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All content by Rachel Wenzlaff

Texas swimming center lifeguards talk about life on the stand

Rachel Wenzlaff April 8, 2015

Texas swimming center lifeguard Hannah Lerner has never taken an official swimming lesson in her life — but the exercise-science freshman and her co-workers are tasked with protecting the world-class...


Longhorns dominate championships, earn 11th NCAA title

Rachel Wenzlaff March 30, 2015

Texas men’s swimming and diving team added another accolade to its long list of titles this weekend, taking home its 11th NCAA title in Iowa City, Iowa. From the first dive to the final wall touch,...


Texas blows competition out of the water at NCAA Championship

Rachel Wenzlaff March 27, 2015

Going to the NCAA Championship is nothing new for the Texas men’s swimming and diving team. Under 37-year head coach Eddie Reese, Texas has earned 28 top-three finishes and 10 NCAA team titles. The...

Host of divers qualify for NCAA Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff March 11, 2015

The Texas men’s and women’s diving teams earned a host of NCAA Championship qualifying scores at the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet. The meet, held at the University of Iowa, was...

Texas divers look to qualify for NCAA Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff and Brooke Daily March 9, 2015

Texas divers begin preliminary competitions in Iowa City, Iowa, on Monday as part of the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet. Three men — sophomore Mark Anderson, junior Cory Bowersox and senior...


Men’s swimming and diving look to qualify for nationals

Rachel Wenzlaff March 5, 2015

Beginning Thursday night and continuing into Saturday, the American Short Course Championship will give lesser-known Texas men’s swimmers a moment in the spotlight. Many of Texas’ most accomplished...


Texas swimming and diving teams once again dominate Big 12 Championships

Brooke Daily and Rachel Wenzlaff March 2, 2015

The meet wasn’t over yet, and the Tower was already bright orange. The impending victories of the Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams near the close of the Big 12 Championships...

Texas a likely first at Big 12 Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff February 25, 2015

For the ninth time in conference history, the 10-time NCAA champion Texas (9–1) will host the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships. The regular season is over, and the Big 12 Championships...

Weekend previews: Tennis, track and field, swimming and diving

Men's swimming Last weekend, sophomore Jack Conger dove into the national spotlight as he set a school record in the 200-yard butterfly.  Conger’s time of 1:40.34 put him ahead of...


Weekend previews for swimming and diving, tennis and track and field

Men's swimming and diving Each year, the Texas men’s swimming and diving team quietly climbs their way to the top — and this year should be no different. The Longhorns have comfortably...

Weekend recaps

Rachel Wenzlaff, Samantha Halbach, and James Grandberry November 24, 2014

Men's cross country Texas men’s cross country closed its season with a No. 26 finish at the NCAA Championships this Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.  After securing one of just 31...

Weekend Previews: Men’s diving, women’s diving

Samantha Halbach and Rachel Wenzlaff November 20, 2014

Men's Diving This season, the Texas men’s diving team boasts three Team USA athletes — sophomore Mark Anderson, junior Cory Bowersox and senior Will Chandler. The three, along with junior...

Weekend recaps

Men's swimming and diving In a quad meet characterized by electric times and tight finishes — including one touch separated by one one-hundredth of a second — the men’s swimming...

Weekend previews

Women’s swimming and diving preview This weekend, the women’s swimming and diving team will fly to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to swim at the Canham Natatorium in its first intercollegiate competition...

Weekend previews

Men's golf preview Coming in hot after a top-five finish at the Nike Invitational on Oct. 7, the men’s golf team looks to continue its strong fall showing at the Golf Club of Georgia this...


Orange-White meet gives freshman their first look

Rachel Wenzlaff September 26, 2014

To senior swimmer Kip Darmody, being a Longhorn is about being part of a team and respecting tradition. Many of Darmody’s teammates share his interpretation, and for the five freshmen...

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Texas women’s basketball falls just short to Maryland in round of 32

Rachel Wenzlaff March 26, 2014

Texas fought hard for its first Round of 32 win since 2004, but, after a heated back-and-forth match-up with Maryland, the fifth-seeded Longhorns came up 5 points short in a 69-64 loss on fourth-seeded...

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Women’s basketball dominates Penn in second half, advances in tournament

Rachel Wenzlaff March 24, 2014

Many Texas players saw their first collegiate postseason action Sunday afternoon, and the fifth-seeded Longhorns were shaky at times before pulling away from No. 12 seed Penn, 79-61 in College Park, Md. Head...

