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This weekend, Texas will take to the water in Bloomington, Indiana, to compete in the Dale England Cup.

The Longhorns will race against Indiana, Notre Dame and Columbia in a series of dual races, in which two teams race head-to-head. Head coach Dave O’Neill said he hopes to use this regatta as an opportunity to improve upon the team’s close second-place finishes at the Clemson Invitational, including several against Indiana. 

“Basically, what we realized we need to do better is we need to go further per stroke,” O’Neill said. “I think they’re trying hard; they’re rowing relatively well, but, in terms of maximizing that base speed, we just haven’t been able to get that just yet. But we’ve made some big steps forward.”

Texas is currently ranked 12th, one spot below host Indiana. After the San Diego Crew Classic, the Longhorns emerged in the national rankings for the first time since 2012. O’Neill said he used the last poll before the San Diego Crew Classic in March, which didn’t rank the Longhorns, as motivation for the team. 

“I showed everyone the poll, and I’m like, ‘Hey, this is the last time that Texas is not ranked in the top 20,’” O’Neill said. “‘This is the last poll ever.’ And then, sure enough, after the Crew Classic, we were ranked.”

O’Neill said one of the top priorities before this weekend’s regatta was figuring out the constantly changing lineups for the top varsity boats. In the days leading up to the regatta, the coaches have spent hours going over possible lineups on whiteboards.

“Trying to get everyone flowing and going along on the same page — it’s tough,” O’Neill said. “I think a great mindset change for the team has been thinking about what’s best for the team. I’ve been impressed with the lack of selfishness.”

The culmination of the Texas men’s cross country team’s entire season’s work is set to take place this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

The Texas men, after qualifying in second place at the NCAA South Central Regional a week ago, find themselves with a lot to prove at their sixth-straight NCAA Championship appearance. 

Seniors Craig Lutz and Mark Pinales look to lead the team to a better finish than last year’s 14th place finish. Lutz and senior Ryan Dohner won All-American honors in last season’s championships, but the 30th-ranked Longhorns have never been successful in the last meet of the season. Texas hopes to bring back the team’s first championship trophy Saturday.

Men's swimming and diving

In a quad meet characterized by electric times and tight finishes — including one touch separated by one one-hundredth of a second — the men’s swimming and diving team defeated Indiana and Louisville comfortably, but was narrowly edged out by Michigan.

The Longhorns took down the Hoosiers by a 91-point margin and the Cardinals by 81 points. Long before the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay — Texas had secured its win over the two teams, but the overall victor of the meet remained uncertain.

All-American sophomore Will Licon captured first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:57.11, good for the nation’s top time to date in that event.

Sophomore Jack Conger also got national recognition, earning the second-fastest time in the country this season with a dominating win in the 200-yard individual backstroke with a time of 1:45.18. Freshman Jonathan Roberts also hopped on the record train with the nation’s top mark in the 500 freestyle.

Michigan held the lead, but Texas kicked up a rally that narrowed its deficit, thanks to sophomore Mark Anderson’s and senior Will Chandler’s second- and  third-place finishes in the 3-meter diving event.

However, Texas couldn’t catch up and was closely defeated by Michigan, 183-170.


Texas softball won its third fall scrimmage against Galveston Community College in a 10-3 blowout this weekend. 

Galveston scored all three of its runs in the top of the third off a fielder’s choice, an illegal pitch by sophomore pitcher Lauren Slatten and an RBI groundout. To revive Texas’ pitching, freshman pitcher Erica Wright retired six hitters in order.

“Once you get on the mound, adrenaline takes over you, and you just get in the moment,” Wright said. “Erin [Shireman], the catcher, made some
really nice calls.”

The Longhorns scored scored one run in the bottom of the third and three in the fourth before blowing the game open in the fifth with six runs.

Texas faces St. Edward’s at McCombs Field at 5 p.m.  Thursday.

Women's rowing

The women’s rowing team grabbed three first-place finishes Saturday at the Austin Rowing Club’s Head of the Colorado Regatta. Although it’s traditionally a 5,000-meter course, this year’s races were limited to 4,000 meters because of an infestation of cabomba weeds in Lady Bird Lake.

The first top finish came early in the day for the Longhorns, with Texas’ boats claiming the top seven spots in the open pair race at 8:10 a.m. The first-place boat finished with a time of 16:23.5.

Success continued in the open 8+ race, taking the top three spots.

