• Texas stumbles at Notre Dame Invitational

    Despite cloudy skies and high humidity, Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana, was packed with teams and spectators for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. 

    The Longhorns, who faced off against ranked competition for the first time this season, struggled to maintain the momentum from their first two meets. Both the men and women concluded the day outside of the top 10. 

    The women, competing without key senior Sandie Raines, finished in 16th place. The men’s team also came up short, placing 13th in what was a difficult race from the start.

    “We wanted to beat our opponent, but we were flat,” assistant coach Brad Herbster said. “We got out poorly and never were where we wanted to be. We have to do a better job of passing. People were passing us and I know we are a much better team than that.”

    Sophomore Alex Rogers led the way for the men, finishing 19th with a time of 24:07.2 in the individual five mile run. 

    “Alex was seconds off of making top-10,” Herbster said. “Seconds can be the difference between reaching a goal and not in a race like this.”

    Senior Mary Beth Hamilton was the first Longhorn to cross the finish line amongst the women, placing 75th with a time of 17:25.1 in the 5,000-meter run. 

    “I think it’ll be better competition,” Herbster said. “It’s all about the little things. We need to perform like we do every day in practice. It’s important to improve on a daily basis, stay healthy, implement the new people and show them how to race.”

    The men and women look to bounce back as they prepare for the Penn State National Open on 14. Oct.

  • Longhorns gear up for new season with Orange-White meet

    After an eventful offseason, the Longhorns are set to begin their season with the Orange-White meet on Thursday and Friday. 

    The men enter the season coming off their second consecutive NCAA title and No. 12 title overall in 2015–16. The team brings back several talented swimmers, including senior Jack Conger, junior Joseph Schooling and sophomore Tate Jackson. Conger and Schooling competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where they earned golds in the 400x200-meter relay and 100-meter butterfly respectively. 

    Jackson said the team feels pressure to repeat as champions this season — but said it’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

    “I think I would say it’s a good pressure,” Jackson said. “You know, the coaches always say that you’ve got to go into the season knowing that you kind of have a target on your back … It reminds us like ‘hey, there’s people out there trying to take our spot.”

    The women’s team also has a chance to repeat — it looks for its fifth consecutive Big 12 championship this season. But the team has even higher
    expectations for 2016–17.

    “We want to be a top-5 team at the end of the season,” junior Mimi Schneider said. “For swimming, the end of the year matters most, so Big 12’s and NCAA’s are always the highlights of the year.”

    The women return 13 Big 12 individual champions this season — along with a talented freshman class. They face a loaded schedule in 2016-17, headlined by a matchup with Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky, a five-time gold medalist. 

    The women’s team hits the pools on Thursday, while the men compete on Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

    The Longhorns hope the tune-up meet helps them find their championship form before the regular season kicks off on Oct. 21. 

    “It does a really good job of setting us up to see where we are, give us time to race, and getting us in that meet mindset with a fun environment before there is a lot of pressure,” Schneider said.

  • Texas changes future football schedule

    Texas athletics announced changes to the future football schedule on Tuesday. 

    The Longhorns have moved their home matchup with the University of Central Florida originally set for Sept. 9, 2017 to the same day in 2023 at the request of the Knights. Texas and UCF have faced off twice, first in Orlando in 2007 and then in Austin in 2009. Both games resulted in Longhorn victories. 

    Texas has filled UCF’s slot in the schedule with a home game against San Jose State. The Longhorns and Spartans have never faced one another. Texas will kick off next season with a home game against Maryland on Sept. 2 and will wrap up its non-conference schedule on Sept. 16 with a road game against USC. 

  • Longhorn players rack up Big 12 honors

    In addition to picking up a big win over No. 8 Kansas on Saturday, two Longhorns also received individual awards for their performances last week. 

    Freshman outside hitter Micaya White earned a Big 12 Freshman of the Week title while junior outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu claimed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. 

    Texas went 2-0 last week with wins over West Virginia and the Jayhawks, and White and Nwanebu were integral pieces of the Longhorns’ success. 

    White recorded 40 kills in the two matches while Nwanebu registered 33. The two players rank No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in total kills this season — White has 184 and Nwanebu has 157. 

    It’s White’s third time to win the conference’s freshman of the week award in the last four weeks. She leads the Longhorns in two important offensive categories: points and kills. 

    Despite the freshman’s success, White also leads the team in a negative offensive category — attacking errors. She racked 51 errors in 42 sets played. Nwanebu has committed 33 attacking errors in 36 sets played. 

    White’s errors are likely to decrease as she gains more experience. Her offensive acumen currently outweighs her occasional slip up and could potentially lead to more awards before season’s end. 

  • Sophomore tennis player wins singles title, junior golf player competes in world tournament, women's golf wins tournament crown

    Scott picks up singles title for men’s tennis

    Texas sophomore Harrison Scott rallied from a set behind to win the singles title at the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic.

    Scott’s victory came over the highest-ranked opponent he’s faced in his career, No. 15 William Bushamuka of Kentucky. 

    After dropping the first set, Scott forced the tiebreaker in the second set, but found himself down to Bushamuka 4-0 in the third set. Scott claimed the next seven points to win the set and went on to grab the victory.

    “It really was a great tournament and tremendous effort from Harrison this weekend,” head coach Michael Center said.  “He beat one of the best players in the country today, and I think he showed everybody around the country what kind of competitor he is.”

    Prior to Sunday’s victory, Scott’s top win came against No. 45 Hugo Di Feo of Ohio in the third round of the 2016 NCAA championships.

    Next weekend the team will compete in two events. The Rice Invitational begins Friday in Houston, while the pre-qualifying draws of the ITA All-American Championships start in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Men’s golf’s Scheffler competes in international tournament

    Junior Scottie Scheffler finished 31st in the World Amateur Team Championship in Riviera Maya this week. Held at Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club, the tournament showcased amateur talent from 71 different countries.

    The Dallas native was one of three college players from the United States selected to compete in the event. The American team consisted of Scheffler, Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke and Stanford’s Maverick McNealy.

    Scheffler finished with a 284 total against 212 players from around the world. His score helped the United States finish in a tie for sixth place.

    Hoffman leads women’s golf to first tournament crown in five years

    Led by freshman Emilee Hoffman, the Longhorns took home their first tournament crown since 2011 at the Lady Paladin Invitational at Furman University Golf Course. Hoffman shot a 286 in the third round to secure first place in the tournament and Texas’ victory. 

    “It feels great to get my first collegiate win,” Hoffman said. “I was just trying to stay patient today and play my own game. I’m really excited about our team win, too!”

    Junior Sophia Schubert also finished in the top five, finishing 2-under par for the event.

    The Longhorns return to action on Oct. 9 at the Jim West Invitational at the Carlton Woods Golf Club. 

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