Texas easily wins 11th NCAA men’s swimming title

Texas' Joseph Schooling competes in the 200-yard butterfly during the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships.

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Joseph Schooling won the 200-yard butterfly and Will Licon took the 200 breaststroke Saturday night to help Texas run away with its 11th NCAA men’s swimming title.

The Longhorns finished with 528 points. California was second 399, followed by Michigan with 312 and Southern California with 278.

”I have never had a goal of being an Olympic coach or an NCAA champion coach,” Texas coach Eddie Reese said. ”I just want a group of people who trust me and we’ll see how fast we go.”

In the 200 butterfly, Schooling beat defending champion Dylan Bosch of Michigan and Jack Conger of Texas, the American record holder. Schooling finished in 1:39.62.

”I’m happy with where I am right now,” Schooling said. ”It was a great meet.”

Licon beat defending champion Kevin Cordes of Arizona in the 200 breaststroke to claim his second individual event victory of the championships.

Licon finished in 1:49.48.

”I don’t think it’s really set in yet,” Licon said. ”I was just trying to get my hand on the wall first.”

Purdue’s Steele Johnson of Purdue won the platform diving with 532.70 points

Southern California claimed another relay title in the 400 freestyle relay, touching out in 2:47.10. Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev won the 100 freestyle with in 41.54.

California’s Ryan Murphy won the 200 backstroke in 1:36.77 for his second title of the championships. In the 1,650 freestyle, Georgia’s Matias Koski won in 14.32.68.