JANUARY 15, 2015 - Texas' Jack Conger, left, leads Texas' Tripp Cooper, right, in the Men 100 Meter Butterfly during the Arena Pro Swim Series finals held at the Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2014. Conger won first with a time of 51.64 and Cooper placed 2nd with a time of 52.91. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Swimming & Diving

Texas continues to dominate at Big 12 Championships

Posted February 25th, 2016

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The Texas Longhorns swimming and diving teams dominated on the second day of the Big 12 Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center on Thursday. The Texas men swept all four events while the women set records in the 400 medley relay.

For the men, Townley Haas won the Big 12 title in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:12.63. Jeff Newkirk finished in second place for Texas with a time of 4:19.94. Jonathan Roberts rounded out the 1-2-3 finish for the Longhorns with a time of 4:21.71.

Will Licon earned his second straight Big 12 title in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:42.85. John Shebat finished second in 1:44.13. Ryan Harty’s 1:44.91 was good enough for third place.

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Tate Jackson took his first Big 12 title in the 50 freestyle with a time of 19:25, his personal best. Brett Ringgold took second with his time of 19:46. John Murray took third place in 19:55.

In the 400 medley relay, Shebat, Licon, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger set a Big 12 meet record with their time of 3:04.64.

The Longhorns are in first place as a team with 363 points followed by West Virginia with 281 points. TCU’s 227 points put them in third.

The Texas women broke a school and Big 12 record in the 400 medley relay as Tasija Karosas, Madisyn Cox, Mimi Schneider and Rebecca Millard finished the race in 3:30.43. The previous mark of 3:30.52 was set by Lily Moldenhauer, Laura Sogar, Kelsey Amundsen and Karlee Bispo at the 2011 Big 12 Championships.

Joanna Evans finished the 500 freestyle in 4:39.97 to earn her first Big 12 title. It was the first time in 24 years that a Longhorn swam a sub-4:40 time in the 500 freestyle. Quinn Carrozza finished in second with a time of 4:42.28.

Cox picked up her third consecutive title in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.31. It was a meet record. Nora McCullagh’s time of 1:58.19 was good for second place.

Five Longhorns earned the top spots in the 50 freestyle, led by Millard who finished in 22.20 for her first Big 12 title. Schneider was second in 22.44 while Brooke Hansen took third place in 22.81. Sam Sutton finished in fourth place with a time of 22.87 while Brynne Wong took fifth in 22.89.

Meghan Houston, Meghan O’Brien and Sofia Ruiz finished 1-2-3 in the one-meter diving finals. Houston took the Big 12 title with 321.30 points while O’Brien notched 314.85 points for second place. Ruiz scored 294.95 points for third place.

The Texas women have 376 points as they sit in first place while Iowa State is in second with 203.5 points. Kansas is third with 200.5 points.

The Big 12 Championships continue on Friday at 10 a.m.

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