The Texas men’s swim and diving team is living up to its No. 1 ranking on the first day of the NCAA championships.
In preliminaries today, the Longhorns posted the top times in both the 500-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley.
The two relays each qualified third.
The only slip up came in the 50 freestyle, where the Longhorns failed to qualify anyone in the top 16.
Finals begin tonight at the University of Iowa home pool.
The Longhorns stand to score huge points in the 500 free. UT sophomore Clark Smith was the top qualifier. Longhorn junior Sam Lewis posted the second fastest time and freshman Jonathan Roberts was sixth.
California, the defending national champions, did not have a qualifier in the 500.
Sophomore Will Licon posted the seventh fastest time ever in the 200 IM to earn the top seed in tonight’s final.
Cory Bowersox made the finals of the 1-meter springboard. Mark Anderson qualified for a spot in the consolation finals.
Cal, which likely is UT’s top rival for the title, does not have a diver competing in the meet, meaning Texas can pad its lead.
Jack Conger, potentially UT’s top scorer, doesn’t have an individual event until Friday.
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