Texas women drop Big 12 semifinal to West Virginia, look to NCAA selection

Rachel Wenzlaff March 17, 2014

Texas had high hopes for the 2014 Big 12 Conference Championship after turning around a 2012-2013 season, from when they finished second to last in the conference to stealing the No. 3 seed in this year’s...

Longhorns lose to West Virginia, 67-60, in Big 12 Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff March 10, 2014

After losing to the Mountaineers in overtime in early January and then coming back to win the rematch about two weeks later, Sunday night, it was again the Longhorns’ turn to take the loss on Sunday.  West...


Women’s basketball honors seniors with upset win over No. 15 Oklahoma State

Rachel Wenzlaff March 4, 2014

Tears filled the eyes of senior GiGi Mazionyte as she stepped onto the court squeezing tightly onto her family’s hands. The crowd cheered as the announcer announced that Mazionyte — along with...


Women’s basketball hopes to keep party going against Texas Tech

Rachel Wenzlaff February 28, 2014

It’s been a week of celebrations for the women’s basketball team.  The ladies rang in sophomore guard Brandy Sanders’ 21st birthday Tuesday, and came back to protect the drum...


Women’s basketball beats TCU after falling behind at the half

Rachel Wenzlaff February 26, 2014

Tuesday night’s game didn’t put a damper on sophomore guard Brady Sanders’s 21st birthday, as the Longhorns came back to post a solid 62-50 victory over TCU.  “No one want...


Women’s basketball heads to Iowa after a close loss to Oklahoma

Rachel Wenzlaff February 21, 2014

The Longhorns hope to redeem themselves against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday after a disappointing 1-point loss to Oklahoma Wednesday night.  Junior forward Nneka Enemkpali and senior...

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With a shot after the buzzer, women’s basketball falls to Oklahoma, 64-63

Rachel Wenzlaff February 20, 2014

It looked as though Texas could have escaped Norman with a last-second win. Down one with four seconds remaining, Oklahoma guard Morgan Hook missed a free throw, and the Longhorns took it coast-to-coast...

Baylor forces 26 turnovers to ruin women’s basketball undefeated home record

Rachel Wenzlaff February 17, 2014

Dressed in pink, Longhorn head coach Karen Aston was flustered and red as she watched her team struggle against Baylor in the annual Shoot for a Cure game Sunday. No. 7 Baylor shut down Texas, 72-56,...

Baylor turns Texas offense frantic as Longhorns suffer disappointing loss

Rachel Wenzlaff February 16, 2014

Dressed in pink, Longhorn head coach Karen Aston was flustered red as she watched her team struggle against Baylor in the annual Shoot for a Cure game on Sunday. No. 7 Baylor shut down Texas, 72-56,...


Women’s basketball escapes Kansas State, 69-63

Rachel Wenzlaff February 13, 2014

In need of an easy win against the second-worst team in conference, Texas struggled to pull away in Manhattan, Kan., against Kansas State, before eventually winning 69-63. “It was not our best...


Women’s basketball feeds off crowd in narrow win over Iowa State

Rachel Wenzlaff February 10, 2014

With the blaring support of an energized crowd and junior forward Nneka Enemkpali’s leadership, the Longhorns beat Iowa State 71-64 on Sunday, pushing their home win streak to 10 games. Throughout...


Texas Tech presents opportunity for Texas to take huge step back

Rachel Wenzlaff February 5, 2014

Texas’ loss against Baylor on Saturday was not unexpected, but the team did manage to learn some lessons that will serve it moving forward.  “We just didn’t play smart basketball...


Texas women’s basketball notches first road win of the season over Kansas

Rachel Wenzlaff January 29, 2014

The women’s basketball team can finally say they’ve won a Big 12 matchup on the road. Texas had beaten Kansas once before this season, but that was at home. Tuesday’s victory over...


Women’s basketball looks to shake off tough loss and seek redemption against West Virginia

Rachel Wenzlaff January 24, 2014

Come Saturday afternoon, the Longhorns will be out for double redemption, and they need to earn it. Texas suffered a devastating loss to TCU on Sunday, breaking a win streak against the Horned Frogs...


Texas looks to extend win streak against TCU

Rachel Wenzlaff January 17, 2014

The Longhorns won a grand total of 12 games last year. This year they already have 12 wins — thanks to a victory over Kansas on Wednesday — and they have about half of the season still left...

