The University of North Carolina swimming and diving teams stopped in Austin to take on the Longhorns, en route to the SMU Classic that begins tomorrow. UT ended up victorious, winning the men’s meet 171.5-126.5 and women’s meet 171-129.
University of Texas started the meet off with a win in both the medley relays. On the women’s side Lily Moldenhauer, Madisyn Cox, Skylas Smith and Gretchen Jaques bested UNC’s A relay by over two seconds. The men’s relay was a bit closer, with UT’s team of Aaron Gustafson, Imri Ganiel, Jack Conger and Caleb Weir getting to the wall first. Conger split a 20.84 in his butterfly leg, only .7 off their freestyle split.
Stephanie Peacock seems in top form after having to withdrawal from the 2013 championship season due to illness. She finished in 9:42.95 in the 1000 freestyle. Kaitlin Pawlowicz was second for the Longhorns, 9:51.24.
The UT men swept the 1000 first through third, with Sam Lewis leading the charge at 9:12.49. Clay Youngquist and Nic Munoz were second and third, at 9:17.45 and 9:29.12.
Danielle Siverling led wire-to-wire in the 200 freestyle, besting Sam Tucker and Moldenhauer. Siverling finished at 1:48.10, Tucker at 1:48.67, and Moldenhauer at 1:48.81. Teammate Peacock returned back to the block after the 1000 to finished fourth.
The first NCAA standard of the meet came from Conger in the men’s 200 freestyle. He registered a B standard with his swim of 1:37.40. He dominated the field of three Tar Heels, who settled for second through fourth, by nearly two seconds.
UT women took their first individual event of the afternoon with a win by Tasija Karosas. She also hit a NCAA B standard in the 100 backstroke in 54.97. UNC men won their first individual event in the men’s event, with Nic Graesser clocking in at 49.15.
Another strong freshman showing for the Longhorns was Cox. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.63. Her teammate Skylar Smith finished second in 1:04.06. It was tight race on the men’s side where only .1 separated first through third. Imri Ganiel, UT, finished first, 56.52, leaving David Speese, UNC, in second at 56.57 and Will Licon, UT, in third at 56.69.
Sarah Koucheki registered UNC’s first B standard of the meet with her swim in the 200 butterfly. She finished in 1:58.57, and lead her teammates Meredith Hoover and Cari Blalock to a Tar Heel sweep in the event. Dominant in the event on both teams, UNC’s Dominick Glavich won the men’s race in an impressive 1:45.41. That bettered the field by over three seconds and clocked in under the B standard.
Texas has speed, and went first and second in both the women and men’s 50 freestyle. Jaques and Caleb Weir finished in 23.33 and 20.34 for the Longhorn win.
After the break, UNC was able to top the 50 freestyle wins from Texas. Lauren Earp beat Jaques, 50.59 to 50.62, while Logan Heck topped Weir, 45.65 to 45.68.
Karosas and Annie Harrison traded off the lead throughout the 200 backstroke. Karosas had a strong final 50 to take the event, 1:57.64 to Harrison’s 1:57.86 – both NCAA B standards. That was Karosas second individual win of the meet. Will Glass won the men’s race in 1:47.70.
Cox returned in the breaststroke event to take her second individual win of the meet in the 200. She finished just under the B cut in 2:15.54. Katie Rechsteiner from UNC was second at 2:17.29. Licon moved up and finished first in the longer race of the meet at 2:01.15. UNC would go second through fourth in the event with Speese, Alex Gianino and Brian Bollerman.
Peacock returned back and captured her second individual win and a B cut in the 500 freestyle. Her time of 4:46.04 was followed by Emma Nunn, 4:51.97. Lewis claimed the men’s race in 4:28.40, also his second individual win. JT Stilley was close behind in 4:29.13, and led a 2-3-4 finished by the UNC men.
Jaques, Koucheki, and Moldenhauer battled in the women’s 100 butterfly. All turned relatively together at the 50, but Jaques, who had the slight lead at the 50, had the strong second 50 to take the event in 54.68. Koucheki was next in 54.82 and Moldenhauer in third at 54.83. Conger would dominate his individual 100 butterfly, with another B cut, finishing at 47.51.
The 400 IM was the last individual race of the afternoon. Cox made it three for three individually with a win here, splitting 1:11 on her breaststroke leg, in 4:17.36. Pawlowicz was behind in second at 4:18.05. UT would win the men’s race with John Martens in 3:55.82. Eugene Tee finished second for UNC at 3:57.01.
Texas was dominant on the diving boards. They took three out of the four events, where they would also finish first and second at least. UNC’s Jack Nyquist took the men’s 3 meter for the sole Tar Heels win on the boards.
The 400 freestyle finished off the meet, with UNC’s A team of Ally Hardesty, Siverling, Lauren Earp and Koucheki finishing in 3:22.15 – all split 50-point. The men would also win their race with Brad Dillon, Logan Heck, Nic Graesser and Stilley finish at 3:01.20. Notably Stilley anchored in 44.92, and Conger on the UT’s A relay split 44.41.