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BY SHANNON BARRIENTES / PHOTOS COURTESY OF UT ATHLETICS

Longhorn sports continue in the stead of remarkable athletes and coaches, with a continued tradition of excellence. The University of Texas at Austin Longhorns are legendary for their sports, with many noteworthy wins. Early 2019 took an exciting turn for basketball, when the Longhorns won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Championship, with an 81–-66 win over Lipscomb at Madison Square Garden. Before hooking their horns into that win, they beat South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado and TCU to reach the final and to win their first NIT title since 1978.

A group of people standing on top of a basketball court.
The University of Texas at Austin Longhorns are legendary for their sports, with many noteworthy wins.
A group of men sitting on top of a grass covered field.

All of Texas is keeping two eyes and two horns on the Longhorns football team, under the strong arm of Coach Tom Herman. Under Herman’s guidance the program marked its first winning season in 2017, since 2013, culminating in a 33–16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl. In his second season at Texas, Herman led Texas to a 9–3 regular season record, including a 7–2 record in conference play, and a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game, their first since 2009. Texas defeated Georgia in the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl, which clinched the first ten-win season for the Longhorns since 2009.

The University of Texas at Austin tennis teams made a clean sweep in 2019 with both the men’s and women’s teams winning the Big 12 regular season title. The Texas women’s golf team continues to be ahead on the course, coming in second in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s final spring poll. In 2018, the Longhorns Women’s Golf team won their second consecutive Big 12 Championship, becoming the first team to win back-to-back since 2009; and wins were recognized in Track and Field (Indoor) as well as Tennis (regular season).

March 2019 marked an exciting win for the University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving team, as they took a second-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The runner-up win marked the 26th time in 41 seasons under legendary head coach Eddie Reese that the Longhorns finished among the top two nationally. The previous year, the University of Texas at Austin Men’s Swimming and Diving took their fourth consecutive NCAA title, its 14th title in program history.

Bevo is holding his breath in anticipation of what the next Longhorn seasons will bring! Whenever the tower glows orange, it’s another recognition of athletic success!

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