Horns respond with strong win over ’Cats

Sara Beth Purdy

The Longhorns ended their two-game losing streak with a win over No. 7 Arizona this weekend. Texas held a commanding lead over the Wildcats after the first day of competition with a score of 119-67, having claimed seven victories. Texas easily put away the ‘Cats, 189-156.

The significance of the victory extends beyond this weekend.

“We talked about visualizing today’s session as a third day of a NCAA Championship or Big 12 meet,” said Texas head coach Kim Brackin, referring to the final day of competition in those big meets. “I gave them the challenge to come back and be even better than [on Friday].”

Whatever Brackin said in the locker room must have worked. The Texas divers conquered the boards. Sophomore Maren Taylor claimed a victory in both the one-meter spring board event and the platform. Red-shirt sophomore Shelby Cullinan stepped up in the three-meter spring board competition to prevent Arizona from taking a single diving event.

Junior Leah Gingrich had a spectacular weekend, claiming several wins for the team, including both the 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly events. She also turned in a season-best time in the 500.

In addition to Gingrich, all-American Karlee Bispo had a hand in several victories. Bispo dominated the freestyle races.

“I’m really happy with how the team came together,” Brackin said. “We had a nice first session – I think we’re in a good spot right now.”