The Texas women’s swimming team started the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship with a record-setting 200-yard medley relay performance at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Wednesday afternoon.
The Texas men also tied a Big 12 Championship meet record in the same event, finishing the race in 1 minute, 24.23 seconds.
Tasija Karosas, Madisyn Cox, Remedy Rule and Rebecca Millard teamed up to finish the women’s race in 1:35.39 to set the Big 12 and school records. The previous Big 12 record was 1:36.02, set by Texas A&M in 2012. The old school mark was 1:36.32, set last year at the Big 12 Championships.
The Longhorns finished nearly five seconds ahead of second place Kansas.
Karosas started the race with a time of 24.22 in the backstroke before Cox finished the breaststroke in 26.59. Rule finished her butterfly stroke in 23.23 before Millard’s freestyle anchor leg clocked in at 21.35.
John Shebat, Will Licon, Joseph Schooling and Brett Ringgold teamed up to tie the 200 medley relay record set by Texas in 2009. The Longhorns topped West Virginia by over four seconds.
The women also took the 800 freestyle relay title when Cox, Joanna Evans, Claire Adams and Karosas finished in 7:00.70.
Jack Conger, Jeff Newkirk, Clark Smith and Townley Haas also won the 800 freestyle relay in 6:12.59. Conger swam the leadoff leg in 1:32.54, the second-fastest 200 mark this season.
Mark Anderson scored 398.20 points to take the Big 12 title in the men’s one-meter diving event.
The Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship continues through Saturday.