Longhorns head to West Coast for a pair of tough meets

Evan Berkowitz

The Longhorns will travel to the West Coast this weekend for a pair of outdoor duals against the two-time defending NCAA champion California Golden Bears (2-0) and the Stanford Cardinals (1-0). The Cal dual will start at 3 p.m. CDT Friday while the Stanford dual is Saturday at 2 p.m. CDT.

“It’s a great opportunity to swim against some of the best teams in the country,” said Texas head coach Carol Capitani, who will be going against her alma mater for the first time.

“California won the national championship last year, and Stanford was fourth at the NCAA Championships. It should be a great chance to see if we can put two days of great racing together.”

But the Longhorns, under their first-year head coach, have still trained rigorously this week despite the early season dual meets.

“We want to continue to improve upon the little things,” Capitani said. “We need to race tough. We’re not going to sacrifice training in favor of dual meets. We need to learn how to race well when we’re tired. We can only learn to be tough by swimming tough teams.”