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Texas Takes A Commanding Lead
February 22, 2018

The Texas men’s and women’s teams have taken sole possession of first in the 2018 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship following the second day of competition. The women strengthened their lead following a record-setting showing in the 400 medley relay and 1-meter dive, while the UT men, which entered the day in second place, catapulted to first.

On the women’s side, Texas maintained its first place lead after tallying 374 points. On the men’s side, the Longhorns surged to first, grabbing a 90-point lead over second place West Virginia.

Evie Pfeifer (UT) started Texas on the right foot after finishing less than a second shy of the Big 12 championship record in the 500-yard freestyle on the opening championship finals race of the day. The Longhorns ended on a high note by shattering the first record of the 2018 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships. The 400 medley relay team recorded the nation’s fifth best time, touching in at 3:29.51.

Not one but two divers broke the championship and Big 12 records in the 1-meter dive: Alison Gibson (UT), who finished second in the Big 12 Championship a year ago, earned first after posting 356.25 points while Meghan O’Brien (UT) earned 352.30 points. The four-year old record was 346.35.

West Virginia notched four program records on Day Two, bringing its total to eight. Iowa State’s Laura Miksch broke her own 50 free twice during the second day of the conference meet. Meanwhile the TCU women’s team stole its second program record of the meet in the 400 medley relay.

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

Men’s Team Rankings

1. Texas 380
2. West Virginia 290
3. TCU 215

Women’s Team Rankings

1. Texas 374
2. Kansas 218
3. West Virginia 199
4. Iowa State 176
5. TCU 145
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