recognized four student-athletes as part of ‘Senior Day’ ceremonies. The senior class of Evie Pfeifer, Emily Reese, Grace Ritch and Ella Tierney have guided Texas to a pair of top-six finishes at the NCAA Championships and three-straight Big 12 Conference titles.

Freshman Anna Elendt claimed victories in 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke, while sophomore Miranda Heckman earned wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Junior Paola Pineda swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

Three Texas seniors captured individual victories on the afternoon, including Evie Pfeifer (1,000-yard freestyle), Ella Tierney (500-yard freestyle) and Emily Reese (100-yard butterfly). Junior Julia Cook (100-yard backstroke), freshman Emma Sticklen (200-yard butterfly), sophomore Bridget Semenuk (50-yard freestyle), sophomore Kyla Leibel (100-yard freestyle) and sophomore Kelly Pash (200-yard individual medley) added individual wins. The Longhorns also swept the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay events.

Meet Highlights

  • The Longhorns opened the meet by taking the top two spots in the 200-yard medley relay. The Texas ‘A’ team of junior Julia Cook, freshman Anna Elendt, freshman Olivia Bray and freshman Grace Cooper claimed the win in a time of 1:39.22.
  • Evie Pfeifer earned the victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 9:52.64.
  • Sophomore Miranda Heckman captured the 200-yard freestyle win in a time of 1:50.01.
  • Texas swept the top three spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Julia Cook earned the victory in a time of 53.26 and was followed by sophomore Kelly Pash (53.84) and freshman Sydney Silver (56.66).
  • Anna Elendt claimed the win in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:00.56, while junior Holly Jansen took second (1:04.25).
  • Freshman Emma Sticklen earned the victory in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:58.32.
  • Texas posted four of the top five times in the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Bridget Semenuk claimed the win in a time of 22.65 and was followed by sophomore Kyla Leibel (third, 23.59), Emily Reese (fourth, 23.76) and Julia Cook (23.78).
  • Junior Paola Pineda won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 358.28, while freshman Bridget O’Neil took second (319.05).
  • Kyla Leibel won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 50.85. Grace Cooper placed third (51.22), and Olivia Bray took fourth (51.30).
  • Miranda Heckman claimed the win in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:03.50, and Sydney Silver placed second (2:03.61).
  • Anna Elendt posted a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:12.94, while Evie Pfeifer took second (2:17.46).
  • Senior Ella Tierney claimed the win in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:01.83.
  • Senior Emily Reese registered a victory in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 54.87, and Grace Cooper placed second (55.57).
  • Paola Pineda won the title in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 392.33, while Bridget O’Neil took second (340.65).
  • Texas recorded the two fastest times in the 200-yard individual medley. Kelly Pash touched the wall in a time of 1:59.44, and Evie Pfeifer registered a time of 2:00.93.
  • The quartet of Julia Cook, Grace Cooper, Bridget Semenuk and Kyla Leibel swam the fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.74).

SMU Release

The 25th-ranked SMU men’s swimming and diving team went on the road to face the No. 1 team in the country in the University of Texas and was defeated on Friday afternoon.

Mustang breaststrokers continued to shine, posting a 1-2 finish in the 100 distance with top finishers Caleb Rhodenbaugh (54.11) and Connor Dalbo (54.24) leading the charge and staying under the NCAA’s B qualifying standard.

In the 200, Mustangs went 1-3-4, all coming in under the NCAA B cut. Rhodenbaugh (1:56.14) finished off the breaststroke sweep, while Colin Feehery posted a season-best 1:56.99 for third and Dalbo came in at 1:57.10 for fourth.

Feehery also earned runner-up honors in the 200-yard freestyle with a season-best 1:37.51 and was third in the 200-yard individual medley, staying under the NCAA B standard at 1:46.51.

Ryan Aroesty had a career day to lead the Mustangs in butterfly events. He placed third in the 100 with a personal-best time of 49.32. In the 200, his 1:46.79 topped his career mark by over three seconds and placed him fifth.

In sprint freestyle events, Justin Baker (3rd, 50 free) and Daniel Forndal (3rd, 100 free) led SMU, while Jack Easton was the top finisher in backstroke races (3rd, 200 back).

The Mustangs closed out the day with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, narrowly getting out-touched by .08 seconds. Baker, Lance Butler, Forndal and Charlie Kaye combined for a 1:20.59 finish.

Peter Smithson led Mustangs divers on 1 meter with a third-place finish and a six-round 375.98. The NCAA A score was just off his personal best of 378.98 set last week. On 3 meter, Parker Hardigree placed fourth, with a career-best and NCAA A score of 403.58.

The SMU women’s swimming and diving team fell to top-ranked Texas in Austin on Friday afternoon. The Mustangs collected a total of seven runner-up finishes at the event.

Alex Stevens earned back-to-back second place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, coming in at 23.45 and 50.95, respectively.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Jenna Watson registered a season-best time of 1:52.22 for second place, and Annabelle Corcoran (10:28.06) led two Mustangs in the top three of the 1,000 free, coming in ahead of Katie Jordan (10:35.10). Watson was also third in both the 200 breast and 200 IM.

Olivia Grossklaus, who holds an NCAA B cut in the 200 fly, was the Mustangs’ highest finisher in the event, placing second in a time of 2:03.19. She also placed second in the 500 free (5:03.81), with Jordan coming in third (5:06.53).

The Mustangs also picked up third placed finishes from Maddy Lewis in the 100 breast and Madison Kinsey in the 100 fly, as well as Gabi Grobler in the 200 back.

The event closed with a second placed finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay from Johanna Gudmundsdottir, Stevens, Indra Vandenbussche and Sam Smith. The team clocked in at 1:35.15.

Nicole Stambo and Taylor Ohlhauser each recorded third place finishes in diving events, with Stambo posting a career mark of 324.15 on 3 meter and Ohlhauser posting a 294.68 on 1 meter.

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