The Tower at The University of Texas at Austin will be lighted orange with the No. 1 this evening (March 30) in recognition of the men’s swimming and diving team’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship.
Per university tradition, the campus landmark will shine orange with the No. 1 displayed on all four sides when a University of Texas at Austin athletics team wins a NCAA team championship. The women’s indoor track and field team most recently had the Tower lights shine in that fashion in 2006.
The men’s swimming and diving team captured their 10th NCAA team crown under 32nd-year head coach Eddie Reese Sunday, March 28 in Columbus, Ohio. The Longhorns used nine top-eight finishes on the final to power past California en route to the title. The team totaled 500 points and finished 30.5 points ahead of second-place California after trailing the Golden Bears by 18.5 points through day two of the three-day meet.
The Longhorns claimed one individual title and one relay crown at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Austin Surhoff became the second Longhorn to win the 200-yard individual medley, and the quartet of junior Scott Jostes, senior Dave Walters, sophomore Neil Caskey and senior Ricky Berens secured the team’s second straight NCAA title in the 800-yard freestyle relay.