2 reach NCAA swim fi­nals

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff

The third day of the NCAA Swim­ming and Div­ing Cham­pi­onships started with a pair of Longhorns qual­i­fy­ing for Fri­day night’s fi­nals in Indianapolis.

Madisyn Cox qual­i­fied third in the 400-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley with a time of 4 min­utes, 4.03 sec­onds, more than a half-sec­ond be­hind Ella Eastin of Stan­ford.

Fresh­man Claire Adams qual­i­fied eighth in the 100 back­stroke with a time of 51.10.

The Longhorns’ 200 med­ley re­lay team fin­ished the pre­lims in ninth.

Late Thurs­day: UT fresh­man Ali­son Gib­son won the women’s 1-meter div­ing fi­nal.

Her 1-meter div­ing cham­pi­onship is the first for UT since Vera Ily­ina won in 1998.

The 17-year-old won the event with 332.60 points, top­ping Min­nesota’s Sarah Ba­con for the ti­tle.

“I just went in and de­cided to have fun with it and do what I know how to do. I just had the meet of my life,” Gib­son said.

She nearly didn’t qual­ify for the event, slid­ing into the fi­nal by just five-hun­dredths of a point, div­ing’s slimmest mar­gin.

UT’s Tasija Karosas, Cox, Lau­ren Case and Rebecca Mil­lard took third in the 400 med­ley re­lay in 3:27.74, school and Big 12 records. Karosas broke the school and Big 12 records in the back­stroke leg with a time of 50.83.

Cox fin­ished third in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley with a time of 1:52.58, also UT and Big 12 records.

After Thurs­day, the Longhorns were third with 119 points, trail­ing Stan­ford and Cal­i­for­nia. The Car­di­nal had 213 points, and Cal had 136.

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