Livingston sets early tone for UT in huge victories

Lauren Giudice

Diver Drew Livingston and swimmer Jackson Wilcox both collected two wins each on Friday in the Longhorns’ victories over Indiana and Michigan.

Texas defeated Michigan 160-140 and Indiana 181-119.

Wilcox and Michael McBroom finished one-two in both the 1000 and 500 freestyle races.

Cole Cragin won the 100 backstroke while Dax Hill was victorious in the 100 freestyle.

Livingston set a pool record at Indiana’s Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center with a score of 405.70 points in the 1-meter event and he also won the 3-meter event.

“He knows he can do so much better than that,” diving coach Matt Scoggin said. “That’s a positive sign in the right direction, to dive as well as he did.”

The 200 breaststroke helped the team take the lead with a one-two-three finish with Nick D’Innocenzo, Eric Friedland and Scott Spann.

Although the team won, head coach Eddie Reese sees room for improvement.

“We seemed to get better in the races at the 200-yard distances,” Reese said. “We weren’t very good in the 50s; like in the 200 medley relay. Otherwise, we’re right where we need to be this time of year.”

Reese was impressed with D’Innocenzo’s performance and the distance swimmers.

“Jackson Wilcox, Michael McBroom and Jim Robertson all did a really good job with their heavy load in the distance events, though we didn’t sprint well at all today,” Reese said.