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Championship Records Continue to Fall
February 23, 2017

Following the second day of Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship action, Texas has pulled into first place in the standings. On the men’s side, the Longhorns tallied 398 points, second place West Virginia earned 299 and TCU 216. On the women’s end, Texas recorded 355 points, Kansas 208.5, Iowa State 206, West Virginia 188 while TCU rounded out the standings with 154.5 points.

Today’s events saw four league records broken, bringing the running total to seven. The swimming finals opened this evening with three straight conference bests during medal rounds. Additionally, multiple races counted among the nation’s top marks this season.

The men’s 50-yard freestyle finals included two Olympians, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger. Schooling took first in the event and notched Big 12 meet and season records on his way to the nation’s second-fastest time this season: 18.76. The top seven times in the race were within 1.33 seconds of each other. Included in the mix were Merwane El Merini (West Virginia) who came in fifth with a time of 19.59 and TCU’s Garrett Hills who moved to No. 3 on TCU’s all-time list after recording a time of 20.09.

Texas Olympian Joanna Evans began the championship finals with the 500-yard freestyle, setting a Big 12 and championship meet record time of 4:36.97, breaking the previous record set four years ago. Fellow Rio attendee Clark Smith followed by breaking the league’s championship meet-best, earning a 4:11.11 time in the men’s version of the event.

In the women’s 200-yard individual medley, UT’s Madisyn Cox topped her self-made Big 12 and championship record, touching in at 1:52.82.

Longhorn diver Meghan O’Brien received first place in the 1-meter event after totaling 338.80 points. UT’s Alison Gibson came in second with 327.00 points and Iowa State’s Julie Dickson in third with 300.55.

The 400-meter relays resulted in the sixth fastest time in the country this season for the Texas men’s team. The Longhorn women’s team came just under one second shy of the Big 12 championship record.

Preliminary action will pick up tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT followed by finals at 5 p.m. CT.

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