2014 Big 12 Championships: Day 3 Finals Real-Time Recaps

The Texas Longhorns have looked predictably great at the 2014 Big 12 Championships so far, even under the presumption that with little competition in the team battle, they’re not fully rested for the most part (though of course, many still need to get cuts).

This morning, that continued with senior Lily Moldenhauer, who broke the Big 12 record in the 100 backstroke. That wrapped up a little of the disappointment by Texas fans in the 100 back when Jack Conger scratched the men’s version of that same race.

Finals tonight will include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 free relay.

Beyond that story, as we mentioned a predictable one, the success of the conference’s other teams has been of note. In that vein, watch for Kansas’ Chelsie Miller in the finals of the 400 IM, where she’s the top seed over Texas’ Madisyn Cox.

See our day 2 finals recap here.
See our day 3 prelims recap here

Big 12

  • Dates: Wednesday, February 26th – Saturday, March 1st (Co-Ed)
  • Location: Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, University of Texas (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champions: Texas
  • Live Results: Available here.
  • Live Video (If available): None found
  • Championship Central

Women’s 400 IM – Finals

Chelsie Miller dropped 5 seconds from her prelim swim to take the Big 12 title in the 400 IM with a time of 4:07.97. Madisyn Cox led a 2-3-4 finish from Texas. Cox finished at 4:09.25, followed by Kaitlin Pawlowicz (4:14.42) and Victoria Cassidy (4:15.53). Carley Stevens and Emily Creighton finished 5th (4:20.17) and 6th (4:21.25) for TCU.

Ali Bleasdell from TCU won the B-final with a 4:22.42.

Men’s 400 IM – Finals 

Texas freshman Will Licon and Austin Vacek are earning big points for the Longhorns with their 1-2 finish in the men’s 400 IM. Licon earned the win with a 3:46.96 and his teammate, Vacek touched second at 3:47.30. Jake Querciagrossa and Nate Carr added 3rd and 4th place points for West Virginia, touching the wall at 3:48.59 and 3:52.114, respectively. TCU’s John Remetta led a 5-6-7 finish for TCU at 3:52.68.

Grant Rogers won the B-final for Texas with a 3:52.74.

Women’s 100 Butterfly – Finals

Texas senior Lily Moldenhauer won the women’s 100 fly with a very impressive 51.92, breaking the previous Big 12 meet record set by Kathleen Hersey in 2010 at 52.08. Her teammate, Ellen Lob touched in second with a time of 52.53. Eva Burlingham and Julie Ogden finished third and fourth for WVU at 54.00 and 54.03. Brynne Wong from Texas earned a fifth place finish with a time of 54.25.

Jaimee Gillmore won the b-final for West Virginia with a 55.25.

Men’s 100 Butterfly – Finals

Jack Conger posted the top time in the 100 fly for Texas with a 45.56 and his teammate, Tripp Cooper, finished second with a time of 45.73. West Virginia’s Bryce Bohman added a third place finish at 46.61 and then Matt Ellis led a 4-5-6 finish for Texas with a time of 46.95.

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Finals 

Alex Hooper won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.17 led her teammates Kelsey Leneave (1:45.41), Sam Tucker (1:45.64), Tasija Karosas (1:46.00) to a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Longhorns.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Finals

Clay Youngquist and Sam Lewis went 1-2 for the Longhorns with a 1:34.21 and 1:34.72. Ross Glegg from WVU finished in third, leading WVU to a 3-4-5 finish with a 1:36.35.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Finals

Gretchen Jaques added another victory for Texas with a 1:00.21 followed by a 1:01.39 from her teammate, Skylar Smith. Iowa State’s Imelda Wistey finished third with a time of 1:01.60. Jordan Surhoff was fourth with a time of 1:01.68.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Finals

Texas snagged another victory with a 53.45 from Imri Ganiel. Ford Story from TCU earned a second place finish with a 53.68, and West Virginia’s Christopher Brill rounded out the top 3 with a 54.88. Garrett Hills, a freshman from TCU earned fourth place points with a time of 56.04.

