Longhorn Swimming and Diving Dominate, but their Social Effort Doesn’t

The University of Texas at Austin Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team are dominating swim meets, but losing in their social media efforts. Longhorn Women Swimming and Diving team are currently undefeated with wins against Florida, Indiana, Texas A&M, North Carolina State, and North Carolina. Longhorn Men’s Diving swept the 2017 UT Diving Invitational. However, their social media efforts to build their following base, capture attention, and produce audience engagement on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are consistently falling. The Longhorn swim meet wins and swimmer statistics are definitely outweighing their attempt to generate a higher social media fan base. With competition from Texas Football, Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer teams, it is unfortunate these Olympic Longhorn swimmers are not as recognized and supported compared to other UT athletics.

Longhorn Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving low fan base, support, and recognition is due to their relaxed posting timing and non engaging post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If the social media team did a better job producing interesting content such as clips from swim meets, quotes from swimmers and divers, information on where to purchase student tickets, and excitement for swimming and diving meets as wells as highlighting our UT Olympic and high achieving swimming and diving athletes. UT Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team is competitive and talented similar to the rest of Longhorn athletics and deserves more recognition. Here are some of the featured members on the Longhorn Swimming and Diving team:

Men’s Swimming and Diving:

Townley Hass—2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist for The United States in 4x200m freestyle relay, 2016 Rio Olympics finalist in 200m freestyle 5th place

Joseph Schooling—2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist for Singapore in 100m butterfly, 2012 London Olympian and 2016 Rio Olympian for Singapore

Jordan Windle—Two-time qualifier for the FINA World Championships

Women’s Swimming and Diving:

Meghan O’Brien—2016 and 2017 NCAA Championship qualifier, 2016 and 2017 USA Diving National Championships qualifier

Joanna Evans—represented The Bahamas at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Allison Gibson—2017 NCAA World Champion in 1-meter diving


Longhorns Dominate Mean Green in 3-0 Shutout

The University of Texas Women’s Soccer team moves on to round 2 in the NCAA Tournament after Friday’s victory over North Texas.

Led by Cyera Hintzen’s two goals, the Longhorns controlled the game from the first whistle. The first score came at the 20 minute mark, when Hintzen broke the tie with her first goal of the game. Just nine minutes later, Haley Berg scored a goal of her own to put the Horns up 2-0. Finally Hintzen sealed the game in the 68th minute with her second of the game to lead the Longhorns to a 3-0 win.

The Longhorns also dominated on defense, allowing only 3 shots on goal the entire game, all of which were saved by Nicole Curry in the net.

Texas will face Clemson in the second round of the tournament, Friday Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

UT Football Wristband Seating… WTF

Midway through the season, UT implemented a new seating system where students in Sections 26, 27, and 28 were required to pick up wristbands prior to the game in order to


get into those respective sections.This resulted in the student section being emptier than normal. I was able to completely walk around without being smushed and there were even gaps of complete empty seating. The different wristband sections even were different colors so if you were Section 26, you would not be able to go into Section 27 or 28. I even had a Security guard walking around told me I was in Section 27 and I needed to walk back over to Section 26 even though there was four rows empty in front of me.

It will be interesting to see if UT implements this same system for next season!

Can Texas make the 2017 College World Series?

Since The University of Texas Baseball’s debut in 1894, the Longhorns have competed in thousands of games and competed 35 times in the annual College World Series. The first of six National Championships Texas took home was in 1949 and the Longhorns are fighting like hell to make it 7 in 2017.

Despite a recent series loss against the Baylor Bears, Texas rebounded in last night’s final matchup against the Texas State Bobcats to win the series 2 games to 1. Texas is currently ranked 6th in the Big 12 by 2 games, however they are only down 7 games to first ranked TCU overall. The high speed performance of Texas this year still puts them in standing to go to a conference tournament, make the regional series, and play in a super regional series for their 36th appearance in the College World Series. With more than 6 weeks of regular season baseball left until the conference tournament, Texas may still be able to pull it off.

It’s been 12 years since Texas won the title in 2005, but only 6 since Texas has placed in the series, with a 7th place tie in 2011, and only 3 years since their last qualification into the tournament in 2014. Starting Friday, June 16th the opening celebration kicks off the 2017 College World series for 12 solid days of the best college baseball known to man.

