Texas Women's swim coach Carol Capitani talks about having her swimmers ready to compete in the U.S. Olympic Time Trials this weekend, which ultimately decides the American National team to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas women’s swimming and diving team takes sixth at NCAAs

Posted March 17th, 2018

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The Texas women’s swimming and diving team picked up four All-America finishes on the way to taking sixth at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

The Longhorns scored 221.5 points for the fifth top-10 finish in head coach Carol Capitani’s six seasons at Texas.

Stanford won with 593 points, outscoring California (373) by more than 200 points. Texas A&M took third with 299 points.

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“This meet is just like the wild west,” said Capitani. “This is big time and there are ups and there are downs and not one team has had a perfect meet.”

The Longhorns’ day was highlighted by a second-place finish for Murphy Bromberg in the platform diving event. She scored 335.30 points to post the best NCAA Championships finish of her career. Her best dive was an armstand back with three somersaults that earned her 74.25 points.

Texas divers earned the most points at the meet, scoring 51 in the one-meter, three-meter and platform events.

Evie Pfeifer took 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She finished the preliminary-round race in 15 minutes, 58.72 seconds. Pfeifer earned an honorable mention All-America status as a result.

Claire Adams competed in the 100 freestyle consolation final to take fourth with a time of 47.88. That was good for 12th place overall.

The Longhorns finished the meet with a seventh-place performance in the 400 freestyle relay. Adams, Rebecca Millard, Brooke Hansen and Anelise Diener finished the race in 3:12.50. It was the sixth-fastest relay in school history.

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