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Eyes of Texas focused on title defense

Originally Published: January 14, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Last year, getting ready for his NCAA championship race, Texas swimmer Austin Surhoff looked around at his fellow finalists and thought he was going to be sick. A freshman, he didn't really expect to win, still … he wanted to do that for his team. But how could he possibly beat a group of guys this good?

Seeing his nervous distress, a teammate advised that a better alternative than losing his lunch was to just get in the water, do a quick swim, and calm down. ...

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