2016 Big 12 Championships Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2016 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Championships


Full meet results

University of Texas finished the final night of competition at the 2016 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships on top of the standings, as they have done every year for the last 20 on the men’s side and since 2013 on the women’s.

Beyond the dominance of the Longhorn squads, the top stories to come out of the 2016 Championships were the stellar performances of West Virginia men, who had their best results since joining the Big 12 in 2012-13, and the Kansas women, who finished runner-up in the Big 12 standings for only the second time in history.

Men’s Platform Diving – Final

  1. Mark Anderson, Texas, 458.70
  2. Mike Proietto, WVU, 315.45
  3. Alex Obendorf, WVU, 303.10

Defending champion Mark Anderson of Texas earned a repeat title in the men’s platform diving event with 458.70 points. West Virginia’s Mike Proietto and Alex Obendorf rounded out the podium with 315.45 and 303.10 points, respectively.

Women’s 200 Back – Final

  1. Tasija Karosas, Texas, 1:51.21
  2. Quinn Carrozza, Texas, 1:54.32
  3. Yulduz Kuchkaro, Kansas, 1:57.07

Texas junior Tasija Karosas, fresh off her meet record in prelims with a NCAA “A” standard of 1:51.75, won the women’s 200 back with a brand new meet record, 1:51.21. Teammate, freshman Quinn Carrozza, finished second with 1:54.32, a mere .01 off her prelims time. Kansas’ Yulduz Kuchkaro just touched out Iowa State senior Marissa Engel for the third spot on the podium, 1:57.07 to 1:57.26.

Pia Pavlic of Kansas won the consolation final with 1:58.81.

Men’s 200 Back – Final

  1. Ryan Harty, Texas, 1:41.03
  2. John Shebat, Texas, 1:42.05
  3. Jonathan Roberts, Texas, 1:42.14

Freshman Ryan Harty led a 1-2-3 Texas sweep of the men’s 200 back. He clocked a 1:41.05, the only swimmer in the field under the 2015 NCAA “invited” cut of 1:41.95. Classmate John Shebat went 1:42.05 to touch out sophomore Jonathan Roberts (1:42.14). West Virginia teammates Nate Carr (1:46.79) and Jay Hickey (1:46.91) came to the wall together for fourth and fifth.

Fernando Duenas, also of West Virginia, won the consolation final in 1:51.21.

Women’s 100 Free – Final

  1. Rebecca Millard, Texas, 47.88
  2. Mimi Schneider, Texas, 49.30
  3. Jaimee Gillmore, VWU, 50.30

Defending champion, sophomore Rebecca Millard of Texas, repeated her 2015 victory with a 47.88 win over teammate and classmate Mimi Schneider (49.30) and West Viriginia’s Jaimee Gillmore (50.30). Schneider was runner-up in 2015, too; Gillmore moved up from fourth a year ago.

Iowa State’s Alex Flatness won the consolation final with 50.89; her teammate Brooke Evensen was just behind in 51.44.

Men’s 100 Free – Final

  1. Brett Ringgold, Texas, 42.08
  2. Townley Haas, Texas, 42.80
  3. Andrew Marsh, WVU, 43.07

Defending champion Brett Ringgold of Texas repeated his 2015 title with a NCAA “A” cut of 42.08. Ringgold was only .04 off his lifetime best and .16 off Dave Walters’ 2009 meet record of 41.92. Texas freshman Townley Haas took second in 42.80, coming to the wall just in front of West Virginia’s Andrew Marsh, with whom he was dead even at the 50. Haas was just under the 2015 Invited cut of 42.94.

Texas sophomore Joseph Schooling won the consolation final with 43.00.

Women’s 1650 Freestyle – Fastest Heat

  1. Joanna Evans, Texas, 16:13.39
  2. Libby Walker, Kansas, 16:32.71
  3. Emma Skelley, WVU, 16:46.34

Texas freshman Joanna Evans won the women’s 1650 with a 16:13.39, coming in about 4 seconds under the NCAA Invited mark from 2015. Libby Walker of Kansas went 16:32.71 for second, while West Virginia’s Emma Skelley finished third for the second year in a row, touching in 16:46.34.

