Horns sweep Wedneday’s finals and look to continue streak Thursday

Brittany Lamas

The Longhorns dominated opening day of the 2013 Big 12 Championships Wednesday, sweeping the only two events and setting a new UT record for the 200 medley relay.

“I just want them to race hard, race against the clock, race against themselves,” head coach Carol Capitani said. “It makes me pretty proud that they started off the event with a school record.”

Seniors Laura Sogar and Kelsey Amundsen, along with juniors Sarah Denninghoff and Ellen Lobb, led the relay team to a new UT record at 1:36.69, but came just over a half second shy of the Big 12 conference record 1:36.02.

West Virginia finished second, nearly three seconds behind at 1:39.50, followed by Iowa State at 1:40.84.

In the 800 freestyle relay, juniors Samantha Tucker and Alex Hooper, sophomore Kelsey LaNeave and Denninghoff secured an easy victory with 7:01.61. West Virginia followed with 7:12.98 and TCU in third at 7:15.12.

Starting the championship off perfect, the two wins gave the team the full 80 points possible for the day.

After early preliminary rounds, Thursday’s event finals will include the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 400 medley relay. 

Published on March 1, 2013 as "Texas wins big, leads Big 12 Championship".