AUSTIN, Texas — Texas entered Friday in first place and set themselves up well for the finals on Friday with strong results in the prelims at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The men opened with the 400-yard IM. Leading the Longhorns was Nick D’Innocenzo with the third fastest time at 3:48.12. Right behind him with the fourth fastest time was Timothy Johnson with a time of 3:51.45. Also qualifying for the A finals was Austin Surhoff who had a time of 3:52.40. Michael McBroom and Conor Swanson reached the B finals while Jake Ritter (C finals), Grant Rogers (D finals) and Reid Walker (D finals) also moved forward.
For the 200-yard freestyle, Texas recorded six of the 10 fastest times in the prelims. Dax Hill’s 1:35.83 led the group and tied for the third best time overall. Following him on the fastest times list were Neil Caskey and Clay Youngquist. Jimmy Feigen also made the A final to give the Longhorns four in the top heat. In the B final will be Kyle McNeilis and Jackson Wilcox. Kip Darmody will be in the C final while Woody Joye, Bobby Button and Matthew Belecanech reached the D final.
Eric Friedland was the long Texas swimmer to make the A final in the 100-yard breaststroke. Three will be in the C final including Matt Hoyland, Ian Carbone and Keegan Severns. Ben Anderson and Keith Murhpy will swim in the D final.
Texas had a very strong day in the 3-meter diving competition. Matthew Cooper and Drew Livingston battled it out at the top with over 400 points each. Cooper won the event with a score of 476.20 while Livingston was second with a score of 460.55. The scores were 100 points higher than the rest of the field. William McCraney was fourth with 353.00 points and Ryan Anthony scored 245.80 points.