Men's Swimming and Diving sweeps Big 12 postseason awards
April 7, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- The NCAA champion Texas men's swimming and diving squad swept the five postseason awards handed out Wednesday by the Big 12 Conference.
Senior Dave Walters and sophomore Jimmy Feigen shared league honors as the men's swimmer of the year, and sophomore Drew Livingston was named as the league's men's diver of the year. Freshman Austin Surhoff, the NCAA champion in the 200-yard individual medley, was selected as the Big 12's men's newcomer of the year. Head coach Eddie Reese was named the league's men's swimming coach of the year, and Matt Scoggin was selected as the men's diving coach of the year.
Walters, a gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 FINA World Championships, totaled 33 individual points during UT's run to the NCAA title. Walters placed third in the 200 freestyle and eighth in the 100 freestyle while also helping Texas win its second straight NCAA title in the 800 freestyle relay.
Feigen notched 32 individual points for the Horns at the NCAA Championships after taking third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 50 freestyle. He teamed up with Walters to help the Horns take second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Surhoff was UT's top individual scorer at the NCAA Championships with 40 points. He became Texas' second NCAA champion in the 200 IM and added a sixth-place showing in the 200 backstroke. Surhoff also took 10th overall in the 400 IM.
Livingston, a 2009 NCAA champion in the one-meter diving event, tallied 28 points at the NCAA meet. Livingston placed third in the one-meter event and added a seventh-place finish in the platform event.
Reese, who just completed his 32nd season at Texas, picked up his fifth consecutive and eighth overall selection as the league's men's swimming coach of the year after leading the Longhorns to their 10th NCAA crown on March 28.
Scoggin, who finished his 16th season at Texas last month, earned his third consecutive and fifth overall selection as the league's men's diving coach of the year. Scoggin has helped Texas to five NCAA team titles. Assistant coach Kris Kubik has been with Reese for all 10 NCAA titles.