Women’s swimming and diving finishes ninth overall in NCAA Championships

Kunal Patel

Head coach Carol Capitani says her team must never take a top-10 finish for granted. With a third consecutive ninth place finish, Texas showed a complete team effort from both its swimmers and divers. The Longhorns tallied up 144 total points in the three-day championship event but came up short against back-to-back champion Georgia (528 points) and runner-up Stanford (386).

Texas senior diver Maren Taylor capped off her final NCAA Championships with two runner-up finishes. Taylor tallied 399.30 total points including a meet-best 73.5 that led her to a second-place finish in the three-meter diving event.

“My hat’s off again to our divers,” Capitani said. “They are incredible. It’s great inspiration. It’s fun to be working together as a team.”

Longhorn junior diver and UCLA transfer, Emma Ivory-Ganja, had a roller coaster ride in the final. Ivory-Ganja began to climb the standings two rounds into the five total from fifth place. She jumped her way into third place with her 1.5-twist somersault before just one round remained. Ivory-Ganja saved her best for last, scoring 76.80 with a final dive that catapulted her into first place. USC diver Haley Ishimatsu eclipsed Ivory-Ganja’s total with her last dive of the event, but Ivory-Ganja still provided Texas with significant points in a second-place finish.

The Longhorns capped off the meet finishing fifth in the 400 free relay consolation final. The relay team was led by seniors Ellen Lobb, Alex Hooper and Samantha Tucker, as well as junior Gretchen Jacques.

“I’m proud of the leadership and how the upperclassmen are passing the torch down to our younger kids,” Capitani said. “Gretchen [Jacques] has definitely grown up.”