Women's Swimming and Diving defeats Indiana and Michigan in home opener
Oct. 26, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Seniors Kelsey Amundsen and Laura Sogar, junior diver Maren Taylor and sophomore Kaitlin Pawlowicz (PAWL-oh-wics) notched two wins apiece to pace Texas to a pair of victories over Indiana and Michigan Friday evening at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Texas defeated Indiana by a 172-128 count and hung a 217-83 defeat on the Wolverines. Indiana defeated Michigan by a 223-77 count.
"Our seniors were fantastic, but we had some really good swims from our underclassmen," said UT head coach Carol Capitani. "Kaitlin Pawlowicz was awesome. Gretchen Jaques was probably the great surprise of the meet, with her 54 (54.83) in the 100 fly. She stepped up when we needed her and gave us a game- changer. (Laura) Sogar was terrific, and Bethany (Adams) and Kelsey (Amundsen) were great in the relays. We're going to keep working. We showed some character and toughness tonight."
The Longhorns opened the day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, where
Sarah Denninghoff, Jaques, Amundsen and Bethany Adams finished in 1 minute,
41.57 seconds. Sogar notched her first win of the day in the 100 breaststroke,
where she clocked 1:00.60, good for a NCAA "B" cut. Pawlowicz finished off a
strong back half of her race to take a victory in the 200 butterfly in 1:58.72, good for
another NCAA "B" cut. Amundsen led a one-two Texas finish in the 50 freestyle in
23.00, and Adams took second in 23.25.
After a short break, Adams came out on top in the 100 freestyle in 50.59, while junior Samantha Tucker took second in 50.80. Sogar put away an easy victory in the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.60 to easily clear the NCAA "B" standard. The Exeter, R.I., native is UT's record holder in both breaststroke events.
Amundsen tacked on her second win in the 100 butterfly, where she led a one- two Texas showing in 54.78. Jaques finished closely behind in 54.83. Pawlowicz produced a strong swim in the 400 IM and ran away with the victory in 4:16.35.
Taylor swept the diving events and led one-two Longhorn finishes in the one-meter and three-meter events. The All-American claimed the one-meter event with 323.80 points, while freshman Meghan Houston placed second with 285.55 points. Taylor was victorious in the three-meter event with 339.70 points, while senior Shelby Cullinan took second with 328.25 points.
Texas finished the evening with a one-two finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Texas' "A" relay of Amundsen, Tucker, Jaques and Adams took the win in 3:21.11. UT's Shelby Webber, Alex Hooper, Skylar Smith and Denninghoff took second in 3:22.16.
Texas will join Michigan and Indiana in an unscored meet Saturday at the Texas Swimming Center. The action gets underway at 10 a.m. Central.