Longhorns finish Day 1 against North Carolina with 18 total wins

Haley Steinman and Blanche Schaefer

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving wrapped up Day 1 of their weekend road trip with 18 total wins against North Carolina. The No. 1 Longhorn men defeated No. 9 North Carolina 160-132. The No. 2 Tarheel women narrowly bested the No. 6 Longhorns 154-146.

The men are now 5-0 after today’s victory. Junior Will Licon took the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.59. The Longhorns claimed three of the top four spots in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Jack Conger won in 1:44.12. Senior John Martens came in third at 1:46.53 and junior Will Glass placed fourth with 1:47.30.

Texas picked up a one-two finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Clark Smith touched the wall at 1:37.08, and freshman Ryan Harty placed second in 1:37.40.

Sophomore Brett Ringgold took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.24. Senior diver Cory Bowersox also won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events with scores of 386.85 and 417.68, respectively.

The women’s freshman swimmers had a productive day, despite losing the meet. Freshman Quinn Carozza won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.31. Texas took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1-2-3 fashion, with freshman Olivia Anderson leading the way at 1:01.67. Junior Jordan Surhoff and sophomore Bethany Leap were close behind for second and third place, respectively.

Freshman Joanna Evans won the 1000-yard freestyle in 1:45.10 — more than 16 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. She also took the 500-yard freestyle by more than four seconds with a time of 4:48.84. Junior All-American Madisyn Cox grabbed three wins in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley.

Freshman diver Meghan O’Brien placed second in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 304.35. Senior diver Meghan Houston placed third 300.45.

The men’s and women’s teams wrap up the dual-meet tomorrow morning against North Carolina State.