Brown leads Women's Swimming and Diving in opening day of Texas Invitational
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas senior Connie Brown recorded a NCAA automatic-qualifying time and had a hand in two provisional-qualifying relay efforts to lead UT Thursday in the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Second-ranked Arizona leads after the first day with 321 points, while top-ranked Stanford sits in second at 296 points. UT holds third with 171 points.
"I'm really happy with our effort," said UT first-year coach Kim Brackin. "We had some nice swims today, and we'll look forward to more of those throughout the rest of the weekend."
Brown (Andover, Mass.) clocked a personal-best time of 53.47 in the 100-yard butterfly to easily eclipse the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard of 53.75. Brown added a NCAA provisional-qualifying time in another event, the 50 freestyle, finishing in 22.98 for seventh place.
Brown also teamed up with three other Longhorns for NCAA "B" cut times in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. Brown joined with senior Katie Robinson (Dillsboro, Ind.), freshman Margaret Bardin (Burlington, N.C.) and freshman Alex Basso (Houston, Texas) for a third-place time of 1:32.10 in the 200 free relay. Brown also led off in the 400 medley relay, teaming with senior Elizabeth Tinnon (Bowling Green, Ky.), Robinson and Basso for a third-place effort of 3:39.63 in the event.
Junior Macie Garrett (Nashville, Tenn.) added a NCAA provisional-qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, clocking 4:47.52 to win the "B" final. Robinson notched a fourth-place swim in the "B" final of the 100 butterfly, touching in 54.70.
Junior diver Mary Yarrison (Springfield, Va.) took third in the three-meter diving event with a score of 299.65.
Day two of the Texas Invitational begins Friday at 10 a.m. at the Texas Swimming Center. A live results link is available at TexasSports.com.