Eddie Reese’s recruitment of Dax Hill could be called atypical. It’s not often that a swimming coach of Reese’s Olympic stature would take a seat in a suburban high school gym to scout a prospect playing basketball.
Reese especially liked what he saw when Hill rebounded the ball. While a top basketball scout might believe Hill to be too tentative for the next level, Reese saw determined, and perfect for the water.
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NCAA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Texas will send 11 swimmers and two divers to this week’s NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships:
50 free: Kip Darmody, Charlie Moore, Caleb Weir
100 free: Dax Hill, Moore, Weir, Clay Youngquist
200 free: Hill, Sam Lewis, Michael McBroom, Jacob Ritter Youngquist
500 free: Lewis, McBroom, Ritter, Youngquist
1,650 free: Lewis, McBroom, Ritter
200 IM: Tripp Cooper, Austin Surhoff
400 IM: Surhoff
100 back: Darmody, Patrick Murphy
200 back: Darmody, Murphy, Surhoff
100 fly: Cooper
200 fly: Cooper
100 breast: Moore
Divers: Cory Bowersox (1m, 3m); Will Chandler (1m, 3m, platform)
Note: John Murray and Cole Cragin are relay alternates
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the University of Texas men's swimming team ranking by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.