Austin, Texas – The Texas Longhorns further distanced themselves on the second day of competition at the 2015 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship by going undefeated for a second day in a row.
The Longhorns claimed nine victories on the day including a Big 12 record setting performance by Texas’ Will Licon in the 200 IM. The Longhorn sophomore swam a 1:41.67 to best Ricky Berens’ record of 1:41.92 set at the 2009 NCAA Championship. With the performance, Licon now holds school records for the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast in only his second season of competition for UT.
Texas took the top three finishes in both the men’s and women’s 500 freestyle to begin the day. Kelsey Leneave claimed the event title on the women’s side with a 4:45.28 while Clark Smith earned the men’s championship with a 4:16.71.
Sophomore Madisyn Cox claimed UT’s third first place finish of the day with a 1:56.16 in the 200 IM before Licon claimed the crown on the men’s side in record breaking form.
In the third event of the session, Gretchen Jaques of Texas touched just 69 hundredths of a second off of the Big 12 record, posting a 22.48 to win the Women’s 50 Free. Junior Matt Ellis claimed the title for UT’s sixth swimming title with a 19.57, just out reaching reigning Big 12 Champion Tim Squires of West Virginia who clocked a 19.59.
Texas’ roll continued in the Women’s one meter diving event. Senior Emma Ivory-Ganja earned the title with a 331.10 and was followed by teammates Megan Houston and Samantha Bromberg who recorded scores of 318.95 and 292.25, respectively.
The Longhorns completed the sweep with wins on both the men’s and women’s side of the 400 Medley Relay. UT’s Tasika Karosa, Jaques, Leneave and Rebbecca Millard took home the women’s title with a time of 3:33.87 while Kip Darmody, Imri Ganiel, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger claimed the men’s title with a 3:07.00.
Championship action resumes Friday at 10 a.m. CT with preliminary action. The swimming finals are set for a 6 p.m. CT start.
1. Texas (355) 2. TCU (233) 3. West Virginia (221)
1. Texas (402), 2. Iowa State (205.5), 3. TCU (158.8), 4. Kansas (150) 5. West Virginia (140)