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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bobo gigi
4 years ago

Looks like Schooling has taken a piano on his head in the 200 fly. Weird. He was great in the 100.

Licon very good time in the 100 breast. Not his best event.

By the way Lauren, your sister has won the 800 free in Tennessee.
Do you have Caeleb Dressel’s 50 free result?

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago


4 years ago

If Dressel’s going 48 mid in the 100 while going only 22.0 in the 50, you have to expect him to break 48 in Omaha.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Why do you think he took piano on his head?
What’s wrong with his back?

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Slightly off topic: Can any medically qualified person confirm that slapping ones pectorals before a race is an unsound practice? Surely drawing extra blood to the surface area of the pec. detracts from sending as much blood as possible to the bigger, more “swimming relevant”, muscle groups. The pic above shows two chest beaters, and two rational swimmers.

tru chainz
4 years ago

Damn Schooling way to quit on that 2fly. Kids talented but from all appearances and anecdotes I’ve heard he needs to work on professionalism and maturity. And yes he’s what, 20?, but he’s also an international borderline superstar athlete. Can’t just dick off on the rest of the race like that

tru chainz
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

While I respect the position you’ve created for yourself as the “let’s always look at other perspectives, voice of reason, Ms. Compassion, etc…” (and I really do, that’s not condescension) he quit on the race. 56-105? Not the splits of a competitor. Not in this instance anyway.

Reply to  tru chainz
4 years ago

there are a lot of reason he could have swam slow…cramps or piano landing on his back are the most common ones you hear about. Maybe he puked his lunch up in his mouth but had the toughness to swallow it and keep going. For whatever reason he shut it down and really I dont have a problem with it unless he is doing a relay or he is representing his country at an international swim meet like worlds.

Reply to  TAA
4 years ago

Schooling for 1:52 in Rio!


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Reply to  Smoothswimmer
4 years ago

It is not longer funny

4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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