Men’s swimming and diving begin season, hope to repeat championships

Haley Steinman

Men’s swimming and diving begins its season with an Orange-White meet Friday in Austin.

Head coach Eddie Reese starts his 38th season with new talent and veteran standouts. Promising season athletes include senior Cory Bowersox, who took bronze at last month’s AT&T Diving National Championships in Orlando as well as selection to the Capitol One Academic All-American Team.

At the USA Swimming National Championships over the summer, juniors Will Licon and Jack Conger obtained silver medals in the 200-yard IM and 100-meter freestyle, respectively. Licon finished with a time of 1:58.43, and Conger finished in 49.05 seconds. Meanwhile, senior John Martens finished in second place in the consolation final of the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:01.27.

The 2015–2016 season is high pressure for the Longhorns, coming off their 11th national championship and with three NCAA 2015 individual National Champions returning: Licon, junior Clark Smith and sophomore Joseph Schooling. Numerous titles and past season and summer performances load the Longhorns for an exciting season.

The Orange-White meet takes place this weekend. Afterward, Texas swimmers and divers open at home against Florida and Indiana on Oct. 16, followed by matchups against North Carolina, North Carolina State, Auburn, Georgia, Arizona and TCU.