Texas women's swimmer Madisyn Cox. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas breaks school record in 800-free relay in Day 1 of the NCAA swimming, diving championships

Posted March 16th, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS — Texas broke school and Big 12 records in the 800-yard freestyle relay Wednesday night in the opening session of the NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving championships.

Senior Madisyn Cox, sophomore Joanna Evans, freshman Claire Adams and senior Tasija Karosas swam the relay in 6 minutes, 54.83 seconds, well under the school and conference mark of 6:56.52 set by the same quartet last November at the Texas Invitational.

The relay placed fourth overall at 6:54.83 and delivered 30 points for the Longhorns. Stanford won the event with an NCAA record time of 6:45.91.

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Texas opens the second day of competition at 9 a.m. Thursday; finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

“This was really important because it sets the tone for the meet,” said fifth-year Texas head coach Carol Capitani. “That’s the best we’ve ever been by two seconds, and it’s the best we’ve been in the relay in this new meet format. It’s really fun to start off with four great women having some fun and being even better than they’ve already been.”

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