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It’s been 71 years in the making — the Longhorns are NCAA Doubles champions for the first time since 1944, when John Hickman and Felix Kelley won.

Senior All-Americans Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen finished their illustrious careers at Texas on top with a victory over No. 22 Hugo Dojas and Felipe Sores of Texas Tech 6–1, 3–6, 6–3.

“To see two outstanding seniors win a national championship in their last match at Texas is an amazing feeling,” head coach Michael Center said. “They played with no fear today and had so much determination and grit to finish their careers strong.”

The match was delayed and had to be moved indoors because of heavy rains. There was an additional two-hour delay because of a tornado warning. The match finally began at 4:45 p.m.

“We were both excited from the minute we woke up,” Hess-Olesen said. “This was our last college match ever, and it is not often when you play for a national title.”

The excitement showed as Texas came out storming, with a dominating 6–1 first set win.

“We came very strong,” Glasspool said. “We made a lot of first serves and a lot of returns.”

Texas Tech was able to break the Longhorns serve early in the second set to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Red Raiders were able capitalize as they took the second set 6-3.

As the third set started, the torrential rain and winds weren’t the only things in a tailspin Monday afternoon. So were Hess-Olesen’s emotions.

“The third set was like a roller-coaster ride,” Hess-Olesen said. “We broke and went up 4–2, and I got pretty nervous and didn’t make first serves. They got back and, and then Lloyd played unbelievable in the last two games and got us through.”

The third set feautured three consecutive breaks, two from Texas and one from Texas tech.

The Longhorns were able to rally and claim the NCAA Doubles title with a 6–3 win.

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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.”

Sophomore Jack Conger won the 400-medley relay alongside senior Kip Darmody, freshman Joseph Schooling and sophomore Will Licon at the NCAA Championships on Thursday.
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Going to the NCAA Championship is nothing new for the Texas men’s swimming and diving team. Under 37-year head coach Eddie Reese, Texas has earned 28 top-three finishes and 10 NCAA team titles. The Longhorns also have more NCAA Championships and NCAA top-two finishes than any other men’s swimming and diving program in the country.

So far, the news out of this year’s NCAA Championships is no different. Many veterans to the Championships, this year held at the University of Iowa, are returning for their fourth and final national competition and are setting some impressive precedents.

The vets, along with their younger teammates, nearly accomplished a feat that had never been done. Texas was one event shy from opening the NCAA Championships with three consecutive event wins.

In the first finals event of the night, juniors Matt Ellis and John Murray, senior Kip Darmody and sophomore Jack Conger initially took second in the 200-freestyle relay. But after a disqualification of N.C. State, the Longhorns secured a first place finish in the 200-freestyle relay, marking Texas’ first NCAA title in the event since 1996.

In the second finals event, the 500-freestyle, sophomore Clark Smith took first, earning 20 points for his team, and becoming Texas’ first national champion in the event.

Although sophomore Will Licon broke his streak by taking second to Stanford’s David Nolan in the 200 IM, he still achieved a new record. Licon lowered his school record time in the event and more than held his own against Nolan, the senior American record holder in the 200 IM.

In the first and only diving finals event of the night, junior Cory Bowersox secured a sixth place finish on the one-meter springboard, giving him his third consecutive All-American finish in the event.

Although Texas didn’t make school history by opening the Championships with victories in the first three events, the Longhorns more than made up for it by making NCAA history.

The last time Texas won the 400-medley relay, it was with four future Olympic gold medalists. Last night, the Longhorns won with Darmody, freshman Joseph Schooling, Conger and Licon to set an NCAA record with a time of 3:01.23.

At the end of Thursday night’s sold-out NCAA Championship finals, Texas stood tall in first place with 171 points. The Longhorns will look to hold their standing until the end of the NCAA Championship on Saturday night.

The Texas men’s and women’s diving teams earned a host of NCAA Championship qualifying scores at the NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet.

The meet, held at the University of Iowa, was one of several across the country. Teams divided into specific “zones,” in which divers competed in their final chance to earn a bid to the upcoming national championship meets.