Texas edged out a boat from Big 12 rival Oklahoma to place second in the first novice 8+ race with a time of 15:50.1.

The Longhorns also grabbed first place in the open 4+ race with a time of 15:34.3, which was good enough to beat out teams from SMU, Texas A&M and Rice.

Texas finished the day with 10 top-three finishes and will look to carry that momentum into next weekend when it competes at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Women's soccer

Although Texas soccer entered the weekend barely hanging on to the final spot in the Big 12 Championship tournament, wins Friday and Sunday over Oklahoma and Baylor punched Texas’ ticket to the postseason.

It took only 45 seconds for the Longhorns to generate enough offense to knock off conference rival Oklahoma on Friday night.

Less than one minute into regulation, senior defender Whitney Jaynes gained possession along the left flank and chipped a cross into the 6-yard box where leaping freshman forward Morgan Murphy nodded the ball in for her first career goal.

Murphy’s header was Texas’ only shot on goal, but a stifling Longhorn defense held the Sooners to just six shots all game, with only two of those
on goal.

“Anytime you can get a ‘W,’ you’ll take that opportunity,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “Credit to Oklahoma, this match was a back-and-forth battle. I’m just really pleased with the win.”

Texas took much longer to get the offense clicking Sunday against Baylor, but late heroics by sophomore midfielder Julia Dyche allowed the Longhorns to leave Waco with a 2-1 victory.

Junior midfielder Lindsey Meyer equalized with a goal in the 75th minute, and Dyche put Texas in the winner’s column when she blasted a rebound into the back of the net with just 30 seconds to go in regulation.

The Longhorns’ next action will take place in the regular season finale at home against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Friday.

Women's swimming and diving

Texas’ women’s swimming and diving team kicked off its season with a 3-0 start after a two-day quad meet this weekend against Michigan, Louisville and Indiana. Texas beat Michigan by a 199-154 margin, Indiana by a 204.5-148.5 margin and Louisville by a 243.5-109.5 margin.

Michigan and Indiana battled for a few wins in the pool and proved to be tough competitors, but by the conclusion of day one, Texas led after winning three events.

Sophomore Tasija Karosas, senior Gretchen Jaques, sophomore Brynne Wong and senior Sarah Denninghoff started off the meet with a 400 medley relay victory in 3:38.87. Jaques won again, leading a 1-2 Texas finish with a split of 1:01.37 in the 100 breaststroke, just in front of freshman Bethany Leap, who finished in 1:02.36.

It wasn’t until later in the day that sophomore Madisyn Cox solidified the third win for Texas, winning the 200 IM with a mark of 1:58.56. Cox also came out with a win in the 400 IM with a time of 4:14.51, due to the in-race disqualification of Louisville senior Tanja Kylliainen. 

Day two began with a swift comeback by freshman Rebecca Millard, who closed the gap to gain yet another win for the Longhorns in the 200 freestyle relay. Jaques, Millard, Wong and Denninghoff clocked in at 1:32.24.

All-American senior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja placed first in Texas’ big 1-2-3 finish in the one-meter dive with 301.85 points, alongside teammates junior Meghan Houston and sophomore Murphy Bromberg.

Women’s swimming and diving preview

This weekend, the women’s swimming and diving team will fly to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to swim at the Canham Natatorium in its first intercollegiate competition of the season.

The No. 6 Longhorns have their work cut out for them in this two-day quad meet. Although the 2014-2015 rankings have yet to be posted, three fellow top-20 2014 NCAA Championship teams will be competing: No. 11 Indiana, No. 20 Michigan and No. 13 Louisville.

Though Louisville is new to the mix this year, this trip will be familiar for the Longhorns. Last year, the women crushed their competition with eight victories, beating Indiana by a 155-141 count and Michigan by a margin of 210-90.

Head coach Carol Capitani desires more success this season, and hopes Texas can be a top competitor alongside Cal, Georgia and Stanford.

“Coming in ninth every year, it’s getting a little old,” said Capitani. “In swimming life, if you’re staying the same, you’re getting worse.”

The team will be led by seniors such as Gretchen Jaques, who won the 50 and 100 freestyle last year at this meet, and diver Emma Ivory-Ganja, who placed first in the three-meter event. 

Women's golf to Travel to San Antonio for Alamo Invitational

Following an eighth place finish at their home course in the Betsy Rawls Invitational, the women’s golf team will travel to San Antonio for the Alamo Invitational being held Sunday through Tuesday. 

