Women's Swimming and Diving takes second at Big 12 Relays
Oct. 16, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Behind victories in seven events, Texas placed second in the annual Big 12 Relays with 103 points Friday afternoon at the Mizzou Aquatics Center. Texas A&M captured the meet with 109 points, and host Missouri took third with 75 points. Kansas placed fourth with 43 points, and Iowa State took fifth with 35 points. Nebraska placed sixth with 31 points.
Texas scored its first win in the 300-yard butterfly relay, where sophomores Karlee Bispo, Leah Gingrich and Kathleen Hersey were victorious in 2 minutes, 44.90 seconds. The Horns took the next event, the 300 breaststroke relay, as freshman Bethany Adams, junior Carlye Ellis and senior Alexi Spann took first in 3:13.18.
The Longhorns tacked on their third straight victory in the 300 backstroke relay, where freshman Jessica Guro, Hersey and sophomore Katie Riefenstahl placed first at 2:43.85. Texas later added a win in the 400 freestyle relay, where Bispo, Riefenstahl, Adams and Hersey finished in 3:21.16.
Freshman Kelsey Amundsen, Bispo, Adams and Riefenstahl claimed another win for the Horns when they posted a mark of 1:32.77 in the 200 freestyle relay. Ellis, Spann and Adams claimed another breaststroke relay at the 150-yard distance and were victorious in 1:27.41.
Texas scored its final victory in the one-meter diving event with 295.05 points. The Longhorns resume competition on Friday, Oct. 30 when they host Indiana and Michigan at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
In terms of individual performances that stood out, I was really pleased with Katie Riefenstahl's consistency. Susana Escobar showed great form in her 500 (freestyle). Freshmen Bethany Adams and Kelsey Amundsen showed great versatility and got tougher each race. It was a fun meet and it was awesome to watch the team dynamic strengthen through this trip.