2017 Big 12 Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2017 BIG 12 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers are gearing up for day 2 finals at the 2017 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Tonight’s action includes the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay, and women’s 1-meter diving. Several swimmers will be chasing Big 12 Records tonight, including Madisyn Cox (200 IM) and Rebecca Millard (50 free) on the women’s side.

On the men’s side, Townley Haas and Clark Smith will line up for an exciting 500 free battle. Defending NCAA champ Will Licon will take on teammate John Shebat, who had a big swim this morning, in the 200 IM. Finally, the 50 free will feature a showdown between Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger. This morning, Schooling tied Ian Crocker’s Big 12 Meet Record with a personal best 19.18, while Conger was just a nail behind in 19.20.

WOMEN’S 500 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 4:36.30
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 4:47.79
  • Big 12 Record: Joanna Evans (2017)- 4:36.97
  • Conference Meet Record: Joanna Evans (2017)- 4:36.97
  1. Joanna Evans, Texas, 4:36.97
  2. Lauren Case, Texas, 4:40.09
  3. Quinn Carrozza, Texas, 4:45.97

Texas’ Joanna Evans smashed the Big 12 Conference and Meet Records en route to a 4:36.97 victory. freshman teammate Lauren Case clipped her best time to take silver in 4:40.09, while Quinn Carrozza completed the Longhorn podium sweep with a 4:45.97 for 3rd.

Finishing just off the podium was West Virginia’s Emma Skelley in 4:46.76. Also coming in under 4:50 were Iowa State’s Keely Soellner (4:48.09) and Texas’ Maggie D’Innocenzo (4:49.56).

MEN’S 500 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 4:13.22
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 4:24.99
  • Big 12 Record: Clark Smith (2015)- 4:08.82
  • Conference Meet Record: Clark Smith (2017)- 4:11.11
  1. Clark Smith, Texas, 4:11.11
  2. Townley Haas, Texas, 4:12.90
  3. Jeff Newkirk, Texas, 4:15.99

Texas All-Americans Clark Smith and Townley Haas battled closely through the first half of the race, but Smith took off on the back half to win gold in 4:11.11. With that, he cleared the former Big 12 Meet Record of 4:11.41 done by Michael Klueh in 2008. Haas wound up 2nd in 4:12.90, while teammate Jeff Newkirk rounded out the podium in a personal best 4:15.99.

Finishing 4th was Texas’ Jonathan Roberts (4:24.41), followed by West Virginia’s Trayton Saladin (4:25.31) and Ryan Kelly (4:26.69).

WOMEN’S 200 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:55.35
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:01.59
  • Big 12 Record: Madisyn Cox (2017)- 1:52.82
  • Conference Meet Record: Madisyn Cox (2017)- 1:52.82
  1. Madisyn Cox, Texas, 1:52.82
  2. Nora McCullagh, Texas, 1:58.89
  3. Morgan Bullock, West Virginia, 2:00.80

Texas’ Madisyn Cox obliterated the field, shaving a hundredth off her own Big 12 Conference Record to win gold in 1:52.82. That took down her former Meet Record of 1:54.31 from last season by a second and a half. The only other swimmer below 2 minutes was teammate Nora McCullagh, who took silver in 1:58.81.

West Virginia freshman Morgan Bullock had a big swim, taking bronze in 2:00.80 ahead of TCU’S Devin Newton (2:01.38) and Kansas’ Pia Pavlic (2:01.38), who tied for 4th behind her.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:42.15
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:49.09
  • Big 12 Record: Will Licon (2016)- 1:40.04
  • Conference Meet Record: Will Licon (2015)- 1:41.67
  1. Will Licon, Texas, 1:42.38
  2. John Shebat, Texas, 1:42.99
  3. Sam Stewart, Texas, 1:45.16

Texas’ John Shebat had an impressive swim, giving defending NCAA champ Will Licon a run for his money in tonight’s final. Shebat had the upper hand through the 1st 100, but Licon used his breaststroke leg to bring himself even and took the lead on the free leg. Licon touched in a winning time of 1:42.38, while Shebat settled for silver in a lifetime best 1:42.99.

The Longhorns’ Sam Stewart, a sophomore transfer from Auburn, picked up the bronze with a quick 1:45.16, followed by freshman teammate Josh Artmann (1:46.58).