The invitational will be hosted by UTSA at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club (par 72, 6,428 yards).

Texas will tee off for its first round at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, matched with Florida State and Tulane.

The invitational will host 15 teams, two of which are ranked in Golfweek’s Top 20: No. 7 Arkansas and No. 19 Auburn. The Longhorns have fallen four places to 44th since their last performance at the Betsy Rawls Invitational.

Other Texas teams will be in attendance, including SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Houston.

Softball looks to win third fall scrimmage

The softball team will host Galveston College at 7 p.m. Friday in the third fall scrimmage at Red and Charline McCombs Field. 

The Longhorns have played well through the first two games, with a 5-0 win against McLennan Community College and an 11-0 victory over the University of Incarnate Word.

Through two games, sophomore infielder Kelli Hanzel is 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Junior infielder Erin Shireman is also hot at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.

If Texas continues to play the way its are playing, expect to see dominating performances from the pitching staff. In the first two scrimmages, the pitching staff has not allowed a run and has combined for a whopping 24 strikeouts.

Soccer to take on Baylor, OU in tough rivalry road trip

Texas soccer has another tough pair of conference games this weekend. The Longhorns will take on Oklahoma (8-5-3, 2-2-1 Big 12) in Norman, Oklahoma, Friday at 7 p.m., and then turn around and head to Waco for a 6 p.m. Sunday tilt against a physical Baylor squad (8-5-2, 2-2-1 Big 12).

Oklahoma was ranked as high as 15th in early September, but the Sooners have dropped off since then and are winless in their last three contests.

This season, Baylor’s offense has excelled where the Longhorns have struggled. The Bears have made the most of their opportunities, seeing just over half of their shots this season come on goal, while Texas has hit just 41.9 percent of its shots on target.

Junior goalkeeper Abby Smith will have her hands full against the pair of Big 12 offenses, but she should be fresher since head coach Angela Kelly gave her the night off against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Oklahoma and Baylor are hardly the elite of the Big 12, but the Longhorns have not made much of an impact since knocking off a then No. 6 Texas Tech team back in September. A 2-3-0 conference record puts Texas in a tie with TCU for the last spot in the Big 12 tournament, but wins this weekend could bring the Longhorns some much needed insurance in the closing weeks of the season.

Rowing team to kick off season

The rowing team will race in its first regatta of the fall season on Saturday at the Head of the Colorado, a 5,000-meter course on Lady Bird Lake. 

The regatta, which is hosted by the Austin Rowing Club, will be new head coach Dave O’Neill’s first opportunity to see his team in competition.

“I really won’t worry about the results from an outside perspective,” O’Neill said. “It’s going to be about, ‘Are we getting stronger physically? Are we rowing better? Is the team culture improving?’”

In past races at the Head of the Colorado, Texas has competed against schools such as Texas A&M, Baylor and Louisiana State University, all of which are club rowing teams. The Longhorns will face their true Division I competition later in the spring, using this weekend’s race to get all NCAA-eligible rowers, including walk-ons, practice in competition. 

“I’ll take a look at how hard they raced and how well they raced against each other,” O’Neill said. 

Men's swimming and diving faces first true test of season

In the men’s swimming and diving season opener last week, No. 6 Texas handily defeated the Aggies, winning all 15 individual and relay events. With a sweep over a rival fresh on their minds, the Longhorns will travel to Michigan for a quad meet with Michigan, Indiana and Louisville from Friday until Saturday.

At the NCAA Championships in March, all four programs finished in the top 11. Texas took second, Michigan took fourth, Indiana took 10th and Louisville took 11th.

It will be a showdown between some of the best teams in the country. At their last meeting, Texas dominated Indiana with a 204-96 win, but fell to Michigan, by a smaller margin. The Longhorns and the Cardinals have never competed against one another in a dual meet.

Texas has eight swimmers ranked in the top 20 nationally for their perspective events.

In frigid weather conditions, the Texas men’s cross country team completed the season by finishing 14th at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.  

Ryan Dohner and Craig Lutz led the way for the Longhorns with their best finishes at nationals. Dohner finished in 11th and Lutz followed with a 14th place finish. Dohner and Lutz’s great finishes earned them both All-American honors.

This is only the fourth time in Texas history that multiple Longhorns earned All-American honors — the first time since 1989.

