Cal Transfer Alicia Wilson Debuts for Texas; Longhorn Men and Women Sweep Horned Frogs

by Robert Gibbs 4

October 25th, 2023 Big 12, College, News

Texas vs. TCU

  • Friday, October 20, 2023
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
  • SCY
  • Dual Meet Format
  • Full Results
  • Final Scores
    • Women: Texas 192, TCU 99
    • Men: 191.5-100.5

While a good chunk of the Texas Longhorns’ rosters were preparing to compete at the Pan American Games, the rest of the roster took on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at home in Austin. Even with relatively-depleted rosters, the overall results were as expected, as the #2 Longhorn women won 199-92 and the #6 men 191.5-100.5. The Longhorns level of dominance may have been somewhat surprising, however, as they won every single swimming and diving event across both genders (although, officially, some were exhibitioned).

Longhorns who were absent due to Pan American Games include Kelly Pash, Erica Sullivan, Hailey Hernandez (diver), Jordan Skilken (diver) on the women’s side, and Coby Carrozza, Chris O’Connor, and Brayden Taivassalo (Canada) on the men’s side.

Women’s Recap

The Texas women kicked off the meet by sweeping the top three spots in the 200 medley relay, with the team of Emma Kern (24.86), Anna Elendt (27.07), Emma Sticklen (23.46), and Grace Cooper (21.90) winning in 1:37.29.

Individually, while the times generally weren’t crazily fast, there were some massive margins of victory. Cal transfer Alicia Wilson crushed the field in the 400 IM, winning in 4:11.47, more than 12s ahead of the next-closest competitor. She also won the 200 back 1:58.86. Those were the first two official swim for Wilson as a Longhorn. Wilson, a multi-time NCAA qualifier and a 2021 NCAA scorer, should be a key part of the Longhorns’ quest to unseat Virginia in the battle for the NCAA championship this season.

Erin Gemmell, as the only Longhorn entered in the 200 fly, won by over six seconds with a time of 2:00.71. She also won the 100 free in 49.30 over teammate Grace Cooper (49.51). Angie Coe took the 500 free in 4:50.56, winning by roughly 4.5 seconds, and Avi Longi won the 200 free by nearly thee seconds (1:49.87).

Emma Sticklen won the 100 back by nearly two seconds with a time of 52.29, and she also doubled up with a 52.28 win in the 100 fly.

Anna Elendt, one of the fastest women in the NCAA in the 100 breast, won that event with a 59.49. Elendt did not compete in the 200. Instead, Channing Hanley won in 2:15.13. Hanley also won the 200 IM in 2:07.28.

In the shortest event of the day, Emma Davidson took the 50 free in 23.23. Bridget O’Neil swept the diving events for the Longhorns.

The session closed out with the 200 free relay, where Cooper, Sticklen, Gemmel, and Longi all split between 22.1 and 22.5 en route to a 1:29.37 win.

Men’s Recap

The margins of victory generally weren’t quite as notable as on the women’s side, but the Longhorn men still handily won every event. The team of Will Modglin (22.18), Will Scholtz (24.74), Nate Germonprez (21.81), and Luke Hobson (20.32) combined for a 1:29.15 win in the 200 medley relay.

Three of the men on that winning relay ended up doubling up individually for Texas. Freshman Will Modglin won the 100 back (47.50) and 100 free (44.93), and classmate Will Scholtz swept the breaststrokes with times of 55.20 and 2:00.88. Hobson, the defending NCAA champion in the 200 free, won that event in 1:36.81 and also won the 200 back in 1:48.03. Germonprez, also a freshman, took 2nd in the 200 free (1:37.97) and 3rd in the 200 back (1:48.53) behind Hobson. Coming into this season, Germonprez’s high school times put at #1 on the Longhorn’s breaststroke depth chart, but so far it looks like Texas may use his versatility to fill some other gaps, while Scholtz and Brayden Taivassalo focus on breast.

Spencer Aurnou-Rhees was the other Longhorn to win multiple individual events. He swept the IMs, winning the 400 in 3:55.54 and the 200 in 1:48.72. The latter race was one of the more exciting ones of the evening, as Modglin actually led for most of the race, but Aurnou-Rhees outsplit him on the freestyle leg, splitting 24.94 to Modglin’s 25.33, and winning by just 0.05s. The pair also had a tight race in the 100 free, where Aurnou-Rhees took 2nd by the same margin, touching in 44.98 behind Modeling.

The Horned Frogs kept it close in a number of races, although the Longhorns prevailed in all. In the 200 fly, NCAA scorer Sam Artmann, TCU’s Geremia Freri, and Longhorn Holden Smith battled it out, with Artmann getting his hands on the wall first in 1:50.67, followed by Ferri at 1:50.80 and Smith at 1:50.87.

The margin was even closer in the 50 free, where Texas’ Peter Paulus just touched out TCU’s Peter Sadlowski 20.83 to 20.85. Sadlowski also fought hard in the 100 fly, finishing just behind Alec Filipovic, 48.01 to 48.12.

With no 1000 free this meet, Longhorn Alec Enyeart took the longest event, the 500 free, in 4:32.60. Noah Duperre (3m) and Nick Harris (1m) earned diving wins for the ‘Horns.

At the end of the session, Germonprez (20.56), Hobson (20.50). Camden Taylor (20.48), and Paulus (20.52) combined for a 1:22.06 win in the 200 free relay.

Texas Women’s Release

AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 2 women’s swim and dive team took home its second-straight home win of the season defeating TCU, 192-99.

The Longhorns won 11 swimming events and swept the diving events to beat its second Big 12 opponent of the season. Texas beat Houston 193-103 earlier to open the season.