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Finals

Lily Moldenhauer is having the meet that many have been expecting from her for a while!! After breaking the Big 12 record in the 100 butterfly, she won the 100 backstroke with an impressive 51.48!! After narrowly missing the record in prelims, she was able to drop time in finals to break the record. A pair of freshman finished second and third behind Moldenhauer. Kansas’s Yuleya Kuchkarova was second with a 54.21 and Texas freshman Rebecca Baxley finished third with a 54.56. TCU’s Lyndsie Gibson finished in fourth with a “B” cut time of 54.80.

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Finals

After a top 3 finish in the 100 fly, Bryce Bohman picked up a win for West Virginia with a 45.89 in the 100 backstroke. Kip Darmody added a second place finish for the Longhorns. TCU’s Cooper Robinson finished third with a time of 46.94 and Patrick Murphy touched the wall in fourth at 46.98 for Texas.

Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Finals 

The Texas women ran away with the 200 freestyle relay. Ellen Lob (22.08), Gretchen Jaques (22.10), Lily Moldenhauer (22.97), and Sam Tucker (22.26) posted a time of 1:29.41 to win the event. Iowa State finished second at 1:32.12, touching out West Virginia by .01.

Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Finals

The Texas men had a close race with West Virginia for the win. The team of Charlie Moore (19.53), Matt Ellis (19.33), Tripp Cooper (19.26), and John Murray (19.29) posted a 1:17.41 to snag the win for the Longhorns. West Virginia finished second, touching the wall at 1:17.87.

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7 years ago

PR for Conger in the 100 fly. 45.56.

7 years ago

So glad to see Moldenhauer swimming well…Saw her at many meets as an age-grouper and high school swimmer…..Watched her emerge from “nowhere” to make semifinals in 200 Fly at 2008 Olympic Trials, and it doesn’t seem that she reached her potential after that. very happy for her now!

Andrew Majeske
7 years ago

Conger seems to have been swimming more 100 fly this year than 100 back–but I can’t see him placing higher at ncaa’s in the fly than in the back. And I think he would prefer the challenge of facing off against Murphy and Nolan. What is Texas’ strategy here?

Reply to  Andrew Majeske
7 years ago

From what I can tell…

Top 100 fly time so far this year:
Smith — 44.73
Sankovich — 45.12
Conger — 45.56
Phillips — 45.62
Cieslak — 45.69

Top 100 back times:

Ryan — 45.13
Friedemann — 45.52
Savoy — 45.61
Darmody — 45.66
Murphy — 45.77

Conger only swam the 100 fly about .1 better last night than he did at the Texas Invitational, where he was 46.6 in the 100 back. Still have to see what Murphy, Nolan, and Pebley do at Pac 12s.

It looks like Smith is the favorite to win the 100 fly, while the 100 back may be a crapshoot. It seems like, given… Read more »

Hook 'em
7 years ago

Probably that he has a legitimate shot at winning the 100 fly while he’ll have incredibly stiff competition in the 100 back

Andrew Majeske
7 years ago

Maybe–but Texas may want to rethink that strategy–the 100 fly is shaping up to be every bit as tough as the 100 back at NCAA’s based on the conference championship times that are being posted . . .

Also Tripp Cooper is right with Conger in terms of 100 fly speed (less than.2 between them at Big 12’s), but I would guess Conger might be .5 to .7 faster than Kip Darmody in the 100 back. If they shift things around I bet Texas could squeeze another .5 to 1.0 from their medley relay time . . .

7 years ago

Great job by WVU’s 200 Free Relay — getting an “A” cut. They made it close w/ Texas. Tim Squires anchor leg of 19.09 was fantastic.

7 years ago

That was big for them – and as we’ve seen in the Big Ten, one leg isn’t always enough to get you there alone (Minnesota didn’t get there even with Toomey leading off in 19.14). A cuts in relays are becoming a real challenge – and a big accomplishment.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

That’s true it takes all 4.

7 years ago

Should have mentioned the total domination of diving by the longhorns. Women finish 1-2-3-4-6 in the 3M including an astounding 414 pts. from Maren Taylor. Texas is good enough they could put 3 in the finals of every board.

Texas scratched all but one male diver from the platform Saturday to save on wear and tear.

7 years ago

Tripp Cooper’s fly is definitely on. I hope that Conger time trials a 100 back this weekend. He might move to back and Charlie Moore could do breast on the 200 medley. Lots of options for Texas.

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