• Swimming and diving set to face TCU Friday afternoon in last meet before Big 12 championships

    The Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams face TCU on Friday in a final tuneup before the Big 12 championships later in the month. The Longhorns will also honor their 11 seniors before the last regular season home meet.

    The Texas men enter the contest with a perfect 9-0 record after beating Arizona in an outdoor meet last week.

    The Longhorns’ lineup will feature top talent. Junior Clark Smith has had a strong season in the  1000-yard freestyle, while sophomore Joseph Schooling holds the 2015 NCAA title in both the 100 and 200 butterfly — the first Longhorn freshmen to hold an individual title since 2010.

    On the women’s side, divers Meghan Houston and Kristina Hoffmann and swimmer Erin Yeager will be recognized before competing in their final regular season home meet. Regardless of the outside distractions, the focus in the pool is set on closing out the season strong.

    “It gets exciting this time of the year,” head coach Carol Capitani said. “Our focus is getting narrowed. We can’t just waltz in to win the meet. We’ve got to race tough.”

    In last year’s meet against the Horned Frogs, Texas (8-2) earned a 157-111 victory. The Longhorns had a solid outing last weekend to defeat Arizona and look to continue their performances in the last meet before Big 12 Championships.

    Diving events will start with men and women’s combined 1-meter competition at 2:45 p.m. and swimming events will kick off at 4 p.m.

  • No. 26 Texas welcomes 3 Pac-12 teams this weekend

    Freshman Harrison Scott prepares to hit a backhand at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Scott will look to contribute early to a Longhorns roster that lost five seniors from the 2015 squad. Texas is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.
    Freshman Harrison Scott prepares to hit a backhand at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Scott will look to contribute early to a Longhorns roster that lost five seniors from the 2015 squad. Texas is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.

    The Longhorns return to Austin this weekend to welcome Stanford, TCU and California in dual match play. Texas is currently ranked No. 26 with a 4-4 record, and are looking to redeem their winning record this week after last weekend’s defeat in Columbus — the Longhorns lost 0-4 to Ohio State. Six of their 11-man roster will compete in this event.

     Three doubles matches and six singles matches will be held each day, including No. 94 freshman Harrison Scott who has been playing at the No. 2 singles position. No. 112 senior Michael Riechmann will also play this weekend and try to defend his winning record at the No. 5 singles position.  

     “We’re excited to have Cal, Stanford and TCU here in Austin, and it’s going to be a great weekend of tennis,” said head coach Michael Center. “We’ve played a really difficult schedule, and we’ve got two more outstanding teams coming in this week. It’s another opportunity to see where we’re at this season. Stanford and Cal are littered with high-end, nationally-ranked players. This will be a great test for us, and we’re looking forward to some exciting tennis this week.”

     Texas will begin match play Saturday against No. 24 California, and continue play against No. 18 Stanford on Sunday. All matches will be held at the Weller Indoor
    Tennis Center.

  • Texas takes a 7-0 win over Incarnate Word

    No. 38 Texas dominated in its dual-match today against Incarnate Word, winning 7-0.

    No. 28 doubles tandem senior Breaunna Addison and sophomore Dani Wagland came out strong against Incarnate Word sophomore Rachel Sadig and freshman Victoria Kareh, winning 6-0 in the No. 1 position. At No. 2 doubles, senior Lana Groenvynck and junior Neda Koprcina controlled throughout, claiming a 6-0 victory and clinching the doubles point going into the singles matches.

    In singles play, Koprcina dropped one game to Kareh, taking the win 6-1, 6-0. Freshman Katie Poluta followed Koprcina’s lead, sweeping her match 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 against sophomore Maria Batchinsky. The streak continued at the No. 4 spot where freshman Daniella Roldan edged senior Taryn Strahl 6-3, 6-4. Groenvynck went head to head with junior Sarah Savedra 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot. The other two matches continued, but Texas had secured the win 5-0.

    The win gives the Longhorns a 2-1 record this season. Texas will return back to action this Sunday at home against UTSA.

  • Longhorns go head-to-head against Incarnate Word

    No. 38 Texas will return from a one-week hiatus today to compete in dual match play against Incarnate Word, who is 0-2 this season. The Longhorns will have their entire seven-woman roster playing in this singles and doubles event. 

    Texas (1-1) began its 2016 dual-match season two weeks ago at the ITA Kick-Off event. They opened the event defeating Purdue 4-3, but could not secure the win the following day falling to No. 15 Alabama 4-3.

    No. 16 senior Breaunna Addison, who is 2-0 at the No. 1 position, looks to continue her streak in singles match play going head to head against sophomore Rachel Sadiq. Also, No. 28 doubles duo Addison and sophomore Dani Wagland are hoping to take home their third consecutive win of the season in the top doubles position taking on Sadiq and freshman Victoria Kareh.

    Match play will begin at 2 p.m. at the Whitaker Tennis Courts.

  • Texas gets surprise commitment from four-star running back Kyle Porter

    Four-star running back Kyle Porter verbally committed to Texas on Tuesday morning.

    Porter does not have a Twitter account, but his high school teammate, defensive back Travis Whillock, broke the news on Twitter congratulating the running back on his commitment to the Longhorns.  

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong confirmed Porter’s commitment, tweeting, “State Champion coming to ATX!”

    The Katy running back was heavily leaning towards either TCU or Arkansas, and Texas was thought of as a dark horse in the race for Porter. Porter stayed relatively quiet throughout his recruitment and it seemed unlikely he would choose Texas.

    But in the end, Texas won the Porter sweepstakes.

    During his senior year, Porter rushed the ball 235 times, accumulating 1,938 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. He paved Katy’s way to a 6A State Championship victory over previously unbeaten Lake Travis 34-7.

    Porter is likely the only running back to join Texas’ 2016 recruiting class.  He is ranked as the No. 229-ranked recruit in the nation and the 15th best running back in the nation according to ESPN’s Top 300 rankings.

    The commitment moves Texas up to No. 26 in 247Sports’ rankings, up from 33rd.