Photo Gallery: Football Spring Practice

The Longhorns were on the field Saturday for their third practice of the spring.

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Townley Haas sets NCAA and American records in the 200-yard freestyle

Townley Haas won a national title and set NCAA and American records in the process at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday.

Haas, a junior All-American, reclaimed his 200-yard freestyle record by finishing the event final in 1 minute, 29.50 seconds.

On Wednesday, Blake Pieroni of Indiana broke the record Haas had held for two years in the 800 freestyle relay. Prieroni finished his leg of the race in 1:29.63.

Haas didn’t let that record last for long as he won the 200 freestyle national title for the third straight year. He did so going under the 1:30 mark for the first time.

“It means everything,” said Haas. “I wanted to go under 1:30 since right after my freshman year. Blake Pieroni did it first and that hit me a little hard, but obviously it was a great swim on his part. It was incredible. Just to be able to come back two days later and have a better swim with better turns, it meant everything. I felt better in the water.”

That makes five career individual titles for Haas, three in the 200 freestyle and two 500 freestyle championships. If he wins the 200 freestyle next year, he’ll be the first man to do so in four straight years.

The Longhorns moved up to second place as a result of Friday’s action. They have 306 points and trail Indiana by 19. California is third with 291.5 points with one more day to go.

Joseph Schooling took fourth place in the 100 butterfly final with a time of 44.68. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel won the event in 42.80, setting a new record as the first person to swim the race in under 43 seconds.

John Shebat contributed a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke final for the second year in a row. He finished in 44.59. Austin Katz wasn’t far behind to take fourth in 44.99.

Jordan Windle and Grayson Campbell took fifth and seventh in the 3-meter diving final. Windle scored 441.70 points while Campbell recorded 416.90.

Jonathan Roberts took seventh in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:40.30.

Jeff Newkirk won the consolation final of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:33.15. Sam Pomajevich took fourth in 1:33.21.

Texas closed with a fifth-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Shebat, Schooling, Tate Jackson and Brett Ringgold teamed up to finish in 1:23.21.

The final day of competition begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Finals are set to begin at 6 p.m.


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Video: LHN All Access with Yancy McKnight

Yancy McKnight is mic’d up for a workout as he prepares the Longhorns for spring practices.

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Texas falls to Oklahoma State in game one

Blair HenleyThe Longhorns took their first loss of the Big 12 season on Friday night against the Cowboys

Texas Longhorns baseball (13-10, 3-1 Big 12) did not get off to the series start it wanted on Friday night, as the ‘Horns fell 6-1 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-8-1, 1-0 Big 12).

A lackluster offensive performance doomed the ‘Horns, as David Pierce’s team only notched four hits. Zach Zubia supplied the lone run for Texas on the night, knocking his sixth homer of the season in the bottom of the ninth.

That run wasn’t nearly enough, as the Cowboys had already put up six runs by then. Texas starter Blair Henley actually didn’t have a terrible game, but Oklahoma State simply chipped away at the ‘Horns and Texas couldn’t provide a response.

Oklahoma State broke open the scoring in the second inning with an RBI single, and then added another on a solo homer in the fifth.

The floodgates didn’t truly open for the Cowboys until the seventh inning, when Henley was perhaps running out of gas. Ok. State started the inning with a lead off triple that scored when Henley had a wild pickoff attempt to the next batter.

After a single and then a double to put runners on second and third with no outs, lefty Josh Sawyer took the mound for the ‘Horns. Sawyer, however, allowed a homer to the first batter he faced to make the score 6-0.

Kamron Fields then replaced Sawyer and was one of Texas’ lone bright spots for the night. The freshman got out of the sixth on a strikeout, single, then double play to end the inning. He finished the night with another scoreless frame in the seventh, getting out of the jam after allowing a leadoff walk and single.

Texas’ Chris Fearon got the call in the ninth inning and also held the Cowboys scoreless. The former Kansas pitcher got two strikeouts to start the inning, then allowed a double, then got a grounder to end the frame.

Though Texas appears to be in lackluster form right now, the ‘Horns were also 13-10 at this point last year and ended up only barely missing a Super Regional.

That said, the ‘Horns return to action today at 2:30 pm CST and are in desperate need of the win. Nolan Kingham will start for Texas, and will likely face Carson Teel.

You can catch the action on the Longhorn Network or 104.9 The Horn. Hook ‘Em.

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Haas sets NCAA and American records at NCAA Championships

Olympic gold medalist Townley Haas wins third consecutive national title in the 200-yard freestyle.

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Softball opens Big 12 play with a 10-2 (5 inn.) victory over Kansas

Every Longhorns starter managed at least one hit during the commanding league triumph.

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Texas women’s tennis team shuts out OU

The Texas women’s tennis team won the doubles point and took three singles wins to shut out Oklahoma 4-0 at the Texas Tennis Center on Friday.

After dropping the first doubles contest, the No. 8 Longhorns won two straight to earn the point. Katie Poluta and Anna Turati defeated Simran Kaur Sethi and Camila Romero 6-2. Petra Granic and Bojana Markovic sealed the point with a 6-4 win over Christiana Brigante and Jasmine Asghar.

Granic kept rolling with a 6-0, 6-0 singles win over Brigante to make it 2-0 for Texas.

Markovic also found singles success, topping Kaur Sethi 6-0, 6-4 at fourth singles.

Turati sealed the Longhorns’ seventh match win in a row with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Asghar.

Top-ranked Bianca Turati led No. 28 Lily Miyazaki 6-4, 4-4 when the match was suspended. Marta Perez-Mur and Poluta were both leading when their singles contests were called as well.

