Eddie Reese

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In November of 1998, Jordan Windle had just been born in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. By that time, Texas head coach Eddie Reese had already won his 19th straight conference championship with the Longhorns.

Fast forward 20 years and Windle has now helped the men’s swimming and diving team capture its 39th straight conference title in just his first season on the 40 Acres.

On Saturday, Windle showcased himself in the platform finals and did not disappoint. Not only did he win the competition, but Windle’s 570-point performance set an NCAA record for the event, shattering the previous mark by nearly 20 points.

“I’m still wowed by it,” Windle said. “A lot happened in this competition so I’m still trying to take it all in, but I’m really ecstatic about coming out on top and having a new record set for NCAA. It’s incredible.”

Windle is a unique hybrid in the diving game, being able to perform both platform and springboard diving while most specialize in only one. This type of versatility is what allowed him to also take home first place in the 3-meter finals on Friday.

The Big 12 Championships were a new opportunity for Windle to put his athletic abilities on display in front of the entire country, and he looked to keep his composure through it all.

“The first one I felt really calm about it,” Windle said. “I just wanted to have some fun. I got up there, did it. Then right when I hit the water I was like, ‘That felt really good.’ So I came out and everyone was cheering. Then when I got to my second dive, I was like, ‘Hopefully we keep this rolling,’ then I hit that one as well. Everything then just started falling into place.”

Everything did seemingly fall into place for Windle. At the conclusion of the events, he was awarded the newcomer of the meet and diver of the meet for his monumental display throughout the competition.

Windle’s next challenge will be the NCAA Championships next month in Minnesota.

After this week’s strong showing, Windle and the rest of his Texas teammates are one step closer to a fourth straight national championship.

“We took a good step here, but we’ve got another three-and-a-half weeks to get ready for NCAAs,” Reese said. “I feel real good about where we are.”

Reese said that his athletes will approach the next meet just the same as they have in previous years.

“They have real simple goals,” Reese said “It’s just work hard and try to get better in whatever you do. If you do that, it makes your team better. Some of them didn’t swim like they wanted to, but they know they’re going to be good in the end. That’s more or less our tradition. We are good here, and we’re real good at NCAAs.”

Despite having led the Longhorns to a record 13 national championships over his four decades at Texas, Reese was quick to dismantle the championship-or-bust mentality for the Longhorns.

“We don’t ever talk about winning,” Reese said. “If we have great performances and somebody beats us, they’re going to have to have great performances. We’ll just congratulate them.”

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Texas men’s swimming and diving team added another accolade to its long list of titles this weekend, taking home its 11th NCAA title in Iowa City, Iowa.

From the first dive to the final wall touch, the Longhorns led the meet. The team dominated the competition, claiming the team title with 528 points. Last year’s NCAA champion, California, snagged second with 399 points and Michigan came in third with 312 points.

Texas head coach Eddie Reese, named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Meet, and former Ohio State coach Mike Peppe now share the No. 1 ranking for most NCAA titles of all time. Reese is the only coach in swimming and diving history to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades.

“I’ve got 10 rings from winning 10 championships,” Reese said. “I have no clue where they are.” 

Reese said what matters to him is the individuals who make up his team.

“I know what every kid did and how much they improved,” Reese said. “Those are things that really matter. It’s always about people. The number of championships just means I’m old.”

Before the first preliminary rounds began Thursday, Texas, as a program, held NCAA titles in every swimming event except the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. By the end of the meet, sophomores Clark Smith, in the 500-yard free, and Will Licon, in the 400-yard individual medley, had both earned first-place times, rounding out Texas’s record sheet. 

In the 400-yard individual medley, Licon defeated Georgia junior Chase Kalisz, the national record-holder in the event, with a time of 3:36.37. Smith’s first place finish in the 500-yard free contributed 20 points to his team’s total.

“Clark Smith didn’t even make this meet last year, [and this year], he won an event,” Reese said. “That just doesn’t happen. I can’t make that happen. He made that happen.”

Freshman and London Olympian Joseph Schooling also made a great deal happen. Schooling helped make program history when the Longhorns qualified six swimmers, an NCAA record, in the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries for the championship final. Previously, no school had ever sent more than four swimmers to a final in any event at the NCAA Championships.

Schooling became the first ever Longhorn to sweep the 100- and 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships and the first Texas swimmer in general to earn a title in both events.

