02/25/2017Orange Tower Celebrates Big 12 Titles

Campus landmark will be lit in burnt orange to recognize the impending victories for Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving at the Big 12 Championships.

AUSTIN, Texas – The UT Tower will be drenched in burnt orange lighting Saturday, February 25 in recognition of The University of Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams’ impending victories at the Big 12 Championships. 

The four-day event ends tonight at UT’s Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.  The men’s platform diving final begins at 4:30 p.m. CT while the swimming finals get underway at 6 p.m. CT. 

Per UT tradition, the UT Tower is bathed in burnt orange lighting from top-to-bottom when a University of Texas athletics team wins a conference championship. 

The second-ranked Texas men are poised to win their 38th consecutive conference title under 39th-year head coach Eddie Reese, first-year assistant coach Wyatt Collins and diving coach Matt Scoggin, now in his 23rd season.  With one session remaining, Texas leads with 748 points while West Virginia sits in second place with 566 points.  TCU holds third place with 442 points. 

Under fifth-year head coach Carol Capitani, fifth-year assistant coach Roric Fink and Scoggin, the second-ranked Texas women are set to win their fifth consecutive Big 12 team title.  UT leads the event with 694 points, well ahead of second-place Kansas (437.5).

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