• Volker places second in Las Vegas Invitational

    Officiating and weather are said to be the only things in sports in which the players and coaches have no control. No. 14 Texas experienced the latter on Monday as weather dictated play in the Las Vegas Invitational. 

    After a clear opening day in which the Longhorns ended up tied for seventh, a storm erupted stopping any play from taking place prior to the second round. Play resumed on Tuesday, but was still delayed because of fog.

    Texas ended the tournament tied for No. 4 overall. The Commodores shot 15-under-par for the tournament. 

    “We just did not get off to a good start here in Las Vegas and losing a round to weather hurt us,” head coach Ryan Murphy said. “This will be a learning experience for our team. You have to be ready when they ring the bell.”

    Baylor, who led every step of the way, finished in first at 25-under par. UNLV finished second, losing by eight strokes. 

    Freshman Greta Volker led the way for Texas, finishing No. 2 overall at 8-under-par. She fell just one stroke behind Baylor’s Amy Lee. 

    “[Volker] gave herself a chance to win and came very close,” Murphy said. “The round capped a terrific fall for Greta and I could not be happier with her efforts thus far.”

    Fellow freshman Emilee Hoffman finished her two rounds at 4-under-par and tied for No. 15.  Senior Julia Beck finished one stroke behind Hoffman, tied for No. 21. 

    The Longhorns hope for clearer skies and drier fairways in February when official play begins once again. Their first tournament of the new year will be in Orlando, Florida for a tournament hosted by the University of Central Florida.

  • Women sweep Florida, Indiana

    On the last leg of the opening relay in Friday’s meet, Indiana had a narrow lead over the Texas women.

    But All-American junior Rebecca Millard refused to lose. 

    The Longhorns won the 200-meter medley relay behind Millard, clocking in at 1:54.88. And the women never looked back. They went on to win 13 of the 15 events, taking matchups against Indiana (170–106) and Florida (186–90).

    Millard anchored the team, providing four victories for the Longhorns in the 200-meter medley relay, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle. After swimming in the Olympic Trials this summer, Millard is confident about taking the next step this season.

    “You are on a stage with a lot bigger fish and you are swimming against people who are gonna be swimming for the United States in the Olympics.” Millard said, “It’s pretty exciting.”

    Three Texas freshmen had solid outings in their first collegiate meet. Claire Adams, Lauren Case and diver Alison Gibson all placed second in their respective events. 

    “I think the surprise might be how our freshman kind of stand up.” head coach Carol Capitani said, “We had a really strong class bringing them in here. It’s nice to see how they can put it all together.”

    Texas’ momentum continued into the second day of competition. The Longhorns won 14 of their 15 events Saturday to complete the weekend sweep.

    With a strong opening weekend, the Longhorns have high hopes for the rest of the season.

    “We want to place higher than we have ever done.” Capitani said. 

    Texas’ next meet will be against Texas A&M on Nov. 3.

  • Men split weekend events

    The Longhorn men finally hit the pool this weekend for their first meet, carrying an offseason of big expectations. 

    The two-time defending national champions were eager to rediscover their rhythm as they competed in their season-opening meet in Bloomington, Indiana, where they faced Indiana and Florida.

    Texas split its four events over the weekend, topping Florida in both the long and short-course events and falling to Indiana in both competitions.

    Sophomore Townley Haas and seniors Jack Conger and Clark Smith led the Longhorns throughout the weekend in their first collegiate event since the 2016 Summer Olympics; all three won gold in Rio. 

    Conger swept the weekend’s butterfly events with wins in the 200-meter, 200-yard, 100-meter and 100-yard races. Haas picked up a win in the 200-meter freestyle on Friday, while Smith won the 400-meter freestyle and finished just ahead of Haas in first in the 500-yard freestyle. 

    Texas’ US Olympians also gathered with sophomore Tate Jackson to end the day with a 400-meter freestyle relay victory at 3:22.84.

    “It’s kind of nice to get back into the swing of things,” Smith said. “I know Rio kind of had our schedules out of whack, being really late at night. But to come back here and get back into the pool is pretty nice.”

    Sophomore Casey Melzer also picked up a big win in a battle during the 200-meter breaststroke. He took home first place at 2:24.12, ahead of Indiana junior Cody Taylor.

    The Longhorns return to the pool on Nov. 4 at home against North Carolina State.

  • Men’s golf picks up first win of season

    Texas men’s golf grabbed its first victory of the season on Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. 

    The Longhorns tied with Virginia for first place at eight strokes under par, thanks in part to a stunning performance by senior Gavin Hall. Hall’s final round of 63 was the lowest of the tournament and he finished in a tie for 4th place. Hall had a bogey-free round and sunk nine birdies on the day. Junior Doug Ghim remained steady throughout the weekend, finishing 3rd at seven under par.

    Junior Scottie Scheffler finished in a tie for 16th, while Junior Taylor Funk and sophomore Steven Chervony finished tied for 63rd and 79th, respectively.

    The Longhorns will conclude their fall season at the East Lake Cup, which begins on Oct. 31. The tournament will be televised live on the Golf Channel.

  • Longhorns gear up for action-packed sports weekend

    Men’s swimming and diving

    After a second straight national title and an off-season filled with Olympic triumph, the Texas men’s swimming and diving team is set to make a splash in Bloomington, Indiana, for the first meet of the season against Indiana and Florida.

    Head coach Eddie Reese, who coached the Singapore national team at the Olympics, said the team didn’t do anything special to prepare for its first meet.

    “We’ll do a few starts and turns and relay takeoffs,”  Reese said. “But other than that, it’s just a measure to see where we are and work out and see what we need to work on … when you’re in a race it magnifies whether your turns are good or your starts are good especially against other teams.”

    The meet also gives the swimmers their first chance to work towards their season-long goals. Senior Clark Smith said the team has a variety of both team and individual achievements to look forward to.

    “Obviously [an NCAA Championship] three-peat would be great,” Smith said. “But right now we’ve got a meet coming up this week, and most of us will be going for NCAA cuts in December at the Hall of Fame Invite here, so that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

    Texas hits the pools on Friday and wraps up competition on Saturday.

    — Wills Layton

    Men’s Golf

    The No. 5 Longhorns are in Alpharetta, Georgia, this weekend as they get set for the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. Seventeen teams begin play on Friday, Oct. 21 on two courses.

    Tee times for Friday and Saturday begin at 9 a.m. On Sunday, all the teams will play the Lakeside course with tee times at 8 a.m.

    The Longhorns team fields sophomore Steven Chervony, juniors Doug Ghim, Scottie Scheffler, and Taylor Funk and senior Gavin Hall.

    Texas looks to recapture the tournament’s title after winning the event in 2014.

    — Russell Jones