“To swim my first championship season with these guys, with Eddie [Reese] and Chris [Scheaffer] and have so much success off the bat means a lot to me, and I’m excited for the next few years,” Schooling said.

While Schooling has another three years with the Longhorns, the 2015 NCAA Championships marked the last time Texas’ seniors would compete as Longhorns.

“I am still waiting for someone to wake me up right now,” senior Kip Darmody said. “I don’t think the meet could have gone any better for us. Sacrificing many Saturday nights and giving it my all every day, day in and day out, it’s surreal. Like I said, I am still waiting for someone to wake me up — it’s something special.”

Men's swimming

Last weekend, sophomore Jack Conger dove into the national spotlight as he set a school record in the 200-yard butterfly. 

Conger’s time of 1:40.34 put him ahead of the previous record holder, freshman teammate Joseph Schooling, and simultaneously earned him the title of NCAA’s fourth best performer ever in the event. 

Conger kept his reaction simple.

“It was really nice,” he said.

Head coach Eddie Reese was more visibly excited.

“It was totally surprising to all of us,” Reese said. “He got out there real strong, and his last three 50’s were 25.9, 25.9, 26 flat.  You just don’t see that in butterfly.”

Conger, usually a backstroke specialist, appreciated being recognized for accomplishments in another field.

“The last few days leading up to the meet, we were really narrowed in on one or two events to focus on, and the 200 fly was that for me,” he said. “It’s not necessarily an off event, but it’s something besides backstroke, which is nice to do to get my mind off of something I enjoy and love doing so much.”

Conger will try to continue his success this weekend as the No. 1 ranked Longhorns face off against TCU at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in their Senior Day contest. 

The last time these two schools faced off was in 2013, when the Longhorns had a decisive 133-88 win in Fort Worth.

Men's tennis

Following their hard fought 4-2 victory against the SMU Mustangs on Saturday, the undefeated Texas men’s tennis team will face two ranked opponents this weekend.

Friday, the No. 62 Washington Huskies are coming to Austin, and Sunday, the Longhorns will face off against the No. 75 Rice Owls at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. 

The Huskies, the tougher of the two matchups, are currently undefeated with three consecutive shutout victories. Meanwhile, the Owls are recovering from three straight losses, two of which came against unranked opponents Old Dominion and Mississippi State. 

The Longhorns come into the weekend on the back of very strong singles play, especially from senior All-Americans Søren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool. Texas boasts one of the most experienced rosters in the Big 12, with five seniors and seven upperclassmen in all.

However, the Longhorns’ toughest test this season will come in Chicago at the ITA National Indoor Championship next weekend. If Texas can win both matches to sweep the weekend, it looks to continue its strong momentum heading into the ITA contest on Feb. 13.

Track and field

Coming off the heels of a strong weekend, Texas’ track and field will split up once again this weekend.

The Longhorns’ distance runners will travel to South Bend, Indiana, for the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame. The meet, known for attracting some of the top talent in the country, will provide a mid-season test for Texas.

Meanwhile, the rest of Texas’ team will head out west to the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

In the sprints, junior and Bowerman hopeful Courtney Okolo will be running her first 400 meters of the year, looking to gear up for the outdoor season.

This weekend also provides junior Kaitlin Petrillose, who joins Okolo on the Bowerman preseason watch list, another stepping stone on her quest to once again gain recognition as the NCAA Indoor Pole Vault champion. The Albuquerque Convention Center, home to the New Mexico Collegiate Classic, has provided four of the top-20 marks for pole vault this season, giving Petrillose an opportunity at setting her season-high mark.

Junior Ryan Crouser, No. 1 shot-putter in the world, also looks to continue his success this weekend coming off a world-leading mark of 20.95 meters (68–9.00) at the UW Invitational. 

Texas currently ranks No. 11 in the country on the men’s side and No. 7 on the women’s.

Women's swimming and diving

No. 6 ranked Texas women’s swimming and diving team will host TCU Friday in its final meet until the Big 12 Championships at the end of the month.

All-American sophomore swimmer Madisyn Cox will look to continue her stellar 2015, coming off a three-win outing in a dual-meet against Arizona and SMU last week. Cox’s accomplishments were enough to claim honors as the Big 12 Conference’s Swimmer of the Week, her first such recognition as a Longhorn.

