The Texas Longhorns and Michigan Wolverines made the trip to Indiana University for their yearly tri-dual swim meet. The teams competed this afternoon and will race again saturday morning. The Michigan men kicked off day 1 with style, topping both Texas and Indiana. The Texas women also won both of the meets against Indiana and Michigan, but the Indiana women put up a great fight. The final score of the Texas vs. Indiana women’s dual meet came down to three points, with Texas taking the victory with a score of 151.5-148.5. This meet format allowed all 6 teams the opportunity to show off their top speed and depth. None of these teams had to exhibition events towards the end of the meet to avoid inflating the score, like we frequently see across the country with elite programs.
WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES
Texas 210 – Michigan 90
Texas 151.5 – Indiana 148.5
Indiana 181 – Michigan 119
MENS TEAM SCORES
Michigan 166 – Texas 134
Michigan 203 – Indiana 97
Texas 204 – Indiana 96
THE WOMEN’S MEET
The Indiana women’s 200 medley relay team of Brooklyn Snodgrass, Bronwyn Pasloski, Gia Dalesandro, and Kait Flederbach sprinted to a 1:42.36 to beat out Texas’s A and B relays for the win at 1:42.36. Both of the Texas relays were within a second of Indiana at 1:42.7 and 1:43.0. The Michigan women finished fourth with a 1:43.35, and were also within a second at the end of the race. Flederbach anchored Indiana’s relay in 22.81, which proved to be too much for the Texas sprinters.
Lindsay Vrooman of Indiana took control of the 1000 freestyle, winning the race by almost two seconds at 9:46.51. Texas’ Kaitlin Pawlowicz finished second at 9:48.06, and Vroomans teammate, Haley Lips, was third at 9:52.60. These three women were the only under the ten minute mark.
Texas claimed their first victory of the meet with a win from Sam Tucker in the 200 freestyle at 1:47.43. Haley Lips from Indiana finished second at 1:47.91. Lips currently holds the third fastest time in the country in this event. She was a 1:46.05 at the SMU Classic. Lips led Indiana to a 2-3-4 with Vrooman and Stephanie Armstrong. Vrooman was 1:48.44 shortly after winning the 1000 freestyle.
Indiana added their third win of the meet with Brooklyn Snodgrass’ 54.36 in the 100 backstroke. Snodgrass leads the nation in this event, although her fastest time came from the SMU Classic, where she posted a 53.18. Texas freshman Tasija Karosas finished second at 54.46, holding off Indiana’s Allie Day who finished third with a 54.86. Texas took the fourth spot with Lily Moldenhauer at 55.09, and the Michigan women finished 5th and 6th.
The Hoosiers went 4-5 in the first five events with Bronwyn Pasloski touching the wall first at 1:02.56. Michigan’s Angie Chokran earned a second place finish, breaking 1:03 at 1:02.93. Madison Cox then led Texas at 1:03.14 to a 3-4-5 finish in the 100 backstroke.
In the 200 butterfly, Indiana freshman Oliva Barker went a 1:58.93 to win the event. Courtney Beidler was second for the Wolverines at 2:00.20 and Brenna Maclean added another third place for the Hoosiers.
Texas showed their speed in the 50 freestyle finishing 1st, 3rd, and 4th place finished from Gretchen Jaques, Brynne Wong, and Sam Tucker. Kait Flederbach was second with a 23.23, but it was not enough to catch Jaques. Jaques touched at 23.19, while Wong and Tucker were 23.46 and 23.51, respectively. Gretchen Jaques added her second individual win of the meet after a break, winning the 100 freestyle at 50.18. Just like the 50, Flederbach was second at 50.20 and then Sam Tucker was third at 50.44. Michigan’s Zoe Mattingly addded fourth place points for the Wolverines with her time of 50.95.
Texas Freshman Kasija Karosas topped Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass to win the 200 backstroke at 1:56.74, over Snodgrass’ 1:57.39. Although Texas took the win, Indiana had three women in the top 5 in this event. The Wolverines grabbed two of the top 6 spots at 4th and 6th.
Another Texas freshman, Madisyn Cox won the women’s 200 breaststroke at 2:15.60. She touched slightly ahead of Michigan freshman Bri Jurries, who was 2:16.23. Pasloski, the winner of the 100 breaststroke, was third with a 2:16.63. This was a very young race, with 7 of the 10 swimmers in their freshman year. Jordan Surhoff had the best time for the Longhorns at 2:20.34.
Lindsay Vrooman added another individual win with a 4:49.01 in the 500 freestyle. Haley Lips was able to follow her to a second place finish. With six women under the 5:00 mark, there were plenty of swimmers to race against. Texas added 3rd and 4th place finishes in this event from Pawlowicz and Kelsey Leneave.
Indiana freshman Gia Dalesandro won the 100 butterfly by breaking 54, posting a 53.96. Texas’ Jaques and Wong were second and third with a 54.32 and a 54.46. Olivia Barker of Indiana added a 4th place finish at 54.95.
