Michael Hixon sweeps diving as Texas gets by No. 10 Georgia 169-126
AUSTIN, Texas -- Second-ranked Texas (7-1) won 11 events and emerged with a 169-126 victory against No. 10 Georgia on Saturday afternoon at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Freshman diver Michael Hixon swept the diving events and notched a personal best on the three-meter board. UT collected two wins apiece from sophomore swimmer John Murray and freshman Will Licon.
Georgia opened the meet with wins in the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 200 medley relay, the latter coming on a Texas disqualification, but junior Clay Youngquist provided Texas its first win of the day in the 200 freestyle at 1:36.54. Freshman Clark Smith placed second at 1:39.36.
Licon posted the first of his two wins on the day in the 100 breaststroke, where he edged UGA's Nic Fink and prevailed in 55.15, good for a NCAA "B" cut. UT's Imri Ganiel, a 2012 London Olympian for his native Israel, took third in 56.53. Sophomore John Martens took the lead from UGA's Tynan Stewart at the 150-yard mark and took the win in the 200 butterfly at 1:46.42, also a NCAA "B" cut.
Murray posted an impressive double and won the back-to-back 50 and 100 freestyle events. He claimed the 50 freestyle in 20.28, and after an intermission, he captured the 100 freestyle in 44.91. Hixon opened the diving session with a win on the one-meter board, where he led a quartet of Longhorns atop the leaderboard with 415.95 points. Sophomore Cory Bowersox, an All-American on one-meter last season, took second with 400.58 points. Freshman Mark Anderson added three points for the Horns with his third-place total of 389.70 points.
Licon went head-to-head with UGA's Fink again in the 200 breaststroke and came away with the win in 1:58.96. Junior Matt Korman, last year's Big 12 champion in the event, took third in 2:03.35.
Perhaps the premier race of the day was the 500 freestyle that featured a slew of Bulldog All-Americans from UGA's tradition-rich distance program. UT sophomore Sam Lewis trailed Georgia's Will Freeman at the 450-yard mark but out-split Freeman by four-tenths of a second over the final 50 yards to take the win in 4:27.28. Freeman took a close second in 4:27.41.
Junior Tripp Cooper led a one-two Texas finish in the 100 butterfly and claimed the win in 48.21. Sophomore Matt Ellis rounded out the top two in 48.89.
With the meet victory in hand, Texas declined its points allotment in the 400 freestyle relay, but the Longhorns were victorious in 2:59.92. Hixon wrapped the meet with a win and a personal best of 496.73 points in the three-meter event. Chandler logged an impressive total of 469.43 points for second place.
No. 1 Michigan 177, Northwestern 115
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Swimming its third meet in eight days, No. 1 Michigan won all 14 swimming events in a 177-115 victory at Northwestern on Saturday inside the Norris Aquatics Center. Sophomore Dylan Bosch was the top swimmer, winning three individual events: the 100-yard butterfly (48.26), the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.58) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:48.96).
In addition to Bosch, two others won multiple events on Saturday: senior Ryutaro Kamiya in the 100-yard backstroke (49.63) and 200-yard backstroke (1:46.20) and junior Bruno Ortiz in the 50-yard freestyle (20.21) and the 100-yard freestyle (44.81).
After not swimming the 1,000-yard freestyle against Purdue on Friday, senior Connor Jaeger was back in his familiar No. 1 spot, taking top honors (9:10.56). He was neck and neck with Northwestern's Jordan Wilimovsky the entire race, but Jaeger got to the wall almost a second faster for the win. Following Jaeger, senior Michael Wynalda won the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.88), nearly two-and-a-half seconds faster than sophomore teammate Anders Nielsen, who was second (1:38.37). Nielsen also took second in the 500-yard freestyle later in the meet (4:29.98).
Other winners included junior Richard Funk, who continued his fast swimming in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.08), junior Justin Glanda in the 500-yard freestyle (4:29.79) and senior Kyle Whitaker in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.02).
