2015 Tennessee Invite
The first night of finals at the 2015 Tennessee Invite got underway tonight. After an interesting first session swum long course metres, finals was back to the usual short course yards. There were some very fast swims across the board.
200 Free Relay
Note: the entire heat of the women’s 200 free relay swam in the wrong lanes. The Tennessee ‘A’ relay won the race, and the Missouri ‘A’ relay placed 2nd. Current live results are not accurate.
The Mizzou men won the men’s event in a very fast 1:17.54. They were led by freestyle ace Michael Chadwick who popped a 18.66 split swimming the second leg. The team also consisted of Matthew Margritier who led off (19.98), Andrew Sansoucie (19.56) and Christian Aragona (19.34). The time of 1:17.54 earned the team an NCAA A-cut, very impressive. Finishing 2nd was Tennesse in 1:19.30. They had fast splits from Kyle Decoursey (19.61) and Sean Lehane (19.70). Missouri B was 3rd, Virginia Tech 4th and West Virginia was 5th.
Tennessee’s Madeline Tegner defended her top seed from this morning winning in 4:42.25, just out-touching Virginia Tech’s Jessica Hespeler who was close behind in 4:42.45, and Mizzou’s Kira Zubar who was 3rd in 4:42.52, a new Mizzou school record. Mary Griffith (4:44.88) and Morgan Dickson (4:45.22) of Tennessee rounded out the top-5, and former Olympian Kate Ziegler was 6th in 4:47.42.
After an impressive morning swim of 3:53.65 in the long course 400 freestyle, Evan Pinion of Tennessee blasted a 4:14.97 tonight to take the win. He also broke the school record and posted the fastest time in the NCAA this season in the process. He is certainly someone to keep an eye out for this season. His teammate Sam McHugh was 2nd in 4:19.28, and Michael Szuba of Virginia Tech was 3rd in 4:20.57.
Lauren Driscoll of Tennessee pulled out a big swim winning the women’s 200 IM in 1:57.54, just taking out Katharine Ross (1:57.72) of Mizzou. Both swimmers swam personal bests, and they became the 2nd and 3rd fastest in the NCAA this season. Amanda Carner of Tennessee, Nadine Laemmler of Mizzou and Abby Duncan also of Mizzou rounded out the top 5.
Mizzou went 1-2 in the men’s 200 IM, with Eddie Mapel just out-touching Fabian Schwingenschogl 1:46.21 to 1:46.24. Mapel pulled ahead on the breaststroke leg, before Schwingenschogl closed hard on the freestyle but simply ran out of pool. Brandon Viala of Virginia Tech was 3rd in 1:47.00, Nate Carr of West Virginia was 4th in 1:47.43, and coming in 5th was Daniel Graviss of Mizzou in 1:47.66.
Faith Johnson led a 1-2-3-4 sweep by Tennesse in the 50 freestyle, winning in 22.22. Following her were teammates Harper Bruens (22.48), Alex Cleveland (22.56), and Kira Toussaint (22.63). The time by Johnson places her 3rd in the NCAA this year. Madeline Banic of Tennessee won the B final in a blazing 22.24, just 0.02 off the A final winning time from Johnson.
Michael Chadwick continued his fantastic start to the meet, winning the 50 free in a swift 19.17. The time gives him the top time in the NCAA, an NCAA A-cut, and a new school record to boot. His teammate Matthew Margritier was the only other man under 20 seconds in the A-final, finishing 2nd in 19.87. Tennessee’s Gustav Aberg Lejdstrom was 3rd in 20.05, and Mizzou’s Christian Aragona pulled off a 19.99 in the B-final.
400 Medley Relay
The University of Missouri women went 1-2 in the 400 medley relay, with both the A and B teams beat out 3rd place Virginia Tech handily. Mizzou’s A team went 3:33.11, good for an NCAA A-cut and the 2nd fastest time in the NCAA this season. The team consisted of Hannah Stevens, Abby Duncan, Erin Metzger-Seymour and Anna Patterson who all posted fast legs. Their B team was close behind in 3:34.55, with a particularly fast lead-off leg from Nadine Laemmler in 52.54. Virginia Tech was 3:38.49 for 3rd, and Tennessee’s A team was nailed with a disqualification.
The Missouri men made it 4-for-4 for the team in relay wins on the night, winning the 400 medley in a time of 3:06.21, almost 5 seconds clear of 2nd place Tennessee. The team of Carter Griffin (47.82), Fabian Schwingenschlogl (50.75), Andrew Sansoucie (45.92) and Michael Chadwick (41.72) posted the top time in the NCAA. This team is looking good for the rest of this season. Tennessee was a distant 2nd in 3:11.13, with Sean Lehane‘s lead-off backstroke leg of 46.75 the most impressive from their lineup. Missouri C and B teams claimed 3rd and 4th.
After an incredible first finals session where we saw multiple school records and numerous top NCAA times being posted, the meet will continue Saturday morning at 10 AM Eastern, with another LCM prelims session.