Texas upsets No. 1 Georgia
Bulldogs lose first match since falling to Longhorns in 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas upset No. 1 Georgia on senior day at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center on Saturday, 155-145.
“It was a great way to send off the seniors,” said head coach Kim Brackin. “They are five really great kids who have made an impact on the program, not just scoring points but the people they are so it was fun to see them enjoy that last home meet experience.”
Led by the five seniors, Karlee Bispo, Leah Gingrich, Katie Riefenstahl, Kierstin Thornhill and Becca Tomlin, the Longhorns became the first team in two years to defeat the Bulldogs. The last dual loss for Georgia came two years ago against UT in Austin.
“Georgia is a great team and it is fun to be a spoiler to some degree,” said Brackin. “I know they will come back really tough at NCAAs so we won’t walk away from this thinking we are sitting pretty. We just try to race tougher than the other team during this training period.”
The Longhorns got off to a great start, finishing first and second in the 200 medley relay. The B team consisting of Alex Hooper, Gretchen Jaques, Kelsey Amundsen and Karlee Bispo won the race in 1:41.14. The A group was right behind them with a time of 1:41.50 as the team was made up of Lily Moldenhauer, Laura Sogar, Ellen Lobb and Bethany Adams.
Bispo was dominant in her final home meet. Along with swimming on the winning 200 medley relay team, she also finished first in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle events.
Gingrich was able to come through with a strong performance in the 200 butterfly to finish first and add nine points to the Longhorns’ score. She also took second in the 400 IM.
“It is really exciting to get a win [against] a great team, especially on my senior day,” said Gingrich. “It is fun to go into a meet like that with great competition. We have gone back and forth with Georgia every year I have been here so it was nice to beat them both times here in Austin.”
Riefenstahl also contributed to the memorable senior day with a second place finish in the 200 backstroke while Sogar put together a solid afternoon, winning the 100 and 200 breaststroke races.
Shelby Cullinan led the Texas divers with a first place finish in the 3-meter event after she scored 322.88 points. Diana Wilcox took second in both the 1 and 3 meter competitions.
“I just focused on what my coach told me to do and stayed calm,” said Cullinan. “I focused on the little things and it came together. This whole week has been getting back to the basics and focusing on mechanics so I was happy with the way I dove.”