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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Bay City Tex
6 years ago

Thanks. What do you think Schooling will swim?

Bay City Tex
6 years ago

Looks like there is a last chance March 3rd.

Reply to  Bay City Tex
6 years ago

Actually 5th and 6th. 3rd and 4th are Long Course only for people seeking trial cuts.

6 years ago

I am biased, but I think Ransford will compete with Smith at NCAAs. 14:36 without a race for essentially the entire swim (though Smith went 14:31 under the same conditions) but I think they might both be under 14:30 next month…and they swim so differently too. It’s going to be a treat

6 years ago

Anyone know if Schooling has a B cut in the 200 IM? He was 9th last year and I still see that as his 3rd event. But I don’t think he has a B cut.

Reply to  wethorn
6 years ago

wethorn – he actually doesn’t have any time this season that counts toward the NCAA. Could be swimming it at the last chance meet today though.

Kristaps Porzingis
Reply to  wethorn
6 years ago

That will not be his 3rd event

Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
6 years ago

Any speculation as to what his 3rd event will be? Been curious about this much of the year, as it didn’t look to be 200 IM. Maybe the 50? Seeing more freestyle from Schooling this year has struck me as an Olympic year thing…perhaps the same for Licon’s breaststroke events looking better than his IMs at the moment. Schooling’s best 100m and 200m free times are as fast as Conger’s.

Kristaps Porzingis
Reply to  Chris
6 years ago

There is a plan in place

Derek Fisher
Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
6 years ago

The suspense is killing me.

Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
6 years ago

Doesn’t look like any of the Texas men swam in the last chance meet today. Austin Temple is a guy who I think needs to qualify too. He was the 5th fastest returned in the 100 breast but I don’t think he’s near qualifying.

Derek Fisher
Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
6 years ago

Yeah, Temple has been a bit off last year’s times all season. If they’re taking 3 divers, the roster would seem to be something like:

fly guys: Schooling, Conger, Murray, Glass, Ringgold, Jackson
returning champs: Licon, Smith
freshman studs: Shebat, Harty, Haas
on the bubble: Ellis, Dunne, Lewis (1650), Roberts (400 IM)

Not sure anyone else gets an invite.

Derek Fisher
Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
6 years ago

Martens would also be on the bubble.

Reply to  Kristaps Porzingis
6 years ago

Holter also on the bubble.

Reply to  Chris
6 years ago

The real last chance is Saturday and Sunday March 5th and 6th During the American Short Course Championships so any bubble guys still have a chance to improve their seeding.

Derek Fisher
Reply to  Chris
6 years ago

Good call. LC. He sure will. A couple qualifiers will be left home, likely Lewis and Dunne IMHO. Lewis has been off his game of late. Very eager for psych sheet release.

6 years ago

WV with the coach of the year and first time 2nd place finish? Great job WV!

6 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
6 years ago

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

bobo gigi
6 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
6 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
6 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.

Jay Ryan
6 years ago

Steve-O, Bobo’s picks ARE important!!

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