Senior swimmer Gretchen Jaques expects to continue her success as the nation’s No. 2 swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the diving events, platform diving duo senior Emma Ivory-Ganja and sophomore Murphy Bromberg hope to build on their performance from the dual meet last week, where they placed first and second, respectively.

Today’s home meet will serve as Senior Day for Texas, and the Longhorns will honor eight graduating seniors. 

The meet begins at 4 p.m. at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Men's golf preview

Coming in hot after a top-five finish at the Nike Invitational on Oct. 7, the men’s golf team looks to continue its strong fall showing at the Golf Club of Georgia this weekend.  

No. 16 Texas will tee off at the United States Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Georgia, at 9 a.m. Friday with a seasoned starting five.

Seniors Kramer Hickok and Brax McCarthy will lead the Longhorns alongside All-American sophomore Beau Hossler. Sophomore Gavin Hall and freshman Scottie Scheffler round out the lineup. 

“I am really happy with our team as we go through the growing process,” head coach John Fields said.

The tournament will have fierce competition for the Longhorns, who are seeking their first win there. The team will take the course against nine other ranked teams, including No. 2 Georgia Tech and No. 3 Stanford. 

The 54-hole tournament concludes Sunday.

Men's swimming and diving: Eddie Reese begins 37th year with Texas

While football head coach Charlie Strong is getting plenty of press for starting his first season at Texas, men’s swimming and diving head coach Eddie Reese is kicking off his 37th year with the Longhorns.

In Reese’s nearly 40 years at Texas, the Longhorns have won 10 NCAA titles, secured 11 NCAA runner-up finishes and recorded top-three finishes at 28 of 36 NCAA Championship meets. This season, Reese expects to add to his achievements.

“This year started better than any year I can remember,” said Reese, a powerful statement considering Texas’s list of accomplishments.

Reese and the team will open the season at home against Texas A&M. Texas hasn’t singularly faced A&M since late in the 2010-2011 season, when the Longhorns won the meet by a 43-point margin. Texas was ranked No. 4 and A&M was ranked No. 19. 

But this team is much different than the team four years ago. This season Texas has 32 returning swimmers and divers, including 14 All-Americans from the 2013-2014 team that took second at the NCAA Championships and won the program’s 35th consecutive conference title.

Seniors Kip Darmody and Will Chandler will lead the Longhorns at the meet Friday at 6 p.m. at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center.

Men’s tennis heads to Texas regionals

After a week off, the men’s tennis team will return to action this weekend at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship in College Station.

Competing for No. 8 Texas are seniors Søren Hess-Olesen, Adrien Berkowicz and Jacoby Lewis, along with junior Michael Riechmann. Freshmen John Mee and William Jou will also make their Texas regional debut.

Mee, a Highland Park native, enters this weekend with a 4-2 singles record, including a win over a ranked opponent. Jou, a redshirt from Houston, looks to improve on a 1-1 singles record.

Berkowicz, who picked up two wins over a ranked opponent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, looks to carry that momentum into this weekend, but neither he nor Lewis advanced past the round of 32 in last year’s regionals.

Two-time All-American Hess-Olesen advanced to the semifinals of last year’s Texas regionals and he and fellow senior Lloyd Glasspool were crowned doubles champions of the 2013 event.

Lewis, who hasn’t played in official competition in over a month, enters this weekend with a 1-1 singles and doubles record.

The championship will be held at the Mitchell Tennis Center and will run from Oct. 18 through Oct. 21.

Women’s tennis prepares for USTA/ITA Regional Championships

The women's tennis team are visiting Waco for the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships for a five-day tournament.

Freshman singles player Danielle Wagland claimed the first victory for the Longhorns on the weekend, defeating SHSU sophomore Bailey Van Dyke (6-1, 6-3) on Thursday. Wagland then went on to win her second match of the day against Texas State senior Monica Pieratt (6-0, 6-3). Wagland will play Baylor junior Kiah Generette in the third round Friday. 

Freshman Ryann Foster won against Texas Tech’s Sarah Dvorak in the second round (6-7, 6-4, 6-3) after a bye in the first round. Foster will play Baylor freshman Kelley Anderson in the third round. 

Sophomore Pippa Horn defeated Abilene Christian University sophomore Erin Walker (6-2, 6-4) Thursday after receiving a bye in the first round. Horn will go up against Houston senior Elena Kordolaimi in the third round. 

Sophomore Neda Koprcina topped UT-Arlington junior Elizabeth Thoms in the second round (6-1, 6-1) after a bye in the first round. 

