No. 3 Women's Swimming and Divng leads No. 2 Arizona, 107-77 after day one
Jan. 30, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 3 Texas captured five swimming events and two diving events to assume a 107-77 lead over Arizona after day one of the teams’ dual meet Friday at UT’s Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Seniors Kathryn Kelly and Jessica Livingston led a UT sweep of the diving events, and the Longhorns added four individual swimming wins, including three from freshman Kathleen Hersey, and one relay victory.
Kelly opened the meet with a one-meter diving victory with 310.65 points, as she edged Livingston, who totaled 304.79 points. Freshman Shelby Cullinan completed the Texas top-three with 269.02 points. Livingston later added a win in the three-meter diving event with 350.55 points. Kelly took second with 336.08 points, and Cullinan took third with 313.57 points.
Arizona captured the first swimming event, the 200 freestyle relay, but Hersey responded for Texas by taking the 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes, 10.79 seconds. Freshman Karlee Bispo notched an impressive win in the 100 freestyle over Arizona’s Lara Jackson, who set a new American record in the 50 freestyle last month in Austin. Bispo took the event in 49.59, and Jackson followed in 50.06. Texas senior Hee-Jin Chang took third in 50.20.
Hersey, the Big 12 Conference record holder in the 200 backstroke, captured the event in 1:55.54 before adding a win in the 100 butterfly in 53.00. The Longhorn garnered nine points in the 500 freestyle, where junior Susana Escobar took second in 4:46.87. Sophomore Ashleigh McCleery placed third in 4:48.04, and freshman Leah Gingrich took fourth in 4:48.52.
Texas capped off day one with a decisive win in the 400 medley relay. Freshman Katie Riefenstahl led off in the backstroke in 54.90 before giving way to sophomore Carlye Ellis in the breaststroke, where she split 1:02.92. Hersey picked up the butterfly and split 52.54, and Bispo finished off the win in 48.67, as UT finished in 3:39.03.
Texas and Arizona resume their dual meet on Saturday at noon at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.