The Longhorn women took out the Wildcats by a slim margin, 154-146 in what was a tight battle throughout. Leading the way for Texas was Joanna Evans, Madisyn Cox and Tasija Karosas who each picked up two wins. Evans won the 500 (4:49.17) and the 1000 freestyle (9:58.94), Cox took the 200 free (1:48.49) and 200 IM (2:01.06), and Karosas was first in the 100 (53.93) and 200 back (1:56.82).
Other winners for Texas were Remedy Rule in the 200 fly, and Meghan O’Brien in the 1-meter diving competition.
Arizona got individual wins from five different women. Emma Schoettmer took the 100 breaststroke in a tight race with Texas’ Olivia Anderson, 1:02.82 to 1:02.95. That was Arizona’s first individual win of the meet after Texas had won the first three. Just before the break, Taylor Schick won the 50 free in 22.99, and then Katrina Konopka took the 100 free in 50.36 right after the break. Annie Ochitwa won the 100 fly in 54.16, and Sally Hackett won the 3-meter dive.
Arizona’s relays had impressive performances, winning the 200 medley over Texas by two tenths of a second, and tun winning the 400 free relay by over a second.
The #1 Texas men coasted past Arizona, 167-128, in a meet where we didn’t see many of Texas’ top guns. Jack Conger, Joseph Schooling and Clark Smith were all notably absent.
Ryan Harty and Brett Ringgold each had two wins for Texas. Ringgold won the 100 back (48.94) and the 100 free (44.76), and Harty won the 200 free (1:38.28) and 200 fly (1:47.94). We also saw Harty throw down two more swims that would’ve won had they not been swum exhibition. He also swam the 200 back (1:47.73) and 200 IM (1:47.22).
Texas got rolling right from the get-go, winning the opening 200 medley relay and then winning the first five individual events. Townley Haas won the 1000 free, Austin Temple the 100 breast, and Harty and Ringgold spun their magic as well. Later on, Hayden Henry (200 breast), Jonathan Roberts (500 free), and Will Glass (100 fly) also picked up individual wins. Mark Anderson (1-meter) and Sean O’Brien (3-meter) each took a diving event for Texas. Will Licon also made an appearance, notably finishing 2nd in one of his off events the 200 back, and posting 1:59.99 and 1:48.81 for exhibition swims in the 200 breast and 200 IM, respectively.
The Arizona men had a tough time against Texas, winning three individual events. Renny Richmond got their first win in the 50 free in 20.73, leading a 1-2-3 Arizona finish. Thane Maudslien took the 200 back in 1:48.54, and Nick Thorne took the 200 IM in 1:53.15. With both Texas teams swimming exhibition, Arizona won the 400 free relay in 3:01.51.
Both teams will race again Saturday, but it will be unscored with “plenty of unconventional events” being swum.
Both teams have their conference Championships coming up. The Longhorns will compete at the Big 12 Championships, and the Wildcats at the Pac-12 Championships. Texas will host Big 12’s, and Pac-12’s will be held in Federal Way, WA.