D’Innocenzo leads way as UT keeps rolling

Lauren Giudice

Texas had a complete team effort over the weekend in its double-dual meet against No. 6 Arizona and Southern Methodist University. The freshmen stood out in Texas’ 186.5-155.5 victory against Arizona and 223-117 win over SMU.

Nick D’Innocenzo continued his recent dominance, winning the 400 individual medley with a season-best time of 3:48.78. D’Innocenzo also won the 100-yard backstroke and 200 individual medley. He also had a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke.

“Last year, Nick just swam his events, and his success had been because he was so good on the back half of his events instead of the front half,” said Texas head coach Eddie Reese. “He decided at Christmas he was going to be more aggressive during the front half of his events. He is swimming lights out. He is swimming great.”

Drew Livingston and Will Chandler finished first and second in the three-meter diving event.

Texas won five more events on the first day, including wins in both the 400-yard and 200-yard medley relays.

Michael McBroom won the 1,650-yard freestyle, and Jim Robertson placed third.

Jimmy Feigen, Miles Joye and Scott Jostes finished one-two-three in the 200-meter freestyle.

“I took the freshmen and I gave them a little time off,” Reese said. “In other words, instead of doing two-hour workouts, we did like 75-minute workouts. It really helped them. They swam great. They have worked so hard; it was their turn to swim great.”