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Texas athletics wins 60th national title, compares well to SEC lists – Austin American-Statesman


While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:

1. Winners. Hats off to Howard Joffe and the Texas women’s tennis team for repeating as national champions against Oklahoma on Sunday in Illinois. In five NCAA Tournament matches, Texas won the points battle 20-4. Sheer dominance. Even if superstar Peyton Stearns turns pro this summer, Joffe returns three freshmen (Sabina Zeynalova, Allura Zamarripa and Vivian Ovrootsky) and two sophomores (Kylie Collins and Charlotte Chavatipon) from his six best singles players. Threepeat, anyone? … It marked Texas’ second natty of the year (after men’s indoor track) and 60th national championship for the Longhorns in 14 different sports, an astounding number which would put them in good standing with the members of the SEC. You can really make the case that, outside of slumbering football and on-the-rise men’s basketball, Texas has the best athletic program in the nation. (Stanford fields teams in a kajillion sports that Texas does not.) I realize those are two big exceptions, but I think Chris Beard’s program will take off soon, and Steve Sarkisian is assembling more talent. … Texas’ 60 just counts more. According to the SEC office, UT’s 60 national titles would put the Longhorns at the top of the SEC standings, which is topped by LSU (49), Florida (41) and Arkansas (37). The SEC, as a league, claims 255 national titles, counting 27 in football as well as Vanderbilt’s two bowling championships and Kentucky’s four rifle titles although those are not SEC-sponsored sports. … And Texas isn’t done winning with its men’s and women’s No. 1 track squads, the country’s No. 1 rowing team, a super regional-bound softball team, men’s golf and baseball. Texas celebrated three national titles last year and has won five over a two-year span. Its most ever in a single school year was 1985-86 when the women won four in hoops, indoor and outdoor track and swimming and diving.

Bohls: Texas completes sweeps against Kansas, remains hopeful to be an NCAA regional host

2. Softball smarts. Texas softball coach Mike White deserves a ton of credit for getting to a 12th super regional in 12 tries. He showed his IQ by throwing sophomore Estelle Czech in the opening 6-0 win over Weber State and saving ace Hailey Dolcini for three games versus Washington. “It was nerve-wracking,” White said of the decision on our “On Second Thought” podcast, “because she’s struggled in the first inning. It was a big moment for us.” … Janae Jefferson continues to shine and had seven hits in 14 at-bats. “She’s phenomenal. She feels it,” White said. “And (freshman third baseman) Mia Scott’s a big part of that. Hopefully, Mia will be the next G.O.A.T for us.” …  It’s a shame we probably won’t get to see Ivan Melendez’s record-breaking 29th home run of the season at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, but he should go down as the best slugger in school history and easily the most complete one, given his .421 batting average. … It’d be a travesty if he doesn’t sweep the national player of the year awards. Just putting up those numbers in any year is staggering, but to do it in spacious Disch-Falk borders on …….

Source: https://www.statesman.com/story/sports/college/2022/05/25/texas-athletics-compares-favorably-sec-programs-outside-of-football-sarkisian/9911533002/

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:

1. Winners. Hats off to Howard Joffe and the Texas women’s tennis team for repeating as national champions against Oklahoma on Sunday in Illinois. In five NCAA Tournament matches, Texas won the points battle 20-4. Sheer dominance. Even if superstar Peyton Stearns turns pro this summer, Joffe returns three freshmen (Sabina Zeynalova, Allura Zamarripa and Vivian Ovrootsky) and two sophomores (Kylie Collins and Charlotte Chavatipon) from his six best singles players. Threepeat, anyone? … It marked Texas’ second natty of the year (after men’s indoor track) and 60th…….

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:

1. Winners. Hats off to Howard Joffe and the Texas women’s tennis team for repeating as national champions against Oklahoma on Sunday in Illinois. In five NCAA Tournament matches, Texas won the points battle 20-4. Sheer dominance. Even if superstar Peyton Stearns turns pro this summer, Joffe returns three freshmen (Sabina Zeynalova, Allura Zamarripa and Vivian Ovrootsky) and two sophomores (Kylie Collins and Charlotte Chavatipon) from his six best singles players. Threepeat, anyone? … It marked Texas’ second natty of the year (after men’s indoor track) and 60th…….

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