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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2 years ago

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

j pine
2 years ago


Reply to  j pine
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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

Reply to  Pvdh
2 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.

2 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.

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