UT men win third straight NCAA title
Senior Licon bursts into spotlight, winning four of seven competitions.
— Texas’ swimming team has its fair share of stars. Joseph Schooling beat Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics to win an individual gold medal, and Townley Haas, Jack Conger and Clark Smith won gold medals on the U.S. 800meter freestyle relay.
But at the NCAA championships in Indianapolis, it was not a Longhorn Olympian who won all three of his individual events. Instead, it was senior Will Licon.
Texas won its third straight national championship Saturday, scoring 542 points and winning four of seven events on the final night. Texas set NCAA records in each of them. In all, the Longhorns won 11 of 21 events, breaking seven NCAA and three American records.
Licon, swimming in his final collegiate meet, and Clark Smith took center stage.
Will Licon takes first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a record time of 1 minute, 47.91 seconds — one of four events the Longhorn won during the final night of the NCAA Championships.