First-seeded junior Breaunna Addison also won over TCU sophomore Sofiko Kadzhaya (6-0, 6-4) in the second after a bye first round. Addison will play Abilene Christian University freshman Lucile Pothier. 

Junior Lana Groenvynck was the lone Longhorn to fall on Thursday, as she fell in the first round to SMU junior Hristina Dishkova (3-6, 3-6). 

Tournament play continues until Oct. 20 and will include doubles starting Oct. 17.

Cross country preview

The cross country team returns from a three-week hiatus this Saturday to compete at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Competitors include multiple Big 12 rivals, such as Baylor and Texas Tech in both the men’s and women’s races, and Kansas and Kansas State only in the men’s race. 

The Longhorns will run their 8,000, and 6,000-meter races on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, the same trail that will host the NCAA Division I Championships, allowing all runners to take the course for a test run before their biggest race.

The NCAA Division I Championship is set for Nov. 22.

Senior Kip Darmody has had plenty to celebrate in his Texas career, but for the five new swimming and diving freshmen, the Orange-White meet will be their first chance to show off.

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To senior swimmer Kip Darmody, being a Longhorn is about being part of a team and respecting tradition.

Many of Darmody’s teammates share his interpretation, and for the five freshmen new to the men’s swimming and diving team, Darmody hopes Friday’s Orange-White scrimmage will teach them what he learned his freshman year.

“I remember [my freshman year], Brendan Hansen telling me that the second I put a Texas cap on, I’m representing more than myself,” Darmody said. “I’m representing the spirit of Texas and all the guys who swam before me. It’s bigger than you. This is the meet where the freshmen really learn that type of spirit.”

Although the scrimmage has big implications for morale, it is largely informal.

Head coach Eddie Reese said the swimmers, especially freshmen, see the scrimmage as an opportunity to prove themselves.

“To me, it’s not as important as the importance they give it,” Reese said. “Any time you stand them up and use automatic timing and you put on the fast suits, it becomes a test.”

The swimmers will race for first place on a team that is consistently ranked as one of the top-10 teams in the country. And that’s exactly what makes this race so interesting.

“Eddie [Reese] and [assistant coach] Kris [Kubik] always believe that we actually end up getting more hyped up to race each other than other teams,” Darmody said. “We race each other almost every single day, and to actually step up on the blocks and have your time pop off in front of someone else’s, it really gives you a sense of pride.”

The high intensity of the inter-squad competition will give the coaches an opportunity to nitpick and find areas for improvement.

“The faster you go, the more chances that mistakes will show up,” Reese said. “I’m going to be surprised. They’re gonna be really fast.”

Although Reese expects to be surprised by their speed, the overall talent of the team will come as no shock to him.

“This year started better than any year I can remember,” Reese said. “We’re the strongest in the butterfly, and we are weak nowhere.”

With two diving titles and a collection of other top-10 finishes, Texas finished second at the NCAA Championships. Among the Longhorns’ strong performers was the 400-yard freestyle relay team that secured the ninth-fastest time in program history.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Longhorns grabbed three individual All-American finishes and an All-American relay to finish second this weekend while hosting the NCAA Division I Championships. Competing at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Texas scored 417.5 points, trailing title-winner California’s 468.5.

This marks the 11th NCAA runner-up finish for head coach Eddie Reese, who has won 10 NCAA titles in his 36 years here. Reese said ninth-place finishes hurt the team.

“We lived and died by our ninths,” Reese said. “We’re from The University of Texas, so we expect to be battling for top three year in and year out and have a legitimate shot for first. We did.” 

Freshman diver Michael Hixon swept the springboard diving events to secure two NCAA titles and Diver of the Meet honors. 

“Having my boys right there, right beside the three-meter, that was unbelievable,” Hixon said. “I kind of went a little crazy after my last dive, probably a little bit too much.”

Hixon finished out his meet with a seventh-place finish in the platform diving event with a score of 366.35.

Diving coach Matt Scoggin reclaimed his 2012 title as the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Diving Coach of the Year. Scoggin attributed Hixon’s early success to his work ethic and dedication. 

“It’s infectious,” Scoggin said. “He shows up early, stays late. Sometimes I have to tell him, ‘Look, you’re done. You need to get out of here.’”

