2018 Big 12 Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap; Jackson Pops 41.2 100 Free


We’re back with the final night of competition at the 2018 Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas. Swimmers are set to compete individually in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly. We’ll also see finals of the 400 free relay and platform diving. One of the swimmers to look out for is Texas’ Tate Jackson, who took down the Meet Record in the 100 free this morning and will battle with All-American teammate Brett Ringgold for the gold. Similarly, after top seed Rebecca Millard set the Meet Record this morning, we’ll see her battle with teammate Claire Adams for the 100 free title.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 1:51.11, Tasija Karosas (Texas), 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:50.99
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:54.00
  1. GOLD: Quinn Carrozza, Texas, 1:53.18
  2. SILVER: Amelie Currat, West Virginia, 1:55.75
  3. BRONZE: Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Kansas, 1:56.27

Texas’ Carrozza clipped her best time by hundredths tonight to pick up her 2nd win in as many days. Teammate Kaitlin Harty was in 2nd through the halfway mark at 55.75, but fell slightly off the pace as she finished 4th in 1:56.39. West Virginia’s Currat came home in 29.58 to take the silver, while Kansas’ Amato-Hanner used her speed on the 3rd 50 to clip Harty for bronze.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 1:39.70, Jack Conger (Texas), 2015
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:39.66
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:41.74
  1. GOLD: Austin Katz, Texas, 1:39.10
  2. SILVER: Jonathan Roberts, Texas, 1:39.79
  3. BRONZE: Ryan Harty, Texas, 1:40.77

Texas’ Harty jumped out to the early lead in 48.35, with Katz just hundredths behind and Roberts trailing by a few tenths. Katz took over the lead on the 3rd 50 and came home in 25.08 to build his lead into the finish. Roberts pulled even with Harty going into the last 50 yards and outpaced Harty by a full second down the final stretch for silver. Another Longhorn, Jeff Newkirk, clipped his best time as he took 4th in 1:42.02.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 47.65, Rebecca Millard (Texas), 2018
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 47.53
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 48.62
  1. GOLD: Claire Adams, Texas, 47.46
  2. SILVER: Rebecca Millard, Texas, 47.87
  3. BRONZE: Brooke Hansen, Texas, 49.38

Texas’ Millard flipped ahead on the front-half with a 22.75 to Adams’ 22.95. Adams started to close the gap on the 3rd 25 and outsplit Millard by about half a second down the final pool length to win in Meet Record-setting time. Millard was just a couple of tenths shy of her prelims time and former Meet Record. Longhorns Hansen and Anelise Diener battled for bronze, with Hansen clipping Diener (49.41) by hundredths at the finish after they were neck-and-neck the whole way through.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 41.42, Tate Jackson (Texas), 2018
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 42.11
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 42.76
  1. GOLD: Tate Jackson, Texas, 41.27
  2. SILVER: Brett Ringgold, Texas, 42.06
  3. BRONZE: Merwane Elmerini, West Virginia, 43.36

Texas’ Jackson blew away the field as he improved on his Meet Record and Big 12 Record from this morning. He flipped in 19.75 ahead of Riggold’s 19.79, distancing himself from Ringgold through the back half as he touched in 41.27. That makes him the 9th fastest performer ever in the event, moving ahead of Matt Grevers (41.35).


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 16:00.70, Maureen McLaine (Texas A&M), 2012
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 15:53.50
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 16:16.41
  1. GOLD: Evie Pfeifer, Texas, 16:05.07
  2. SILVER: Jenny Nusbaum, Kansas, 16:43.33
  3. BRONZE: Nika Fellows, Kansas, 16:48.13

Texas’ Pfeifer completed the distance sweep, winning her 3rd event of the meet as she lapped the field. That took 8 seconds off her former lifetime best. Kansas rounded out the top 3 with Nusbaum and Fellows. Teammate Crissie Blomquist (16:49.38) held off a late charge from TCU’s Katie Woods (16:49.63) for 4th place.

MEN’S 1650 FREE:

  • Big 12 Meet Record: 14:31.29, Clark Smith (Texas), 2016
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 14:40.75
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 14:56.84
  1. GOLD: Chris Yeager, Texas, 14:48.01
  2. SILVER: JohnThomas Larson, Texas, 15:07.61
  3. BRONZE: Trayton Saladin, West Virginia, 15:36.60

Texas’ Yeager made a 7 second drop to dominate the race and should be safely qualified for the NCAA meet with his time tonight. The Texas freshmen went 1-2 in both distance events at this meet, as teammate Larson swam to 2nd in a new personal best.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 2:05.25, Laura Sogar (Texas), 2013
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:07.18
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 2:10.55
  1. GOLD: Kennedy Lohman, Texas, 2:09.71
  2. SILVER: Olivia Anderson, Texas, 2:11.68
  3. BRONZE: Emma Harris, West Virginia, 2:13.25

Texas’ Lohman posted her first ever sub-2:10 swim, clocking a lifetime ebest for the first time since 2013 per the USA Swimming database. Anderson once again came in behind her for a Texas 1-2 finish, touching about a half second shy of her best. West Virginia’s Harris made her move on the 3rd 50 and held off Kansas’ Haley Downey (2:13.50) for bronze.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 1:49.89, Will Licon (Texas), 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:52.94
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:54.54
  1. GOLD: Tristen Disibio, West Virginia, 1:56.00
  2. SILVER: Casey Melzer, Texas, 1:56.06
  3. BRONZE: Jake Armstrong, West Virginia, 1:57.81

