Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving in lead after second day of Texas Invitational
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas men's and women's swimming and diving teams both sit in first place after the second day of competition at the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Friday.
At the conclusion of the second day, the Texas men's squad sits in first place with 465 team points, just above Arizona in second with 446 points. Michigan rounds out the top three for the men with 374.50 points. Meanwhile, Texas' women's team finished in the lead with 519.50 points, 40 points ahead of Arizona, which is in second with 479.50, with Southern California in third with 402.50 points after the second day.
On the men's side, the men's 200-yard medley relay team qualified under NCAA considerations standards with a time of 1:29.07 and took fourth place in the finals.
Rookie Michael Klueh continued to look strong in a fourth place finish in the men's 400-yard individual medley with a NCAA consideration standard time of 3:50.92, nearly three seconds faster than his preliminary heat time of 3:53.35.
In the men's 200-yard freestyle, Matthew McGinnis qualified automatically in the prelims with a time of 1:36.10 and bettered his time in the finals with a time of 1:35.16 to finish fourth.
In the men's 100-yard breaststroke, UT swimmers Christian Schurr, Matthew Lowe both qualified for NCAA Championships consideration with times of 54.65, 54.76, respectively.
Thomas Sacco started off the UT in the 100-yard backstroke with a NCAA consideration qualifying time of 48.37 to take first place in his finals heat. Daniel Rohleder and Klueh then followed with qualifying times of 49.40 and 49.14, respectively. In the final heat, Garrett Weber-Gale took sixth with a time of 48.58 and McDermott took seventh with a time of 48.78, both NCAA consideration-qualifying times.
In the final event of the night, Texas' two 800-yard freestyle relay teams both qualified under NCAA consideration qualifications with times of 6:36.17 for the Texas B team and 6:29.21 for the Texas A team, which finished third overall.
On the women's side, the women's 200-yard medley relay team qualified under NCAA considerations standards with a time of 1:41.14 and took fifth place in the finals.
Three Longhorns qualified under NCAA considerations standards in the 400-yard individual medley. UT swimmers Mandy Larence (4:22.27), Macie Garrett (4:23.17) and Stephanie Anderson (4:16.48) all qualified under the B standard time of 4:23.60. Anderson finished third overall in the event.
In the second heat of the women's 200-yard freestyle finals, Delia Huang pulled away from the field in a head-to-head race with Jen Raecke of Pacific to touch first and finish with a NCAA consideration time of 1:50.01. Kristy Siminski also qualified under NCAA consideration standards with a time of 1:50.71.
In the women's 100-yard breaststroke, Leah Avilla, Elizabeth Tinnon and Alexi Spann all qualified under NCAA consideration standards in the preliminary heats. In the finals, Tinnon finished third with an automatic qualifying time of 1:01.73, Avilla took fifth with a time of 1:02.72 and Spann took eighth with a time of 1:03.63.
Elizabeth Wycliffe nearly qualified automatically for NCAAs with a first place finish in the consolation finals with a time of 54.84, just .07 off the automatic time of 54.47. Also qualifying under NCAA consideration standards was Elaine Feritto with a time of 55.24 and Alison Soelter with a time of 55.35.
In the final women's event of Day 2, Texas' 800-yard freestyle relay team took fourth place with a NCAA consideration qualifying time 7:21.81.
The University of Texas men's and women's swimming and diving programs return to the Jamail Texas Swim Center on Saturday for the final day of competition at the Texas Invitational. The action gets underway with preliminary swims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.