2017 Big 12 Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


The first individual races of the 2017 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas will take place this morning. Swimmers are gearing up to compete in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free, while the women’s divers compete in the 1-meter. The action will kick of at 10:00 a.m. central time.

The men’s 500 free will feature a loaded Texas distance crew that includes defending NCAA champ Townley Haas and 2015 NCAA champ Clark Smith. In the 50 free, Texas sprint standouts Brett Ringgold and Tate Jackson will go head-to-head. On the women’s side, Texas All-American Madisyn Cox will take on the 200 IM.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 4:36.30
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 4:47.79
  • Conference Record: Rachael Burnett (2013)- 4:38.40
  1. Joanna Evans (Texas)- 4:42.07
  2. Lauren Case (Texas)- 4:45.73
  3. Quinn Carrozza (Texas)- 4:45.95
  4. Emma Skelley (West Virginia)- 4:46.54
  5. Jenny Nusbaum (Kansas)- 4:49.84
  6. Keely Soellner (Iowa State)- 4:50.12
  7. Maggie D’Innocenzo (Texas)- 4:50.82
  8. Haley Ruegmer (Iowa State)- 4:50.97

Texas’ Joanna Evans took a comfortable lead through prelims, followed by teammates Lauren Case and Quinn Carrozza. The Longhorns will have 4 in the final, as Maggie D’Innocenzo picked up 7th in between Iowa State teammates Keely Soellner and Haley Ruegmer.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 4:13.22
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 4:24.99
  • Conference Record: Michael Klueh (2008)- 4:11.41
  1. Clark Smith (Texas)- 4:16.31
  2. Jeff Newkirk (Texas)- 4:16.88
  3. Townley Haas (Texas)- 4:22.21
  4. Jonathan Roberts (Texas)- 4:24.34
  5. Sam Kline (Texas)- 4:24.71
  6. Dayne Odendaal (TCU)- 4:27.19
  7. Trayton Salandin (West Virginia)- 4:27.56
  8. Drew Damich (West Virginia)- 4:27.78

The Texas distance crewswept the top 5 spots for finals, led by a pair of 4:16s from Clark Smith and Jeff Newkirk. That was a new best time by 3 seconds for Newkirk, who came into the meet with a lifetime best 4:19.94 from the 2016 conference meet. Tonight’s final will bring a highly anticipated showdown between Smith and teammate Townley Haas after Haas picked up the 3rd seed this morning.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:55.35
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:01.59
  • Conference Record: Madisyn Cox (2016)- 1:54.31
  1. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 1:55.71
  2. Nora McCullagh (Texas)- 1:59.47
  3. Devin Newton (TCU)- 2:01.15
  4. Morgan Bullock (West Virginia)- 2:01.46
  5. Elise Forzley (TCU)- 2:01.70
  6. Haley Downey (Kansas)- 2:02.96
  7. Alexandra Robertson (TCU)- 2:02.98
  8. Pia Pavlic (Kansas)- 2:02.99

Texas senior Madisyn Cox is in good position to take down her own Meet Record tonight. She cruised to the top spot in prelims in 1:55.71, but she’s already been as fast as 1:52 this season. Teammate Nora McCullagh was the only other swimmer under 2:00 this morning. The battle for a podium spot could get interesting tonight between TCU’s Devin Newton, West Virginia’s Morgan Bullock, and TCU’s Elise Forzley, who each touched in a season best time in the 2:01-range.

Just missing out on the final was Texas’ Jordan Surhoff, who tied for 9th in 2:03.12 with Kansas’ Madison Straight.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:42.15
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:49.09
  • Conference Record: Will Licon (2015)- 1:41.67
  1. John Shebat (Texas)- 1:43.35
  2. Sam Stewart (Texas)- 1:45.15
  3. Will Licon (Texas)- 1:46.64
  4. Mason Tenney (Texas)- 1:46.93
  5. Josh Artmann (Texas)- 1:47.42
  6. Jared Butler (texas)- 1:48.54
  7. Carlos Hunnicutt (TCU)- 1:49.23
  8. Hayden Henry (Texas)- 1:49.24

Texas’ John Shebat knocked 2 seconds off his best time to lead prelims in a quick 1:43.35. Defending champ Will Licon took it easy this morning, qualifying 3rd behind teammate Sam Stewart, a sophomore transfer from Auburn.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 21.80
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 22.99
  • Conference Record: Hee-Jin Chang (2009)- 21.87
  1. Rebecca Millard (Texas)- 22.07
  2. Claire Adams (Texas)- 22.46
  3. Laura Miksch (Iowa State)- 22.71
  4. Anelise Diener (Texas)- 22.72
  5. Remedy Rule (Texas)- 22.83
  6. Julia Nilton (West Virginia)- 22.95
  7. Jordan Wheeler (Texas)- 23.06
  8. Sam Sutton (Texas)- 23.13

