The Texas men kicked off their 2017-2018 season earlier this month with reveal of their new 2017 NCAA National Championship banner. The University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving twitter account posted a video of the reveal while singing their alma mater.
We sang The Eyes of Texas after today's Alumni Relays and revealed a new "decoration" at the TSC. Wait for it, and crank up the sound! pic.twitter.com/BkIVrTIwqP
— Texas Men'sSwimDive (@TexasMSD) September 8, 2017
This marks the 3rd year in a row the men’s team has added a new champions banner to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center after winning NCAA Division 1 in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Their latest victory is the team’s 13th NCAA title.
Texas scored big in 2017 with 542 points – Cal was the runner-up with 349 points.
Jack Conger, Clark Smith, Townley Haas, and Will Licon won individual events for the Longhorns. Conger’s victory in the 200 fly was an American Record (1:37.35), as were Smith’s double victories in the 500 free (4:08.42) and 1,650 free (14:22.41). Haas took the 200 free win for the second year in a row with a 1:30.65. Licon set a new American record with his third-straight win in the 200 breastroke (1:47.91) in addition to winning the 100 breastroke and 200 IM.
Texas also came out on top in 4 out of 5 relays: 200 medley, 200 free, 400 medley, and 400 free. Their runner-up performance in the 800 free relay still set an American record (6:08.61).
Texas begins their quest for a 4th-straight title with the annual Orange-White meet on September 29th. They won’t have their first intersquad meet until 3 weeks after that when they race Florida and Indiana in a two days of tri-meet swimming in Gainesville on October 20th and 21st.