Weather Delay doesn’t get in the way of Longhorn Victory

Elijah Perez

It seemed like nothing could stop the Texas men’s swimming and diving team on Friday — not a potent Texas A&M attack, not the pressure to end the regular season on a high note and not even the threat of a tornado.

A tornado warning postponed the dual against No. 18 Texas A&M in College Station for 75 minutes. But once the all clear was given, the Texas men took the lanes with determination, not letting the weather delay get in the way of an eventual 133.5-102.5 victory.

Texas stormed out to an early lead, earning victories in each of the dual’s first six events. In the first event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay, Texas’ A and B relay teams earned first and second place finishes, ahead of three A&M squads. Anchoring the first place squad were Hayes Johnson, Nick D’Innocenzo, Tripp Cooper and Kerrington Hill.

The Longhorns were just getting warmed up. Over the next four events, the Texas men racked up victories in the 1000, 200 and 50-yard freestyle events, as well as the 200-yard IM. Texas performed especially well in the latter event, as D’Innocenzo, Austin Surhoff, Neil Caskey and Grant Rogers swept the top four spots.

During the first diving break of the dual, senior diver Drew Livingston continued the UT rout, earning his second victory of the season in the 1-meter diving event.

As the meet moved back to the lanes, Texas racked up three more victories. Senior Jimmy Feigen and freshman Clay Youngquist finished first and second respectively in the 100-yard freestyle. Not to be outdone, Johnson and Kip Darmody followed in the 200-yard backstroke with and claimed the top two spots.

UT’s final victory of the evening came in the 500-yard freestyle, as D’Innocenzo finished with a time of 4:28.82 in his first attempt at the event this season.

This strong overall performance against a talented A&M squad should give the Longhorns plenty of confidence as they gear up for the Big 12 Championships, held in Columbia, Mo., Feb. 22-25.