The top-eight divers in the women’s 1-meter event finals were guaranteed qualifying scores. Junior Meghan Houston and senior Emma Ivory-Ganja snagged top-six finishes, assuring their places atop the springboard at the NCAA Championship next week. 

In the 3-meter competition, only a top-10 finish was needed to qualify. Both Houston and Ivory-Ganja, along with sophomore Murphy Bromberg, who took first, earned NCAA berths in the event Monday. This feat will mark Bromberg’s second-consecutive championship appearance, as well as Houston’s first and Ivory-Ganja’s fourth.

On the men’s side, the event proved a success. In the 1-meter diving finals Monday night, Cory Bowersox, junior and two-time All-American in the 1-meter event, senior Will Chandler and sophomore Mark Anderson earned NCAA qualifying scores as they finished among the top four. 

Bowersox’s has earned NCAA qualification each of the three years he has been on the team. Additionally, Chandler is heading to the championship meet for the fourth consecutive year.

The men’s diving trio tacked on another impressive qualifying finish in Tuesday night’s 3-meter finals as each posted a one, two, three finish. Chandler took the top spot.

The men’s platform competition is scheduled for Wednesday, and the corresponding NCAA Championships will be in the same pool on March 26–28, and the women hit the water for the Championships March 19–21.

For the ninth time in conference history, the 10-time NCAA champion Texas (9–1) will host the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships.

The regular season is over, and the Big 12 Championships will be nothing out of the ordinary for the No. 2 Longhorns. In the past 37 years, head coach Eddie Reese has led Texas to 35 consecutive conference titles. Since the Big 12 Conference was formed in 1996, the Longhorns have won all 18 championships.

However, it won’t be a traditional Big 12 Conference. Only TCU, Texas and West Virginia sponsor men’s swimming and diving teams. Since the pickings are so slim, it is shaping up to be a race for second place.

Five Longhorns — freshman Joseph Schooling, sophomores Clark Smith, Will Licon and Jack Conger, and junior John Murray — finished the regular season with some of the nation’s top times in individual events. 

The 100-yard butterfly will be absolutely no contest as four Longhorns were ranked among the country’s top 17 in the event this season.

The Longhorns held the No. 1 position in the CSCAA NCAA rankings for the previous two poll releases but recently dropped down to the number two spot behind Florida. Meanwhile, neither the Horned Frogs nor the Mountaineers are ranked in the top 25, and neither school has even received votes to be placed there.

Prelims begin at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Wednesday and the meet continues into Saturday night.

Despite a rough night from middle blocker/outside hitter Khat Bell and outside hitter Haley Eckerman, Texas swept Northwestern State to advance in the NCAA tournament.

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Coming into Thursday night’s NCAA volleyball match, Texas had earned the top seed in the Minneapolis region while Northwestern State, at 16-16, was only there because it managed to win the Southland Conference Tournament.

But on the court, the match was played as closely as any late-round match can be played.

The Longhorns struggled to shake off the pesky Demons because of both Texas errors and strong play from the visitors, and each set was
a dogfight.

In the end, Texas got the sweep it needed to advance to a second-round date with Arizona State but left with some concerns.

“I told our team we’re going to have to play at a much
higher level than we did tonight to have a chance [against Arizona State],” head coach Jerritt Elliott said.

After the first few points of the match went according to plan, Northwestern State responded with a 6-1 run of its own to take a brief 7-6 lead. But, with the score 14-13 in favor of the Demons, senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman drilled two straight aces to give the Longhorns a 15-14 lead. Texas never looked back and won the set, 25-21, despite a .088
hitting percentage.

The second set was a near copy of the first. Texas took a 5-2 lead before Northwestern State made a run to take an 8-7 lead. Then, with a 13-10 lead, sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu hit two straight aces to put the set out of reach.

Elliott said the team did a much better job managing its game in the second set.

“We had 14 errors [in the first set], and when you make 14 errors, it’s always going to be close,” Elliott said. “We just talked about managing quality sets, and we felt like Northwestern State would have a hard time if we kept
our numbers.”

