The Texas women’s team placed ninth at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship, which took place in Indianapolis this weekend, March 21-23. The Longhorns finished with a team total of 186 points while West Virginia finished in 31st place overall with 13 points.
Texas was paced by Laura Sogar, who became UT’s first NCAA Women's Swimming Champion since 2001 when she placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.41. The senior also landed a top-eight finish in the 100 breaststroke for the third time in as many seasons as she took sixth with a time of 59.25. Texas also had four relays place in the top 10 over the course of the three-day event.
Senior Mountaineer Mandie Nugent became the first female swimmer in WVU history to be named an All-American with her seventh-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:55.61). She qualified as the No. 8 seed in the prelims in a time of 1:55.23. Nugent was an Honorable Mention All-American last year in the 200 fly and as a member of the 800 free relay.
Georgia won its fifth NCAA team title in the past three years with a total of 477 points. California was second with 393 points. Tennessee rounded out the top-three with 325.5 points.
2013 NCAA Championship Finals Results
1. Laura Sogar, Texas - 2:05.41
7. Mandie Nugent, West Virginia - 1:55.61
8. Sarah Denninghoff, Texas (1:53.71)
400 Freestyle Relay
7. Texas (Denninghoff, Hooper, Tucker, Amundsen) - 3:15.11
200 Freestyle Relay
7. Texas (Lobb, Denninghoff, Adams, Amundsen - 1:28.87
7. Maren Taylor, Texas - 308.95
400 Medley Relay
7. Texas (Denninghoff, Sogar, Jaques, Amundsen) - 3:32.35
6. Laura Sogar, Texas - 59.25
800 Freestyle Relay
10. Texas (Tucker, Denninghoff, Hooper, LeNeave) - 7:04.42