No. 7 Texas gains impressive upset over No. 1 Arizona

Rachel Wenzlaff

Coming into Friday’s meet, the Longhorns needed a strong win and they got just that as they triumphed over SMU and upset No. 1 Arizona.

In the meet’s first swimming event, All-American senior Michael McBroom set a remarkable pace in the 1000-yard freestyle, taking first place in 8:43.48. His time broke the school record, formerly set by Michael Klueh, by 3.4 seconds and the pool record, previously set by Erik Vendt, by 3.23 seconds.

Since the 1000-yard freestyle event is not an event at the NCAA Championships, official records are not kept; however, McBroom’s time is believed to be one of the fastest 1000-yard freestyle swims to be recorded.

With McBroom’s help, No.7 Texas powered past the top-ranked Wildcats to a 166-125 win while also dominating SMU, who was also defeated by Arizona, 184-108.

In his first season back since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, redshirt sophomore Will Chandler also achieved impressive victories in the one-meter and three-meter diving events.

On Saturday, Texas continued to assert its superiority in the unscored meet, collecting six additional victories.

“This was one of the best meets we’ve ever had,” head coach Eddie Reese stated.

The Big 12 Championships begin Feb. 27 at the Texas Swimming Center.