Horns start season with losses against Georgia, Auburn

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The third-ranked women’s swimming and diving team came away from the first two meets of the year with an 0-2 record after falling to Auburn and Georgia last week.

The Longhorns won four events but lost to No. 12 Auburn by 66 points Thursday. The Tigers established an early lead with wins in the 200-yard medley relay and 1,000 freestyle and never let Texas catch up. Laura Sogar won both backstroke events but couldn’t close the gap by herself.

Two days later, the team ran into No. 2 Georgia. This time, the Longhorns won six events and almost made a come back but ultimately fell to the Bulldogs 169.5-130.5. Two of the victories came from diver Maren Taylor, winning by slim margins in the one- and three-meter events.

Texas actually won the opening 200-yard medley relay but began to slip as Georgia swept the podium in the 1,000 freestyle.

“I’m happy with how the team faced a traditionally tough Georgia squad,” said Texas head coach Kim Brackin. “I thought we started off huge with the one-two result in the medley relay, but they were just a bit tougher through the meet.”