2016 Longhorn Elite Invite: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

The final session of the 2016 Longhorn Elite Invite will see several U.S. Olympians and Olympic hopefuls compete. Joseph Schooling, Jack Conger, and Chase Kalisz will battle in the men’s 200 fly, and Will Licon will go head-to-head with Andrew Wilson in the 100 breast. Defending Olympic Champions Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers will take on the 100 back.



Top 3:

  1. Dakota Luther, 2:12.53
  2. Victoria Edwards, 2:13.74
  3. Kaitlin Pawlowicz, 2:14.12

Top seed Dakota Luther dropped a few tenths off her prelims time, posting a 2:12.53 to win the women’s 200 fly final. A close race for 2nd ended with Victoria Edwards taking the silver in 2:13.74, just ahead of 3rd place Kaitlin Pawlowicz (2:14.12). Elizabeth Bailey (2:15.61) and Remedy Rule (2:15.70) rounded out the top 5 with a pair of 2:15s.

MEN’S 200 FLY:

Top 3:

  1. Pace Clark, 1:56.97
  2. Jack Conger, 1:57.01
  3. Chase Kalisz, 1:57.32

Georgia’s Pace Clark scorched his way to a 1:56.97 to win the men’s 200 fly in a heated battle with Chase Kalisz and Texas’ Jack Conger. Conger made his move on the final 50, but came up short with a 1:57.01 to touch out Kalisz (1:57.32) for 2nd place.

Conger’s teammate Joseph Schooling was up with the pack at the halfway point with a 56.47 split, but faded to 7th on the back half for an overall time of 2:02.31.


Top 3:

  1. Olivia Anderson, 1:08.88
  2. Laura Sogar, 1:10.09
  3. Annie Zhu, 1:12.12

Olivia Anderson cracked 1:10 in the 100 breast again to win the event tonight. Anderson’s 1:08.88 put her over a second ahead of Laura Sogar, who got to the wall in 1:10.09 for 2nd place. Rounding out the top 3 was Georgia’s Annie Zhu with a 1:12.12.


Top 3:

  1. Will Licon, 1:01.36
  2. Andrew Wilson, 1:01.98
  3. Trent Jackson, 1:03.24

Will Licon beat out Longhorn teammate Andrew Wilson in a highly anticipated race in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Licon’s 1:01.36 was narrowly off his lifetime best of 1:01.24 from Nationals last summer. Wilson fell back a few tenths from his prelims time, placing 2nd in 1:01.98. A group of men in the 1:03-range behind them saw Trent Jackson get to the wall first for 3rd in 1:03.24, just ahead of Austin Temple (1:03.64) and Hayden Henry (1:03.82).


Top 3:

  1. Lotte Friis, 8:24.33
  2. Cierra Runge, 8:28.64
  3. Sierra Schmidt, 8:30.82

NBAC teammates Lotte Friis and Cierra Runge went 1-2 in the timed final of the women’s 800 free. Friis, a Danish Olympian, posted an 8:24.33 to grab the win. Runge joined her under 8:30 to take 2nd in 8:28.84. Rounding out the top 3 was Sierra Schmidt, finishing in a time of 8:30.82.

MEN’S 1500 FREE:

Top 3:

  1. Clark Smith, 15:08.59
  2. Kei Hyogo, 15:19.49
  3. Jake Ores, 15:38.20

Texas’ Clark Smith blew away the field in the men’s 1500 free final, winning the event by over 10 seconds with his 15:08.59. That’s his 2nd time under 15:10 this season, having swum his season-best 15:05.97 at the TXLA meet in late May. Yale’s Kei Hyogo dipped under 15:20 to take 2nd in 15:19.49, well ahead of Jake Ores, who was 3rd in 15:38.20.


Top 3:

  1. Missy Franklin, 1:00.50
  2. Tasija Karosas, 1:01.11
  3. Bonnie Brandon, 1:02.76

Missy Franklin dropped a second from her morning swim in the women’s 100 back, clocking a 1:00.50 to win the event tonight. Coming in 2nd behind her was Tasija Karosas, who also bettered her morning time with a 1:01.11 tonight. Closing out the top 3 spots was Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon in 1:02.76. Quinn Carrozza and Regan Barney finished within a tenth of each other in their battle for 4th, with Carozza getting to the wall in 1:03.64 ahead of Barney (1:03.69).


Top 3:

  1. Matt Grevers, 53.48
  2. John Shebat, 55.12
  3. Taylor Dale, 55.44

Matt Grevers, the defending Olympic gold medalist in this event, won the men’s 100 back handily with a 53.48. That’s about a second behind his season best of 52.54 from Winter Nationals, but still one of the fastest 3 swims he’s had this year. John Shebat (55.12) and Taylor Dale (55.44) battled for 2nd, with Shebat edging out Dale by a 3 tenths at the finish.

