Following the first day of action at the 2016 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, both West Virginia and Texas sit atop the men’s and women’s team standings.
The Mountaineers lead the way on the men’s side with 130 points, followed by Texas with 117. TCU rounds out the top three with a score of 92. On the women’s side, Texas sits in first with 80 points, followed by Kansas (68) and Iowa State (64). TCU and West Virginia are knotted at fourth with 58 points apiece.
After a round of time trials opened the action Wednesday afternoon, student-athletes took to the pool to show off their speed and strength in a variety of events. The men’s and women’s 200 yard medley relay and 800 yard freestyle relay, along with the men’s one meter dive were decided in dramatic fashion at Wednesday’s event.
Texas’ quad of Tasija Karosas, Jordan Surhoff, Mimi Schneider and Rebecca Millard took the first event of the day, the women’s 200 yard medley relay, with a time of 1:36.32, three and a half seconds before Kansas, the second place finisher. A Cyclone squad rounded out the top three with a time of 1:40.93. On the men’s side of the 200 yard medley relay, Texas (John Shebat, John Murray, Joseph Schooling, Brett Ringgold) racked a top finish, while WVU and TCU came in at second and third, respectively.
On the men’s one meter dive event Cory Bowersox (Texas) and Sean O’Brien (Texas) took the top two spots on the podium. Bowersox tallied a 397.00, edging O’Brien, who had a 392.80. Mike Proietto (WVU) took bronze with a 328.00
In the final event of the evening, UT built off of its early relay success, sweeping the 800 yard freestyle relay. Madisyn Cox, Quinn Carrozza, Rebecca Millard and Tasija Karosa swam the relay in 7:00.41, with Kansas and Iowa State rounding out the top three in the women’s event. In the men’s swim, Jack Conger, Townley Haas, Clark Smith and Joseph Schooling took the title in 6:15.48, over 15 seconds faster than the runner up WVU and third place TCU.
Championship action is slated to start back up with the preliminary round at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday. Finals are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. CT.