Senior swimmer

The No. 6 women’s swimming and diving team enter this week’s Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center as both the defending champions and this year’s favorite for the win. Texas has proven to be a perennial power at this meet, coming out on top in 12 of the 18 meets since the conference began and collecting 128 individual titles, 59 relays titles and 37 diving championships in the process.

A slew of individual Longhorns come into this week as defending champs, including senior swimmer Gretchen Jaques. Jaques will look to repeat in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke and to contribute to repeat relay titles in the 200-meter and 400-meter free relays and the 200-meter and 400-meter medleys. Jacques holds the 2nd fastest 100-yard breaststroke in the nation, as well the No. 5 spot in the 200-yard breaststroke. 

Fellow senior Kelsey LeNeave also comes into the meet as a defending champion in two individual events, the 500-meter and 1,650-meter freestyle. LeNeave has had a strong senior season, with times good enough to rank her in the top 15 nationally in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly.

A trio of sophomores, swimmers Madisyn Cox and Tasija Karosas and diver Murphy Bromberg, look to build on its success at the 2014 meet. Cox is the defending champ in the 200 IM and has turned in a strong sophomore season to complement her breakout freshman year in which she was named Newcomer of the Meet at the 2014 Big 12 Championships. 

Karosas won the 200-meter backstroke last year and will be a key piece in the 800-meter relay. Karosas also hopes to medal in the 200-meter freestyle this week. 

Bromberg is the defending champion in platform diving and, along with senior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja, looks to dominate all three boards this week.

Senior swimmer Kaitlin Pawlowicz is ranked in the top 25 nationally in four different events, including the 500-meter, 100-meter and 1,650-meter freestyle. Pawlowicz currently holds the 3rd best time in Longhorn history in the 1,650-meter freestyle and is the favorite to win each race at the Big 12 Championships after placing in the top 3 in two races at last years championships.

The 2015 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships will be held in Austin from Wednesday until Saturday. 

Texas swimmer, diver earn Big 12 Honors

Senior swimmer Samantha Tucker and junior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja earned conference player of the week honors Wednesday for their performances against Texas A&M and North Carolina last week.

Tucker was named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week after claiming the 200-yard freestyle against the Aggies with a time of 1:47:95, a time which was good enough for 10th-best in college swimming this season. In the Longhorns’ victory over North Carolina, Tucker was runner-up in both the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyle events. 

Ivory-Ganja, who is a transferred to UT from UCLA, notched Big 12 Diver of the Week honors by winning the three-meter diving event against Texas A&M. The junior also tallied individual runner-up finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events against the Tar Heels. 

The awards were the first conference player of the week honors for both Tucker and Ivory-Ganja in their careers.  

Texas Baseball has No. 2 recruiting class

Baseball America announced Tuesday the Texas baseball Class of 2013 was the second best in the nation, trailing only the Florida Gators. The rankings rate classes based on the players who are attending campus in the fall. 

Just like the Gators and South Carolina, Texas tallied five recruits ranked in the Baseball America 500: right-handed pitcher Lukas Schiraldi (No. 162), infielder Andy McGuire (No. 198), catcher Tres Barrera (No. 200), infielder Bret Boswell (No. 221) and right-handed pitcher Blake Goins (No. 256).

The Longhorns have 13 total recruits joining the team this season, five of which were drafted in the most recent MLB Draft but deferred to play
college baseball. 

This is the 12th time in the last 14 years that Texas brought in a Top-12 ranked class. 

Senior Karlee Bispo was named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week for the fourth time this season and 10th time of her career, both conference records.

Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

Receiving the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week award is an honor for any swimmer. Senior swimmer Karlee Bispo has now had that honor four times this season.

Last week, she became the first female swimmer in Big 12 conference history to receive the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week award four times in a single season.

Bispo, a senior freestyle champion and 11-time All-American, now holds the most career honors of any woman in Big 12 swimming and diving history.

“It’s a big honor because of how competitive the Big 12 is,” Bispo said. “It’s an honor to be thought of by the coaches, and it’s another confidence booster leading into the Big 12 Championships.”

With 15 race wins behind her thus far this season, Bispo’s versatility and determination make her a crucial competitive asset for the team, head coach Kim Brackin said.

“She’s been invaluable to this program,” Brackin said. “You can put her anywhere and she’ll step up and race.”
In addition to success in the water, Brackin said Bispo serves as a natural leader for her teammates.

“She is certainly a leader on the team in terms of dual meets, and I think the team really looks up to her in terms of her wavering ability to just lay it on the line whenever she needs to,” Brackin said.

Bispo will head to Columbia, Mo. with her teammates on Wednesday to compete in the Big 12 Championships.

Printed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 as: Bispo breaks record with weekly honor