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After Women's Team finishes 2nd, the Men's Swimming and Diving Team seeks NCAA Championship Repeat


In case you missed it, the Texas Women's Swimming and Diving team finished 2nd at the NCAA Championship Meet last weekend (March 16-19). This was an amazing result for this team, who swam an incredible meet. Shoutout to sophomore Emma Stricklen, from local (for me) Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, who set a UT record in the 100 fly, and finished top 8 in both the 100 and 200 fly! The divers did particularly well, finishing as the top scoring diving program in the country!

This is the best finish at NCAA's in over 25 years for the women's team! See the UT meet summary here.

For the men's team, they are shooting for a repeat championship. The meet began yesterday (March 23) and will run through finals on Saturday (March 26). Historically, Texas has 15 NCAA Championships, 12 runner-up finishes, and 8 third-place finishes at the NCAA Championship meet, and has won 5 out of the last 6 titles.

However, despite being the #1 ranked team for the entire season, they enter the meet in the eyes of some as a slight underdog. Based on seed times, Texas as a team is 7 points behind Cal, who is thus considered the favorite on paper. Swim-Swam has the coolest visual for seed-scoring I have ever seen here.

Day 1 was yesterday (Wednesday) with only the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay events. And all the men did was... break the NCAA record in both! Florida also set the NCAA record in the 200 Medley, and out-touched the Longhorns, who walked away with a 1st and a 2nd place finish in the two events. At the end of Day 1, Texas leads all teams with 74 points, Florida is 2nd with 64 points, and Cal 3rd with 61. UT Day 1 Summary is here.

This should be a close, heavyweight fight between Texas and Cal. However, these two programs are used to it, since they are far and away the two top programs in the country, and have been for the last decade. Check this out:

NCAA

Champion

Runner-Up

2021

Texas - 565

Cal - 528

2020

--- Canceled due to Covid-19 ---

2019

Cal - 560

Texas - 475

2018

Texas - 449

Cal - 437.5

2017

Texas - 542

Cal - 349

2016

Texas - 541.5

Cal - 351

2015

Texas - 528

Cal - 399

2014

Cal - 468.5

Texas - 417.5

2013

Michigan - 480

Cal - 406.5

2012

Cal - 535.5

Texas - 491

2011

Cal - 493

Texas 470.5

2010

Texas - 500

Cal - 469.5

Texas is seeded higher in the early events (Wed, Thurs) with Cal seeded better in the later events (Fri, Sat), so the Texas men shouldn't get over-confident with this early lead.

Championship Home Page is here.

ESPN3 will live stream all the prelims and finals sessions of the championships. How to watch is here.

Congrats to the women, and best of luck to the men!

Hook'em.

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