Women’s swimming and diving places 15th at nationals

Adair Odom

Nine Longhorns were named All-Americans at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, where the women’s team finished in 15th place after four days of competition.

The meet began Wednesday with a tenth place finish for the 800-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Madisyn Cox and Tasija Karosas and freshmen Quinn Carrozza and Nora McCullagh. The freestyle relay was the sole event of the first evening — very different from the former format in which the race took place at the end of a long day of competition. 

“Usually it’s a slugfest, but now everybody gets to swim it fresh,” Texas head coach Carol Capitani said. “We were six seconds faster tonight than at this meet last year.”

Night two was highlighted by Cox’s second straight top-four national finish in the 200 individual medley, with a time of 1:54.80 seconds — enough for the eighth-fastest swim in school history.

The second night also held the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of sophomores Mimi Schneider and Rebecca Millard and freshmen Brooke Hansen and Remedy Rule took sixth place in the event’s consolation final. The 400-yard medley team of Karosas, Cox, Schneider and Millard took seventh in their event’s consolation final. 

“This wasn’t our best day but we have a lot of fight left,” Capitani said at the end of the second day. “At NCAAs against the best swimmers in the country, we know there is no room for error.”

On the third day, Texas earned honorable mention All-America awards from juniors Jordan Surhoff and Cox as well as the 200-yard medley team of Karosas, Surhoff, Schneider
and Millard.

Cox finished first in the consolation final of the 400-yard individual medley, with a time fast enough for the eighth-fastest swim in school history. She now holds seven of the ten fastest swims in the event at Texas.

Surhoff earned her first individual honorable mention All-American award with an eighth place finish in the consolation final of the 100-yard breaststroke while the 200-yard medley team placed seventh in the consolation final.

Texas went into the fourth and final day in 16th place with 53 points. Solid individual finishes by Karosas in the 200-yard backstroke and Millard in the 100-yard freestyle added needed points to catapult the Longhorns to finish in 15th. 

Karosas won the 200-yard backstroke consolation final with a time of 1:50.89 seconds, the second fastest time in school history and Millard won the 100-yard freestyle consolation final with a time of 48.03. 

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Millard, Hansen, Schneider and Karosas finished the meet for the Longhorns with a fifth place finish in the consolation final.

The men’s swimming and diving team will compete in the NCAA Championship beginning March 23 in Atlanta.