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Longhorns Lead Swimming and Diving Postseason Awards
April 12, 2013

After lifting the trophies at this year’s Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships, the Texas men and women headline the 2012-13 Big 12 Swimming and Diving postseason awards. The Longhorns took home nine of 12 accolades this season. Honorees were selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

For the men, UT senior Michael McBroom was named Swimmer of the Year. He was NCAA runner-up in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle, and Big 12 champion in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle. The native of The Woodlands, Texas, set the Big 12 Championship meet record in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 14:33.53 and set school and Big 12 records in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships with a time of 14:32.75.

Longhorn Will Chandler, Diver of the Year, placed fifth in the platform event at the NCAA Championships and placed second on all three boards at the NCAA Zone "D" Diving Meet. The sophomore was the Big 12 platform diving champion and placed second in the three-meter event at the Big 12 Championships.

UT freshman diver Cory Bowersox was crowned Newcomer of the Year after placing eighth and earning All-America honors in the one-meter event at the NCAA Championships. The Fairfax, Va.-native was the Big 12 Championships’ Men’s Diver of the Meet where he won the one-meter and three-meter events.

On the women’s side, Longhorn Laura Sogar took home Swimmer of the Year. Sogar became UT’s first NCAA women’s swimming champion since 2001 when she captured the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships, defeating two former NCAA champions in the event. Sogar also earned All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 medley relays at the NCAA Championships. She won the 100 and 200 breaststroke and also 200 and 400 medley relays at the Big 12 Championships.

Diver of the Year went to Texas junior Maren Taylor. In her first NCAA Championships appearance since dislocating her right elbow during the platform event at the 2011 NCAAs, Taylor earned All-America honors this year by placing seventh in the one-meter event. She added an honorable mention All-America award by taking 10th in the platform event.

Kansas’ Chelsie Miller won Newcomer of the Year after also being named Newcomer of the Meet at the 2013 Big 12 Championships. The freshman recorded two NCAA ‘B’ cut times at the event and recorded two top four finishes on the final day in the 1650 freestyle (16:26.33) and the 200 butterfly (2:00.66).

West Virginia’s Liam McLaughlin and KU’s Rebecca Swank were named the inaugural Scholar-Athletes of the Year. McLaughlin holds a 3.74 cumulative GPA in Management Information Systems as a junior while Swank, a senior from Wichita, Kan., has a cumulative 3.8 GPA in Accounting and Marketing.

The Texas staff swept the coaching awards on both sides, as swimming coaches Eddie Reese and Carol Capitani and diving coach Matt Scoggin all earned Big 12 Coach of the Year in their respective areas. Reese garnered his 11th overall and eighth straight postseason honor. The eight-time NCAA Coach of the Year guided his squad to its 17th consecutive Big 12 title and 33rd top-five finish at the NCAA Championships. In her first season as UT coach, Capitani led the Longhorns to their 11th Big 12 championship crown. Scoggin won for both men’s and women’s diving and has 14 career Diving Coach of the Year accolades, the most in conference history.


Swimmer of the Year:  
Michael McBroom, Texas
Diver of the Year:  Will Chandler, Texas
Newcomer of the Year:  Cory Bowersox, Texas
Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Liam McLaughlin, West Virginia
Swim Coach of the Year:  Eddie Reese, Texas
Diving Coach of the Year:  Matt Scoggin, Texas

Swimmer of the Year:  Laura Sogar, Texas
Diver of the Year:  
Maren Taylor, Texas
Newcomer of the Year: 
Chelsie Miller, Kansas
Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  
Rebecca Swank, Kansas
Swim Coach of the Year: Carol Capitani, Texas
Diving Coach of the Year: 
Matt Scoggin, Texas

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