2016 Texas Invite Day 2 Finals: Cox Downs School Record with 1:52 200 IM



  1. Arizona, 1:27.67
  2. Texas, 1:28.19
  3. USC, 1:28.73

The Arizona Wildcats got the ball rolling with a 200 free relay victory to kick off the session. The team of Katrina Konopka (21.81), Annie Ochitwa (21.50), Morgan Ginnis (22.18), and Laura Kurki (22.18) combined for a 1:27.67. Ochitwa’s 21.50 on the 2nd leg was the fastest split of the field.

Picking up 2nd in 1:28.19 were the Texas Longhorns, who got a 21.95 leadoff from Rebecca Millard and a 21.88 from Remedy Rule on the 2nd leg. The USC Trojans rounded out the top 3, with Louise Hansson‘s 21.85 and Anika Apostalon‘s 21.89 on the final 2 legs helping them to an overall 1:28.73.


  1. Texas, 1:16.73
  2. USC, 1:16.88
  3. Arizona, 1:17.13

The Longhorn men edged out USC in a fast 200 free relay final, clocking a 1:16.73 to outswim the Trojan’s 1:16.88. The top performers for Texas were Brett Ringgold (18.91) and Jack Conger (18.85), who were both sub-19. Also on the relay were Tate Jackson, who led off the relay in 19.68, and John Shebat, who clocked a 19.28 on the 3rd leg.

The Trojans were trailing through the first portion of the race, but made up ground to keep the race extremely close. Once again, Dylan Carter was a major player for the team, splitting an 18.61 to make him the fastest man of the field. Santo Condorelli anchored for the Trojans in 18.91 to cap off their overall 1:16.88.

Rounding out the top 3 were the Arizona Wildcats (1:17.13), who got a 18.92 split from Chad Idensohn and an 18.85 split from JP Beach. Also recording a sub-19 split was BYU’s Payton Sorenson, who was the 2nd fastest of the field with his 18.70 anchor leg.


  1. Cierra Runge, Wisconsin, 4:35.55
  2. Hannah Cox, Arizona, 4:38.38
  3. Danielle Valley, Wisconsin, 4:39.22

Wisconsin’s Cierra Runge, a transfer from Cal, blasted a 4:35.55 to win the women’s 500 free by almost 3 full seconds. That’s the fastest she’s ever been at mid-season, and also meets the NCAA ‘A’ standard. Her teammate, Danielle Valley, gave the Badgers another top 3 finish with her 4:39.22.

Arizona freshman Hannah Cox, a Junior Worlds medalist, knocked a couple seconds off her prelims time to take 2nd. Tonight, she was within a half second of her lifetime best, clocking a 4:38.38. Also cracking 4:40 in the final was Texas’ Joanna Evans, a Bahamian Olympian, who placed 4th in 4:39.51.


  1. Clark Smith, Texas, 4:11.30
  2. Grant Shoults, Stanford, 4:12.
  3. True Sweetser, Stanford, 4:12.97

Texas senior Clark Smith stayed in control of the 500 free, following up on his fast morning performance with an even faster 4:11.30 to win tonight. That’s not as fast as his 4:08.8 from this meet last season, but it’s still significantly faster than he was at last season’s NCAA championships. His teammate Townley Haas, the defending NCAA champion, also swam in tonight’s final. Haas was 5th in 4:14.36.

The Stanford men continued to impress after their big morning swims, with 3 of them earning NCAA ‘A’ cuts. All 3 of them finished in the 4:12-range, led by freshmen Grant Shoults (4:12.03) and True Sweetser (4:12.97), who took 2nd and 3rd respectively. Just outside of the top 3 was Cardinal junior Liam Egan, who finished 4th in 4:12.99. Shoults, Sweetser, and Egan were all under the previous school record. James Murphy, another Stanford freshman, also swam a best time with a 4:18.54 for 7th.


  1. Madisyn Cox, Texas, 1:52.83
  2. Louise Hansson, USC, 1:55.00
  3. Bailey Andison, Denver, 1:55.82

Texas standout Madisyn Cox was on fire tonight, tearing through the water on the way to the 10th fastest performance of all time in the women’s 200 IM final. U.S. Olympian Melanie Margalis had set the bar for the 10th fastest swim earlier tonight at U.S. Winter Nationals, but Cox fired back with a 1:52.83 to win the race at this meet tonight. With that, she also downed Kathleen Hersey’s former school record of 1:53.33 in the event.

USC freshman Louise Hansson just keeps getting better, putting up very fast times in her first few months of yards competition. Tonight, she finished 2nd, touching in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:55.00. Also in the 1:55-range was Denver’s Bailey Andison, who picked up a 3rd place finish with her 1:55.82.

MEN’S 200 IM

  1. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford, 1:43.02
  2. Nick Thorne, Arizona, 1:44.57
  3. Tom Kremer, Stanford, 1:44.58

Stanford had 2 swimmers place in the top 3 for the 2nd time of the night courtesy of Abrahm DeVine and Tom Kremer in the 200 IM. DeVine, an NCAA All-American IMer, clipped his best time down to a 1:43.02 to win the race tonight. Kremer, on the other hand, popped a 1:44.58 for 3rd.

