The Texas women’s team placed ninth at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship, which took place in Minneapolis this weekend, March 20-22. The Longhorns finished with a team total of 144 points.
Imelda Wistey’s distinguished career as a Cyclone came to an end as the top breaststroker in school history brought home a 52nd-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.02. The senior also competed in the 100 breaststroke, taking 34th in 1:01.14.
A two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree, Wistey closes the book on one of the most decorated careers of any swimmer in Iowa State history. During her three years as a Cyclone, Wistey tackled school records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke while placing top-10 all-time in the 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
Kansas sophomore Chelsie Miller swam to a 15th-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:10.55) becoming the first Jayhawk to win All-America honors since Iuliaa Kuzhill in 2010. Miller wrapped up the meet with a 17th-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:09.97, 13 seconds better than her second-place time of 16:22.44 at the 2014 Big 12 Championships.
Texas senior All-American Maren Taylor finished strong in the one-meter diving finals and placed second in the event to get things started for the Longhorns on Thursday. Taylor stood in eighth place through two of six rounds, but closed strong on her final four fives and nearly overtook the eventual champion, Georgia's Laura Ryan. Taylor logged a meet-best 66.30 points on her final dive.
Taylor notched her second runner-up finish in as many nights on day two of the NCAA Championships. She totaled 399.30 points and posted a runner-up finish in the three-meter diving event one night after taking runner-up honors on the one-meter board. Taylor amassed a meet best of 73.5 points on her third dive, a back two-and-a-half somersault. Teammate Emma Ivory-Ganja checked in at No. 7 in the event at 354.75.
Ivory-Ganja picked up the Longhorns third runner-up finish of the meet scoring 349.30 on platform on Saturday night.
The Longhorns also saw success in the pool, tying their school record in the 200-yard medley relay. Lily Moldenhauer, Gretchen Jaques, Brynne Wong and Ellen Lobb finished in a time of 1:36.69 for sixth place overall. The time matched the school mark set at the 2013 Big 12 Championships.
Georgia won its second-consecutive NCAA team title with a total of 528 points. Stanford was second with 402.5 points. California rounded out the top-three with 386 points.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS - RESULTS
One-Meter Diving - Championship Final
2. Maren Taylor (Texas) - 333.75
200 Medley Relay – Championship Final
6. Texas – Moldenhauer (24.44), Jaques (27.35), Wong (23.61), Lobb (21.82)
Three-Meter Diving – Championship Final
2. Maren Taylor (Texas) - 399.30
7. Emma Ivory-Ganja (Texas) - 354.75
2. Emma Ivory-Ganja (Texas) - 349.30