Women's Swimming and Diving falls to Stanford, 195-150
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 11 Texas collected four victories in day two of its dual meet with sixth-ranked Stanford, but the Cardinal prevailed by a 195-150 margin Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Senior Elizabeth Tinnon (Bowling Green, Ky.) highlighted the Longhorns' performance with a NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 1:01.70 in the 100-yard breaststroke to capture the event. Senior Leah Avilla (Livermore, Calif.) added a NCAA "B" cut qualifying time of 1:02.87 for third place.
"It was great to see (Elizabeth) Tinnon get that automatic cut," said UT coach Kim Brackin. "That's a real indication of where she is heading this season."
Senior Connie Brown (Andover, Mass.) took first in the 50 freestyle with a NCAA "B" cut time of 23.17. Brown helped Texas add a NCAA "B" cut relay time, as she teamed with Tinnon, senior Katie Robinson (Dillsboro, Ind.) and sophomore Hee-Jin Chang (Seoul, Korea) to clock a second-place time of 1:41.87 in the 200 medley relay.
The Longhorns added a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, as Robinson, Brown, Chang and freshman Alex Basso (Houston, Texas) clocked a winning time of 3:26.12. Senior Elaine Ferritto (Columbus, Ohio) captured the 200 individual medley in 2:05.02.
Junior Jessica Livingston (Houston, Texas) claimed an exhibition platform-diving event with a total of 155.70. Notably, freshman Susana Escobar (Queretaro, Mexico) nearly registered a NCAA "B" cut swim in the 1,650 freestyle, falling less than two-tenths of a second shy with a time of 16:53.20.
"We performed really well, especially yesterday," Brackin said. "We took care of what we needed to take care of and got some great swims today, and we did some special things in terms of pushing through with hard work. We raced well and didn't get blindside by what Stanford was doing."
Texas returns to the pool on Friday, Nov. 3 when it meets Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown at A&M's Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
"We'll talk to the team next week about using its great racing skills and being aggressive and not holding off," Brackin added. "We're preparing to have a great week of training. We will try to have better walls (turns) next week than we did against Stanford, and that will become more of a priority with every meet."