• Longhorns shatter records in 800 freestyle relay

    The top-ranked men’s swimming and diving team opened the first night of the NCAA Championships with a record-breaking finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The victory marked Texas’ 13th NCAA title in the event.

    The relay team of Jack Conger, Townley Haas, Clark Smith and Joseph Schooling clocked in at 6 minutes, 8.03 seconds, breaking a litany of records. Their time sealed the NCAA, U.S. Open, Big 12, meet, school and pool records, all previously held by Michigan.

    “I talked to Eddie, and he told me to get out as fast as I could in the first 100,” Conger said, “And then to start building that last 100, work my walls and take more kicks after each 25 [yards].”

    Haas — the only freshman in the relay quartet — followed Conger, recording the fastest 200 freestyle split of all time.

    “It’s just incredible,” Haas said. “It’s great to help keep up this tradition we have here in the 800 free relay. Most of my race strategies involve going out and trying to hang on, and I hung on well.”

    Smith and Schooling swam the final two legs of the race before finally finishing 1.82 seconds faster than the record.

    Texas leads the championships with 40 points going into day two, followed by N.C. State with 34 points and Florida with 32 points.

  • Longhorns finish sixth in Hawaii tournament

    The Longhorns shot a week-low 297 in the final round of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii on Tuesday, placing them in fourth place.

    Texas was led by Julia Beck, who carded a 1-under par score for the tournament and finished in sixth — her third top-ten of her career and second of the season.

    Sophomore Sophia Schubert finished four shots back of Beck, ending the week at 3-over and in a tie for 11th. Senior Natalie Karcher rounded out the Longhorns in the top 15 with 4-over par score for a tie for 13th.

    Junior Haley Mills and freshman Maddie Luitewieler finished out the Longhorns’ team score, with scores of 9-over and 13-over.

    Oklahoma State and Texas A&M finished in a tie atop the team leaderboard with a score of 4-under, the only two teams to end the tournament under par. Aggies junior Thanya Pattamakijsakul won the individual competition with an 8-under par score.

    The Longhorns finish out their regular season on April 8–10 at the Ping ASU Invitational in Tempe, Arizona.