The next 4 swimmers were all bunched together at the finish, each swimming in the 56.7-range. Isaac Gwin (56.73) and Chatham Dobbs (56.74) took the 4th and 5th place spots, respectively. Kyle Robrock (56.77) and Ian LeMaistre (56.79) followed narrowly behind.


Top 3:

  1. Madisyn Cox, 2:11.60
  2. Nora McCullagh, 2:17.93
  3. Annie Zhu, 2:18.35

Madisyn Cox ran away with the women’s 200 IM final, swimming to a convincing win in 2:11.60. That time is within a second of Cox’s lifetime best, a 2:10.75 from Nationals last summer. Behind her, Nora McCullagh (2:17.93) and Annie Zhu (2:18.35) earned 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Diana Dunn was also under 2:20 to take 4th in 2:19.66.

MEN’S 200 IM:

Top 3:

  1. David Nolan, 1:59.40
  2. Will Licon, 2:00.41
  3. Mohamed Hussein, 2:02.03

In prelims this morning, David Nolan missed out on qualifying for the top 8 in the men’s 200 IM, getting 9th by just a hundredth. After Michael Phelps scratched the event tonight, Nolan got a chance to redeem himself. He certainly took advantage of that opportunity, blasting a 1:59.40 to win the event ahead of Will Licon. That’s a new best time for Nolan, and his first time under 2:00. His previous best was a 2:00.15 from Nationals last summer.

The big advantage for Nolan was the front half, with his 55.40 at the 100 well ahead of Licon’s 58.76. Licon fought back on the breaststroke leg, closing the gap by 2.5 seconds on his way to a 2:00.41 for 2nd. Taking 3rd behind him was Mohamed Hussein in 2:02.03.

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6 years ago

Sunday June 5th 2016 Elite Invite Austin TX Finals Footage

200 Butterfly Women A Final Dakota Luther

200 Butterfly Men A Final

100 Breastroke Men A Final Will Licon ( video missed start, they’re just diving in )

100 Backstroke Women A Final Missy Franklin

100 Backstroke Men A Final Matt Grevers

200 IM Men A Final Will Licon
(Sorry to David Nolan I focused on Will & didn’t get lane 8 action in my screen)

6 years ago

I was at the meet and was really surprised while watching Franklin’s turn during the 100 back. She was half a body length ahead of Karosas going into the wall…and came up half a body length behind! She was able to close strong and finished half a body length ahead, but she had to really work and you could see she moved to the far side of the lane to draft. Maybe she did this on purpose to “work on” that drafting skill, but it may be that her back is bothering her again and manifested itself on that awful turn.

Was also very surprised at how poorly Schooling finished. Exciting to see Nolan’s outside smoke to take the win… Read more »

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Nolan has broken the 2-minute barrier in the 200 IM!
That shouldn’t be a big deal. But it looks like it is.
He still has 4 seconds to drop to hope a spot in the olympic team.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

He’s a big taper swimmer, he could be considered a dark horse for the 2 IM

6 years ago

Also, I’m really happy for Lotte. 8:24 and 4:06 at this point in the season is looking very promising. I’ll be voting for her (alongside Ledecky, of course) come Rio.

Domestically, Runge, Schmidt, Schmitt, and Mann are looking excellent in the mid-distance/distance freestyles. I’ll be cheering at Omaha.

Reply to  N P
6 years ago

You left out Leah Smith in that discussion. I think she’ll make the 400 behind Ledecky.

Irish Ringer
6 years ago

Schooling a 2:02 and 7 seconds off his best time? I wonder if he overtrained? Do you think he’s starting to panic yet? Is he mad at Eddie? Maybe Conger is in panic mode too being 3 seconds of his best time.

Yes, the above comments sound ridiculous, but that’s what people are saying about Phelps on another story after he scratched the 200im.

All these swimmers will be fine 🙂

Reply to  Irish Ringer
6 years ago

That comparison seems a bit unfair: Schooling is MUCH younger than Phelps, had no special reason to swim fast at this meet or rest for it (having already made his country’s team), has absolutely crushed the short course fly records this season (while swimming a heavy load of relays), and swam an excellent 200 fly a few weeks ago, whereas Phelps hasn’t really been happy with any of his swims this season, has plateaued or gotten slower during the season despite expecting to get faster as it progressed, and clearly isn’t swimming as fast as he and Bowman expected him to be at this point.

It’s one thing to have faith in Bowman and Phelps when they say things… Read more »

Irish Ringer
Reply to  M L
6 years ago

By your own logic Joe is slower than last meet and by 5 seconds. That can’t be good. Alarms should be going off.

