Site: Tucson, Ariz.
Dates: Jan. 27-28, 2006
Rankings (CollegeSwimming.com): No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 6 Texas
2004 Results: Texas 180.5, Arizona 159.5
Last Year's Meet: The ninth-ranked University of Texas men's swimming and diving team used five first-place finishes to defeat fifth-ranked Arizona, 180.50-159.50, and SMU, 196-134, on the second day of competition at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. After first day of competition, the men held an 81.50-79.50 advantage over Arizona and a 95-47 lead over SMU.
On the second day, Matthew McGinnis got Texas its first win of the day and first in a string of four-straight wins for the Longhorns by posting an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:36.05 in the 200-yard freestyle.
Andrew Davidson followed suit by winning the 100-yard backstroke in 48.89. Next, Christian Schurr posted the top time in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.53) before Nathan O'Brien earned Texas its fourth-straight top finish, winning the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:49.12.
Rainer Kendrick who finished second to O'Brien in the 200-yard butterfly, won the 200-yard individual medley in an NCAA consideration time of 1:49.67 to capture the fifth and final title of the day for the Longhorns.
Last Time Out: The sixth-ranked University of Texas men's swimming and diving team won eight out of 13 events to power their way to a 136-107 victory over 12th-ranked Georgia at the Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
Texas hit the wall first in eight out of 13 events and was in the either of the top-two places in all but two events.
UT started off with a first place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:18.15, just .02 seconds shy of the NCAA consideration standard of 3:18.13.
Matthew McGinnis, Ryan Verlatti and Chris Seitz swept the 200-yard freestyle with times of 1:36.67, 1:40.13 and 1:41.14, respectively. McGinnis time was also good enough for NCAA Championship consideration.
Garrett Weber-Gale and Michael Klueh took first and second in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 1:47.52 and 1:48.70, respectively.
Christian Schurr finished out the individual honors with a top place finish (2:00.29, NCAA consideration) in the 200-yard breaststroke, while the 400-yard freestyle relay team took top honors in the last event of the day with a time of 2:59.24.