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Swim and dive speed past Texas

This weekend the UA swim and dive team took another big step toward its second national championship in three years.

The No. 3 men held on for a 181-171 win over the nation’s top-ranked University of Texas while the No. 2 women beat the Longhorns 201-152.

“”It’s always incredible to beat such a great team,”” said Arizona head coach Frank Busch.

In the past two weeks, the UA men have beaten three of the top-5 programs in the country, which means they should be the new No.1 when the next rankings are released.

“”It will be great to be the top-ranked team,”” said senior co-captain Jordan Smith, “”but the goal is to be the top team when the season ends.””

It was a great weekend for Smith, who won the 50-yard freestyle and was part of three winning relay teams. He was just one of many seniors to perform well in the last home meet of their careers. Fellow senior co-captain Jack Brown won both the 200y and 400y individual medley.

On the women’s side, UA dominated the matchup of two of the top teams in the country.

The star of the weekend for the women’s team was senior Ana Agy, who won three individual events — the 100y butterfly, 100y backstroke and 200y backstroke. Agy was also a part of two winning relay teams.

“”It was a great weekend for me, but I’m just really glad we could bounce back from last weekend and get a big win,”” Agy said.

The women’s team was rebounding after being swept in the Bay Area last weekend by Stanford and California.

Arizona got off to a strong start at the meet by winning four of the first five events. In the first men’s individual race, the 400y individual medley, the UA had the top four finishers, led by Brown. The UA women dominated the 200y backstroke, having the top six finishers.

On the diving side, junior Ben Grado led the way for the UA with one win and another second-place finish.

Despite the Texas sweep, Busch realizes that there is still a lot of work left to do.

“”We still have a lot of big events coming up,”” he said.

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