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.
- 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.