Three Teams Place In Top 14 At NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
All three Big 12 teams that sent student-athletes to the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships finished among the top 14 teams at the three-day event in Auburn. Ala.
Texas A&M racked up 262 points to rank sixth, while the Texas women were ninth with 201 points. Missouri claimed the program’s first top 15 finish by totaling 98 points to place 14th.
For the Aggies it was their sixth straight top 10 finish. The top-performer in the pool for Texas A&M was Breeja Larson, who won the NCAA crown in the 100-yard breaststroke in an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record-breaking time of 57.71. On the diving board Jaele Patrick claimed the three-meter event and finished second at the one-meter level. Patrick’s win marked Texas A&M’s first-ever NCAA Championship in diving, while Larson’s victory was the third swimming national title in program history.
The two individual titles give the league 16 NCAA crowns all-time, seven in swimming and nine in diving.
The diving performances netted Patrick Diver of the Meet honors and helped her coach, Jay Lerew, take the Diving Coach of the Meet accolade. It was A&M’s first-ever national awards at the NCAA meet, while it marked the third time that a Big 12 diver has been recognized and the fourth time a league diving coach has received the distinction.
The Longhorns have now finished in the top 10 in 11 of the last 13 seasons and in four of the six seasons under head coach Kim Brackin. Helping UT to its top 10 finish were 10 individuals who combined for 20 All-America honors and seven honorable mention All-America honors.
The top performace for Texas came from senior Karlee Bispo, who broke her own school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.78 to finish second in the event. She surpassed her previous record of 1:42.81 to finish just over a second behind Georgia’s Megan Romano who broke the NCAA record with a 1:41.21.
In route to their best finish ever, the Tigers set seven new team records and had six NCAA All-Americans. MU’s top performance of the meet came from Dominique Bouchard as she finished third in the 20-yard backstroke with a time of 1:51.68.
California scored 412.5 points to earn its third team title in four seasons and the Bears were trailed by Georgia (366), USC (325.5), Stanford (318), Arizona (299), Texas A&M, Tennessee (249), Auburn (249), Texas and Florida (160) among the top 10 teams.