At day two of the Texas Invitational, held at the Lee and Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, the womens swimming and diving team finished fourth with 387 points, while the mens team finished eighth with 79 points. The women were led by junior Andrea Wiesner, who earned an NCAA A time and senior Amalia Sarnecki, who finished with two NCAA B times. The men were led by freshmen Eric Johnson, who finished strong in two events.
Wiesner took first place in the 400-yard IM with an NCAA A time of 4:14.25. Sarnecki finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA B time of 1:02.63 and was joined by teammates Susan Johnson, Jenny Gelden and Jackie Vavrek for a fourth place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, with an NCAA B time of 1:41.13.
Andrea was the highlight of today. She swam her personal best by about three seconds, said head coach Eric Hansen.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Emily Carpenter, Anna Trinidad, Jen Illescas, and Johnson took second place with an NCAA B time of 7:17.64. Johnson also earned a NCAA B time of 54.93 in the 100-yard backstroke.
On the mens side, Eric Johnson finished 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.79 and 12th in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.53. Johnson was joined by teammates Scott Rice, Tommy Gregory, and Kyle Sorensen. The relay team of Tom Molzahn, Mike Desautels, Michael Hamm and Rice took seventh in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:39.24.
Diver Josh Bronner finished 10th with 250.90 points, missing the finals by just a few points. Josh dove a good meet; he has come a long way, said diving coach Josh Seykora. On the womens side, Laura Davidson finished 14th with 231.45 points. Laura has been working hard in practice and it really paid off tonight, Seykora said. Amanda Witte, who is still suffering from injury, finished 15th with 231.15 points.
As a team, we swam much better today and we are looking forward to finishing up tomorrow on a positive note, said Hansen.
Competition continues tomorrow, with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.