Texas swim and dive secures multiple medals in Phillips 66 National Championships

Emma Hutchinson, Sports Editor

While many sports are in a stalemate during the summer season, Texas swim and dive was in full force Tuesday through Friday in Indianapolis, competing against some of the nation’s best in the Phillips 66 National Championships. 

Teams were vying for a national title and an opportunity to represent the United States at the World Aquatics Championships and other events that could put them on an international stage. Multiple Texas student-athletes took home honors in a pool of 38 Olympians and 31 Olympic medalists, including current Longhorn swimmers Lydia Jacoby and Erica Sullivan. 

For Carson Foster, winning one national title wasn’t enough. The Texas junior was victorious in the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday and in the 400-meter individual medley on Thursday, qualifying for the 2023 World Aquatics Championships hosted in Japan.

Foster achieved his first gold medal of the meet in the 200-meter butterfly, recording a time of 1:54.32 and barely sneaking past runner-up Thomas Heilman, who recorded a time of 1:54.54 to get silver.

Two days later, Foster outswam his opponent Chase Kalisz in the 400-meter individual medley by eight-hundredths of a second with a time of 4:08.14, landing another medal for the Longhorns. Foster’s performance helped Texas amass eight medals within the first three days of competition. 

Foster wasn’t the only Texas men’s swimmer to enjoy victory over the four-day event. On Wednesday night, Luke Hobson won gold in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:45.18, sending him to Japan alongside Foster. Hobson’s success was no surprise as the sophomore is already a four-time NCAA national champion for various freestyle events; this win marked his fifth national title overall. 

Longhorn David Johnston added to Texas’ first-place collection on Friday by taking gold in the 400-meter free, claiming the first national title of his career. Johnston recorded a personal best of 3:49.07 during prelims, then beat that time in finals by three seconds. He will join Foster and Hobson on the United States roster for the World Aquatics Championships. 

Texas women’s swim and dive didn’t see any gold medals during the meet but still contributed many silver and bronze earnings. On day one, incoming Longhorn Jillian Cox placed second in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, beating her overall best time by 10 seconds and earning a spot on the senior team. 

Freshman and Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby secured another silver medal for Texas in the 50-meter breast, posting a personal best time of 29.81 seconds. Jacoby won silver in the 100-meter breast on Friday, helping the Longhorns finish the championships with 10 medals. 

The Phillips 66 National Championships will resume in Irvine, California, on Aug. 1 to conclude the 2022-23 swim and dive season and kick off the upcoming fall semester.