Texas Women Wrap Undefeated Season With Wins Over NC State, Arizona

by Robert Gibbs 10

February 01st, 2019 ACC, Big 12, College, News, Pac-12

Texas v. NC State and Arizona

  • Friday-Saturday, February 1-2, 2019
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin Texas
  • Triple Dual Format
  • Live Results
  • Full Results
  • Scores: Texas 168, NC State 130; Texas 232, Arizona 68; NC State 213, Arizona 81

While the NC State men dominated the competition Friday, the women’s side of the meet saw a much more balanced team race. In the end, though, the Longhorns were victorious, putting the finishing touches on an undefeated dual meet season.

Just as the men’s side, the medley relay was an exciting affair. Each of the opening three legs for the Wolfpack and Longhorns A relays split within a tenth of a second of their opponent, leaving Texas with a slight lead heading into the anchor leg. But Ky-Lee Perry ripped a 21.65 to Grace Ariola‘s 22.21, giving NC State the win, 1:38.03 to 1:38.50.

Texas responded quickly, as Joanna Evans posted back-to-back wins in the 1000 free (9:45.19) and the 200 free (1:46.31). She’d also come back during the second half to win the 500 free in 4:47.18, giving her the distance free triple.

The Longhorns picked up another win from Claire Adams, who won the 100 back by over a second, with a 52.77. Sophie Hansson then outdueled Olivia Anderson 1:00.97 to 1:01.11 to put the Wolfpack back in the winners column.

The 200 fly proved to be another tight battle, with Longhorn Lauren Case making up almost a second on NC State’s Kylee Alons over the final 50 to win 1:55.09 to 1:55.16. Alons got a new school record as a consolation prize, taking almost two seconds off her own mark from last weekend.

Things weren’t so close in the sprint freestyles, with Perry taking the 50 free in 21.99 and the 100 free in 48.24, both by safe margins.

Alons finally got her win, taking the 200 back by over two and a half seconds (1:54.31), with teammate Julia Poole then giving NC State another win, with a 2:14.45 in the 200 breast.

Mackenzie Rumrill gave Arizona their only win of the day with a 52.43 win the 100 fly, narrowly defeating Alons (52.64), before Evie Pfeifer closed out the individual races with a 4:10.99 win the 400 IM.

The Longhorns have the fastest 400 free relay time in the NCAA this season by well over a second, so it’s not a surprise that they wrapped up the day with a 3:15.47. Perry had the fastest split in the field, popping a 47.82, as the Wolfpack took 2nd in 3:16.49.

The three teams return to action tomorrow morning, although with a non-traditional event schedule that includes 25s, 75s, 150s, and 300s.

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2 years ago


ACC fan
2 years ago

Of course diving counts, but if Texas women hadn’t have scored 1-2-3 on both boards this is a very different meet against NC STATE

Reply to  ACC fan
2 years ago

Like you said, diving counts, so it was exactly the meet it should have been.

That’s like saying, well if the distance events didn’t count, it would have been a different meet.

Diving counts. Instead of complaining about the Texas divers, tell NC State to get better divers.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

Makes about as much sense as adding the cheerleader scores to the football scores

Reply to  shasha
2 years ago

You may be right, but as it stands, it’s Swimming and Diving, so it doesn’t really matter if it makes sense to you.

I don’t understand how anyone can get upset at Texas for having a strong swimming and a strong diving program. People complain all the time about Texas when they’re assembling the best team they can. Instead of getting upset at Texas, get upset at your team for not having a better diving program.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

I agree here. Hopefully a new pool (or diving well at least) is a priority for NC State in the near future. I would say diving well specifically as a swim meet at the current natatorium is actually a blast as a spectator.

Reply to  ACC fan
2 years ago

Texas still won the meet without diving included.

2 years ago

Lauren Case has been pretty quiet this season, but that must be an in season best for her in the 200 fly? She usually has good drops at big 12’s. That is pretty exciting prospect. With Rule & her will be potentially good scoring at NCAAs

Think that was also an in season best for Diener, she’s been kicking butt her senior year. She could be threat to score individually as well as the relays at NCAAs

UT has a lot of “on the bubble” swimmers…it will be fun to watch what they can do.

Eddie Rowe
2 years ago

Missed stating the event Julia Poole won. I assume 200 breast.