A select group from the BYU swim team will travel to compete in the Texas Invitational, held Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in Austin, Texas.
“We are looking forward to a great week,” BYU head swim coach John Brooks said. “We have swum well in the past at this invite so we are expecting great results this week.”
The annual Texas Invitational, hosted by No. 9 Texas, is a four-day meet at the University of Texas. The Cougar men's and women's swim teams will compete against the Longhorns, Arizona, USC, Wisconsin, Harvard, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma Baptist, TCU and UNLV. In addition, the men’s team will compete against Arizona State and Stanford, while the women will compete against UCLA and Rutgers.
Many of BYU’s top swimmers will compete in the meet; however, the invite will not be a team-scored competition and will not include diving. The Cougar dive team traveled to the UT Diving Invitation two weeks ago where three BYU divers recorded zone cuts.
This invite gives BYU a chance to compete against several NCAA top-25 teams. Senior captain Payton Sorenson is currently seeded 10th in the 50-yard free and 12th in the 100-yard freestyle, while another senior captain, Preston Jenkins, is seeded at the invite at 14th in the 200-yard IM and 10th in the 200-yard backstroke. Junior Taylor Ballard is also seeded 12th in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke.
The Texas Invite kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. CST, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The invite continues the following three days with prelim events every morning beginning at 10 a.m., and final and relay events starting at 6 p.m. Specific event times can be found on the Texas Invitational Information site. Live results can be found on the MeetMobile app and on the BYU swim and dive schedule page.