2018 Big 12s: Day 1 Finals Live Recap; Schooling Splits 19.6 Fly


The 2018 Big 12 Championships kicked off with time trials this morning, but the official competition begins tonight in Austin, Texas. Swimmers are set to compete in finals of the 200 medley relays and 800 free relays. We’ll also see men’s 1-meter diving action.


  1. GOLD: Texas, 1:36.87
  2. SILVER: TCU, 1:40.31
  3. BRONZE: Iowa State, 1:40.37

The Texas squad dominated, with Claire Adams leading off in a 24.07 back split. Olivia Anderson took over the breaststroke leg in 27.37, handing off to butterflier Mimi Schneider (23.91). Rebecca Millard closed with a 21.53 free leg. Notably, Texas’ Kennedy Lohman had the fastest 50 breast split of the field with a 26.71 from the B relay. Teammate Lauren Case had the fastest fly split from the B team as well in 23.56.

A close battle for silver saw TCU, Iowa State, and Kansas come within hundredths of each other. TCU and Kansas had a big lead going into the final leg, but Iowa State’s Laura Miksch powered through with a 21.84 anchor leg to chase down Kansas for bronze and nearly catch up to TCU as well.


  1. GOLD: Texas, 1:24.30
  2. SILVER: West Virginia, 1:25.97
  3. BRONZE: TCU, 1:29.07

Freshman backstroke ace Austin Katz got things started for the Horns with a 21.61 backstroke leadoff, while Austin Temple put up a 24.30 on the breast leg. Olympic champ Joseph Schooling threw down a quick 19.60 on the butterfly leg. Brett Ringgold sealed the deal with an 18.79 on the anchor. That split by schooling was the 3rd fastest fly split in history, behind only his own 19.36 from the 2016 NCAA Championships and 19.45 from last season’s NCAAs.

Casey Melzer was just a nail faster for Texas from the B relay with a 24.29 breast split. Tate Jackson took on the fly leg there in 20.12. With Jackson looking like he could dip under 20 come NCAAs, Texas may consider using Schooling on the breast leg and Jackson on the fly. The fastest breast split of the field tonight came from West Virginia’s Jake Armstrong in 23.76.


  1. GOLD: Jacob Cornish, Texas, 367.05
  2. SILVER: Michael Proietto, West Virginia, 364.70
  3. BRONZE: Logan McHenry, West Virginia, 330.15

It was Texas on top again as Jacob Cornish won a close contest with West Virginia’s Michael Proietto. WVU got 2 on the podium as Logan McHenry earned the bronze. Additionally, the Mountaineers had Austin Smith and Caleb Keck place 6th and 7th respectively.


  1. GOLD: Texas, 6:58.53
  2. SILVER: West Virginia, 7:10.66
  3. BRONZE: Kansas, 7:13.75

Texas blew away the field again, with Quinn Carrozza leading off in 1:45.02. Rebecca Millard (1:44.98) and Joanna Evans (1:46.30) took over the middle legs. Anchoring was Claire Adams in a quick 1:42.33. Freshman standout Evie Pfeifer had the 2nd fastest split for Texas with a 1:44.36 anchor on the B relay.


  1. University of Texas                80   2. Texas Christian University         62
  2. West Virginia University           62   2. University of Kansas               62
  2. Iowa State University              62


  1. GOLD: Texas, 6:16.78
  2. SILVER: West Virginia, 6:27.82
  3. BRONZE: TCU, 6:36.67

Jeff Newkirk led off for the champion Longhorns in 1:32.80, making him the 6th fastest man in program history according to the Longhorns’ twitter account. That was a best time for Newkirk by nearly 8 tenths, beating his 1:33.58 from the 2017 NCAA meet. Austin Katz (1:34.60), Jonathan Roberts (1:35.99), and Townley Haas (1:33.39) followed to win the event. Jacob Huerta and Sam Kline tied for Texas’ 4th fastest split overall, each putting up a 1:34.71 from a rolling start on the B relay.

West Virginia took 2nd with a 1:36.58 leadoff from Ryan Kelly and a 1:35.21 3rd leg from Nate Carr. After their huge points haul in diving, WVU leads Texas in the team standings by 11 points thus far.


