Will Licon swims in a men's 200-meter breaststroke semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. Licon placed third in the 200 breaststroke final on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BEVO BEAT Swimming & Diving

Texas swimming teams wins eight events on final day of Texas Invitational

Posted December 3rd, 2016

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The Texas men’s and women’s swimming teams won four events apiece on the final day of the Texas Invitational Saturday at Joe and Lee Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Texas’ Will Licon, Jack Conger and Clark Smith posted top national times in their respective events and the Horns added a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

Licon notched the top time this season in the 200 breaststroke, winning by four-and-a-half seconds in 1 minute 50.76 seconds. The two-time NCAA 200 breaststroke champ holds the fastest time in the nation this season by over two seconds.

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Smith nearly broke his own school record in the 1,650 yard freestyle, taking the event in 14:32.77. Conger led from the start in the 200 butterfly and set the top time this season at 1:40.24. Conger, Townley Haas, Brett Ringgold, and Tate Jackson teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 2:51.34, the third fastest time recorded this season.

UT’s Madisyn Cox swam a personal-best time of 2:07.21 to win the 200 yard breaststroke and Longhorn Remedy Rule swam a career-best time of 1:53.97 to take the 200 butterfly. Rule’s swim was the sixth-fastest time recorded in program history.

Tasija Karosas led a one-two Texas finish in the 200 backstroke. Karosas won the 200 in 1:51.65 and freshman Claire Adams placed second at 1:52.43.

Cox, Karosas, Adams and Rebecca Millard closed the meet with an impressive performance in the 400 freestyle relay. The Longhorns set the fastest time recorded this season in the 400 free relay at 3:12.29, the fourth fastest swim by a Texas team. The swim edged the previous top time which was set by Stanford Olympians Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Lia Neal.

 

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