No. 6 Longhorns defeat No. 10 Arizona in two-day dual meet
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas (9-3) held on to its day-one lead with five victories and preserved a 196-157 win against No. 10 Arizona on Saturday in the teams' two-day dual meet at the Wildcats' Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Texas led Arizona by a 105-81 margin after Friday's session and never relinquished the lead during Saturday's session.
Arizona led off the morning with wins in the 200-yard medley relay and the 1,000 freestyle, but Texas rebuilt its comfortable lead with consecutive wins in the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. Seniors Alex Hooper and Samantha Tucker led a one-two Texas showing atop the 200 freestyle with Hooper taking the win in one minute, 49.69 seconds. Tucker followed closely behind in 1:49.96.
Senior Lily Moldenhauer produced a strong mid-season time of 54.10 to take the win against Arizona All-American Bonnie Brandon in the 100 backstroke. Freshman Tasija Karosas added three third-place points at 55.78. Junior Gretchen Jaques notched UT's third consecutive win with her top time of 1:01.67 in the 100 breaststroke.
Texas senior Ellen Lobb knocked off the defending NCAA champion in the 50 freestyle as she edged Arizona's Margo Geer in the event at 22.99. Geer took second at 23.10. The Longhorns put away the team victory by taking the top four spots in the 200 individual medley, as freshman Madisyn Cox came away with the win in 2:02.54. Junior Shelby Webber followed in second at 2:04.68, and junior Skylar Smith placed third at 2:04.70.
No. 3 Texas A&M 153, North Texas 97
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M ended its regular season Saturday with a 153-97 victory against North Texas at the A&M Recreation Natatorium. The Aggies finish the season unbeaten with a final record of 8-0-1 as they prepare to move on to the SEC championships.
The squad of seven seniors who swam their final meet at A&M made the most of it taking six individual wins and contributing to both relays victories. Overall the women’s squad won 14 of 14 events, sweeping 1-2-3 in 11 events.
Setting the tempo early, the Aggies opened the meet with an explosive sweep of the 400 medley relay. Coming in first was the foursome of sophomore Claire Brandt, freshman Sycerika McMahon, senior Caroline McElhany, and sophomore Meredith Oliver in a time of three minutes, 43.89 seconds. Closing out the regular season on the 200 free relay, the squad of senior Breeja Larson, junior Kelli Benjamin, junior Liliana Ibañez, and senior Allyson Sweeney hit the wall in 1:34.88.
No. 8 Florida, No. 12 Tennessee
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The eighth-ranked Florida women (5-3, 3-2 SEC) dropped a nail biter to No. 12 Tennessee (8-1, 4-1 SEC).
The Gator women only tallied five event wins, but showed enough depth to take a five-point lead into the final event. The Volunteers captured the 400 free relay and also took third in the event to win the meet by a mere four points, the second smallest margin of victory possible in the dual format.
No. 4 Stanford 170, No. 5 Southern California 130
LOS ANGELES -- In a dual meet between two top-five undefeated teams, No. 4 Stanford defeated No. 5 Southern California 170-130 on Saturday at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC.
Freshman Chelsea Chenault won the 200 free and 500 free to lead the Trojans. Stanford senior Felicia Lee set a pool record in the 100 back. Cardinal swimmers captured eight of the 12 individual races, with two wins each by Lee, Maya DiRado, and Katie Olsen.
No. 2 Georgia, Alabama
ATHENS, Ga. -- In Georgia's final dual meet of the season, the swimming and diving teams swept Alabama and honored the 11 seniors on Saturday.
With this win, the Lady Bulldogs accomplished their third 10-win season in the last four years. They also extended their Georgia all-sports home win streak to 89 consecutive dual meet victories in Gabrielsen Natatorium. The record dates back to 1996.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Ann-Perry Blank broke the women's 1-meter diving Georgia dual-meet and Gabrielsen Natatorium records with a score of 327.98.
No. 7 Virginia 178.5, No. 21 NC State 115.5
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia defeated ACC rival NC State 178.5-115.5, Saturday at Casey Aquatic Center. The No. 7 Cavalier women improved to 10-1 on the season.
Freshman Leah Smith swept the women’s distance events, including times of 4:47.56 in the 500 free and 9:45.66 in the 1,000 free. Sophomore Hanne Borgersen and senior Rachel Naurath finished second and third in the 500 and senior Caroline Kenney and junior Kelly Offutt completed the 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,000.
Sophomore Courtney Bartholomew swept the backstroke events, including the 100 (53.54) and 200 (1:56.48), while junior Shaun Casey claimed the 400 IM (4:20.57) and 200 fly (2:00.61).