Women’s basketball shuts down Jayhawks in Austin

Rachel Wenzlaff January 16, 2014

Head coach Karen Aston officially has a winning record at Texas. The Longhorns’ 70-58 win Wednesday night against Kansas gave Aston an all-time record of 24-23 on the 40 Acres. “I feel good...


Texas looks to maintain conference standing against Kansas

Rachel Wenzlaff January 15, 2014

Texas is going into its game against Kansas tonight with a record almost the exact reverse of the one it held at this point last year.  The Longhorns struggled significantly last season, holding...


Holidays bring a few losses for women’s basketball — but far more wins

Rachel Wenzlaff January 14, 2014

When students left Austin for winter break, the women’s basketball team was about to face off against its toughest opponent of the season, No. 3 Tennessee. Although four Longhorn players...

Texas searches for energy to pull off upset

Rachel Wenzlaff December 6, 2013

After a grueling start to the season in which the women’s basketball team faced physically stressful practices and even traveled to other countries, it must now place all of their remaining energy...

National title implications make SEC, Big 10 title games very intriguing

Rachel Wenzlaff December 6, 2013

No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 3 Auburn Auburn needs to hit the ground running (and passing) if they want to win this SEC Championship and have a chance at the BCS National Championship. Despite engineering...

Stakes high for this year’s Iron Bowl while Missouri tries to keep SEC title hopes alive

Rachel Wenzlaff November 27, 2013

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Auburn Auburn’s slide into the Top 5, after its win against Georgia, set up the first matchup of Top 5 teams in the Iron Bowl since 1971. This high-stakes showdown is not...

Women’s basketball out for redemption

Rachel Wenzlaff November 27, 2013

The Longhorns are headed to the Virgin Islands to play in the Paradise Jam Tournament on Thursday. But the vacation atmosphere will not be reflected on the court. Syracuse — a team not ranked...

Texas improves to 3-0 as they take down New Mexico in the Pit

Rachel Wenzlaff November 20, 2013

In their first true non-conference road game under head coach Karen Aston, the Longhorns secured their third win of the season, 67-52, against the New Mexico Lobos. The win not only kept Texas undefeated,...


Women’s basketball to face off against its toughest opponent so far in New Mexico

Rachel Wenzlaff November 19, 2013

After their dominating win against Texas State on Wednesday, the Longhorns now head to “The Pit” to face off against their toughest opponent so far of this young season — New Mexico. The...

Auburn, Baylor look to keep rolling while Stanford, Miami have conference titles in sight

Rachel Wenzlaff November 15, 2013

No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 25 Georgia Auburn’s impressive 9-1 record and Georgia’s losing its chance at a championship are two of college football’s biggest surprises this season. The Tigers...


Texas faces off against Texas State for the first time in seven years

Rachel Wenzlaff November 13, 2013

At Texas’ last meeting with Texas State in 2006, the Longhorns beat the Bobcats 74-55. But that was seven years ago, when Texas was ranked No. 25 in the country.  Head coach Karen Aston knows...

Newcomer Nekia Jones builds a family in her first year as a Longhorn

Rachel Wenzlaff November 8, 2013

The women’s basketball team may have found an instrumental piece of the winning puzzle in freshman Nekia Jones. Jones’ size and experience in the post could be the vital factor Texas needs...

Baylor, Stanford notch impressive Thursday night victories with LSU-Alabama highlighting Saturday’s slate of games

Rachel Wenzlaff November 8, 2013

No. 10 LSU vs. No. 1 Alabama This game is arguably one of the biggest and best rivalries in college football. Since 2000, the Tigers have won five of the last six road games against Alabama and hold...

Florida State gets another shot at knocking off an unbeaten Top 10 ACC team this week

Rachel Wenzlaff November 1, 2013

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 7 Miami (FL) The Seminoles were victorious in the last matchup of undefeated ACC teams when they stomped Clemson, 51-14, and are hoping to do it again to Miami. For the Hurricanes...

Unbeatens Texas Tech, Oregon, Missouri all face tough tests this weekend

Rachel Wenzlaff October 25, 2013

No. 10 Texas Tech vs. No. 17 Oklahoma The Red Raiders have been crawling up in the rankings all season. Coming off a slow start against an unimpressive Kansas team and the lopsided loss against Texas...

Washington tries to bounce back at home against Oregon while SEC’s Saturday slate has much to offer

Rachel Wenzlaff October 9, 2013

No. 17 Florida vs. No. 10 LSU For the Tigers to keep their BCS Bowl hopes alive, they will have to dominate Florida’s national championship-caliber defense, which will look to overwhelm LSU quarterback...