Hixon’s spirit translated to the swimmers. Sophomore freestyler John Murray clocked in at 42.43 for fifth in the 100-yard freestyle championship, and sophomore swimmer Matt Ellis placed seventh in the consolation final with 42.98.

Beating his own personal best and notching third on the all-time Texas board, junior swimmer Kip Darmody finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:40.18. Freshman swimmer Jack Conger’s 1:40.73 time put him in eighth place, giving the Longhorns 11 overall points.

The Longhorns ended the night with a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the ninth-fastest time at UT. Ellis, Murray, Conger and senior swimmer Caleb Weir lapped at 43.07, 42.11, 43.06 and 42.70, respectively.

Scoggin said he’s optimistic about placing second with such a young team this year.

“It’s awesome to see young men have the guts to know how great they’re going to do before they even do it,” Scoggin said. “We feel very fortunate.”

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Texas will host the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship for the first time since 2003 from Thursday to Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. 

Head coach Eddie Reese has led the Longhorns to 10 NCAA titles in his 36 years as head coach, and if Texas finishes in first place this weekend, Reese will be tied with former Ohio State coach Mike Peppe for the NCAA record of 11 titles. 

The men’s No. 6 team has qualified four divers and shares the lead with California with 16 swimmers attending the championship. 

Reese has trained his athletes rigorously since September to prepare for the most important meet of the season. This is the weekend their hard work will potentially pay off.

“To make this meet is a great statement,” Reese said. “A great commitment.” 

Freshman diver Mark Anderson qualified at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Meet in Minneapolis earlier this month, finishing first with 840.6 points, despite having been out of platform diving for weeks because of an ear condition. 

After undergoing a corrective operation, Anderson is now required to wear a polo cap when he competes, but that isn’t holding him back. 

After qualifying for his first NCAA Championship, Anderson’s teammates shared a photo via Instagram of Reese and all the swimmers wearing identical caps. 

Diving coach Matt Scoggin has been impressed with Anderson’s perseverance this season. 

“He had a great ability to stay cool and calm and focus on what makes the dive work at a very crucial moment,” Scoggin said. 

In its seven times hosting the NCAA Championship, Texas has won three of the titles. Junior diver Will Chandler considers home-pool advantage to help the team.

“We are very comfortable here,” Chandler said. “The guys are starting on their own blocks.” 

Michigan took the 2013 NCAA Championship title, followed by California and Arizona, and Texas finished in fifth place. This year, 20 determined Longhorns are hoping to keep the title at home. 

“You will see a bunch of kids that have got a great shot to make the Olympics in 2016,” Reese said. 

The competition kicks off at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the preliminary rounds and finals to follow at 7 p.m. 

Sophomore Matt Ellis led the Longhorns in the 100 freestyle Saturday, finishing at 43.03 good for runner-up. Ellis' finish helped propel the Longhorns to their 35th consecutive Big 12 Championship, a title no other team has held in Big 12 history. 

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No. 8 Texas won its 35th consecutive conference championship with 1,071 points this weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. In addition to finishing first, Texas dominated the competition with six event wins and several NCAA-qualifying times.

Even though the men’s team has won the Big 12 title every year since the championship was founded in 1996, head coach Eddie Reese said winning doesn’t gets old.

“You get a new group, and you send your most experienced group,” Reese said. “If you ever forget to do the simple things then you have to stay on that.”

Saturday’s finals kicked off with men’s platform diving. Freshman diver Mark Anderson opened the night well over 100 points ahead of competitors. Anderson said mental imagery helped him prepare.

“[Imagining actions outside the water] definitely helped,” Anderson said. “I felt like when I got back in, I didn’t worry as much because I had it played out in my head.”

After freshman swimmer Jack Conger claimed the 100 butterfly in an NCAA automatic cut 45.56, Conger notched his second victory and automatic berth with a 1:40.56 finish in the 200 backstroke. The success merited Conger recognition as the Men’s Newcomer of the Meet.

“It’s not about the time right now — it’s about placing and doing your part of the team,” Conger said. “The NCAAs are on our mind, you know. I hope I can get up there a few more times. We’ll see.” 

Longhorn Big 12 title winners of the weekend include freshman Will Licon for his performance in the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Sam Lewis for the 1,650 freestyle and sophomore breaststroke swimmer Imri Ganiel for the 100 breaststroke. Junior breaststroke swimmer Matt Korman finished with the event’s fastest 100 breaststroke time in the consolation final at 53.35. As Texas finished the night swimming the 400 freestyle relay with an NCAA qualifying cut, Reese applauded his team’s efforts.

