Plain and simply, Reese's No. 1 Longhorns toyed with the field at the NCAA championships in Atlanta - playing splish-splash while making everyone else take a bath.
Texas’ Will Licon and Joseph Schooling unleashed NCAA and U.S. Open record swims, and Jack Conger lowered his own American record as the Longhorns’ punctuated their wire-to-wire run to a 12th NCAA team title Saturday evening at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
The Longhorns tie Michigan for No. 1 all-time with 12 NCAA titles, and 38th-year UT head coach Eddie Reese passes former Ohio State coach Mike Peppe as the most decorated coach in the sport’s history with 12 NCAA team titles.
Texas won the NCAA Championships with 541.5 points while California took second at 351.
Here's the best part of this back-to-back for Reese and Texas - all of the swimmers who won individual national titles in Atlanta and all but one member of three national title relay teams - junior Will Licon (200 IM, 200 breaststroke, 400 medley relay), sophomore Joseph Schooling (200 butterfly, 800 free relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay), freshman Townley Haas (200, 500 freestyle, 800 free relay), junior Clark Smith (800-yard free relay), junior Jack Conger (800 free relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay), sophomore Brett Ringgold (200 free relay), senior John Murray (200 free relay), freshman John Shebat (400 medley relay) , - return to Austin next year.
"I'm not upset about that," Reese said.
After winning the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday, Texas opened the second day at the NCAAs with three straight wins - meaning the Longhorns won the first four events at an NCAA championship for the first time in school history.
UT kicked off Thursday night by winning its second consecutive NCAA title in the 200-yard freestyle relay and sixth overall NCAA title in the event. The quartet of Brett Ringgold and Joseph Schooling, junior Jack Conger and senior John Murray took the win in 1 minute, 14.88 seconds, good for school and Big 12 conference records.
And then there's fantastic freshman Townley Haas, who won Texas' second straight NCAA title in the 500 freestyle and the first individual NCAA title of his career.
Haas beat the defending national champion in the event - his junior teammate Clark Smith, who won Texas' first-ever national title in the 500 free last year.
Adding to the hardware piled up by Texas was old man - junior Will Licon - who won the 200 individual medley in a thrilling finish over Cal's Josh Prenot for Licon's third individual NCAA title and - at the time - his fourth overall national title of his career.