Senior Bridget O’Neil got the winning started on the 1-meter springboard, leading the competition with 351.83 points. Freshman Caroline Kupka finished second with 302.93 points, marking the only two competitors to score more than 300 points. O’Neil completed her sweep winning the 3-meter with 365.85 points. Kupka again finished second with 341.18 points and Amanda Stalfort finishing third at 310.28.

Back in the pool, the 200-yard medley relay of Emma Kern, Anna Elendt, Emma Sticklen and Grace Cooper won the first swimming event with a time of 1:37.29. The time is tied for the third-fastest time recorded in the NCAA this season.

Ava Longi took first in the 200 free with her time of 1:49.87, leading the Longhorns to a sweep in the event. Freshman Berit Berglund was second at 1:52.79, while Brooke Adams finished third with her time of 1:54.48.

Sticklen earned her first individual win of the night in the 100 back at 53.29 and added her second in the 100 fly with a time of 52.28. Elendt later added her own win in the 100 breast at 59.49, meeting the NCAA-B standard and swimming the third-fastest time in the NCAA.

Freshman Erin Gemmell won took on three Horned Frogs on her own and came out on top with a winning time of 2:00.71 in the 200 fly and won the 100 free in 49.30, an NCAA-B standard. Emma Davidson later won the 50 free with a time of 23.23.

Alicia Wilson took first in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.86, while Berglund finished second with a time of 1:58.99.

Freshman Angie Coe led the Longhorns in the 500 free with her time of 4:50.56, while Abby Pfeifer finished second (4:55.05) and Ella Myers was third with a time of 5:00.06.

The Longhorns travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Oct. 27-28 to take on No. 1 Virginia.

Texas Men’s Release

AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 7 men’s swimming and diving team earned its first win of the season taking down TCU, 191.5-100.5, at home at the Texas Swimming Center.

Sophomore Nick Harris won the first event of the afternoon on the 1-meter scoring 393.68 points, while Noah Duperrewas second with 387.08. Brendan McCourt finished in the third at 335.70.

Duperre later won the 3-meter with 421.28 points, while junior Manuel Borowski finished second with 401.70 points and McCourt took home his second third-place finish of the day with 393.45 points.

Will Modglin, Will Scholtz, Nate Germonprez and Luke Hobson began the swimming events, winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:29.15.

Hobson showed his experience winning both the 200 free (1:36.81) and the 200 back with a time of 1:48.03. Germonprez took second in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.97, while Alec Filipovic was third at 1:40.51. Germonprez later finished third in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.53.

The freshmen had a day after Modglin added a win in both the 100 back with his time of 47.50 and the 100 free (44.93), while Scholtz posted a winning time of 55.20 in the 100 breast and the top time of 2:00.88 in the 200 breast.

Sophomore Spencer Aurnou-Rhees later won the 400 IM with a time of 3:55.54 and Alec Enyeart finished second at 3:57.56. Sam Artmann paced the 200 fly with his time of 1:50.67 and Holden Smith finished third in 1:50.87.

The 50 free was neck and neck with Peter Paulus coming out in front of Peter Sadlowski of TCU with his time of 20.83. On the distance side, Alex Enyeart won the 500 free with his time of 4:32.60 and Sasah Lyubaviskiy was runner-up in 4:33.54.

The Longhorns will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the dual meet against No. 15 Virginia.

TCU Release

AUSTIN, Texas – The TCU swimming and diving teams fell to the University of Texas on Friday night, with the men losing 191.5-100.5 and the women falling 192-99.

IN THE POOL
Edgar Cicanci and Piotr Sadlowski both earned eight points individually for the Horned Frogs. Cicani placed second in both the 100 and 300 backstroke with times of 49.12 and 1:48.40. Sadlowski earned silver in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, clocking a 20.85 and 48.12, respectively.

Felipe Goncalves placed second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:03.90, behind him was teammate, Kito Camossato who finished third clocking a 2:03.96. Goncalves recorded a third-place finish in the 400 IM swimming to a time of 4:08.90. Camossato earned a silver medal on the day recording a 55.81 in the 100 breaststroke.

Following a record-breaking meet, Nina Vadovicova had the most individual points earned on the women’s team (7) placing second in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.79) and third in the 100-breaststroke clocking a 1:03.52. Tania Quaglieri earned three points for the Frogs placing third in the 100 backstroke (56.41).

ON THE BOARDS
Anna Kwong recorded season bests in both springboard events against the Longhorns. The junior earned a score of 290.25 on the 1 meter finishing third and 308.78 on the 3 meter placing fourth.

Ollie Cazaly earned a point for TCU on the 1 meter where he placed fifth with a score of 323.48

UP NEXT
The Horned Frogs diving team will be back in action in Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 3 for the Texas Diving Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

FOLLOW THE FROGS
For more information on TCU Swimming and Diving, visit gofrogs.com and follow the team on social media: @TCUSwimDive on Twitter and Facebook, @TCU_SwimDive on Instagram.

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Long Strokes
3 months ago

Texas men swam very slowly, even for an in-season meet. I didn’t see one NCAA B-cut time posted on the men’s side.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Long Strokes
3 months ago

Luckily this wasn’t NCAAs.

We’ve seen them be very slow in some dual meets. Everyone expects every team/swimmer to swim really well in season and most still don’t do that.

I agree they were slow but they aren’t as good and I bet they’re pretty tired. Let’s see what happens at either their mid season meet or NCAAs before we pass judgment.

Did not Cali UT
3 months ago

This week at Virginia will be interesting for sure – exciting format.

Noah
Reply to  Did not Cali UT
3 months ago

Eh – for all the hype its not even livestreamed on ESPN and they aren’t wearing suits

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