Despite the win, Texas head coach Howard Joffe saw room for improvement.

“Obviously, it’s always a good day to win a conference match and always a good day if we’re able to beat Oklahoma, with the rivalry and all of that,” Joffe said. “But if I look at the match substantively, we definitely didn’t perform very well in the doubles. More than anything, you can’t always control how well you play but the attitude and sticking to the task leaves a little to be desired.”

The next task at hand will be a match against No. 12 Oklahoma St. on Sunday at the Texas Tennis Center at noon.


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Texas softball routs Kansas to open Big 12 play

The Texas softball team jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 10-2, run-rule win over Kansas to open Big 12 play at McCombs Field on Friday.

Bekah Alcozer had a home run, four RBIs and scored two runs while Kaitlyn Slack and Ki’Audra Hayter each drove in two more runs for the Longhorns. Kaitlyn Washington went 3-for-3 as Texas (14-13, 1-0 Big 12) amassed a season-high 13 hits.

Brooke Bolinger (5-4) earned the win by allowing no runs and just one hit in 4 1/3 innings. She struck out five and retired 11 straight batters.

Taylor Ellsworth put Texas on the scoreboard early as she drove in the first run in the opening inning. After a fielder’s choice by Alcozer that scored Paige von Sprecken, Kaitlyn Washington singled to drive home another run. A two-run single by Slack was followed by a home run by Hayter to make it 7-0 after one inning.

Texas added three more runs in the second inning on Alcozer’s three-run homer to go up 10-0.

Kansas (23-8, 0-1) didn’t score until the fifth when it added two runs in an attempt to extend the game. With an eight-run lead, Bolinger re-entered the game to induce a pop fly to seal the win for Texas.

The Texas softball team will meet Kansas for the second game of the series at noon on Saturday.


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Aborowa ready to answer the call for Women’s Basketball

Junior forward Olamide Aborowa had a breakthrough game in the NCAA Second Round vs. Arizona State.

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Texas baseball looks to continue hot streak against Oklahoma State

Andy McGuireThe Longhorns, who are riding a four game win streak, will put their perfect Big 12 record on the line this weekend in hosting the Cowboys.

Texas Longhorns baseball (13-9, 3-0 Big 12) will look to continue its four game win streak in the series opener against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-8-1, 0-0 Big 12) Friday night at 7 pm CST at Disch Falk field.

Oklahoma State has not played like the 2016 team that made Omaha, nor the 2017 team that made a miraculous run in the Big 12 tournament and beat Texas in the conference championship. The 2018 Cowboys are 5-7-1 in their last 13 games including a home series loss to Eastern Michigan, a team that sits at No. 198 in the Boyd’s World Iterative Strength rankings.

The Cowboys have not faced a conference foe this season, but were listed as tied with Kansas for No. 6 in the Big 12 preseason rankings.

Oklahoma State’s problems this year start at the plate. The Cowboys currently hold a team average of only .232 despite the stellar play of catcher Colin Simpson, who is hitting a .347 with five homers (both team bests).

The offensive drop off from 2017 (the team hit .266 last season) could be explained by Ok. State losing both Garrett McCain and Garrett Benge to the pros after 2017. The two Garretts were the only two Cowboys with a .300 or better average last year.

Oklahoma State has not offset its offensive deficiencies with stellar pitching, as the Cowboys hold a middling 5.07 team ERA.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jonathan Heasley will get the call for Oklahoma State on Friday. Heasley holds a 6.49 ERA in his five starts thus far this season, and has thrown for a team-high 26.1 innings.

Heasley turned in a six inning, no run victory in Ok. State’s season opener against Texas State, but has had two bad outings this month. The Plano native allowed 11 hits and seven runs in 4.2 innings against Arizona State, and allowed seven runs again (six earned) against Seton Hall in a five inning performance against Seton Hall last weekend.

Heasley will match up with Texas sophomore righty Blair Henley, who is enjoying a breakout season. Henley has a 1.80 ERA in his five starts this season, and had another dominant performance last week, shutting Kansas out in his seven complete innings.

The Texas offense will face a tough test on Saturday, as junior left-handed pitcher Carson Teel has been excellent for the Cowboys. The former reliever will be making only his second career start this weekend, but currently boasts a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings pitched. Teel has a team-high 33 strikeouts, and batters are only hitting .165 against him.

Teel will face junior right-hander Nolan Kingham, who is sitting at a 4.28 ERA. After some recent struggles, Kingham turned in an excellent performance last weekend against Kansas, allowing four runs in complete game victory. Kingham also closed out Texas’ top 25 win against Sam Houston State on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Oklahoma State will call on sophomore righty C.J. Varela. Varela hasn’t pitched more than five innings in any of his five appearances this season, but has a very solid 2.75 ERA this season. Texas’ Sunday starter is TBD, but will likely be Chase Shugart. The junior right-handed pitcher and former reliever holds a 5.04 ERA on the season.

This weekend could turn out to be a defensive match-up, but Texas’ offense has looked more potent than in recent years and could the edge in the series. The ‘Horns have a respectable .272 team batting average, and have been led by Kody Clemens’ team-high .370 average and team-high six homers.

New faces such as Masen Hibbeler and Zach Zubia have also provided a reliable presences in the order.

The Longhorns are currently in the midst of a relatively friendly part of the season, so it’s crucial that Pierce’s team continues to rack up wins. In my opinion, anything less than a series win this weekend will be considered a disappointment.

You can catch the action tonight on the Longhorns Network or listen in on 104.9 the Horn. Saturday’s 2:30 pm CST game and Sunday’s 1 pm CST game can be found in the same places.

Hook ‘Em!

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