For the North Carolina men’s swimming team, going on the road to the University of Texas and Texas Christian University in the same weekend was difficult enough. Finding a place to stay, though, proved to be the real test.
“On Tuesday, we found out that the hotel had moved us from right next to Southern Methodist University to downtown,” coach Rich DeSelm said. “Those sorts of things — that uncertainty is always there — but I couldn’t have been more proud of how (the team) handled things.”
A last-minute housing switch was just one in a long line of challenges for UNC during the trip, which split the competition this weekend.
After touching down in Dallas on Wednesday, the Tar Heels drove to Austin for their dual meet against the Longhorns Thursday evening . This was North Carolina’s first ever dual meet against Texas, which DeSelm noted has a reputation for producing both NCAA championships and Olympians.
Ultimately, the Longhorns proved to be too deep and too quick for the Tar Heels, whose men lost 171.5-126.5. Sophomore Nic Graesser, who won the 100 yard backstroke and was a part of the winning 400 yard freestyle relay, said he saw the benefits that came with facing a national power like Texas.