The Longhorns are ranked fourth in the nation, but the team is very different from last year’s championship team. Last year’s senior class included two Olympians, Ricky Berens and Dave Walters.
“We’re a totally different team when you graduate people every year,” said Texas head coach Eddie Reese. “It’s almost like there’s no defending champion. The only defending champion is the name.”
Reese believes the team’s depth will help them this weekend at the University of Minnesota.
“Normally if you get one person in the top eight, you’ve done well,” Reese said. “But we’ve got a couple of events we could get three or four in the top eight.”
Last year as a freshman, Austin Surhoff led the Longhorns with 40 points and is the defending 200 IM champion.
Nick D’Innocenzo, is the top seed in the 200 breastroke, ranks eighth nationally in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 400 individual medley.
“They know what they did last and they know how to get better,” Reese said. “Nick has just done a great job. He’s working hard. Every time he has a good time, somebody says, ‘Well Nick has worked for that,’ and he has.”
— Lauren Giudice