2 reach NCAA swim finals
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.