College swimming: Texas claims back-to-back national titles
ATLANTA – Texas' Will Licon and Joseph Schooling unleashed NCAA and U.S. Open record swims, and Jack Conger lowered his own American record as the Longhorns' punctuated their wire-to-wire run to a 12th NCAA team title Saturday evening at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
The Longhorns tie Michigan for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA titles, and 38th-year UT head coach Eddie Reese passes former Ohio State coach Mike Peppe as the most decorated coach in the sport's history with 12 NCAA team titles.
Texas won the NCAA Championships with 541.5 points while California took second at 351.
NCAA Championships Post-Meet Notes
- Texas ties Michigan for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA men's swimming and diving team titles (1981, '88, '89, 1990, '91, '96, 2000, '01, '02, 2010, '15, '16). Reese is the only coach in the sport's history to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades.
- Eddie Reese passes former Ohio State coach Mike Peppe for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA men's swimming and diving team titles
- Texas has posted 23 NCAA top-two finishes and 30 top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships in Reese's 38 seasons with the Longhorns.
- Texas' nine NCAA individual and relay titles for the meet are the most for the Longhorns at an NCAA Championship since 2001, when UT won an NCAA-record 11 events
- Texas opened the NCAA Championships by winning the first four events for the first time in school history. Its victories in the first three events marked the first time Texas had completed that feat, as well.
- Texas opened the meet by winning its NCAA-leading 13th national title in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as Jack Conger, Clark Smith, Townley Haas and Joseph Schooling set NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school and Big 12 records in 6:08.03
- The Longhorns won their second straight national title in the 200 freestyle relay and sixth in school history, as Brett Ringgold, Joseph Schooling, Jack Conger and John Murray took the win in 1:14.88, good for school, Big 12 and pool records.
- Townley Haas delivered UT's second consecutive NCAA title in the 500 freestyle in 4:09.00. Texas had yet to win an NCAA title in the 500 freestyle prior to the 2014-15 season, but the Horns now have two to their credit.
- Will Licon became UT's third NCAA champion in the 200 IM and its first since Austin Surhoff in 2010. Licon is the only Longhorn ever to win NCAA titles in both the 200 and 400 individual medleys.
- Texas capped the second night of the NCAA Championships by lowering its own NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship meet records in the 400 medley relay, where UT won its second straight national title and 13th overall (No. 1 all-time). John Shebat, Will Licon, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger won the relay in 3:00.68
- Townley Haas made a clean sweep of the record book in the 200 freestyle, as he set NCAA, American, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records at 1:30.46. He became the first swimmer ever to clear the 1:31 mark in the event.
- Joseph Schooling set NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records in the 100 butterfly in 44.01. It broke the seven-year-old NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship meet record of 44.18 held by Stanford's Austin Staab.
- Will Licon set NCAA, American, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records in the 200-yard breaststroke at 1:48.12. Licon finished the meet with NCAA individual titles in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke to go with a runner-up finish in the 400 IM.
- Joseph Schooling set NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championship meet, school, Big 12 and pool records on his way to victory in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:37.97. Schooling has won all four butterfly races he has contested in his two NCAA Championships appearances.
- Jack Conger lowered his American record in the 200-yard butterfly with his runner-up finish in the event at 1:38.06.