Texas Women’s Swimming and Diving Preview: Indiana, Michigan

Longhorns hit the road for the second time in as many weekends.
Longhorns hit the road for the second time in as many weekends.

WHAT: Texas (2-1) continues its fall dual-meet season with a double dual against Indiana and Michigan. The meet spans two days, but only Friday’s results will count toward the official dual meet results. Saturday’s exhibition features events contested at unconventional distances, such as a 600-yard freestyle and 300-yard backstroke.

Friday, Oct. 25 – Diving begins at 2:30 p.m. CT, swimming at 4 p.m. CT
Saturday, Oct. 26 – Unscored “double distance” swimming meet, 9 a.m. CT

WHERE: Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center – Bloomington, Ind.

LIVE SWIMMING RESULTS: A live swimming results link will be available at IUHoosiers.com shortly before the meet begins.


LAST MEETINGS VS. INDIANA & MICHIGAN: Texas hosted the double dual with Indiana and Michigan last season (Oct. 26, 2012) in Austin where the Longhorns produced a pair of wins. Texas defeated Indiana by a 172-128 count and knocked off Michigan, 217-83.

Carol Capitani
On the Indiana-Michigan meet
I like that we get to race two really good teams and I like that we get to see our kids race three weekends in a row, which is kind of unusual. I hope it proves to be fruitful, putting meets together in three consecutive weeks. and that’s why we’re going up there and racing two days in a row (to get tough). October is a great time for training. This is the time when we’re getting better and we’re learning. I want us to race tough and I want to learn a few more things about these kids.”

2:30 p.m. CT: Men’s 1-meter, women’s 3-meter
4:30 p.m. CT: Men’s 3-meter, women’s 1-meter

200 medley relay
1000 freestyle
200 freestyle
100 backstroke
100 breaststroke
200 butterfly
50 freestyle
100 freestyle
200 backstroke
200 breaststroke
500 freestyle
100 butterfly
200 IM
400 freestyle relay

The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday the selections of Texas senior Samantha Tiucker as the league’s Women’s Swimmer of the Week and UT junior Emma Ivory-Ganja as its Women’s Diver of the Week.

Tucker produced college swimming’s 10th-fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle with her mark of 1 minute, 47.95 seconds against Texas A&M. Ivory-Ganja, an All-America transfer from UCLA, won the three-meter diving event at Texas A&M with 338.40 points.

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Tucker and Ivory-Ganja collected the first Big 12 weekly awards of their respective careers.

THE 2013-14 LONGHORNS: Under second-year head coach Carol Capitani (cap-it-TAN-ee), second-year assistant coach Roric Fink and 20th year diving coach Matt Scoggin, Texas returns eight All-Americans from the 2012-13 team that won the Big 12 Championship and placed ninth at the NCAA Championships.

Senior Sarah Denninghoff, now a 16-time All-American, posted seven All-America finishes in individual and relay events last season in her first campaign as a Longhorn. Her All-America classmates include Samantha Tucker, Alex Hooper, Ellen Lobb, Lily Moldenhauer and Maren Taylor. Juniors Kelsey LeNeave and Gretchen Jaques also have earned All-America honors on relays.

Tucker collected her first individual All-America selection in the 200 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Tucker has joined Lobb, Hooper and Moldenhauer to earn multiple All-America honors in relay events over the past three seasons.

Senior Maren Taylor leads a traditionally strong corps of Longhorn divers. The Arlington, Va., native made a triumphant return to the sport last season after rehabilitating a dislocated right elbow sustained at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Taylor earned All-America honors in the one-meter and platform diving events last season before earning a spot on the U.S. roster to compete at the FINA World Championships, where she placed 11th in the three-meter event. Freshman Murphy Bromberg also represented the U.S. at Worlds in Barcelona and placed seventh in the synchronized platform diving event with Ohio State’s Cheyenne Cousineau.

Sophomore diver Meghan Houston added a bronze medal in the three-meter synchronized diving event at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

All totaled, Texas welcomes 12 newcomers in the form of 10 true freshmen and two transfers. Junior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja earned All-America honors in the three-meter and platform diving events last season at UCLA. Junior swimmer Kimmy Phillips was an NCAA Championships qualifier last season for North Texas.

Texas has picked up significant early contributions from freshmen Tasija Karosas, Madisyn Cox and the aforementioned Bromberg. Cox won two swimming events in the win over Rice and added three more wins in UT’s victory over North Carolina. Karosas registered wins in the 100 and 200 backstroke events against North Carolina.

Bromberg swept the one- and three-meter diving events in the win over North Carolina.

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