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No. 1 Texas men’s swimming and diving top Georgia 170-125, UT women fall 155-145

Posted January 9th, 2016

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The top-ranked Texas men’s swimming and diving team won 12 of 16 events to defeat third-ranked Georgia 170-125 Saturday afternoon at UT’s Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Defending NCAA champion Texas has won eight straight meets to start the season.

The Longhorns got two wins apiece from All-America juniors Will Licon and Jack Conger, freshman Townley Haas and senior diver Cory Bowersox.

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Licon swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100-yard race in 54.56 seconds and the 200 by more than five seconds at 1 minute, 56.40 seconds.

Conger led from the start in the 200-yard butterfly and won it in 1:43.65. He took the 100-butterfly in 47.14.

Haas took the lead in the final 25 yards of the 200 freestyle to beat Georgia’s Jay Litherland and added a victory in the 500 free.

Bowersox won the 1-meter diving event with 384.45 points and the 3-meter with 439.43 points.

Texas persevered despite several illnesses.

“They did a real good job. … We’ve had about seven or eight guys sick off and on, some more seriously than others. But they’re staying in there. That was a good meet for us. They did a lot of good things,” UT coach Eddie Reese said.

Women’s swimming and diving: Second-ranked Georgia edged the sixth-ranked Longhorns 155-145 to win its seventh straight meet Saturday at the Jamail Swimming Center.

Texas trailed 144-139 heading into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, and needed a team to win and another to place either second or third to win the meet.

The Longhorns led at the 300-yard mark, but Georgia drew even at 350 yards and pulled away in the final yards to win in 3:17.54.

The Bulldogs (7-0) are 29-0-1 in their last 30 meets. Georgia was led by Hali Flickinger, who won three events — the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard backstroke. Bulldogs Olivia Smoliga and Brittany MacLean won two races apiece.

Texas won three individual events (Olivia Anderson in the 100 breaststroke, Tasija Karosas in the 100 backstroke and Madisyn Cox in the 400 individual medley) and the 200 medley relay, and senior diver Meghan Houston swept the diving events.

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