No. 10 Women's Swimming and Diving defeats No. 5 Arizona, SMU
Feb. 1, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 10 Texas (5-3) closed strong down the stretch and clinched a victory over No. 5 Arizona with a meet-ending relay victory, as the Horns downed the Wildcats and SMU on Senior Day Friday at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Texas defeated Arizona, 154-146 and knocked off SMU by a 228-66 count. Arizona dealt SMU a 230-58 defeat.
"It really was special," UT head coach Carol Capitani said. "It was an emotional meet, but I felt that the seniors really had something to hold on to. It's always nice to have them perform in front of a crowd when it really counted."
Redshirt junior diver Maren Taylor, the reigning Big 12 Women's Diver of the Week, was true to form Friday with her pair of victories in the one-meter and three-meter events. Taylor captured the one-meter event with 297.05 points, and senior Shelby Cullinan took second with 274.75 points. Taylor and Cullinan also led a one-two finish in the three-meter diving event. Taylor posted 364.30 points for the win, while Cullinan totaled 310.30 points.
Arizona claimed the meet's first two swimming events, the 1000-yard freestyle and the 400 medley relay before UT junior Samantha Tucker posted a strong in-season time of 1:44.97 to win the 200 freestyle. Junior Alex Hooper took third in 1:46.59. Sophomore Gretchen Jaques turned in a pair of excellent swims that led to victories, the first in the 100 breaststroke. Jaques won the event with a personal best of 59.74.
Later in the evening, senior Laura Sogar continued her exceptional season by taking first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.49. Sogar is UT's record holder in both breaststroke events. Jaques posted her second win of the night in the 100 butterfly in 52.65, just a half of a second off of the NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 52.11. Senior Kelsey Amundsen took third in 54.20.
Texas kept things close with Arizona and ultimately took a three-point lead on Arizona by adding a one-two finish in the 400 individual medley, where sophomore Kaitlin Pawlowicz took the win in 4:17.53. Sogar placed second in 4:19.32, and Victoria Cassidy added a fourth-place mark of 4:25.14. With a win over SMU already in hand, Texas sealed its victory over Arizona by claiming the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.24.
Texas will join Arizona and SMU in an unscored meet on Saturday. The meet gets underway at 10 a.m. Central at the Texas Swimming Center.