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Close calls against West Virginia and TCU haven’t kept Sooners from keeping perfect record

Rachel Wenzlaff October 9, 2013

W, 34-0, Louisiana-Monroe The Sooners earned their first shutout since 2010 and proved their defense was a force to be reckoned with. Oklahoma’s offense struggled out of the gate, but got into...

Jameis Winston looks to keep Florida State’s perfect record intact while OU hosts TCU in Red River Rivalry tune-up

Rachel Wenzlaff October 3, 2013

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Northwestern The Buckeyes have won nine of their last 10 meetings with Northwestern. Ohio State has historically been an elite team and this year is no different. Their offense...


Texas women’s gymnastics continues to do the impossible

Rachel Wenzlaff September 23, 2013

The width of the average man’s foot is 4.1 inches, and the width of the average female’s foot is approximately 3.6 inches.  And a balance beam? About 4 inches — which probably...

Arizona State gets shot at another upset with trip to Stanford

Rachel Wenzlaff September 20, 2013

No. 23 Arizona St vs. No. 5 Stanford This Pac-12 matchup has game-changing potential for each team. Arizona State is a stranger to the AP Top 25, gaining their first time being ranked this year, after...

Aggies look for second straight win over Tide in most anticipated game of the year

Rachel Wenzlaff September 13, 2013

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 A&M Obviously. It’s the most anticipated game of the season. How could you not watch? With Johnny Manziel constantly in the spotlight for his amazing athleticism (and...

Aggies look for second straight win over Tide in most anticipated game of the year

Rachel Wenzlaff September 13, 2013

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 A&M Obviously. It’s the most anticipated game of the season. How could you not watch? With Johnny Manziel constantly in the spotlight for his amazing athleticism (and...

SEC showdown between Georgia, South Carolina headlines college football’s second week

Rachel Wenzlaff September 6, 2013

No. 11 Georgia vs. No. 6 South Carolina   This one could go either way if the Bulldogs can erase their memories of their crushing loss against Clemson and bring back that same intensity and...

Big 12 gets pair of matchups against SEC squads while Georgia-Clemson headlines Week 1 games

Rachel Wenzlaff August 30, 2013

No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 8 Clemson The game snags the No. 1 spot on this list. The only Top 10 matchup of the weekend, these national title contenders will face off in primetime Saturday night. Although...


Texas falls just short of fourth at NCAA Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff April 1, 2013

Despite earning five individual All-America finishes and recording one All-America relay at the NCAA Championships, Texas fell short of gaining the national title. Michigan captured the team title with...

After notable finishes, men’s swimming holds fifth place after Day One

Rachel Wenzlaff March 29, 2013

The NCAA Championship meet currently being held in Indianapolis is the last for seniors Austin Surhoff and Michael McBroom, and they are motivated to make it count. In merely the first day, both Surhoff...


Notable Longhorns expected to push No. 1 Texas to victory at NCAA

Rachel Wenzlaff March 28, 2013

To earn an NCAA qualifying time, you obviously have to be fast. Usually, that speed comes from experience. The majority of swimmers at the NCAA championship meet are either junior or seniors. But every...

Longhorns look to qualify for NCAA at last chance meet

Rachel Wenzlaff March 7, 2013

The American Short Course Championship is the last chance for any collegiate swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet. In addition to a list of Longhorns, the meet will also include numerous club...


Texas takes home both team titles Saturday at Big 12 Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff and Brittany Lamas March 4, 2013

Both of Texas’ swimming and diving teams took home the team Big 12 championship Saturday after four days of competition. It is the men’s 17th Big 12 title and the women’s 11th.   The...

Texas sets the tone for victory at first day of Big 12 meet

Rachel Wenzlaff February 28, 2013

As expected, top-ranked Texas claimed the first day of events in the Big 12 Championship meet with relative ease. TCU and West Virginia were forced to watch the Longhorns stand at the top of the podium...

Texas looks to continue tradition at Big 12 Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff February 27, 2013

The Longhorns have been a dominating force at the Big 12 Championships, winning every year since the conference formed in 1996, giving the Longhorns a total of 16 titles. In terms of victories, this...


Will Chandler recovers from Crohn’s and earns Big 12 honors

Rachel Wenzlaff February 19, 2013

After his dominating performances against TCU and Arizona, redshirt sophomore Will Chandler gained recognition from the Big 12 as the Men’s Diver of the Week last Wednesday. Despite it being the...


