Yesterday, Texas had the best morning session as a team with 6 A final swims and one B final swim. Today, Texas’ butterfliers started engraving their name on the 2015 National Championship trophy after a monster showing in the prelims 100 butterfly. It is one thing to sweep a dual meet, or even the Big 12 Championships, but it is unheard of at the NCAA Championships. Typically, the biggest final for one team that you will see from one team is two, maybe three swimmers. After looking through the NCAA Championships results, the biggest finals that we have found so far from one team was Auburn in 2003 and then again in 2007. They had four swimmers qualify for the A final of the 50 freestyle. Texas also put four swimmers into the A final of the 200 freestyle at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
The Longhorns just put SIX swimmers into the A final of the 100 butterfly. Yes, you read that correctly, SIX!
Texas is now in a position to outscore all but the top 9 or 10 team’s final scores for the entire meet in the 100 butterfly alone. On paper, Texas is expected to score 91 points from the 100 butterfly. Without any disqualifications, the best they could do is pick up 95 points and the worst the could do is score 81 points.
The A final of the 100 Butterfly:
- Joseph Schooling – TX – 45.04
- Jack Conger – TX – 45.17
- Tripp Cooper – TX – 45.33
- Will Glass – TX – 45.50
- Sam Lewis – UNC – 45.60
- Matt McHugh – OSU – 45.82
- John Murray – TX – 45.89
- Matt Ellis – TX – 45.92