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

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Longhorns top Auburn in dual meet

Posted January 12th, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns men’s and women’s swimming teams resumed competition as they swept the Auburn Tigers in a dual meet at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Auburn, Ala. on Thursday.

The second-ranked men won ten of 16 events to defeat the Tigers 164-136 while the women claimed a 156-139 victory, winning 12 of their events.

Will Licon, an All-America senior, was victorious in all three of his individual events. He also claimed the 200-yard medley relay event with a time of 1 minute, 26.38 seconds alongside John Shebat, Joseph Schooling and Brett Ringgold.

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Licon’s first win was in the 100 breaststroke as he finished in 53.39. He also took the 200 breaststroke in 1:57.37. Licon ended his day with a win in the 200 individual medley, finishing in 1:45.38.

Schooling took the 200 butterfly event in 1:45.80 as teammate Will Glass took third in 1:46.73.

Clark Smith won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:06.65 with teammate Jonathan Roberts taking second in 9:12.23. Smith also claimed the 500 freestyle in 4:27.26.

The Texas men swept the diving events with Mark Anderson and Grayson Campbell each taking wins. Anderson scored 377.85 points to take the one-meter event while Campbell finished in the top spot in the three-meter event with 410.93 points.

Townley Haas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.02, edging out Auburn’s Joe Patching by .8 seconds.

On the women’s side, the No. 5 Longhorns were led by Madisyn Cox who won three individual events and helped the Longhorns take the 200 medley relay. Cox, alongside Tasija Karosas, Remedy Rule and Rebecca Milard finished the relay in 1:39.93.

Cox went on to finish her first individual event, the 100 breaststroke, in 1:00.35 just ahead of teammate Olivia Anderson. In the 200 backstroke, a rare event for Cox, she finished in 1:55.99, nearly three seconds ahead of the field for her second win of the night. Her last victory came in the 200 IM when she finished in 1:56.07.

Karosas picked up an individual win in the 200 freestyle as she finished in 1:46.86. Her second victory of the day came in the 500 freestyle when she finished in 4:46.96.

Claire Adams, a freshman, took the 100 backstroke victory in 53.11.

Meghan O’Brien took both diving events, finishing with 332.18 points  in the three-meter event and 288.98 points in the one-meter event.

Anderson won the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.95.

Texas finished the day with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. Millard, Adams, Rule and Karosas took the win in 3:18.44.

The men and women next take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs men’s team is ranked seventh while the women are No. 2 in the nation.

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