20 Nov

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Texas Swimming and Diving Earns Big 12 Weekly Honors

Junior swimmer Clay Youngquist and sophomore diver Cory Bowersox earn first league honors of the season. (Image: University of Texas Athletics)

Junior swimmer Clay Youngquist and sophomore diver Cory Bowersox earn first league honors of the season. (Image: University of Texas Athletics)

IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday the selection of Texas junior swimmer Clay Youngquist as its Men’s Swimmer of the Week,  UT sophomore diver Cory Bowersox as the league’s Men’s Diver of the Week and Texas junior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja (GANN-yuh) as the league’s Women’s Diver of the Week.  Youngquist and Bowersox earn their first Big 12 weekly awards of the season. Ivory-Ganja (The Woodlands, Texas) earned the same honor on Oct. 23 and is the only Big 12 student-athlete honored twice this season.

 Youngquist’s three individual wins provided key points in UT’s narrow win over No. 19 Penn State and victories over host Virginia and West Virginia (Nov. 8-9).  Youngquist continues to hold the nation’s top time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.71), and he added a win in the event against Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia. 

 Youngquist (Battle Creek, Mich.) posted NCAA “B” cuts in the 200 and 500 freestyles against the Cavaliers, Mountaineers and Nittany Lions.  He holds college swimming’s fifth-fastest time in the 500 freestyle in addition to his top national mark in the 200 freestyle. 

 Bowersox posted 403.20 points to claim the one-meter diving event in UT’s wins over Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia.  He added a second-place finish in the three-meter event with 408.23 points. 

 Bowersox and the Longhorns’ divers host the three-day UT Diving Invitational beginning Thursday at UT’s Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.  Youngquist and the UT swimmers host the three-day Texas Invitational beginning Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Texas Swimming Center.

Junior Emma Ivory-Ganja collects second weekly honor after defeating Virginia, Penn State and West Virginia.

Junior Emma Ivory-Ganja collects second weekly honor after defeating Virginia, Penn State and West Virginia.

Ivory-Ganja’s win in the three-meter event and second-place showing in the one-meter event provided key points in UT’s road wins over No. 18 Virginia, No. 25 Penn State and West Virginia (Nov. 8-9).  

Ivory-Ganja won the three-meter event with 314.55 points and tallied 284.10 points for second place in the one-meter event. 

 Ivory-Ganja is in her first season with the Longhorns after earning All-America honors last season as a sophomore at UCLA. 

Be sure to support this very talented Texas Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving team.

 

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