The Wolverines also won both relays, taking first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:28.36) and in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:57.96). Ortiz was the only swimmer to appear on both relay teams.
For the second day, sophomore Timothy Faerber was the top U-M athlete in the diving well, taking second on three-meter (306.70) and third on one-meter (294.60).
No. 6 Southern California 151, Wisconsin 124
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California defeated the Badgers 151-124 on Saturday afternoon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center to advance to 3-0 in dual meets on the year.
the Trojans took home first and second in the 200 medley relay with times of 1:27.16 and 1:28.57, respectively.
In the 1000 free, sophomore Ted Singley (9:19.95) and senior Sean Mulroy (9:35.70) finished second and third, respectively.
Junior Christian Quintero took first in the 200 free with a NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:37.88.
Junior Luca Spinazzola won the 100 backstroke (48.27, NCAA "B" qualifying), while sophomore Jeff Swanston finished third for the Trojans (50.36).
Sophomore Morten Klarskov took first in the 100 breastroke with a time of 55.94, while junior Andrew Malone came in third with a time of 56.37.
In the 200 buttefly, freshman Michael Domagala and Singley took first and second, respectively.
Senior Jack Wagner and freshman Santo Condorelli also finished first and second in the 50 free, with Wagner's winning time of 20.56. Wagner came back to also win the 100 free (45.95).
Sophomore Maclin Davis also came through with a victory on the day, taking first in the 100 fly with a time of 49.03.
In 3m diving, the sophomore duo of Collin Pollard and Adam Payne took first and second, respectively.
No. 6 Southern California at Bruin Diving Incitational
LOS ANGELES -- Collin Pollard finished second in the men's 1-Meter event at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Westwood, Calif., on Saturday. Pollard finished with a total score of 659.90. Sophomore Adam Payne, the Trojans only other competitor in the field finished in 10th with a score of 474.55.
Virginia Tech 164, No. 7 Missouri 136
Tennessee 175, No. 7 Missouri 135
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Sam Tierney won two events in Mizzou's double dual against No. 15 Virginia Tech and Tennessee Saturday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The Tigers (4-3, 2-2 SEC) fell to the Hokies 164-136 and the Volunteers 175-125.
Tierney swept both breaststroke events to lead the Tigers. The junior notched a time of 54.97 in the 100 breast and 1:59.42 in the 200 breast to edge out teammate junior Igor Kozlovskij in both races. Kozlovskij recorded a time of 55.49 in the 100 breast and 2:01.98 in the 200 breast to take second in both events.
In the diving well, senior David Bonuchi earned an easy win on the 3-meter springboard with a season high score of 427.60, more than 42 points ahead of the next finisher.
Sophomore Clark Thomas placed second on the 1-meter with a tally of 329.80 and third on the 3-meter with 346.85 points.
Junior Mack Darragh added a pair of runner-up finishes on the day. He took second in both the 200 fly (1:49.58) and 200 IM 1:51.26.
In the distance events, junior Eegan Groome earned finishes of second and third. He placed second in the 500 free with a time of 4:33.46 and was third in the 1,000 free after a swim of 9:28.31.
Three other Tigers claimed third-place finishes during the meet: junior Andrew Phillips in the 200 free (1:40.66), sophomore Max Grodecki in the 100 free (45.35) and freshman Carter Griffin in the 200 back (1:47.54).
No. 8 Louisville 234, Cincinnati 65
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville cruised to a 234-65 conference victory against Cincinnati on Saturday.
The men's 400 medley, Grigory Tarasevich's blazing leadoff back leg of 48.14 put the Cards out in front for Kameron Chastain (54.70), Pedro Coutinho (48.71) and anchored by Trevor Carroll. U of L touched in 3:16.05 two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
In the men's 200-free, Joao De Lucca was first in 1:39. Matthias Lindenbauer was second in 1:40.13 and tied with Trevor Carroll for the Cardinals.
Sean Piner won the men's 3-meter diving with a score of 326.75 which is an NCAA Zone cut. Sam Blair was second with 271.35.