UT men win third straight NCAA ti­tle

Se­nior Li­con bursts into spot­light, win­ning four of seven com­pe­ti­tions.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Peter Baugh Amer­i­can-States­man Correspondent

— 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.

JOHN BAZE­MORE / AP

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.

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