Madisyn Cox won her second individual event of the meet for the Longhorns, swimming a time of 2:00.58. Marni Oldershaw from Michigan made it very interesting, however, finishing at 2:00.64. Her teammate, Beidler was third at 2:01.38. Indiana’s Allie Day finished third, but there was a clear separation between third and fourth place.
Texas showed their spring freestyle speed to close the session, swimming to a time of 3:21. 06 to win the 400 freestyle relay. The next closest team was Indiana’s A relay, who touched at 3:23.60. Michigan was almost able to touch out Indiana at the end, but did not have enough to do it.
All three teams will be back in action tomorrow in Bloomington for meet number two.
THE MEN’S MEET
Michigan won the first event of the meet with a 1:27.81 in the 200 medley relay with the team of John Wojciechowski, Richard Funk, Dylan Bosch, and Bruno Ortiz. Although there may have been a mistake in the results, because of Bosch climbing out and hitting the pad, but I believe Ortiz split a 19.32 to anchor that relay. You can click the link to the results and be the judge for yourself. A 19.3 is a fantastic time for this point in the season, even with a relay take-off. We have only seen two sub-20 flat start 50 freestyles this season, but Ortiz has been close with his 20.09 from a few weeks back. He was 20.3 later in the meet from a flat start, but it is hard to replicate the intensity from a relay during an individual event in-season. Texas was able to finish second at 1:29.51 before the Michigan B relay finished in third at 1:30.03.
Connor Jaeger pulled two seconds ahead of Texas’ Sam Lewis around the 250 of the 1000 and maintained that separation throughout the remainder of the race. Jaeger won the race at 9:07.66 and Lewis was second at 9:09.92. Sean Ryan and Cameron Stitt were 3rd and 4th for the Wolverines.
Clay Youngquist of Texas posted the nation-leading time in the 200 freestyle to win the race. His time of 1:35.71 was 2 seconds faster than the previous top time of the year. Michael Wynalda and Anders Lie Nielson were second and third for Michigan at 1:36.31 and 1:37.26. Both were also under Wynaldas’ nation leading time at 1:37.31. Six swimmers total finished under 1:40.
Freshman Jack Conger won his first individual event of the meet, touching the wall with a 48.36 to win the 100 backstroke. Indiana’s James Wells’ and Eric Ress were 2nd and 3rd at 48.55 and 48.82. Michigan’s Wojciechowski added the fourth fastest time at 49.05.
In the 100 breaststroke, Richard Funk swam the second fastest time in the country this year, following only NCAA and American Record Holder, Kevin Cordes, by .05. Funk won the event, followed by Indiana’s Cody Miller, at 55.14. Texas freshman Will Licon added a third place finish with a 55.88. Texas has been in need of elite breaststroker, and Licon may be the guy they need to step up and fill those valuable relay positions. Tanner Kurz from Indiana was 4th at 56.28.
Dylan Bosch added another win for the Wolverines. He swam the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:44.17, leading his teammates Kyle Whitaker and Pete Brumm to a 1-2-4 finish in the event. Clark Smith, another Texas freshman was fifth with a 1:49.55.
Their was a whole cluster of 20 point 50 freestyles in the meet today. Ortiz won the race with a 20.30, but like I said earlier, it was not nearly as impressive as his 19.3 relay split. Caleb Wier from Texas was second at 20.41 and Michigan freshman Vinny Tufuto was third at 20.44. Charlie Moore from Texas was 20.75 and Indiana freshman Anze Tavcar was 5th at 20.87. Seven swimmers were under 21 seconds in the 50 freestyle.
Clay Youngquist added another victory with a win in the 100 freestyle. He touched the wall at 44.13. That time leaves him just outside of the top 5 times in the nation this year. Although there are five that have already been faster, no one has broken the 44 second barrier this season. Behind Youngquist, Wynalda was second at 44.40 and Ortiz was third at 44.56.
Texas freshman added his second victory of the evening with a 1:45.13 in the 200 backstroke. Conger’s time is the second fastest time in the nation this season, behind Ryan Murphy’s 200 backstroke time of 1:43.72. Eric Ress was second at 1:45.91 and Michigan’s Ryutaro Kamiya was third at 1:46.80. Will Glass, another Texas freshman finished fourth at 1:47.79.
Richard Funk added another victory in the 200 breaststroke with the fourth fastest time in the nation this season. Funk was 1:58.82, while Will Licon came in second at 2:00.01. Indiana’s Cody Miller finished third at 2:00.85.
Connor Jaeger added his second individual victory of the night with a 4:22.13 in the 500 freestyle. Anders Lie Nielsen was second at 4:27.23 and Indiana’s Eric Ress was third at 4:28.32. Sam Lewis was fourth for texas tonight at 4:28.32.
Jack Conger won a third event with a 47.21 in the 100 butterfly. Michigan took 3 of the next five positions, proving again how deep they are all across the board. In the next event, Kyle Whitaker from Michigan, swam the third fastest time in the country this year with a 1:46.71. Whitaker led his teammates Bosch and Brumm to a very fast 1-2-3 finish.
Michigan continued its sweep of relays, winning the 400 freestyle relay. The results were very similar to the first relay, where Michigan was 1st and 3rd and Texas touched in second.