  1. West Virginia University          126   2. University of Texas               115
  3. Texas Christian University         89

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3 years ago

wow, yall are doing a live recap thread for a dual meet?

j pine
3 years ago


Reply to  j pine
3 years ago

I’m no Dressel fanboy, but his unrested 21.03 fly split taking out the 200IM is much, much more impressive. He will beat Schooling again in the 100 fly if he chooses to swim it.

Joe only out-split him by 1.4 seconds in an all-out 50, with a flying start, vs. Caeleb’s flat start first 50 in a 200 race.

Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

Schooling is not completely rested as well. You can’t really compare this way. Afterall, he owns the top 3 fly splits in NCAA history. Credit has to be given.

Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

I don’t know what to tell you… Everyone knows they’re both not rested, and Dressel’s 21.0 first 50 of a 200 is significantly more impressive. Comparison made.

Credit has nothing to do with it. I’m stating an observation. Schooling’s split was impressive, but it just shows you that Dressel is on another level now.

Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

What’s scary is that he looked like he was doing a pace holding drill with that 21.0

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Exactly. Anyone that watched that 50 then looked at the split and wasn’t astonished doesn’t know a thing about swimming. That was incredible and shows how much he’s improved since last year.

Again, Joe’s split is fine. But Caeleb’s first 50 in that 200 IM was incredible. He almost out-split his own first 50 of his American Record 100 fly swim. He was off that by 3/10’s. It’s crazy.

3 years ago

Good! So it is safer for him to swim the fly leg in 200 medley instead of doing the breast leg but Eddie Reese will have a better plan.

3 years ago

Doesn’t it seem like they have to think about putting him on breast at this point? Jackson wasn’t too far off him relative to where the breaststrokers are

Reply to  Riley
3 years ago

It remains to be seen. Especially when Schooling has saved them time and time again with his fly, particularly in the 200 medley relay. It would make sense to put him in the breast too, but I think he should swim the fly leg

Reply to  Riley
3 years ago

I think Texas is just experimenting here. Tate Jackson 20.12 fly is pretty good. Hopefully he can drop his time further in NCAA and Schooling can focus on breast leg.

3 years ago

That 1:24.30 won’t cut it at NCs.

Reply to  E+Gamble
3 years ago

well they are well known to go all in at Conference and not be prepared for NCAA’s.

3 years ago

I may have missed an earlier article or something but I don’t see Shebat on the results for 200 medley. Anyone know where he’s at?

Reply to  Person
3 years ago

Shebat missed some dual meets toward the end of the season, but is supposed to be back here (https://swimswam.com/john-shebat-expected-back-texas-post-season/). He’s entered in the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Reply to  Robert Gibbs
3 years ago

Pretty sure he’s without an A cut?

Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

He is, though his 200 back at last-check was ranked 18th prior to this weekend’s meets. That’s very “bubble”.

JP input too short
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Tied for 21st with Medin Aydin and Michael Taylor according to USA Swimming database… even bubblier…

Reply to  JP input too short
3 years ago

Practically champagne.

3 years ago

Man, Licon really made this relay unstoppable I also dont know if Katz can get down to Shebat’s 20.8
I see this being a realistic finish
Katz 21.0
Melzer/Temple – 24.0
Schooling 19.3
Ringold 18.5

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

Didn’t Ringgold go 18.3 last year?

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

I think so. I out 18.5 because it’s hard to improve or even repeat splits like that

Silent Observer
Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

If they wish to get top 3, they gotta do a little better than 21.0 on back an 24.0 on breast.

at ACCs, Louisville and NC State just rocked some solid times.
BK – 20.95 & 20.65 (respectively)
BR – 23.55 & 23.83

Add in Florida’s 1:22.9 with a 23.7 BR and Dressel’s 17.9 FR

Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

NC State didn’t use Ress or Held for that relay… I could see them throwing down 1:22 at NCAA

40 Flat
Reply to  Oldswimfan
3 years ago

I’m not sure Ress would make a difference anywhere in that relay. Held will help though.

Coach Mike
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

Don’t forget Cal to swim next weekend too. 1:23.4 back in December Carr (21.2) Hoppe (23+) Lynch (20.1) Hoffer (18.5)

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

Don’t forget about Ryan Harty. He has split a 24.0 breast before unshaven.

Right Dude Here
3 years ago


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