Phelps was hoping to put down a fast 200 free, but he didn’t rest for it. The comparison for Joe is fair IMO in the sense that in either case there’s no cause for alarm. Joe didn’t swim a 2:02 because his heart wasn’t in it, he simply died on that back half. Look at the other swimmers. Murphy swam a 1:56 200 and lost to Larkin. Should he drop the 200 back and focus his energy on the 100? Dressel didn’t break 22 but Erving and Adrian did so do we write him off?

Phelps was… Read more »

tru chainz
Reply to  Irish Ringer
6 years ago

Conger and Schooling will probably scratch Trials and the Games as a result, denounce Eddie and drive him to a long overdue retirement. Lmao but seriously I agree there’s way too many armchair psychologists/coaches on this site

Lane Four
Reply to  tru chainz
6 years ago

Ain’t that the truth, Tru Chainz!

Reply to  Irish Ringer
6 years ago

The sky is falling. The sky is falling. I wish we could just fast forward 3 weeks to trials so I wont have to read some of these comments

Lifetime Swimfan
6 years ago

Was at the other sessions this weekend, and like Mel said a few days ago the energy in audience was muted & low key. Ironically, tonight the place was packed & rocking even though MP wasn’t there any more. Doubt most of them follow this site because there were a lot of “when’s Michael swimming” folks around me. That said, they saw some good swims tonight & got to cheer loudly for Missy & Grevers.

Reply to  Lifetime Swimfan
6 years ago

The actual races get 14 comments & the thread about MP scratching got 27.

tru chainz
Reply to  G.I.N.A.
6 years ago

Good observation!

Reply to  Lifetime Swimfan
6 years ago

I can’t believe how few people attended Sunday. (Full disclosure, this was my first big name swim event.). Still, theree were more people in attendance at my kids summer league meet. The races were excellent, despite Phelps leaving early. Lots of fun.

Swimmers Ear
Reply to  Aquacat
6 years ago

I was there both Friday and Sunday for the finals. Awesome races! Was a bit disappointed Phelps took off but the other swimmers were impressive to watch.

6 years ago

Nolan finally gets his unicorn about 5 years after his SCY swims showed that he could. Hoping he sticks to the LCM training even after trials, because it finally seems to be working, and someone will need to fill the Phelps/Lochte void soon

Reply to  Paul
6 years ago

Maybe it’s just my non-US perspective but it seems like Nolan is lightyears away from Phelps/Lochte. Lochte was visibly disappointed with his 1:58 at the APSS in Charlotte but yet here we are celebrating Nolan putting down a 1:59?

Reply to  Swammer
6 years ago

This discussion stems back to America’s silly obsession with short course yards; Nolan has been near/at/above the Phelps/Lochte level there since 2011, while his LCM times were stuck at 2:00 since 2010. So for a huge taper swimmer like Nolan to finally break 2 and do it “in season” is extremely promising, as it shows that this extremely talented man is finally finding success in the big pool, something he evidently struggled with despite his short course times showing such promise.

Besides, looking at the combined results from this weekend, he was the top American (Phelps and Lochte did not swim the 2IM), so he certainly has a future coming in behind the two superstars of this event, at… Read more »

6 years ago

I called it a year ago. Missy will only make the team as part of the 800 free relay. Bummer, but will be nice having some fresh faces!

Reply to  Observer
6 years ago

I still give her an 75 % chance in the 200 back and a 50 % in the 200 free. I think she has a 90 % chance to make the 4×2 and 50 % for the 4×1. Unless she improves her first 50, I give her less than 50 % for the 100 back and 100 free.

Reply to  Observer
6 years ago

I don’t understand why everyone is discounting Missy just because she’s had a quiet two years. Between injury and training with Cal, I think the last two years have been unfair to her; she hasn’t been swimming really well in season, and Kazan was less than impressive. But now, training with Todd Schmitz and being all healthy, I think she’s in a good position at least in the 100/200 back and the 200 free. Of course, we’ll have to see.

Reply to  Observer
6 years ago

I think she said she was happy with where she is at…but of course Missy is always happy. Your comment is just ignorant because you ignore the lack of any real challengers in the 200Back. There is no way she won’t swim a 2:07 and who is going to beat her?200Free is anyones game at this point. 100back is a bunch of young swimmers trying to go 59.5 I think she is still a little faster than that and Coughlin is not showing any speed either.

Reply to  TAA
6 years ago

Franklin could win bronze at best in Rio for both 100m & 200m Back. Seebohm has her number in both events

Reply to  TAA
6 years ago

While I do think Missy still has a decent chance of making the team in the 100 back, I think it’s going to take faster than a 59.5. Olivia Smoliga was 59.4 and Hannah Stevens was 59.6. Presuming neither is rested, I think it will take closer to 59.0-59.2 to make the team.

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