Swimming and Diving teams tangle in Orange and White scrimmage
AUSTIN, Texas -- Newcomers and seniors highlight the University of Texas men's and women's swimming and diving teams' annual Orange and White intrasquad scrimmage Friday evening in the Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center.
For the men, the orange team came away victorious with a total of 135 points to the white team's 121 points. The women had similar results with the orange team winning 181 to 95 over the white team.
For the men, freshman Michael Klueh took first place in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.03 and the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:28.48. Klueh also took second in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.19.
Junior Garrett Weber-Gale took first in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 49.73 and first in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 45.64.
Sophomore Matt McGinnis also looked strong taking first place in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:36.90 and second in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:33.39.
"This is the type of meet that demands people to work at different events and show they can succeed," said head men's swimming coach Eddie Reese. "We did some good things today the right way. So of our younger swimmers performed well. This is a meet that will help develop mental toughness and an awareness of their abilities."
For the women, senior Elizabeth Wycliffe stole the show taking three individual event titles and helping her relay to win the 200 yard medley relay by swimming the opening leg.
She also won the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.21, the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.10 and the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:02.78,
Also performing well was senior Jaclyn Faulkner who anchored the first place 200 yard medley relay team and took first place in both the 50 yard free style and 100 yard freestyle with times of 23.73 and 51.57, respectively.
"I think this was a good meet and one I can sit back and watch these kids dig in and perform," said co-head women's swimming coach Jill Sterkel. "Jaclyn and Elizabeth really stepped up and we had some freshmen do some good things today as well. Its good to see them working in a event like this but there is still work to be done."
In the diving events, freshman Kathryn Kelly took the 1 meter title with a final score of 183.82 and the 3 meter title with a total score of 252.37.
The men's team split the titles with junior Bailey Gao taking the 1 meter title with 229.95 points and sophomore Brian Smith taking the 3 meter title with 247.57 points.
"As a whole we did some good things for a first meet," said head diving coach Matt Scoggin, "They all did some different things well, but the things they did not do well are not new, but parts we are working on. Overall I am encouraged by their performance."