The Texas men and women lead all challengers after one day of the Quad dual in Virginia against West Virginia and Penn State.
On the men’s side, Texas leads Virginia 113-73, West Virginia 149-37, and lead PSU, 107-79. Penn State leads Virginia 94-92 and Virginia leads West Virginia 137-49.
For the women, Texas leads Virginia 110-76 Penn State 127-59, and West Virginia 157-22. Virginia leads West Virginia 146-33 and Penn State 127-59.
The first two events were 1m and 3m springboard diving, where Texas’s Cory Bowersox and Virginia’s JB Kolod traded blows. Bowersox won the 1m with a score of 403.20, but Kolod struck back to win 3m with 425.78 points, breaking a Virginia pool record in the process.
The swimming kicked off with the 200 free relay, where Texas was victorious. The team of Caleb Weir, Charlie Moore, Matt Ellis, and Clay Youngquist touched out Penn State by .03 to take the early win in 1:20.83.
In the 200 IM, Texas freshman Will Licon picked up the win in 1:48.36, outlasting Penn State’s Nate Savoy, who finished second in 1:49.70.
Texas continued to dominate, sweeping the top two spots in the 500 with Youngquist (4:23.99) and Sam Lewis (4:25.40).
Virginia picked up its second team win in the 100 breaststroke when Yannick Kaeser snuck in before Penn State’s James Wilson. Kaeser was 55.52, while Wilson was 55.90.
In the 200 back, highly-touted Texas freshman Jack Conger won in a quick 1:43.25. Savoy was 2nd for the Nittany Lions, going 1:45.70.
Penn State 1-2’d the 100 free, with John Hauser and Shane Ryan. The duo went 44.40 and 44.44, respectively.
The Nittany Lions kept the momentum in the 200 fly when Matt Salig nipped the Longhorns’ John Martens at the wall, 1:48.26 to 1:48.28.
In the last event of the day, Penn State once again touched out Texas, this time in the 400 medley relay. The PSU team of Shane Ryan, James Wilson, Sean Grier, and John Hauser finished in 3:15.13 over the Longhorns 3:15.20
The Texas women started the meet off with a 1-2-3 in 1m diving. Meghan Houston won in 307.95 and Emma Ivory-Ganja was second.
Ivory-Ganja picked up her own win in the 3m board, with a winning score of 284.10.
In the opening 200 free relay, the Longhorns team of Gretchen Jaques, Alex Hooper, Brynne Wong and Sam Tucker won a nailbiter, 1:32.20 to Penn State’s 1:32.28.
The 200 IM was another close Texas win. This time it was Madison Cox (2:00.10) over Virginia’s Ellen Williamson (2:00.63).
Leah Smith of Virginia set the pace in the 500 free, winning in 4:43.11. Sam Tucker of Texas was second in 4:47.84.
Gretchen Jaques of Texas won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.91 over Laura Simon of Virginia. Simon went 1:02.44.
Virginia and Texas continued their back-and-forth when Courtney Batholomew won the 200 back for the Cavaliers. Her time of 1:55.30 beat Tasija Karosas of Texas by a second.
Jaque of Texas picked up her second win in the 100 free, a 50.32 to top Penn State’s Alyson Ackman and Kaitlyn Jones.
Texas continued to roll as Kaitlin Pawlowicz won a close 200 fly race with Rachel Naurath and Shaun Casey of Virginia. All three swimmers were sub-two minutes, with Pawlowicz winning in 1:59.55.
Virginia made some points back at the end of the night by winning the 400 medley relay. Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson and Leah Smith dominated the field, winning by over three seconds in 3:39.49.
The teams will be back at it on Saturday morning starting at 10 A.M.