Texas softball redeems itself with a win against SFA

Louis San Miguel and Rachel Wenzlaff February 14, 2013

Game Break Down First four innings: The first inning started off slow for Texas. Longhorns  starting pitcher Holly Kern hit a batter and Texas struck out twice in the opening the frame. The Longhorns...

No. 7 Texas gains impressive upset over No. 1 Arizona

Rachel Wenzlaff February 4, 2013

Coming into Friday’s meet, the Longhorns needed a strong win and they got just that as they triumphed over SMU and upset No. 1 Arizona. In the meet’s first swimming event, All-American...

Texas swim team looks to honor seniors with win over Arizona

Rachel Wenzlaff February 1, 2013

No. 7 Texas looks to honor its six seniors with a victory over SMU and an upset over No. 1 Arizona at its Senior Day meet Friday. The six Longhorn seniors will be acknowledged in a ceremony at roughly...

TCU proves no challenge for No. 7 Texas

Rachel Wenzlaff January 28, 2013

No. 7 Texas delivered on high expectations Friday, completely washing out Big 12 Conference rival TCU in 11 of 12 events, leading to a 133-88 victory. Seniors Austin Surhoff and Dax Hill, sophomore...

Strong Team Looks for Strong Start to Season

Rachel Wenzlaff January 25, 2013

This Friday at TCU, head coach Eddie Reese will dive into his 35th season at UT. Reese was selected to coach at numerous Olympic games, so it comes as no surprise that the Longhorns have achieved top-three...

Strong Longhorn team takes second at season opener

Rachel Wenzlaff January 14, 2013

At last year’s 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, the Longhorns finished seventh and were ranked third in the USTFCCCA’s John McDonnell Men’s Program of the Year award standings. For the...


Men’s cross country team members support each other through strong season

Rachel Wenzlaff November 30, 2012

You may not be watching, but they’re there. They’re awake before the sun hits the horizon, running upwards of 85 miles per week, pushing their minds and bodies past standard limitations. Cross-country...

Longhorns recover from Lutz’s injury and earn a ninth place finish at national championship

Rachel Wenzlaff November 19, 2012

With Texas’ highest ranking in program history, the NCAA Championship was shaping up to be a history-making race. If the results had reflected the Longhorns’ rank, Texas would have finished...

Longhorns head to nationals with highest ranking in history

Rachel Wenzlaff November 16, 2012

In 1990 at the NCAA Championships, Texas finished fourth. In the 22 years since then, the Longhorns haven’t been able to pull off a top-five finish. Last season, Texas finished 11th. This season,...

First place win at Regionals advances Texas to Nationals

Rachel Wenzlaff November 12, 2012

No. 5 Texas secured their position in the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the fourth consecutive time this past weekend at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships. The Longhorns pushed past...

Regionals is one step closer for Longhorns

Rachel Wenzlaff November 9, 2012

With nationals in the forefront of every Longhorn’s mind, the NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional Championships just seems like a technicality. Texas won the South Central Regional title for...

Texas continues trend with second place finish

Rachel Wenzlaff October 29, 2012

If Texas continues the trend set by assistant coach John Hayes, a Big 12 Championship should be more or less guaranteed for the next cross-country season. Since coach John Hayes’s arrival with the...

Texas looks promising going into Big 12 Championships

Rachel Wenzlaff October 26, 2012

Cross-country is typically not a sport designed with spectators in mind. However, the UT athletics department of Events and Operations has been preparing for the past few years in order to make the Big...

Longhorns bounce back from disappointing first meet

Rachel Wenzlaff October 15, 2012

After dropping from No. 6 to No. 22 in the rankings following the Louisville Classic two weeks ago, the Longhorns were looking for redemption, and they found it at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and...

High ambitions among Texas cross-country runners

Rachel Wenzlaff October 12, 2012

Fifth place was good, but not good enough for the Texas cross-country team. In the Greater Louisville Classic held Sept. 29, in which Texas received a fifth place finish, the then No. 6-ranked Texas was...

Many longhorn firsts come out of a fifth place finish

Rachel Wenzlaff October 1, 2012

Although Texas placed fifth out of 31 teams in the Greater Louisville Classic this past Saturday, assistant coach John Hayes said that their main objective was not necessarily to win. “It is important...

Longhorns must combat expectations as well as the field this weekend

Rachel Wenzlaff September 28, 2012

Last season Texas finished with a NCAA Regional title and a respectable 11th-place finish at nationals. This season the team is ranked No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association...

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