The third set was also similar to the first two, as the Longhorns jumped out to a 6-2 lead, only to have the Demons fight right back to tie the set, 13-13, a few minutes later. But, smelling the sweep with a 17-15 lead, Texas went on an 8-3 run, aided by five blocks, to close out the match with a 25-18 set win.

Although Texas walked out with a win, the Longhorns will have much to work on before the second-round match. Texas had 18 attack errors, seven service errors and only out-blocked Northwestern State seven to six.

The Longhorns will square off against Arizona State, which defeated Texas A&M, 3-1, on Thursday. 

“[Tonight] is going to be a big battle, and we’re going to have to perform at a much higher level,” Elliott said.

Former Texas football player Julius Whittier has filed a $50 million class action lawsuit against the NCAA, according to KEYE-TV.

Whittier, the first African-American player in school history, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. He claims the repeated head trauma he sustained during his playing career caused his health issues.

According to KEYE-TV, Whittier’s lawsuit against the NCAA “includes all former NCAA football players who played from 1960-2014 who did not go on to play professional football and who have been diagnosed with a latent brain injury or disease.”

Whittier played for Texas from 1969-1972 as an offensive lineman and tight end. His lawsuit states the NCAA breached its duty to protect players “in the face of long-standing and overwhelming evidence regarding the need to do so.”

Senior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle, who leads the team with 19 shots, will try to add to her total Friday against a UCLA team that has allowed just 18 shots on the season, five of those on goal.

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A pair of losses on the road this past weekend put a halt to the women’s soccer team’s otherwise promising start to the season, and it won’t get any easier this weekend when the reigning NCAA champions roll into Austin. 

No. 1 UCLA (6-0-1) will be the first test of the weekend on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before Texas heads down the road to San Marcos to take on Texas State (4-2-1) Sunday at 7 p.m. The games will give the unranked Longhorns (4-2-2) a chance to halt their current skid and vault them into consideration for a top-25 rank. Or, very easily, they could continue the skid and make their uphill climb much more difficult. 

“I believe at any given moment, [the Bruins] have eight senior starters that have played internationally,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “We will pursue the best talent in the country, and if UCLA is the reigning national champion, then we want to use this game as a litmus test and go after it.”

The defending champion Bruins are riding a surge that started early last season and shows no signs of stopping. UCLA’s last defeat came 29 games ago when the team lost a 1-0 match on the road against North Carolina over a year ago.

At first glance, UCLA senior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland appears to have been the driving force behind the Bruins’ success in the early going. The national team stalwart has recorded 638 consecutive minutes of shutout ball this season and holds the UCLA record for career shutouts with 42.

However, Rowland may not even be the most feared aspect of the Bruin defense. That title goes to the UCLA defenders, who have allowed a mere 18 shots all season, with only five of those on goal.

If the Longhorns do have a silver lining in their matchup against the best defense team   in the nation, it is the Texas offense, led by freshman forward Olivia Brook and senior defender Brooke Gilbert; it has had no problems creating shots recently. Even in last weekend’s shutouts, the team managed 14 shots in each game.

The Longhorns appear poised to take on the challenge despite being massive underdogs.

“All the pressure is on them,” senior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle said. “They have everything to lose, and we have everything to gain.”

Texas State is no UCLA, but the Bobcats have put together a solid showing early on and their defense has only allowed five goals all season. Texas State is undefeated at home, which does not bode well for a Longhorn team that has struggled on the road this season.

Kelly, though, does not appear worried about her team’s early road troubles.

“It would be similar for any squad,” Kelly said. “It’s just not as much of a controlled environment, but any high-level quality player is used to those types of things.”

Two Texas football players’ could lose their NCAA eligibility after an agent bought their meals, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman.

According to the report, the incident has been reported to the NCAA but it is unclear when the event took place. The players’ eligibility hangs in the balance, as getting a meal purchased by an agent is an NCAA violation.

The names of the players were not disclosed. University spokesman Nick Voinis told the Statesman that the NCAA is investigating through its regular process but didn’t not answer any further questions. 

