No. 6 Georgia drops No. 12 Women's Swimming and Diving, 169-131
ATHENS, Ga. -- UT senior swimmers Connie Brown and Elizabeth Tinnon and junior diver Mary Yarrison each recorded two victories, but No. 6 Georgia proved to be too tough, as the sixth-ranked Bulldogs posted a 169-131 victory over No. 12 Texas Saturday afternoon at UGA's Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Although UT fell shy in the overall outcome, Texas turned in a solid team performance, as five Longhorns posted victories in eight events. Brown (Andover, Mass.) collected the first victory for Texas, taking first in the 100 backstroke in 54.69, good for a NCAA provisional-qualifying mark. Tinnon (Bowling Green, Ky.) led a one-two Longhorn finish in the 100 breaststroke, as she took the event in 1:02.32. Senior Leah Avilla (Livermore, Calif.) followed closely behind in second at 1:03.14.
Senior Katie Robinson (Dillsboro, Ind.) led another one-two Texas finish in the 200 butterfly, posting a winning time of 2:02.60. Freshman Susana Escobar (Queretaro, Mexico), who turned in her own victory later in the meet, took second in 2:03.40.
Yarrison led a stellar Texas diving performance that saw the Longhorns take the top three places in the one-meter event. Yarrison (Springfield, Va.) took top honors with a score of 299.40, while sophomore Kathryn Kelly (Longwood, Fla.) took second with 284.70. Junior Jessica Livingston (Houston, Texas) placed third with 274.88.
Tinnon spearheaded a one-two UT finish to lead a Longhorn breaststroke sweep, placing first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:15.34. Avilla took a very close second in 2:15.56. Brown added her second victory of the day in the 100 butterfly, registering a NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 54.57.
Yarrison led the Texas diving sweep with another victory, this time in the three-meter event. Yarrison edged her teammate, Livingston, 327.67-326.48. Escobar, a rapidly progressing freshman, took the 400 individual medley for Texas, winning in 4:22.59.
The Longhorns fall to 1-5 on the season, though each of the defeats have come at the hands of a top-15 opponent. Texas returns to the pool on Friday, Jan. 12 when it hosts No. 2 Arizona and No. 8 SMU at 6 p.m. Central at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.