Finishing 2nd to join the Cardinal duo in the top 3 was Arizona’s Nick Thorne, an Olympic Trials semifinalist in this event. Thorne was sitting in 5th at the 150 mark, but blasted a 24.80 on the freestyle leg to win up 2nd in 1:44.57, just a hundredth ahead of Kramer.


  1. Katrina Konopka, Arizona, 21.90
  2. Linnea Mack, UCLA, 21.93
  3. Rebecca Millard, Texas, 21.98

Arizona’s Katrina Konopka followed up her fast 200 free relay leadoff with an individual victory in the 50 free final. She was under 22 for the 2nd time tonight, clocking a 21.90 to out-touch UCLA school record holder Linnea Mack, who was 2nd in 21.93. Also swimming sub-22 was Texas’ Rebecca Millard, who touched in 21.98 for 3rd.


  1. Payton Sorenson, BYU, 19.22
  2. Dylan Carter, USC, 19.32
  3. Jack Conger, Texas, 19.45

The fastest 2 men in the 200 free relays were also the fastest 2 men in the 50 free final tonight. BYU’s Payton Sorenson matched his personal best 19.22 from this morning, tearing through the water to repeat that time for 1st place tonight. With that, he out-touched USC’s Dylan Carter, who finished 2nd in a lifetime best 19.32. Carter’s teammate Santo Condorelli finished a few tenths back, tying Stanford’s Sam Perry for 4th in 19.53.

Taking 3rd in this race was Texas senior Jack Conger, who came within 2 hundredths of his best with his 19.45. Fellow Longhorns Brett Ringgold (19.54) and Tate Jackson (19.81) were 6th and 8th, respectively.


  1. Texas, 3:29.77
  2. Arizona, 3:30.26
  3. USC, 3:30.81

The Texas women ended the session on a high note, with 2 school records being broken on their winning 400 medley relay. They broke the relay record with a 3:29.77, but Tasija Karosas also broke her own 100 back school record with a 51.08 on the backstroke leg. That was ultimately the difference maker for their relay in the victory, as Arizona (3:30.26) was unable to run them down despite a 46.98 freestyle split from Katrina Konopka.

Both Texas and Arizona were under the NCAA ‘A’ cut, as were the 3rd place USC Trojans (3:30.81), who got a 50.86 split on the butterfly leg out of freshman Louise Hansson. The 4th place Texas B-relay was actually under the ‘A’ standard as well, with Claire Adams leading them off in a 51.88 100 back.

Fastest Splits:

  • Back- Tasija Karosas, Texas, 51.08
  • Breast- Olivia Anderson, Texas (B-relay), 59.13
  • Fly- Louise Hansson, USC, 50.86
  • Free- Katrina Konopka, Arizona, 46.98


  1. Texas, 3:05.63
  2. USC, 3:05.66
  3. Stanford, 3:07.48

As mentioned this morning, Texas’ Will Licon has been absent from his best events up to this point of this season, as he’s been unable to swim breaststroke due to a groin injury. This morning, he scratched out of the 200 IM prelims. Tonight, however, he swam the breaststroke leg of the Longhorn’s 400 medley relay, helping them to a 3:05.63 victory with his 51.40 split. They were able to pull out the victory over the USC Trojans, as Brett Ringgold split a 42.10 to hold off Santo Condorelli, who anchored for USC in a speedy 42.01.

Stanford (3:07.48) picked up a 3rd place finish after a huge 41.27 freestyle split from Pac-12 champion Sam Perry helped them overtake Arizona (3:08.02). Perry was a 19.10 to the feet on the first 50 of that 100 split. The Wildcats finished 4th, with Chatham Dobbs clocking a 45.90 on the backstroke leg to tie with Denver’s Anton Loncar for the fastest back split of the field.

Notably, while Licon returned to the pool for Texas tonight, Joseph Schooling has yet to make an appearance at this meet.

Fastest Splits:

  • Back- Chatham Dobbs, Arizona/Anton Loncar, Denver, 45.90
  • Breast- Will Licon, Texas, 51.40
  • Fly- Dylan Carter, USC, 45.12
  • Free- Sam Perry, Stanford, 41.27

*NOTE: The results on meet mobile have listed Jack Conger as the breaststroker and Will Licon as the butterflier. That would be a wicked fast breaststroke split for Conger, but Texas tweeted their relay lineup with Licon on the 2nd leg and Conger on the 3rd, so there appears to have been a mix up in the live results*

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Not to take anything away from these performances, but Andrew Wilson went a 1:45.5 in his 200 IM and split a :50.8 break leg on Emory’s medley relay over at the Miami invite. And his teammate won the 50 in :19.6. Impressive swims all around.

G Lee

A 1:45 200 IM ? Really?

Nations Best

Ollie Smith back at it

No Medal Mel

Andrew Wilson is that you?


Andrew Wilson is Kristaps Porzingus.


Carter is having an incredible meet like wow. What’s up with Santo?


Carter is tapered for worlds, so he’s ready to go

G Lee

As expected…. Texas Invite is the faster meet thus far. I sure wish there wad a way to watch.


Longhorn network…

Hawaii Kai

It’s being broadcast on Longhorn Network. Brendan Hansen is one of the commentators.


you can go to espn3 and watch finals on longhorn network, without joining longhorn network. or watch on your cell on watchespn app which is the best app ever

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