Men's Swimming and Diving topples Florida, falls to California
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas men's swimming and diving teams defeated Florida, 243-127, but fell to California, 162-208, in dual meet action at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin on Saturday.
The Longhorns (1-1) entered the meet with California (2-0) and Florida (2-2) looking to start off the season strong against two visiting nation powers. California also defeated Florida 247-123.
The Longhorns saved their best for last, winning the last event of the meet, the 800-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 6:36.05. The relay team of freshman Michael Klueh, junior Garrett Weber-Gale, sophomore Caleb McDermott and sophomore Matthew McGinnis qualified under B standard.
McGinnis also finished first overall in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.66, to qualify under B standard.
Junior Bailey Gao took first place overall in the 1-meter diving competition with a total of 332.45 points. He also won the 3-meter diving competition on Friday.
"This is a test," said head coach Eddie Reese. "We need to know where we are and what needs to be improved. Swimming against competition like these two teams is important. We did well on some things, but saw mistakes and have room for improvement. You want to go against the high quality teams to see where you stand up and what needs to be fixed."
The UT men's team will return to the pool on Nov. 11-12 when they head to Southern California for a dual meet with the Trojans.