Men’s 1650 Freestyle – Fastest Heat

  1. Clark Smith, Texas, 14:31.29
  2. Connor Dobbs, TCU, 15:32.95
  3. Rhorer Legendre, TCU, 15:33.10

Clark Smith broke Michael McBroom’s 2013 meet record by 2.2 seconds as well as his 2013 Big 12 record by 1.5 seconds, going a huge 14:31.29 to win the men’s 1650 by over a minute. Smith notched the nation’s leading mile for the season, coming in almost 15 seconds under the NCAA “A” cut.

TCU sophomore Connor Dobbs, who took third last year, edged teammate Rhorer Legendre, 15:32.95 to 15:33.10, for runner-up.

Women’s 200 Breast – Final

  1. Madisyn Cox, Texas, 2:09.37
  2. Olivia Anderson, Texas, 2:11.01
  3. Jordan Surhoff, Texas, 2:14.80

Madisyn Cox of Texas improved on her 2015 second-place finish with a 2:09.37 win in the 200 breast. She was 2 seconds faster than a year ago, and made it under the 2015 NCAA Invited mark by 1.9 seconds. Freshman Olivia Anderson and junior Jordan Surhoff completed the Texas podium sweep with 2:11.01 and 2:14.80, respectively. Surhoff fought stroke for stroke with West Virginia’s Emma Harris who placed fourth in 2:14.82. Iowa State’s Kasey Roberts was right behind them in 2:15.29.

Danica Delaquis of Iowa State won the consolation final in 2:16.77.

Men’s 200 Breast – Final

  1. Will Licon, Texas, 1:50.47
  2. Max Spencer, WVU, 1:57.84
  3. Aidan Fumagalli, WVU, 2:01.41

Texas junior Will Licon lowered his own meet record in the men’s 200 breast by 1.3 seconds with a 1:50.47 win over West Virginia teammates Max Spencer (1:57.84) and Aidan Fumagalli (2:01.41). Spencer and Fumagalli were third and seventh last year.

Women’s 200 Fly – Final

  1. Remedy Rule, Texas, 1:57.95
  2. Chelsie Miller, Kansas, 1:58.25
  3. Maggie D’Innocenzo, Texas, 1:59.68

Texas freshman Remedy Rule climbed to the top of the podium with a 1:57.95 win in the 200 fly. Rule came to the wall just ahead of Kansas senior Chelsie Miller, whose 1:58.25 was 3/10 faster than her runner-up time from last year’s final. Texas junior Maggie D’Innocenzo took third with 1:59.68.

TCU freshman Catherine Maxey won the consolation final in 2:02.35

Men’s 200 Fly – Final

  1. Jack Conger, Texas, 1:40.57
  2. John Martens, Texas, 1:44.50
  3. Will Glass, Texas, 1:45.83

Texas junior Jack Conger broke the meet record set by Joseph Schooling at last year’s Big 12 Championships by just 2/100 with 1:40.57. That’s the second-fastest 200 fly in the nation this season, behind teammate Schooling’s 1:40.48 from December. Senior John Martens (1:44.50) and junior Will Glass (1:45.83) completed the Texas sweep of the podium.

WVU’s Drew Damich posted the top time in the consolation final with 1:52.42.

Women’s Platform Diving – Final

  1. Kristina Hoffmann, Texas, 271.45
  2. Brooke Pospichal, Texas, 261.00
  3. Sofia Rauzi, Texas, 255.55

Senior Kristina Hoffmann led a Longhorn sweep of the women’s platform diving event with 271.45 points, a 70-point improvement from her sixth-place finish from last year. Freshmen teammates Brook Pospichal (261.00) and Sofia Rauzi (255.55) rounded out the podium. TCU’s Kelli Ann Funk and Elyse Brouillet of Iowa State had strong finals performances, as well, and finished fourth and fifth.

Women’s 400 Free Relay – Final

  1. Texas, 3:16.93
  2. Iowa State, 3:22.93
  3. Kansas, 3:23.10

Brooke Hansen (50.05), Rebecca Millard (48.64), Mimi Schneider (49.07), and Tasija Karosas (49.17) closed the meet with a win for the Texas women’s 400 free relay with a combined 3:16.93. Iowa State took second with 3:22.93, coming to the wall just in front of Kansas (3:23.10).

