2016 Texas Invite: Carter Blasts 1:32.6 on 800 Free Relay Leadoff


There was only one event on night one of the 2016 Texas Invitational kicked off tonight, yet we’ve already seen several fast times as the swimmers stepped up for the 800 free relay.

On the men’s side, USC had the fastest leadoff swimmer, with Dylan Carter blasting a 1:32.62 to help the Trojans to their 2nd place finish. Santo Condorelli anchored that relay in 1:34.93 to close out the team’s overall 6:18.93. That time landed them 2nd to Stanford, as the team of Tom Kremer (1:33.69), Grant Shoults (1:33.10), James Murphy (1:34.79), and Liam Egan (1:34.00) combined for a 6:15.58 victory.

Rounding out the top 3 was the Texas Longhorns’ squad (6:20.85), which was bookended by Jack Conger (1:34.44) on the leadoff and Townley Haas (1:33.43) on the anchor. Freshman Jacob Huerta had a big swim on the Texas ‘B’ relay, dropping over 3 full seconds from his previous best time to lead them off in 1:35.62.

The Texas women looked very good tonight, setting a new school record to win the women’s race. That record came courtesy of Madisyn Cox (1:43.62), Joanna Evans (1:46.31), Claire Adams (1:43.05), and Tasija Karosas (1:43.54). Their time of 6:56.52 was almost 2 full seconds under the previous school record of 6:58.37 set at the Big 12 meet in 2009. Adams’ 1:43.05 on the 3rd leg was the fastest of any swimmer in the field.

Posting the fastest flat start time, however, was USC freshman Louise Hansson, who clocked a 1:43.33 lead split to help USC to a 7:03.92 for a 3rd place finish. It was an all freshman relay for the Trojans, as it also included Tatum Wade (1:44.37), Stanzi Moseley (1:46.27), and Becca Mann (1:49.95). Finishing in 2nd just ahead of them was Arizona (7:01.08), who got a pair of 1:44s from Hannah Cox (1:44.92) on the leadoff and Cameron McHugh (1:44.60) on the 2nd leg.

Other notable splits include Cierra Runge‘s 1:43.93 anchor split for the Wisconsin women and Dean Farris‘ 1:33.46 anchor for the Harvard men. That was a huge swim for Harvard freshman Farris, whose best flat-start time is a 1:36.00 from NCSAs last season. Look for him to potentially make a big drop in the indiviual race as well.

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Big tip of the hat to Dean Farris of Harvard, splitting 1:33.4.

Haas 1:41

He’s having a crazy improvement. His best flat start was 1:36.0 from NCSAs this year.


He is a STUD…great swimming body and great technique.

samuel huntington

um, slow times? Texas?


Can we finally legitimately ask what is wrong with Texas?


Texas women looked good there, at least…


Texas has looked flat all year.


last time I checked championships were won in February and March, one relay was tonight and I didn’t see Clark Smith or Joe Schooling on it. Take some chill pills, and understand Eddie’s been doing this for a while. Trust the process


I completely agree with you, which is why this question wasn’t asked earlier in the season after losses against Indiana and NC State. My general point is when do we say that Texas is just not looking like they have the past couple of years? Not sure when that is. They have earned the cred to say trust the process and have everyone believe it. Just looks like a couple of cracks starting to show.

Swimmer — I think it’ll be interesting to see how the next few days go. For what it’s worth, tonight Conger and Haas were pretty close to their times on this relay at last year’s meet.

A swin fan

It’s called not shaved or tapered. They are swimming through this meet. Maybe rested a day or twould maybe not. It allows Eddie or any coach to see where his swimmers are in training so he knows what he needs to do between now and March.

ct swim fan

Maybe Texas is not as rested as the other teams. Who knows? I don’t think it really matters on December 1st.


Just between you and me … You’re trolling right? You gotta be trolling,



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