The Longhorns loaded up the 50 free final, led by Rebecca Millard in 22.07. Iowa State’s Laura Miksch and West Virginia’s Julia Nilton will look to keep the Longhorns from sweeping the podium after qualifying 3rd and 6th respectively.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 19.09
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 20.19
  • Conference Record: Ian Crocker (2004)- 19.18
  1. Joseph Schooling (Texas)- 19.18
  2. Jack Conger (Texas)- 19.20
  3. Tate Jackson (Texas)- 19.62
  4. Merwane Elmerini (West Virginia)- 19.75
  5. Brett Ringgold (Texas)- 19.78
  6. PJ Dunne (Texas)- 19.84
  7. Jeremy Nichols (Texas)- 19.86
  8. Will Glass (Texas)- 20.19

Texas’ Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger put on a show this morning, finifhing within 2 hundredths of each other. Schooling was slightly faster with a blistering 19.18, lowering his previous best 19.70 from 2016 Big 12s. Conger also dipped under his previous best 19.43, touching at 19.20 this morning. Teammates Tate Jackson and Brett Ringgold are 2 of the best sprinters in the nation, so tonight’s medal race should be a fun one.

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4 years ago

The Big XII taking 24 back to finals for women is a joke. Almost everyone who isn’t exhibition makes it back.

Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

Seriously. Top end talent aside, this meet is less competitive than women & men’s ivy’s.

E Gamble
Reply to  iLikePsych
4 years ago

I don’t get this meet either. It’s not like the SECs in that if you don’t swim fast in the morning you might not make it back. Will Licon has the luxury of going a 1:46 in the 200 IM in prelims. He would not have made it back in the SECs.?

David McClellan
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

It is what it is. No one disputes the conference stinks, and you can hardly blame guys for cruising in the morning sessions. There’s not much to do about it until the next round of realignment, when I see the top 64 football schools leaving the NCAA and forming something new outside of the NCAA (imagine 4 mega leagues of 16 teams). But that probably won’t happen for 5+ years when the next round of major TV contracts are up for renewal. And even then, who knows if the non-revenue sports follow football or remain in the NCAA.

NYC Unicorn
Reply to  iLikePsych
4 years ago

West Virginia is winning the men’s meet

Reply to  iLikePsych
4 years ago

At least on the women’s side, it’s harder to get 24th place at MACs or A10s than it is at Big 12s.

JP input too short
Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

Unfortunately Texas has such a hold on that conference that I doubt they’d let any swimming-only members. Football is absolute king down there.

Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

Only top 16 score

Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

Regardless, having a third heat doesn’t make sense. If everyone gets a second swim, it isn’t much of an accomplishment to get a second swim.

4 years ago

Scary to realize Dressel would’ve beaten Schooling and Conger by about a body length.

4 years ago

Let’s just take a moment to think about what Eddie Reese can do. I mean how did he turn Conger, who joined Texas as a mid distance freestyler/backstroker into one of the best butterflyers and 200 freestylers in the country that can also drop a 19.2 in a 50 free? And he splits 18s on relays too! Also, Newkirk is on fire.

Reply to  Person
4 years ago

Pretty sure Conger had something to do with it, too.

Reply to  Person
4 years ago

I think Eddie is the best. No doubt about it. But your logic here is lacking. Although he was more famous for going 4:13 in the 500, Conger also went :19 in HS. And he set the private school national record going :42-high in the 100. In sum, he had PLENTY of speed when he arrived at TX.

Louisiana Swimmer
4 years ago

Prelims for this conference is hardly worth looking at. None of the big guys are going to try in the morning then when it comes to finals will be lucky to see any of them bust out blistering times. NCAA’s need to hurry up I cant wait

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

Conger just can’t seem to beat Schooling. To add insult, Schooling just made the NCAA “B” cut by .01 and Conger missed it by .01.

Reply to  Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

You’re right about insult to injury, but you’re off by a second. Both are handily under the B cut

4 years ago

I would have thought with Feigen the conference record would be faster

JP input too short
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

His best short course was “only” 18.8. 19.1 at conference seems reasonable.

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

What’s listed as conference record in this article seems to actually be the meet record listed in results.

4 years ago

This conference is very weak. It’s a Texas intrasquad meet.

4 years ago

FYI, in the big 12 all 8 finals swimmers “make the podium.”

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