Texas sets the tone for victory at first day of Big 12 meet

Rachel Wenzlaff

As expected, top-ranked Texas claimed the first day of events in the Big 12 Championship meet with relative ease. TCU and West Virginia were forced to watch the Longhorns stand at the top of the podium after every event.

Texas championed both relays and the one-meter dive, each by a large margin. In the 200-yard medley relay, seniors Cole Cragin and Dax Hill along with sophomore Tripp Cooper and junior Madison Wenzler took first with a time of 1:25.23.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Hill and sophomores Jake Ritter, Kip Darmody and Clay Youngquist took first again with a time more than 15 seconds faster than West Virginia’s second-place swimmer.

“Our 800 free relay was really good with both our A team and our B team,” swimming head coach Eddie Reese said. “Tonight was a good night for us.”

From the other side of the center, the diving team further contributed to Texas’s dominance. Despite having final scores lower than their preliminary scores, freshmen Cory Bowersox secured first place with a score of 360.55, while junior Will McCraney scored 336 points to earn second place.

Published on March 1, 2013 as "McBroom, Longhorns dominate".