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Swimmers lose dual meet, ranking in last event After winning the 800 freestyle at the ITT InoltatlonalJan. 9, Tiffany Cohen, communication sophomore, receives a hand from Pattl Sabo, public relations junior. However, Debbie Risen and Tori Trees pulled the team within five points by placing first and third respectively in the 200 backstroke. To win the meet, the Longhorns needed a win in the 200 breaststroke. The best they could accomplish was a second place by Kim Rhodenbaugh, who had been hampered by a broken foot most of the season, and a third place by McFarlane. After being No. 1 for more than a year, Texas fell from that lofty posi- tion. Losing made the Longhorns realize they were beatable. " The new ranking has helped us in a way because now there ' s not as much pressure, " McFarlane said. " Maybe (a No. 1 ranking) will boost Florida ' s ego too much for later when we meet again at NCAA ' s. " Then it was time to head west to Texas Christian 88-51 Southern Methodist 93-40 Louisiana State 81-59 Florida 46-67 Houston 82-58 California 83-57 Stanford 58-82 Texas ABM 49-29 Southioest Conference Championships 1st NCAA Championships 1st Courtesy of Women s SID FRONT ROW: Kathleen E Dootey. Jennifer Lynn Wagner. Jodi Lee Eytes. Faith Elizabeth Mitchell SECOND ROW: Tori Leigh Trees. Tiffany Lisa Cohen. Tracey D McFarlane. Lindsey J Hansen- Sturm. Dana Elaine Wacker. Patricia Ann Sabo THIRD ROW: Annette Harriet Cowley. Kara Ann McGrath. Kirslrn Marie Wengler. Martha Claire Sanders. Ann Marie Dcolsom. Courtney C Madsen. Christine Marel Emerson. Stacy Lee Cassiday BACK ROW: Terrianne C McOuirk. Colleen Marie Griffin. Deborah Mae Risen. Vanessa Lee Richey. Kimberly L Rhodenbaugh. Margaret Grace Meagher. Carrie Jean Oprean. Rebecca Culver. 164 Women ' s Swimming face California and old nemesis Stan- ford. Against California, the Long- horns took nine of 16 events to hand California their first dual loss. Stanford was not as welcoming. It won 12 of 16 events. Cohen proved to be the bright spot of the meet, winning two of Texas ' four first-place finishes. Beating Texas A M Feb. 15 helped bolster the swimmers ' con- fidence going into the SWC Cham- pionships. However, Quick had no lack of confidence. " SMCJ along with Houston, Texas A M and Arkansas, will have some outstanding swim- mers, but we just have far too much depth to be seriously challenged for the conference by any of them, " Quick said. With losses to Florida and Stanford during the season, a variety of ill- nesses and few qualifiers in the sprint freestyles, the Longhorns, despite winning their fourth straight SWC ti- tle, had a different feeling entering the NCAA meet than the year before. " We were actually scared and nervous, " Patti Sabo, a member of the two previous championship teams, said, despite the team qualify- ing for more than 50 events.
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- Betsy Mitchell broke the 200 backstroke American record by beating world record holder Cornelias Sirch of West Germany. " I didn ' t expect to break the record. " Mitchell said. " The 200 is not exactly my specialty. It hurts more than the 100. But I guess I could learn to like winning. " At the Texas Swimming Center, Texas hosted Florida Jan. 25. The Gators began the meet by stunning Texas with a first place finish in the 400 medley. A win looked dim for Texas when Mitchell was disqualified in the 200 freestyle, and Tiffany Cohen was sub-par due to a virus. Cohen garners top swimming award by Jennifer Stephens Tiffany Cohen had a tough lead to follow for the 1985-86 season. Actually, it was her own outstanding first year as a swim- mer that she had to live up to. After winning NCAA titles in the 1,650- and 500-meter freestyles, two gold medals in the 1984 Olympics and contributing to an NCAA team title, Cohen found a way to keep her streak alive. At the beginning of the school year, she was named the Collegiate Female Swimmer of the Year. " I take it as a great honor, " Cohen, communication sopho- more, said. " It feels really good because there are so many talented swimmers. " By setting such precedents, Cohen could have fallen into the " sophomore jinx " and not lived up to her ability as a champion swimmer The jinx had afflicted many athletes who had awesome initial years in their sports. But with four big meets during the year, Cohen dealt with pressure. " You learn how to han- dle it. You create it yourself As long as I know I can handle it. there is no pressure, " Cohen said. Besides practicing for the NCAA championships, Cohen and her teammates had the World Championships to con- sider. The meet, scheduled for Spain in the summer of 1986 would pit the U.S against the Soviet Union and East Germany As for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Cohen would be just 22 years old and finished with her college career Cohen said she thinks she will be at the Games, undoubtedly to defend her first-place finishes. Champion shipi fr t tylt competition. Ckris Emtiton. pknlcl edut tlon ruAman. flnltkttm 1 0. Ckamplonsnip . Stary CaMldag. education frutkmmn. Accepts Her flrmt ptMcr fwtrd Bottom: Tracy McFmrUne. llbfrtl mrtm ophoman. fcaj ffic momenta to Women Swimming 163
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I in last ::: ' any | lee ' ' seated mofe than 50 events. On the first day. Texas found itself 27 points behind Stanford. Only Mit- chell ' s first place 200 backstroke in NCAA record time and Risen s third place made Quick smile. The following day of the meet. Texas won three of the six events to pull in front. The 400 medley relay team of Risen. McFarlane. Kirsten Wengler, and Jodi Eyles capped off the ex- cellent day by beating Stanford to the touch. Winning three individual events and the 400 medley relay, the team ' s depth wrapped up the meet. " Our win was not just luck. It was our winning tradition which brings out the best in people, " Sabo said. Janrl Johnson New national coaching duties make Quick feel ' honored, scared ' by Kathy Lott With two consecutive national championships and two national Coach of the Year awards to his credit, Richard Quick found something that made him feel " tremendously honored and a lit- tle scared. " He was named the National Swim Coach for women and men through 1988, which would include duties as Olympic coach. " It ' s a little like being a freshman at UT. I ' m a little scared but optimistic, " he said. As the first designated national coach, Quick was offered the op- portunity to work with the U.S. team before the 1988 Olympics. He was to coach at the World Championships in Madrid, Spam, in the summer of 1986 and was picked to coach at the Pan American Games in 1987 With the honor came the dif- ficult job of regrouping the U.S. swim team and making it a world power again. " Right now, the U.S holds only four individual records out of a possible 28 That ' s the lowest total in 30 years, " Quick said. Sophomore Betsy Mitchell described Quick as a motivator both at the pool and away. " He makes us think of our respon- sibility to the team and to ourselves. " The motivation that Quick gave his swimmers toward excelling in academics showed His swim- mers compiled the best team grade point average of any Lady Longhorn squad from 1983-85 Many wondered if Quick ' s selection as national coach would affect his time with the Longhorns He said it would not " I was already engaged in the ef- fort as assistant Olympic coach for 1984 However, if I do need to be away, I have great faith that the Longhorns will be in good hands with my assistant coach, JillSterkel " Dft bl Rtyrn. but In c m junior. perform her bmckttioke leg of the medley trUy ft the Ftb. 28. Women ' s Swimming 165
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