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Texas Earns its Stamp in NCAA History
March 25, 2017
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Texas won four of seven events and set NCAA records in each of them as the Longhorns punctuated their third consecutive national team title and NCAA-leading 13th national crown with authority Saturday evening at the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. 

The Longhorns won the national title with 542 points and tied their own NCAA record with 11 victories among the meet's 21 events. Already the winningest coach in the sport's history, Texas head coach Eddie Reese boasts NCAA team titles across one-third of his 39-year tenure in Austin. He was selected as the CSCAA Coach of the Year for a third consecutive season.

The Longhorns shattered seven NCAA records and three American records in their four-day romp through the championships.  The win moves the Longhorns out of a tie with Michigan and into No. 1 all-time with their 13 NCAA men's swimming and diving titles.

Texas won the meet by 193 points over second-place California. Florida took third with 294.5 points while N.C. State placed fourth with 272.5 points. Stanford rounded out the top-five with 242 points.     

Smith kicked off an explosive final night for the Longhorns with a gutsy swim that yielded all of the records in the book. Smith, the son of former Texas NCAA champion swimmers John and Tori Smith, held off three formidable challengers in a race for the ages in Saturday's 1,650 freestyle final. 

Smith engaged with Michigan's Felix Auboeck, South Carolina's Akaram Mahmoud and Northwestern's Jordan Wilimovsky in a furious fight to the finish through the final 200 yards. Behind his trademark kick in the final 50 yards, Smith won the event in 14:22.41, good for NCAA, American, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship meet records.

Smith now holds American records in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle events. He finishes his Longhorns career with two additional NCAA titles in the 500 freestyle and a national championship in the 800 freestyle relay from a year ago.

Junior Jonathan Roberts broke Aaron Peirsol's 14-year-old school record in the 200 backstroke, but his teammate re-set that record less than five minutes later. Roberts initially broke Peirsol's school mark of 1:39.16 with a 1:39.05 in the 200 backstroke preliminary round. However, sophomore John Shebat eclipsed Roberts' brand-new record with a 1:38.67 in the very next heat. Shebat broke the record once more on his way to a runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke championship final (1:37.24) while Roberts placed eighth (1:41.35).

All-America junior Brett Ringgold posted a career-best fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle final at 41.77. All-America sophomore Townley Haas won the event's consolation final in 41.96.

Senior Will Licon became the first Longhorn to win three individual events at a single NCAA Championship meet. With titles in the 200 IM and 100 breast already to his credit, Licon completed the feat with his third consecutive national title in the 200 breaststroke. He rewrote his own NCAA, American, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship meet records in 1:47.91.

Senior Jack Conger won his first NCAA individual title in the final individual swim of his college career. Conger gave Texas its third straight NCAA title in the 200 butterfly at 1:37.35 good for NCAA, NCAA Championship meet, American and U.S. Open records.

Texas ended the meet by setting NCAA, NCAA Championship meet and U.S. Open records in the 400 freestyle relay, where Ringgold, Conger, Haas and Joseph Schooling were victorious in 2:45.39. The relay broke the NCAA and U.S. Open records of 2:46.03 set by Auburn in 2009 plus the NCAA Championship meet record of 2:46.56 set by Auburn at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Texas has held the American record in the relay since 2009.

Final Results

800 Yard Freestyle Relay

2. 6:08.61- American Record

Jack Conger, Jeff Newkirk, Clark Smith, Townley Haas

200 Freestyle Relay

1. 1:14.59 - Pool Record

Bret Ringgold, Jack Conger, Tate Jackson, Joseph Schooling

500 Yard Freestyle

  1. Clark Smith, 4:08.42 - NCAA Record, Championship Record, American Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record
  2. Townley Haas, 4:08.92

200 Yard Individual Medley

  1. Will Licon, 1:40.67 

50 Yard Freestyle

3. Joseph Schooling, 18.79

400 Yard Medley Relay

2:29.22 - NCAA Record, Championship Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record

John Shebat, Will Licon, Joesph Schooling, Jack Conger

100 Yard Butterfly

2. Joesph Schooling, 43.75

3. Jack Conger, 44.35

200 Yard Freestyle

1. Townley Haas, 1:30.65 - Pool Record

100 Yard Breaststroke

1. Will Licon, 50.68 - Pool Record

100 Yard Backstroke

2. John Shebat, 44.35

200 Yard Medley Relay

1. 1:21.54 - National Record, Championship Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record

John Shebat, Will Licon, Joseph Schooling, Brett Ringgold

1650 Freestyle

  1. Clark Smith, 14:22.41 - NCAA Record, National Record, Championship Record, American Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record

200 Yard Backstroke

2. John Shebat,  1:37.24

200 Yard Breaststroke

  1. Will Licon, 1:47.91 NCAA Record, National Record, Championship Record, American Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record

200 Yard Butterfly

  1. Jack Conger, 1:37.35 - NCAA Record, National Record, Championship Record, American Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record

DAY FOUR

400 Freestyle Relay

  1. 2:45.39 - NCAA Record, National Record, Championship Record, U.S. Open Record, Pool Record

Brett Ringgold, Jack Conger, Townley Haas, Joseph Schooling

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