Texas defeats North Carolina in season opener

Ashton Moore

The Longhorns opened up their 2013-2014 season with a convincing victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels. 

Texas began the meet strong with a sweep in the 1000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Sam Lewis secured the victory with a time of 9:12.49, followed by juniors Clay Youngquist and Nicolas Munoz. The momentum would continue for Texas en route to beating UNC by 45 points, managing 171.5 points in all.

In diving, freshman Michael Hixon kicked off his collegiate career with a victory in the one-meter diving event. Also in his collegiate debut, freshmen swimmer Jack Conger performed well for Texas, securing first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

“I really liked his intensity today. It’s infectious,” said diving coach Matt Scoggin about Hixon’s performance. “Overall, I’m happy with what I saw today, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Texas’ next meet will be on Oct. 25, where they will travel to take on Indiana and Michigan.