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Texas Leads Big 12 With Second Place Finish at NCAA Championships
March 25, 2012
For the fifth straight season the Texas men finished in the top two at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which wrapped up Saturday night in Federal Way, Wash. at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center. Other Big 12 participants Texas A&M and Missouri ranked 13th and 19th, respectively.

In total, the Big 12 had 27 athletes earn All-America honors with 16 Longhorns, 10 Aggies and 1 Tiger garnering those honors.

The Longhorns tallied 491 points at the three-day event to fall just short of champion California’s 531.5 point mark. UT has now claimed a spot in the top five in 32 of the last 33 seasons.

Texas’ second place finish was highlighted by six individual national titles on the weekend, the most since 2004 when UT won seven championships. Senior Jimmy Feigen was crowned national champion in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races, while Texas’ 400 and 800-yard relay teams both nabbed first place finishes. Junior Dax Hill tallied another individual title in the 200-freestyle event and Drew Livingston was first in the 1-meter event.

For his overall weekend performance, Livingston was awarded the NCAA Championships Diver of the Meet. Texas Diving coach Matt Scoggin was named the CSCAA Diving Coach of the Year.

The Aggies 13th-place finish marked the 17th straight year that the program has been in the top 25 at the NCAAs and the fifth straight year that TAMU claimed a top 15 finish.

To rack up its 97 points Texas A&M used six All-American finishes from John Dalton, four as a member of a relay team and two as an individual. Another highlight for the Aggies was scoring in all five relays, which they did for just the second time in school history. Only the 2001 Aggies that placed 10th at the NCAA Championships in College Station had done it previously. 

Missouri, which had two student-athletes competing at the event, netted 46 points. All of those points came from Tiger diver David Bonuchi, who turned in a very impressive week in the diving well. He earned sixth in the 1-meter event, third on the 3-meter and second in the platform to grab All-America honors at each level.

The six individual titles give the league 55 NCAA crowns all-time, 46 in swimming and nine in diving.
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