Joanna Evans, Madisyn Cox and Joseph Schooling each set Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship records to highlight a big day for the Longhorns at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Thursday.
Evans finished the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 36.97 seconds, breaking a 25-year-old school record held by Erika Hansen. Evans clocked in at 4:42.07 to win the preliminary round before breaking the Big 12 record in the final. Cammile Adams of Texas A&M set the previous record, 4:37.81, in 2011.
Lauren Case, a UT freshman, took second place in the final with a time of 4:40.09. Quinn Carrozza rounded out a 1-2-3 finish for Texas with a time of 4:45.97.
Cox improved her 200 individual medley school and Big 12 records by finishing in 1:52.82, an improvement of .01. Cox qualified in the top spot in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.71, nearly four seconds better than teammate Nora McCullagh before her record-setting final.
Joseph Schooling broke the Texas and Big 12 records in the 50 freestyle final with a swim clocked at 18.76. His new mark breaks an eight-year-old record set by Jimmy Feigen (18.84). Schooling had previously tied a meet record as he finished the prelim in 19.18.
The Texas junior, an Olympian for Singapore, edged out teammate Jack Conger by .02 to tie the meet record set by Ian Crocker of Texas in 2004 in the prelim. Conger was second in the final with a time of 19.27.
Clark Smith took the men’s 500 freestyle event final in a time of 4:11.11 to set the meet record. He broke Michael Klueh’s previous record of 4:11.41.
Smith was the best qualifier in the event, finishing in 4:16.31. The top-5 qualifiers in the event were all Longhorns.
John Shebat finished the 200 IM prelim in 1:43.35, the 10th best time in the nation and the seventh fastest for a Longhorn in school history. Will Licon ended up edging out Shebat in the final, however, finishing in 1:42.35. Shebat took second in 1:42.99.
Rebecca Millard won the 50 freestyle final in 22.03, .3 seconds faster than freshman teammate Claire Adams. Millard finished her preliminary in 22.07, followed by Adams in 22.46.
Meghan O’Brien won the women’s one-meter diving final with 338.80 points followed by Alison Gibson with 327.00 points. Gibson, O’Brien and Sofia Rauzi finished the preliminaries in the top three spots. Gibson scored 331.25 points while O’Brien recorded 292.75. Rauzi earned 283.10 points. Rauzi ended up taking fourth place in the final.
The 400 medley relay teams closed out the night with victories. Tasija Karosas, Cox, Remedy Rule and Millard finished the race in 3:31.05 for the fifth fastest time in UT history. The men’s team, comprised of Shebat, Licon, Schooling and Conger, finished their race in 3:05.33 for the eighth fastest time in school history.
The Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship continues through Saturday.
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