Behind Dohner and Lutz, Mark Pinales finished in 125th, Collin Smith in 146th, Chris Galvin in 163rd, Austin Roth in 187th and Eduardo Rodriguez rounded out the scoring in 225th place finish.

With the conclusion of cross country season, the Longhorns will place their focus on the indoor track season.

Texas begins its indoor season in January at the Arkansas-Texas Dual in Fayetteville, Ark. 

Men's swimming and diving

Fourth-ranked Texas traveled to Bloomington, Ind. on Friday and split wins against Indiana and Michigan for the second year in a row. 

The Longhorns cruised past the ninth-ranked Hoosiers with a 108-point victory, but fell short against No. 1 Michigan with a score of 166-134.

Texas began the meet strong with a one-two finish in the one-meter diving event. In another strong performance, freshman Michael Hixon claimed the event with 373.25 points while freshman Mark Anderson secured second.

Freshman Jack Conger took home first in all the backstroke events. Conger started by taking the 100-yard backstroke in 48.36 before winning the 200-yard distance in 1:45.13. Conger would then go on to capture his third win of the night in the 100-yard butterfly. Texas also saw great performances from junior Clay Youngquist, who notched wins in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle.

The Longhorn distance swimmers were headlined by sophomore Sam Lewis. Lewis put together a strong swim in the 1,000 and finished in 9:09.92.

The Longhorns will resume the regular season Nov. 8 when they take on Virginia, Penn State and West Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Women's swimming and diving

Texas looked dominant in its wins against Indiana and Michigan in a double-dual meet Friday, beating the latter by a 210-90 margin.

Longhorn divers swept the three-meter event to open competition, with junior Emma Ivory-Ganja picking up her second win in as many weeks.

Senior Samantha Tucker won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:47.43, earning Texas’ first individual swimming victory of the day. 

Freshman Tasija Karosas finished first in the 200-yard backstroke for the third time this season, besting her two previous times with a mark of 1:56.74.

Texas concluded the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, posting its best time of the season in 3:21.06.   

Up next the Longhorns will face Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia in a meet in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 8.  

Men's tennis

Texas juniors Adrien Berkowicz and Clement Homs played some of the best tennis of their young Longhorns careers this weekend, when they both advanced to the finals of their respective draws at the UT Invitational.

Berkowicz advanced to the finals in the A draw where he defeated Cutura (6-7, 6-3, 6-1) to claim the UT Invitational singles A draw title while Homs advanced to the finals of the B draw before falling to Texas Tech’s Jolan Cailleau in straight sets (6-3, 6-1).

Senior Sudanwa Sitaram, No. 93 in the nation, was also in the B draw falling to Cailleau (6-0, 6-3) in the quarterfinals. In the singles A draw, freshman George Goldhoff advanced to the semifinals before falling to Tyler Junior College’s Mate Cutura (7-6[7-4], 7-6[7-4]).

In doubles Cutura/James Martell defeated Goldhoff/Jacoby Lewis (8-3) in the round of 16. Berkowicz/Homs fell to TCU’s Andres Alfonzo/Trey Daniel (8-6) in the doubles quarterfinal.

Texas finishes fall tournament play 65-39 in singles.


Both varsity and novice squads collected wins over the weekend at Austin Rowing Club’s 29th annual Head of the Colorado.

Texas’ varsity boat won the five-entry open eights race, sweeping the competition. The Longhorns crossed the finish line in 18:19.9, more than a minute and a half before second-place LSU Rowing Club.

Texas also claimed a win in the novice-2 eights race with a time of 21:25.2. The Longhorns finished ahead of Oklahoma by more than 30 seconds.

On Sunday, Texas’ varsity raced in New Jersey in the three-mile Princeton Chase. Two Longhorn boats competed in the 52-entry women’s varsity eight, finishing 27th and 28th. Texas’ A boat crossed the finish line with a time of 16:06.36 and Texas’ B boat just behind, with a time of 16:10.47.

The Longhorns also competed in the women’s varsity fours. Texas’ A boat finished 14th in 17:50.73 just behind Rutgers and Cornell. Following was Texas’ B boat in 27th place with a time of 18:32.37. 

Overall, women’s rowing found success in its regattas over the weekend. The teams prepare to wrap up their fall season this weekend in Tennessee at the Head of the Hooch.

Women's golf

The Alamo Invitational in San Antonio began Sunday for the women’s golf team, as it ended the first round in 14th place with a score of 7-over-par 295. 

