Swimming and Diving teams post dual-meet victories over Arizona and SMU
AUSTIN, Texas -- The ninth-ranked University of Texas men's swimming and diving team used five first-place finishes to defeat fifth-ranked Arizona, 180.50-159.50, and SMU, 196-134, on the second day of competition at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, on Saturday, while the fifth-ranked UT women's squad posted four first-place finishes to defeat No. 4 Arizona, 180.50-170.50, and No. 6 SMU, 204-148. The men improve to 4-3 on the year. The women are now 7-1 in the dual meet season.
After yesterday's first day of competition, the men held an 81.50-79.50 advantage over Arizona and a 95-47 lead over SMU. Today, freshman Matthew McGinnis (Raleigh, N.C.) got Texas its first win of the day and first in a string of four-straight wins for the Longhorns by posting an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:36.05 in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Andrew Davidson (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) followed suit by winning the 100-yard backstroke in 48.89. Next, junior Christian Schurr (Austin, Texas) posted the top time in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.53) before senior Nathan O'Brien (Sammamish, Wash.) earned Texas its fourth-straight top finish, winning the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:49.12. Senior Rainer Kendrick (Birmingham, Ala.), who finished second to O'Brien in the 200-yard butterfly, won the 200-yard individual medley in an NCAA consideration time of 1:49.67 to capture the fifth and final title of the day for the Longhorns.
The women, who led Arizona 96.50-69.50 and held a commanding 101-65 advantage over SMU, started right where they left off, recording a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Freshman Hayley McGregory (Houston, Texas), sophomore Elizabeth Tinnon (Bowling, Green, Ky.), senior Sarah Wanezek (Brookfield, Wis.) and junior Kristy Siminski (Portage, Ind.) combined to touch the wall first with a time of 1:41.36. McGregory added a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (54.91) while the duo of Wanezek and Tinnon also continued to perform well for the Longhorns. Wanezek won the 50-yard freestyle - her third individual event title of the meet - in 23.05, while Tinnon, who won the 200-yard breaststroke on Friday, captured the sweep of the breaststroke swims by winning the 100-yard event today with a time of 1:02.40.
In diving, freshman Brian Smith (Carrollton, Texas) posted a lifetime best score of 263.25 in the men's one-meter event and placed fourth. After a second-place performance in the women's three-meter dive yesterday, senior Monica Maxwell (San Jose, Calif.) earned a third-place showing in the one-meter event on Saturday with her score of 274.25.
Next, Texas' men's and women's swimming and diving teams will face Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. UT's women's squad will travel to College Station, Texas, to face the Aggies on Friday, Feb. 4, while the men's team is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center where it will host the Aggies at 6 p.m.