The Texas Longhorns women’s swimming team broke a seven-year-old record in the 800-yard freestyle relay to open the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Wednesday.
The Longhorns finished the race in 6 minutes, 56.52 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the previous mark of 6:58.37 which was set in 2009 at the Big 12 Championships. Arizona took second place in 7:01.08.
Madisyn Cox, Joanna Evans, Claire Adams and Tasija Karosas teamed up to set the new mark. Cox led off the race in 1:43.62 before Evans swam her leg in 1:46.31. Adams swam a team-best 1:43.05 to set up Karosas’ anchor leg, a 1:43.54 finish.
“We’re really deep in that event and we’ve worked hard to get to this point,” UT head coach Carol Capitani said. “I’ve been waiting a long time to put the right people together to make that happen. It was a lot of fun, and they earned that school record.”
The previous record was set by Karlee Bispo, Leah Gingrich, Katie Riefenstahl and Kathleen Hersey.
The Texas men took third in the same event, trailing Stanford and Southern Cal. Jack Conger, P.J. Dunne, Jeff Newkirk and Townley Haas finished the race in 6:20.85.
The Texas Invitational continues on Thursday, with coverage on Longhorn Network beginning at 6 p.m.
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