No. 1 Texas attains smooth 167-128 victory over No. 15 Arizona

Haley Steinman

The challenging outdoor conditions proved no obstacle for Texas swimming and diving this weekend as both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Arizona.

The No. 1 men’s team defeated No. 15 Arizona 167-128, while the women won 154-146.

Freshman Townley Haas led the 1000-yard freestyle from start to finish. Sophomore Brett Ringgold won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 48.94.

Freshman Ryan Harty posted first-place wins in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:38.28 and the 200-yard butterfly at 1:47.94. He also posted the unofficial top time in the 200-yard backstroke, which was an exhibition swim for the freshman. 

On the diving board, junior Mark Anderson and recently returned junior Sean O’Brien took the one-two Texas sweep in the one-meter dive at 383.18 and 376.20, respectively. 

The No. 4 Texas women defeated No. 14 Arizona, 154-146, behind All-American junior Madisyn Cox’s three wins. Texas (8–2) won nine of 16 events on Friday evening.

Cox kicked off her day by winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.42. Freshman Joanna Evans and Quinn Carrozza took second and third in the same event, respectively. Cox later notched victories in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley. 

Evans won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:58.94. Minutes after her swim, Evans also helped Texas sweep the 200-yard freestyle, going on to tab one more win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:49.17.

Freshman Meghan O’Brien was Texas’ top diver in the meet. She won the one-meter and placed second in the three-meter event while senior Meghan Houston took second in the one-meter. 

Texas returns to action on Feb. 5 to face TCU in Austin.