UPDATE (July 16):

While Texas athletic officials have yet to release names involved in the investigation, an agent based in St. Louis bragged on Twitter about having meals with four Texas football players.

In March, Justin Bingman, former Longhorn Mason Walters’ representative, tweeted multiple times about having meals with defensive end Cedric Reed, defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, linebacker Jordan Hicks and linebacker Steve Edmond.

The Longhorn centric website Orangebloods.com found the tweets Tuesday but they have since been taken down after the Austin American-Statesman attempted to contact Bingman.

On March 22, Bingman tweeted: “Just had a great dinner with @Ced_Reed88 He and his dad are great guys!”

Bingman followed up on March 23 with “Had dinner with @TexasBoy99tank and his Dad last night. They are both great guys and looking forward to the next time,” about Jackson.

On March 24, Bingman tweeted about Edmond, “Had dinner with @SteveBigMoney33 last night, MLB for Texas. We all had a great time with many stories. #Longhorns”

Bingman’s final tweet, “Just had dinner with a great young man that is going to do great this year for Texas @JHicks_3 #Longhorns #LonghornsNation”

All of these players were underclassman at the time and have since returned for their senior year. While it is unknown whether Bingman bought the players’ meals, if he did, that is an NCAA violation and they may all lose their NCAA eligibility. 

UPDATE: July 25

After six players were kicked off the team, the Longhorns have received some good news as the University compliance office cleared two players who had dinner with a sports agent.

Sports agent Justin Bingman had dinner with defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, defensive end Cedric Reed,  linebackers Steve Edmond and Jordan Hicks in March.

All four will be available for Texas’ home opener Aug. 30 against North Texas.

Texas baseball head coach Augie Garrido, the NCAA's all time winningest coach, received a two-year contract extension last Tuesday, keeping him with the Longhorns through the 2017 season. 

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The Longhorns head baseball coach Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in NCAA history, will be staying in Austin at least a little while longer.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson announced July 1that Garrido has received a two-year contract extension that will keep him under contract through the 2017 season.

“We’re pleased with the great postseason run the team had this year,” Patterson said. “We’re excited to have Augie around for another three years to try and win more National Championships.”

Garrido has guided the Longhorns to 14 NCAA Tournaments, eight College World Series appearances and two National Championships since taking over the program prior to the 1997 season.

In 2014, Garrido led Texas to a 46-21 record as the Longhorns fell one win short of making the championship series, losing to Vanderbilt in the College World Series.

“We as coaches and our support staff are all excited to have the opportunity to continue to help develop the baseball and life skills of the current players and incoming recruits at the University of Texas,” Garrido said.

 

Parker French to return for 2015 season

After weighing his options, Texas pitcher Parker French has decided to return for his senior season with the Longhorns. 

French, a Dripping Springs native, served as the team’s Friday starter during the 2014 season, posting a 7-5 record with a 2.41 ERA. French declined  his professional contract after he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th round of the MLB Draft.

“I would like to thank the Detroit Tigers for the opportunity to play professional baseball,” French tweeted. “But I have some unfinished business left in Austin.”

French was a major contributing factor for the Longhorns on their trip to the College World Series. He helped Texas defeat the Houston Cougars in the Super Regionals, tossing a six-inning shutout. French also led Texas to a win against Louisville in this year’s College World Series.

“Now it’s time to focus on Omaha 2015,” French said.

 

Tres Barrera wins College Home Run Derby

Texas freshman catcher Tres Barrera won the 2014 College Home Run Derby championship Thursday, hitting a total of 41 homers over the course of the three round contest at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

Barrera had his father pitch to him in the event and the family duo teamed up to produce 25 home runs in the final round to earn the win.

 “I just got in a groove and went from there,” Barrera said. “My dad was throwing strikes right where I liked them and I took good hacks.”

Barrera’s 25 homers kept him well clear of his high school teammate and fellow Mission, Texas native, Eric Gutierrez of Texas Tech, who finished second in the derby, with 18 home runs in the final round.