411OnTheForty: Swimming records broken at Hall of Fame Invitational

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Freshman Olivia Bray broke the Texas program record in the 100-yard butterfly and helped the Longhorns set a new record in the 400-yard medley relay at the Hall of Fame Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas women's swimming and diving team set three school records at the Hall of Fame Invitational Dec. 2-5 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Julia Cook, Anna Elendt, Olivia Bray and Kelly Pash broke the school record in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:26.8, besting the previous mark set in 2017 by nearly a second. It also marked the fastest time in the country this year.

Friday night was the same song, second verse, as the women sprinted to two record-breaking performances. Bray, a freshman, flew through the water in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 50.37 seconds, shattering a 12-year program record in the event. Elendt, also a freshman who won the Big 12's Newcomer of the Week award Dec. 1, posted a new school record in the 100-yard breastroke, taking first place in the event with a time of 58.06 seconds.

Texas Longhorns Womens Swimming Diving Olivia Bray
(photo courtesy of University of Texas Athletics)

On the men's side, senior Sam Pomajevich recorded the fastest time in the nation this year with a time of 1:39.19 in the 200-yard butterfly to close out the meet Saturday night. It bested the previous best this season by just four-tenths of a second. The men were dominant all meet, sweeping all six events Saturday.

The meet closed out the fall slate for the swimmers on both the men's and women's side, while several of the divers will head to Greensboro, N.C., for the USA Diving World Cup Trials Dec. 15-20. Texas hosts its next meet Jan. 9 when TCU comes to Austin for a dual meet.

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley