AUSTIN, Texas - After a back and forth team race, the Texas Longhorns claimed second place at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
California finished first with 468.5 points, while Texas finished second overall with 417.5 points. This marks the 11th time the Longhorns have finished as the runner-up and the 28th time in the last 36 years the Longhorns have finished in the top three. West Virginia finished tied for 23rd.
Texas opened the NCAA Championships with six top-eight finishes on Wednesday. The quad of Matt Ellis, John Murray, Tripp Cooper and Kip Darmody finished in 1:15.53, good for a Texas school record and second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Michael Hixon of Texas claimed the NCAA title in the one-meter diving event. Hixon totaled 443.50 to finish on top, where he edged a former Olympian, Stanford's Kristian Ipsen. The Longhorns finished the first night with a third-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. Darmody, Imri Ganiel, Cooper and Caleb Weir finished the race in 3:04.79.
West Virginia competed in both the 200 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard medley relay, while juniorcompeted in the 50 yard freestyle on day one. In the 200 free relay, the team of Squires, , and finished 20th overall with a time of 1:18.67. In the 50 yard freestyle, Squires finished 27th overall with a time of 19.58. In the 400 yard medley relay, the team of Bohman, , Vialette and Glegg finished 23rd overall with a time of 3:13.31. Bohman’s opening split of 45.78 broke the school record in the 100 back.
On day two, Hixon continued his winning ways for the 'Horns, claiming his second-straight NCAA diving title. He took the three-meter crown with 457.20 points, making him the first Texas diver to sweep the springboard events at the NCAA Championships since four-time U.S. Olympian Troy Dumais in 2002.
In addition to Hixon's performance, Texas posted five top-six individual finishes and two top-five relays while maintaining a narrow lead in the team standings with 318.5 points through day two.
Bohman surged into the finals with the third-best overall time in the prelims of the 100 back at 45.29, once again smashing the current school record. In day two's evening finals session, Bohman finished fifth overall with a time of 45.30. The Mountaineers also competed in both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Bohman, Brill, Vialette andfinished 27th overall with a time of 1:27.58. In the 800 free relay, Glegg, Carr, Vialette and Brill finished 11th overall with a time of 6:36.19.
TCU's Cooper Robinson finished 29th in the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke (1:42.94) on Saturday to close out his inaugural appearance in the NCAA Championships on day three. In addition to the 200 back, Robinson competed in the 100 back Friday and finished 42nd in the preliminaries with the time of 47.86.
Texas closed out the 2014 NCAA Championship with five additional top-eight finishers. In the 200 yard backstroke, Kip Darmody took sixth in 1:40.18 while teammate Jack Conger finished in eighth in 1:40.73. John Murray took fifth in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in 42.43. After sweeping the springboard events, Michael Hixon took seventh in the platform diving finals.
In the final event of the championship, Texas' relay quad of Murray, Weir, Ellis and Darmody took fourth in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The team finished in a time of 2:50.94, the ninth best finish in Texas history.
West Virginia wrapped up the third day of competition with another stellar performance by Bryce Bohman. The senior took fifth in the 200 yard backstroke in 1:39.83, becoming a two-time All-American. Juniorclosed his season with the 100 free, placing 36th overall with a time of 43.90. The Buckhannon, W.Va., native closed his season with two individual school records, four relay school records and two Big 12 titles in the 50 and 100 free.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS - RESULTS
200 Yard Freestyle Relay - Championship Final
2. Texas (Matt Ellis, John Murray, Tripp Cooper, Kip Darmody) – 1:15.53
500 Yard Freestyle – Championship Final
5. Jack Conger (Texas), 4:14.34
50 Yard Freestyle – Championship Final
6. John Murray (Texas), 19.11
8. Matt Ellis (Texas), 19.20
One-Meter Diving – Championship Final
1. Michael Hixon (Texas), 443.50
5. Cory Bowersox (Texas), 403.95
200 Yard Backstroke - Championship Final
5. Bryce Bohman (West Virginia), 45.30
Three-Meter Diving – Championship Final
1. Michael Hixon (Texas), 457.20
200 Yard Medley Relay – Championship Final
2. Texas (Kip Darmody, John Murray, Jack Conger, Caleb Weir), 1:23.30
400 Yard Individual Medley – Championship Final
5. Will Licon (Texas), 3:40.84
100 Yard Butterfly – Championship Final
5. Tripp Cooper (Texas), 45.46
6. Jack Conger (Texas), 45.61
7. Will Glass (Texas), 45.98
200 Yard Freestyle – Championship Final
6. Clay Youngquist (Texas), 1:33.66
800 Yard Freestyle Relay – Championship Final
5. Texas (Jack Conger, Sam Lewis, Kip Darmody, Clay Youngquist), 6:16.72
200 Yard Backstroke - Championship Final
5. Bryce Bohman (West Virginia), 1:39.83
6. Kip Darmody (Texas), 1:40.18
8. Jack Conger (Texas), 1:40.73
100 Yard Freestyle - Championship Final
5. John Murray (Texas), 42.43
Platform Diving - Championship Final
7. Michael Hixon (Texas), 366.35
400 Yard Freestyle Relay - Championship Final
4. Texas (John Murray, Caleb Weir, Matt Ellis, Kip Darmody), 2:50.94