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Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving sweeps Big 12 postseason awards

(Image via TexasSports.com)

(Image via TexasSports.com)

IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 Conference announced NCAA champion Texas as the recipient of all five league postseason awards Tuesday afternoon.

Big 12 coaches selected Texas sophomore swimmer Joseph Schooling as the conference's Men's Swimmer of the Year and junior diver Mark Anderson as the league's Men's Diver of the Year.  Townley Haas was voted as the Big 12 Men's Newcomer of the Year.  The league selected Eddie Reese as the Men's Swimming Coach of the Year and Matt Scoggin as the Men's Diving Coach of the Year.

Schooling, who shared the CSCAA Division I Men's Swimmer of the Year award with California's Ryan Murphy and Florida's Caeleb Dressel, set NCAA, NCAA Championship, U.S. Open, pool, Big 12 and school records while winning both the 100-yard butterfly (44.01) and the 200 butterfly (1:37.97) at the NCAA Championships last month.

The Singapore Olympian helped Texas set NCAA, NCAA Championship, U.S. Open, pool, Big 12 and school records en route to victory in the 800 freestyle relay (6:08.03) and the 400 medley relay (3:00.68) at the NCAA Championships.  Schooling also helped Texas win the NCAA title and set school and Big 12 records in the 200 freestyle relay.

For a second consecutive year, Anderson was the only Big 12 diver to score on all three boards at the NCAA Championships.

Anderson placed fourth on platform (421.55), sixth on one-meter (416.10) and 10th on three-meter (448.45) at the NCAA Championships.  The Californian won the three-meter and platform events at the Big 12 Championships, where he was selected as the Men's Diver of the Meet.

Haas made a clean sweep of the record books and set NCAA, American, NCAA Championship, U.S. Open, pool, Big 12 and school records en route to victory in the 200 freestyle (1:30.46) at the NCAA Championships.  The Richmond, Virginia, native broke the 10-year-old NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championship records by over half of a second.

Haas became the second Longhorn ever to win an NCAA title in the 500 freestyle, as he claimed the event in 4:09.00 at the NCAA Championships.  He joined Jack Conger, Clark Smith and Schooling on the aforementioned record-setting 800 freestyle relay, and his relay split of 1:30.52 was the fastest individual split ever in the sport's history.

Haas also placed fourth in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships in 14:34.36.  He won the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle at the Big 12 Championships and was selected as the Men's Newcomer of the Meet.

Reese earned his 14th selection as Big 12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year in the award's 15-year history.  Last month, the 38th-year head man passed Ohio State's Mike Peppe for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA men's swimming and diving team titles.  Reese's Longhorns have won all 20 Big 12 league titles and 37 consecutive conference championships.

Scoggin earns his fifth consecutive selection and 11th overall as the Big 12 Men's Diving Coach of the Year.  A pair of Scoggin's divers, the aforementioned Anderson and UT's Cory Bowersox, were the only Big 12 divers to score points at the NCAA Championships.

Scoggin's divers swept all three boards at the Big 12 Championships, where he was selected as the Big 12 Men's Diving Coach of the Meet.

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