AUSTIN, Texas — Texas leads the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational after the first day with 548 points. The Longhorns are followed by Arizona (434 points) and Southern California (426.5 points) in the team standings.
“I am happy with our first day,” head coach Kim Brackin said. “I think we are getting some championship racing cobwebs out. We need to work on being ready to go in the morning but we came back better in the night session. For the number of swims kids had I thought they handled it well.”
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The Longhorns were strong in the 3-meter diving competition, taking two of the top three spots. Shelby Cullinan posted a score of 321.15 for second place as she recorded her first score of over 300 on the year. Right behind her in third place was Diana Wilcox with 312.15 points. It was her second consecutive score of over 300 points as she had 319.73 against Texas A&M on Nov. 4.
The first event of the night in swimming was the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Longhorns’ top finish was third overall with a time of 1:29.15. The team was made up of Karlee Bispo, Bethany Adams, Kelsey Amundsen and Ellen Lobb. The team of Gretchen Jaques, Skylar Smith, Alex Hooper and Lily Moldenhauer took sixth in the event.
In the 500-yard freestyle, Kaitlin Pawlowicz finished fourth with a time of 4:41.28 and was joined in the A Final by Samantha Tucker who took seventh with a time of 4:44.55.
“I am very happy with our 500 girls,” Brackin said. “I don’t think they swam real smart in the morning but they came back with a totally different race strategy and were very impressive.
Three swimmers earned points for the Longhorns in the 100-yard butterfly. Moldenhauer was sixth with a time of 53.04, Lobb was seventh with a time of 53.23 and Amundsen swam in the B Final, clocking a time of 53.54.
Bispo led the way for Texas in the 200-yard IM and 50-yard freestyle. She took third place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.51 and was fourth in the 50 free with a time of 22.23. Southern California’s Katinka Hosszu broke her own pool record in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:52.71.
“As a team we got better tonight which is what we needed to do,” Bispo said. “We are trying to emphasize going fast in the morning to get into the finals we need to get into. That is how it is going to be at NCAAs if you want to make finals so that is what we are trying to work on.”
The evening concluded with the 400-yard medley relay. Texas placed third in the event with the A group of Moldenhauer, Laura Sogar, Lobb and Bispo.