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Women’s swimming climbs to No. 1 in CSCAA rankings

The Texas women's swimming and diving team is the top-ranked team in the country for the first time under fifth-year head coach Carol Capitani (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — If it seems unusual to see the Texas women’s swimming and diving team anywhere other than in first place, that’s understandable. After all, the Longhorns have won nine national championships, entrenching themselves as one of the nation’s elite programs.

But what may come as a surprise to casual fans is the fact that when the Longhorns were elevated into the top spot in the new College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, it marked their first time atop the national rankings in the five-year tenure of head coach Carol Capitani.

"Certainly I am really proud of these young women and the way they competed last weekend," Capitani said. "Everyone stepped up across the board, and that's why it was so much fun, because everyone was able to contribute. The polls and rankings are a great snapshot of the past two weeks in college swimming, and it is an honor to be recognized for our team's accomplishments. What matters most is how we finish at the end of the season, and the team has some big goals in that area, as well. We have some great leadership, and the team is in a good place to accomplish those goals moving forward."

Thanks in part to standout performances by All-America seniors Madisyn Cox and Tasija Karosas, the Longhorns can claim dual-meet victories over five teams currently ranked among the top 11 in the country, including road wins at No. 14 Auburn and No. 2 Georgia; UT’s only loss this season came at then-No. 2 Stanford.

UT hosts its Senior Day meet next week when No. 17 Arizona arrives in Austin for a two-day dual meet Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28.