Texas Men & Women Win Duel Versus UNC

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.

Full meet results available here.

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Love watching John Martens swimming. He is 5’10” but swims so easy all 4 strokes. Dropped 3 seconds tonight and killed my favorite, Will Licon. Will died on 400 IM – he swam 30.3 last 50 freestyle.I hope he is just very tired, and this is not a sign he cannot swim 400 IM. His legs do not look he can do 400 IM though. He did dominate 200 breast. Little bit disappointed with Imri Ganiel’s technique. New breaststroke addition, Radu Prunoiu, transfer from Incarnate Word, is terrible.

Jack Conger can do it all – well except breaststroke. So much fun to watch him.
The freshman, Melody Cox, was swimming really good.

Only one remark about NC: Stephanie Peacock swims beautifully.

Hook 'em

That’s the kind of comment I’d hope you’d get banned for. Totally crossed the line by calling a student-athlete out.


This is by no means a personal attack on Radu – actually I think he is of Romanian origin and a fellow Orthodox Christian and neighbor. However, if I cannot discuss here his technique and criticize it, what is this forum for – to be swimming groupies? Not interested in that. He is an athlete and chose to be part of highly visible program – he should be able to handle comments from people who do not know what they are talking about like myself.


“New breaststroke addition, Radu Prunoiu, transfer from Incarnate Word, is terrible.”

I’m sorry, I think I missed the discussion of technique here.

His bests last year were 55.3/2:02. Not NCAA-worthy, but not “terrible” by any means.

Hook 'em

Well it sure came off as somewhat personal. As a Longhorn alumni and ex-collegiate swimmer, it just comes across poorly when you say something like that. Saying ‘man, he didn’t look impressive in his debut as a Longhorn’ or ‘jeez, his stroke looked awful’ are completely different than saying ‘That new breaststroker is really bad.’

In addition, he chose to be a collegiate athlete, not a professional athlete. Yes, he’s at a highly visible and esteemed program, but that shouldn’t mean he’s a free target for pot-shots from ‘a guy who doesn’t know what he’s talking about’.

Wahoo Strong

You could probably call me a bit of a groupie, but anyone on this website has a bit of groupie in them for sure! Doesn’t matter where he is from or his religion. The bottom line is this: we all like to see exciting swimming that is fast. That young man is somebody’s son, not just someone at whom you can take anonymous cheap shots just because “he’s put himself out there”. If you don’t think you know what you are talking about, then you should be more careful about what you write. If you don’t like how he swam, you don’t say, “he is terrible”. Talk about sweeping judgements. My son will be swimming in his first college meet… Read more »


>I hurt for the young man that made a mistake. I didn’t want to criticize him…the look on his face said it all.

That is different – that was a mistake. There is no excuse for swimming 2:13.86 on 200 breast at this level – that is terrible no matter how you slice it.

>…I would be heart-broken if someone did this

Why, who cares what I think? If he does, he will try to get better and prove us/me wrong. It is about him not you – listen to me, I am Swim/Psycho Doctor.


First amendment man. Any idiot can say anything stupid. No need for calling for pyschdads ban.

Stay Classy

You are definitely living up to your name with that comment. Instead of calling him terrible maybe point out thing he could improve upon.

Also it was a poor attempt on your part to try and back peddle and say you were merely saying his technique was terrible when it is obvious to all that you meant no such thing.

Wahoo Strong

Psycho…rude comment about Radu. Experienced swim parents and fans know that you don’t judge based on one meet. ANYONE can have a difficult meet. I don’t know Radu, but give him a chance for Heaven’s sake. Ease up…it’s a little early in the season for snap judgements.


Wahoo strong, I couldn’t agree more with your comment. Its important to recognize first that these young men and women are ALL world-class athletes. Its safe to say that the “slowest” women could not only smoke psychodad in the pool, but also quickly dispatch him in a fist fight. Secondly, my guess is most of these kids did this meet on top of a killer week of practices.


Let’s pump the breaks on calling all NCAA athletes world class because that’s just not true.


I was not commenting on his performance (result) which I expect to be slow at this point of season (Licon was terrible on 400 IM, for example), but Radu’s technique is very very poor.

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