No. 3 Women’s Swimming and Diving starts fast at NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The No. 3 University of Texas Women’s Swimming and Diving team recorded an impressive start at the NCAA Championship with a fourth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay during Wednesday’s opening night of the four-day meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. UT’s quartet of sophomore Kelly Pash, senior Evie Pfeifer, sophomore Kyla Leibel and junior Julia Cook registered a time of 6:57.21 in the lone event contested on Wednesday.

Pash posted an outstanding time of 1:43.07 in her leadoff leg, just off her school-record effort of 1:42.70 set during her opening leg of the 800 free relay at the Big 12 Championship on Feb. 24. Virginia claimed the victory in 6:52.56 and was followed by Kentucky in second (6:57.02) and California in third (6:57.06).  

Texas enters day two in fourth place in the team standings with 30 points, trailing only Virginia (40), Kentucky (34) and California (32). Thursday’s action will feature competition in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving and 400-yard medley relay.

The Longhorns continue competition at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, March 18 through Saturday, March 20 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Prelims start at 9 a.m. CT, and the finals sessions are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CT on each day. All prelim and finals sessions will be streamed live on ESPN3.

2021 NCAA Championships – Team Standings after Day 1 (top 10 teams listed)












Rank

School

Points

1.

Virginia

40

2.

Kentucky

34

3.

California

32

4.

TEXAS

30

5.

Georgia

28

6.

Alabama

26

7.

Ohio State

24

8.

Stanford

22

9.

Florida

18

10.

Michigan

14