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 21.80
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 22.99
  • Big 12 Record: Shara Stafford (2012)- 21.79
  • Conference Meet Record: Hee-Jin Chang (2009)- 21.87
  1. Rebecca Millard, Texas, 22.03
  2. Claire Adams, Texas, 22.33
  3. Anelise Diener, Texas, 22.61

Texas sprint standout Rebecca Millard swam to a 22.03 victory in the 50 free to outswim teammate Claire Adams (22.33). Sophomore teammates Anelise Diener and Remedy Rule were separated by just a hundredth in the race for bronze, but it was Diener who got her hand to the wall first, clocking a 22.61 to Rule’s 22.62.

Iowa State’s Laura Miksch was also sub-23, clocking in at 22.78 for 5th place.

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 19.09
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 20.19
  • Big 12 Record: Jimmy Feigen (2009)- 18.84
  • Conference Meet Record: Ian Crocker (2004)/Joseph Schooling (2017)- 19.18
  1. Joseph Schooling, Texas, 18.76
  2. Jack Conger, Texas, 19.27
  3. Brett Ringgold, Texas, 19.29

Texas’ Joseph Schooling broke 19 seconds from a flat start for the first time in his career, taking down the Big 12 Conference Record and Meet Record with a blazing 18.76. Coming to the wall 2nd was teammate Jack Conger in 19.27, just 7 hundredths shy of his lifetime best from prelims.

Brett Ringgold rounded out the podium for the Longhorns in 19.29, while Tate Jackson secured a 4th place finish in 19.52 to out-touch West Virginia’s Merwane Elmerini (19.59).

WOMEN’S 1-METER DIVING

  1. Meghan O’Brien (Texas)- 338.80
  2. Alison Gibson (Texas)- 327.00
  3. Julie Dickinson (Iowa State)- 300.55

Texas teammates Meghan O’Brien and Alison Gibson secured a Longhorn 1-2, taking gold and silver respectively. Rounding out the podium was Iowa State standout Julie Dickinson. Texas’ Sofia Rauzi (293.15) was just off the podium with a 4th place finish.

WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:33.40
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:34.96
  • Big 12 Record: Texas (2016)- 3:29.77
  • Conference Meet Record: Texas (2016)- 3:30.43
  1. Texas- 3:31.05
  2. Kansas- 3:39.66
  3. West Virginia- 3:40.65

The Longhorns won the 400 medley relay with ease, as Tasija Karosas got them the early lead after her 52.36 backstroke split. Madisyn Cox (58.73 breast), Remedy Rule (52.50 fly), and Rebecca Millard (47.46 free) followed as the team won in 3:31.05.

MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:07.75
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:09.68
  • Big 12 Record: Texas (2016)- 3:00.68
  • Conference Meet Record: Texas (2016)- 3:04.64
  1. Texas- 3:05.33
  2. West Virginia- 3:14.30
  3. TCU- 3:14.56

John Shebat got the Longhorns started with a 46.24 backstroke split to take the early lead. Breaststroker Will Licon popped a 50.84 to extend that lead, while butterflier Joseph Schooling (45.64) and freestyler Jack Conger (42.62) closed out the race. The Longhorns sealed the gold in 3:05.33.

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PKWater

Closing 50 by smith… 23.76 is a solid way to end a 200.

Wahooswimfan

That closing 50 impressed me too. Wonder if it’s the fastest ever – bodes well for his 1650 swim.

Jon

I agree… makes me wonder if he would have been faster if he would have gone faster splits throughout instead of such a blazing last 50?

X swimmmer

Sammy save up?

PACFAN

He’s been playing with it all season. Look at his splits from his slower in-season swims. He would finish in sub 23 a bunch IIRC.

David McClellan

Blazing swim by Madisyn Cox!

cynthia curran

She may win NCAA’s.

PsychoDad

I was ridiculed when I suggested Cox will win one event this year. Also voted down when I said there was 0 chance Conger or anyone else beats Schooling this year. We will see.

Swimnerd

The race between her eastin and baker will be one of the things to watch for ncaa’s oh and then you know smogs v weitzel v manuel

IRO

Not to take anything away from the other teams, but it’s a waste for Texas to be in this conference. I’d like to see what the women could do with some competition right now.

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