Men’s 400 Free Relay – Final

  1. Texas, 2:50.29
  2. WVU, 2:55.74
  3. TCU, 3:00.09

The Longhorns won the men’s 400 free relay with a NCAA “A” cut of 2:50.29 from Townley has (42.75), Joseph Schooling (42.50), John Murray (43.32), and Brett Rinngold (41.72). West Virginia went 2:55.74 for second, while TCU placed third in 3:00.09. Freshman Tate Jackson had a nice leadoff on Texas’ B relay; his 42.91 would have put him third overall in the final of the men’s 100 free.

Final Team Scores – Women

  1. University of Texas 1043
  2. University of Kansas 650.5
  3. Iowa State University 570.5
  4. West Virginia University 530
  5. Texas Christian University 451

Final Team Scores – Men

  1. University of Texas 1018
  2. West Virginia University 847
  3. Texas Christian University 759


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5 years ago

As a swim fan who bleeds burnt orange, I am a little concerned about the men’s team. Joe Schooling had a fantastic 100 fly, but at various moments Jack Conger, Clark Smith, John Murray, Brett Ringgold, and Will Licon have been a little slow. Perhaps this is a function of NCAA’s being 3.5 weeks away?

Displaced Wolverine
5 years ago

No it’s that Texas probably isn’t fully tapered and shaved because their conference is the worst in the nation.

Bay City Tex
5 years ago

Are schools allowed to be “independent” in swimming, or do they have to have a conference affiliation to swim at ncaa’s?

5 years ago

Will licon won by 7 seconds that’s nuts

TX Boy
Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

What is more nuts is Clark Smith winning by over a minute

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Looks like Clark Smith works more his endurance than his speed.
He swam the mile and not the 200 free at this meet.
Does it mean he will probably swim the 1500 free at olympic trials?
Looks like like he’s much more focused on a 400 free/1500 free double at trials than a 200 free/400 free double.
I am wrong?
I ask the question for my US olympic team predictions. I don’t know if I still must consider him for a spot in the 4X200 free relay team or forget that idea and just pick him for the 400 free and the 1500 free.
Any thoughts?

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

I think that it will be clearer after NCAA’s. If he can swim a monster 500 and 1650
at NCAA’s I think he will gun for that at olympic trials. He should still try the 200,
as they take the top 6 but i see a towny haas getting in instead of him.
I would predict that Clark would get in the 400 but the 1500 is hard, with
Mcbroom, Wilimovsky and PJ Hansford getting better at a fast rate.

Steve-O Nolan
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

I know it’s just the language barrier thing, but your phrasing makes it sound like your picks are the most important things in the world.

Jay Ryan
5 years ago

Steve-O, Bobo’s picks ARE important!!

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Swimmer123, thanks for your answer.

Steve, I know it’s just the language barrier thing, but your reaction makes it sound like you take my comments too much seriously. Usually you are more inspired. But if it can make you feel more comfortable, I confirm you that my picks are not the most important thing in the world. Hopefully you’ve got a safe and nice Sunday.

Derek Fisher
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

I like him in the 400/1500 as well. It would be really interesting to hear him and Eddie talk about the move from 100 fly / 200 free to 200/500/1650 and their metric equivalents. His HS times in the former were outstanding, but I suspect that some close analysis pointed toward more upside in the distance events, which sure appears to be paying off. Curious what was going on at conference in the 500, whether the 4:16 in prelims was a serious best effort perhaps and the 4:22 in finals was to work on pace for the mile? He’s obviously machine-like when he’s on…1650 splits look like those of a guy who’s swum it a thousand times, and 14:31 is… Read more »

Derek Fisher
Reply to  Derek Fisher
5 years ago

Scratch that about the 500 and “pace.” It almost looks like he was playing rabbit for Haas and then took his foot off the gas at halfway.

5 years ago

Brett Ringgold had a 41.72 relay split with .44 reaction time. Could of been 41.4 if he got that start. He has potential to break 41 flat start. I doubt the entire texas team tapered at all, the probably rested a bit, and didn’t shave. So the 14:31 is impressive from Clark, so if the 44.6 by schooling and 1:50 by licon. Should be alot faster at NCAA’s, now to watch PAC 12s and see if cal has anything to say.

Reply to  Ok
5 years ago

I ment break 42 flat start, not 41, he’s not caleeb dressel.

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