Click below for:

Head Coach, David Pierce bio – http://texassports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1129&path=baseball

2017 Roster – http://texassports.com/roster.aspx?path=baseball

2017 Schedule/ results – http://texassports.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball

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Red River Showdown comes to a close

Heavy weekend for the horns as they host No. 11/9 Oklahoma (32/7) in the Red River Showdown. On Friday, April 7, at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Texas softball (20-16) got a RBI single and a passed ball to plate a run but could not pull through during the series opener against Oklahoma, 3-2. Devon Tunning pitched and led the offense for the Horns by going 1-for-3 with a RBI, freshman Dermargosian scored, and senior Hanzel walked and scored.

Head coach, Connie Clark, had some words after Friday’s game: “I thought we competed well. We did some good things. We gave ourselves opportunities and stayed aggressive. The only thing we would like to do is cut down some of the strikeouts heading into the next couple days. We had some quality at-bats. I’m ready to see the ball fall.”

On Saturday, April 8, Horns brought the run to the plate towards the end  of the seventh, but it was a little to late rally attempt was not enough to catch up to the Sooners with another close loss, 3-1. Freshman Washington, went 1-for-3 with her third career double and senior Hanzel with a 1 for 2 at the plate with Texas’s lone RBI. Leading Texas offense was senior Davis.

Even though the horns did not pull out a win, Saturday’s game brought recognition to Breast Cancer Awareness with the athletes, coaches, and fans wearing pink. The first pitch strike of the game coming from Dawn Hardin, a cancer survivor!

On Sunday, April 9, two errors led to five runs in the second inning to put Oklahoma (35-7) in a good position to beat the Horns (20-18), 6-0. Senior Felix, led the horns by going 2- for 3 at the plate.

The Future of Texas Volleyball

Freshman Micaya White has quickly established herself as a star this year for Texas Women’s Volleyball. She leads the team in points, with 413. She also leads the team with 366 kills. This season she has been a 5-time recipient of the Big 12 Freshman of the Week award. This ties a school record set by Michelle Kocher in 2008.

Micaya went to to my highschool, so I have witnessed her talents for many years now. For those that don’t know her, she is an outstanding athlete. Standing at 6’1″ Micaya is a powerhouse and gets amazing velocity on the ball. She was a highscool All-American, and it seems that her talents have certainly translated nicely into the college game.

White throws down a spike against Baylor


With exciting young players such as Micaya and strong recruiting classes every year, the future of Texas volleyball looks bright! The Longhorns are poised to continue to be one of the top 5 programs in the country, and show no signs of slowing down. Texas Tech comes to Austin tomorrow for their next match, and Micaya will look to impose her will yet again on the red raiders.

–Josh Pike

Taming the Bears

Volleyball vs. UT

UT Volleyball is having one hell of a season. Currently the team is ranked 5th in the nation after winning 18 of their 21 games this year (their only losses happening to no. 4 Kansas, no. 3 Wisconsin, and no. 1 Nebraska). Their next opponent is that of the Baylor Bears. The Longhorns have a pretty amazing record when it comes to “taming” the Bears; during their last five meetings the Longhorns have proved victorious. That being said, Baylor has been having a pretty great season as well, they’re currently 19-7. But what exactly does this mean? Do the Longhorns have anything to worry about?


Just coming off of a win against Texas Tech, the Bears are hungry for more and the no. 5 Texas Longhorns seem to be the perfect prey for them. After losing 3-1 during their last meeting, the Bears are out for revenge. Yet the Bears aren’t the only ones coming off a win. This past week Texas fried the frogs when they beat TCU 3-1 and their success hasn’t stopped there. The fact that they’ve only been beaten 3 times this season and by higher ranked teams does not bode well for the Bears’ chances.


This season is all about the Longhorns demonstrating to their foes just what damage they can do. The team needs to be careful to avoid becoming cocky when facing Baylor tomorrow night. If the team is consistent, like they’ve been all season, they should have nothing to worry about. Consistency is key and they’ve consistently beaten the Baylor Bears every time they’ve met over the past 3 years. This particular game will take place on UT’s turf and to be beaten at home would be a travesty. Thus there’s only one thing the team can do and that’s WIN. While my faith in other Longhorn teams may have wavered over the course of the season, my faith in THIS team and their ability to tame the Bears has never once been questioned.

-Grayson Gilcrease