Junior Bertine Strauss led the team and ended her day at 4-over-par 76. Freshman Julia Beck was in the No. 2 spot and finished with a score of 2-over–par 74. 

Sophomore Tezira Abe finished the best for Texas with an even-par 72, while sophomore Natalie Karcher finished with a score of 2-over-par 74. Abe ended tied for 27th, and then Beck and Karcher tied for 49th on the overall leader board. Oklahoma, ranked No. 5 in the NCAA before the event, took first place in Sunday’s round with a score of 10-under-par 350. 

Freshman Sara Scarlett, competing as an individual, and Anne Hakula in position five also participated in the event for Texas, ending the first round with scores of 10-over-par 82 and 3-over-par 75 respectively. 

The second round will begin Monday at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course. 

Women’s swimming and diving team travels to Bloomington, Ind., on Friday to compete in a double-dual meet with Michigan and Indiana. 

In last year’s meeting of the three teams, Texas emerged victorious after defeating Indiana 172-128 and Michigan 217-83. 

“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” said head coach Carol Capitani.

Two Longhorns were recently awarded conference recognition as senior Samantha Tucker was named Big 12 Women’s Swimmer of the Week and junior Emma Ivory-Ganja Women’s Diver of the Week. Tucker produced the 10th-fastest time in college swimming with her mark of 1:47.95 last weekend, while Ivory-Ganja won the three-meter diving event against last meet’s opponent, Texas A&M.

“October is a great time for training,” Capitani said. “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.

Men’s swimming and diving will be back in the pool Friday with an opportunity to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Longhorns will travel to Bloomington, Ind., this weekend to take on Indiana and Michigan in the traditional double-dual meet format. Last year, Texas split the two matches in its home opener beating Indiana 185-115 but losing to Michigan 194-106 to kick off the 2012-2013 season.

Bloomington is a long plane ride away from Austin and seniors including All-American swimmer Charles Moore understand the varying dynamics of swimming away from the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center.

“There’s a lot more preparation that goes into away meets, and we’ve had this one circled on our calendars,” Moore said.

To remain undefeated, Texas could use a start similar to the one against North Carolina, in which it swept the 1,000-yard freestyle to open the meet. The Longhorns look to carry that momentum into the meet Friday and Saturday.

“You always want to get going right,” Moore said. “Our distance guys did a great job getting the ball rolling last week and that motivates us to go out there and back them up. You don’t want to be the guy left out.”

2013 NBA Mock Draft - Staff Picks

A few sports reporters compiled lists of who they think will be drafted in tonight's NBA draft. Here are their top ten and where they project Texas' Myck Kabongo will end up.


Sara Beth Purdy, Sports Editor

1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

5. Phoenix: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

6. New Orleans: Alex Len, C, Maryland

7. Sacramento: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh

8. Detroit: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

9. Minnestoa: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

10. Portland: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse


51. Orlando: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas


Christian Corona, Sports Permanent Staff

1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Alex Len, C, Maryland

5. Phoenix: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

6. New Orleans: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

7. Sacramento: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

8. Detroit: C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh

9. Minnesota: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

10. Portland: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana


46. Utah: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas


Diego Esteban Contreras, Sports Issue Staff

1. Cleveland: Nerlins Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

5. Phoenix: Alex Len, C, Maryland

6. New Orleans: Anthony Bernnett, PF, UNLV

7. Sacramento: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

8. Detroit: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

9. Minnesota: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

10. Portland: CJ McCollum, PG, Lehigh


38. Washington: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas

Seniors Laura Sogar, Kelsey Amundsen, Maren Taylor and sophomore Kaitlin Pawlowicz captured two wins apiece to help the Longhorns defeat both Indiana and Michigan in the home opener Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Texas ousted Indiana 172-128 while crushing the Wolverines 217-83.

“It means a lot,” head coach Carol Capitani said of capturing the first wins of the season and her head coaching career. “I wanted to start off on the right foot. We showed some character and toughness tonight. But we just need to keep working.”

Sogar, the school record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, swam away from the Hoosiers and Wolverines in both those events notching times good enough for an NCAA “B” cut.

“She is very consistent and dependable,” Capitani said of Sogar. “She is one of the best girls in the country, and I am lucky to have her.”

Taylor, a two-time All-American, swept the diving events.

The Longhorns will travel to Cal-Berkley on Friday to take on the defending champs before going up against Stanford on Saturday.