“We were a little low on our enthusiasm,” Reese said. “But we got it together last night and were a lot better this morning. Tonight we were as good as I could have hoped.”

The NCAA Championships will be held March 27–29 in Austin.

Freshman Mark Anderson helped lead the Longhorns diving team. Behind first place finisher freshman Michael Hixon, the Longhorns finished one through six in the standings. 

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It’s no surprise that Texas, the reigning champion, is favored to win the 18th annual Big 12 Championship in Austin this weekend. Texas has won 17 consecutive Big 12 titles since the tournament began in 1996.

Head coach Eddie Reese, in his 35th year at the helm, is known for setting the bar high, as no school has won more NCAA team titles than Texas since his arrival. Reese took Texas from being a 21st-ranked team in his first season to winning 10 NCAA titles — more than any other team in that time span.

“We started the tradition of being very good,” Reese said. “We’ve kept it going and they know that, it’s why a lot of them come here.”

As a three-time Olympic coach — 1992 Barcelona, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing — Reese is a vital recruiting tool and attracts the best swimmers in the country. In his tenure, he has had no trouble translating that talent into success. 

But Reese doesn’t have time to celebrate his achievements and success as head coach. With 13 talented freshmen on his team, Reese is prepared for a long, but rewarding, season. He knows a strong team bond is needed to compete at a national level.

“It’s not just about what I’m swimming,” said senior freestyle swimmer Charles Moore, a two-time Big 12 champion. “It’s about what everyone is swimming. For us it’s individual efforts that are going to add up. Freshmen are always going to have unbelievable swims.”

Texas swam well during the year, bringing it to No. 6 in the NCAA, but the team wants more, and that road starts this weekend with the Big 12 Championships.

“At this meet, we have to worry about the times because that’s what’s going to qualify us for the NCAAs,” Reese said.

In the early goings, the home waters seem to be treating the Longhorns well. Texas built itself a lead in the first night of the championships, winning all three events — the 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and one-meter diving — Thursday night.

Texas started the night taking first in the 200 medley in 1:24.86, before absolutely dominating in diving, where it took the top six spots led by freshman Michael Hixon’s 429 points.

The Longhorns also beat TCU and West Virginia, the only other two Big 12 men’s swimming programs, in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:17.24 to close the night. Texas leaves the pool with 175 points total, far eclipsing TCU’s 97 points and West Virginia’s 80 points.

The championships will continue Thursday with the 50 and 500 freestyle finals and the 200 and 400 individual medley relays beginning at 6 p.m at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Texas seeks repeat of last year’s Big 12 title

The sixth-ranked Longhorn’s swimming and diving team seeks a repeat of its Big 12 championship this weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Texas has not competed since its win in Arizona three weeks ago.

The Longhorns will host Iowa State, Kansas, TCU and West Virginia — the only other Big 12 schools with women’s programs.

Head coach Carol Capitani said one of the team’s main motivations is continuing the tradition of quality the program has established.

“Each day, during the week leading up to the conference championship, players will have a chance to come with an inspirational quote and have a chance to share with the team,” Capitani said. “It is a good indicator of progress made between freshman and senior years.”

“Nothing is for granted,” Capitani said. “We need to go win the Big 12. The best athletes want to be good.”

Horns chase 18th title in a row this weekend

The No. 8 Longhorns men’s swimming and diving team will look to claim its 18th consecutive Big 12 title at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center this weekend. 

Texas has won every league title since the tournament began in 1996 and has earned 34 conference championships under head coach Eddie Reese. 

“We have real good guys that buy into the program,” Reese said. “They know what delayed gratification is and work hard from September until now to prepare.”

After another strong season, the Longhorn men are favored to win the title this weekend. “This is a meet where you’re going to see real good swimmers,” Reese said. “You’re going to see a number of people that will be on the 2016 Olympic team, and when the NCAA’s come here, you will see a lot of them that are going to be there.”

This weekend‘s meet will feature the Longhorns, TCU and West Virginia, the only three Big 12 schools that compete in men’s aquatics. Texas claimed the 2013 Big 12 title against the same two schools with 985 total points.     

“We’ve got probably three or four good guys in each event, they’ve got one or two,” Reese said. “There’s going to be some real competitive races.”