SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers if the Texas Longhorns can repeat as NCAA champs next year even with head coach Eddie Reese retiring:
Question: Will Texas repeat as NCAA Champions with a new coach next season?
- Yes – 59.5%
- No – 40.5%
Nearly 60% of voters believe the Texas Longhorns can repeat as men’s NCAA swimming & diving champions, even with a coaching change.
Eddie Reese announced his retirement the week after winning his 15th career NCAA team title. Reese is the most-decorated swimming coach in men’s Division I and had been coaching Texas for 43 years.
Reese will remain in touch with the program, though, suggesting he’d still be coaching practices for both the Texas men and women. He’ll remain in his head coaching role through this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, then transition into a “coach emeritus” role that keeps him coaching the Longhorn athletes, though not serving as the head coach of the team.
Texas won the meet by 27 points over California. The Longhorns only graduate 149 points from their senior class and lead all teams with 282 “returning” points from underclassmen. Further tweaking those numbers is senior diver Jordan Windle, who suggested on social media that he will return to take advantage of a fifth year of eligibility. Windle was the team’s top scorer, putting up 52 individual points.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters to pick how far the best-performing wild card qualifier from the Wave I Olympic Trials meet will advance in Wave II:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner