They say that everything is bigger in Texas. While that is still up for debate, one thing is certain: Texas has bigger NCAA Men’s Swimming trophies. Four of them, in fact. For the fourth straight year the University of Texas Men Swimming Team has taken the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship. Each year it has come at the expense of the University of California Golden Bears.
It was deja vu all over again for the Golden Bears on March 24th when they got second place in the team event to the Long Horns for the fourth year in a row. The results means that the entire graduating class for California reached the Championship each year of their college careers. The obvious caveat is that each year they were unable to get over the proverbial hump.
The 2018 Championship played out a bit differently this year as the title came down the very last event. In years past, Texas had secured the team win long before the final event was swam. The Golden Bears finished just 11.5 points behind Texas which took the lead for good after a strong diving event. California scored more points than any other team through the conclusion of the swimming events but diving was their demise. Texas was able to put a whopping 70 points on the board during the dive portion of the Championship, securing their victory and the four-peat.