West Virginia pulled off a sweep of the breaststrokes, with Disibio and Armstrong both making the top 3 again. Texas’ Sam Stewart and Melzer took it out with leading splits of 54.12 and 54.88 respectively, but the Mountaineers closed in one them on the back half. Disibio outsplit Melzer by a second down the final stretch to out-touch Melzer at the finish. Stewart fell off the pace on the final 50, with Armstrong running him down as Stewart wound up 4th in 1:57.83.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 1:53.66, Cammile Adams (Texas A&M), 2011
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:53.80
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:56.60
  1. GOLD: Lauren Case, Texas, 1:55.18
  2. SILVER: Remedy Rule, Texas, 1:55.54
  3. BRONZE: Morgan Bullock, West Virginia, 1:57.14

Texas’ Case jumped to the early lead in 54.45, holding off teammate Rule on the back half. West Virginia’s Bullock was up with them at the 100-yard mark, but fell off their pace. Bullock should still be safely qualified for NCAAs since she put up a 1:54.13 in a 200 fly time trial to kick off the meet.

MEN’S 200 FLY:

  • Big 12 Meet Record: 1:39.17, Jack Conger (Texas), 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:41.44
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:43.09
  1. GOLD: Joseph Schooling, Texas, 1:42.23
  2. SILVER: David Dixon, West Virginia, 1:42.50
  3. BRONZE: Sam Pomajevich, Texas, 1:44.38

Texas’ Schooling led the pack by a second and a half with a 47.48 on the front half. He held steady through the 150-yard mark, but Schooling started to fade with a 28.18 on the last 50. West Virginia’s Dixon nearly closed the gap. He trailed by nearly 2 seconds at the 150, but chased after Schooling with a 26.69 final split. Dixon’s time was a new best by a second and puts him half a second under the 2017 NCAA invite time.


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 3:13.16, Texas, 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:15.43
  1. GOLD: Texas, 3:11.72
  2. SILVER: West Virginia, 3:20.12
  3. BRONZE: Iowa State, 3:21.57

Anelise Diener got the ball rolling with a 49.28 to give the Longhorns an immediate lead. 100 free champ Claire Adams took on the 2nd leg, blowing away the field in 46.99. Brooke Hansen and Rebecca Millard finished things off, with Hansen putting up a 48.05 on the 3rd leg and Millard anchoring in 47.40. At the touch, they took nearly a second and a half off the old meet Record.


  1. University of Texas               740   2. West Virginia University        487.5
  3. University of Kansas            425.5   4. Iowa State University             360
  5. Texas Christian University        315


  • Big 12 Meet Record: 2:48.66, Texas, 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:52.10
  1. GOLD: Texas, 2:48.35
  2. SILVER: West Virginia, 2:54.30
  3. BRONZE: TCU, 3:02.41

Townley Haas led things off for Texas, touching in 42.89 ahead of West Virginia’s Merwane Elmerini (43.24). Brett Ringgold put up a 41.23 on the 2nd leg, handing off to Jeff Newkirk (42.75). Tate Jackson closed in 41.48 as they took down the Meet Record. Notably absent from the lineup tonight was Joseph Schooling.


  1. University of Texas               760   2. West Virginia University          654
  3. Texas Christian University        471

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3 years ago

Wow Tate Jackson isn’t joking around 41.2! That’s huge for him and for the Texas 4×1

Swimbo Fisher
Reply to  Pinodee
3 years ago

He was shaved

Reply to  Swimbo Fisher
3 years ago

still one of the fastest ever

3 years ago

Texas backstrokers looking good.

3 years ago

Townley 200 Fly!

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
3 years ago

Texas is weak in the 200 fly and need someone else to step up.??

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo
Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

Ever heard of Jack Conger?

Justin Thompson

Conger graduated last year so he won’t be able to bail out Schooling and team.

Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

I think u are just joking. Schooling and Sam can step up in NCAA. No reason to put Haas for 200 fly.

Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

He might need to swim it based on last years meltdown

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

Joe looked very rough on that last 50. He was being chased down big time by Dixon. We’ll see what a taper does for him. He’s not winning the 100 fly so 200 is his best chance.

Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

Dressel win for 100 fly is not a given. Don’t sound it like he will definitely win it..

Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

If Dressel even swims the 100 fly at NCAAs.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

He does have more options than Joe!

j pine
3 years ago


Reply to  j pine
3 years ago

yes, very fast but a little slower than Cal’s Hoffer when he was in high school….

tammy touchpad error
Reply to  gobears
3 years ago

waz just gonna say dat. also isn’t Hoff’s hs time the pool record at UT?

Just Keep Swimmin'
Reply to  tammy touchpad error
3 years ago

Goal for the Texas men is to get rid of that pool record from Hoffer’s senior year before NCAA next year. Jackson came very close to doing it.

Reply to  gobears
3 years ago

Hoffer as a senior in highschool was also slower than Hoffer when he was still in highschool

Reply to  gobears
3 years ago

Hoffer has not been able to reproduce those 2015 times. I’m hoping he’s back on track this year.

Reply to  j pine
3 years ago

Looks like the Texas men were all in for this meet. Probably won’t see much time drop come NCAAs.

Just Keep Swimmin'
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

Incorrect. None of the men were fully rested, tapered, or at their peak performance yet – including Jackson. Many, however, did shave. Haas, Ringgold, Schooling not rested, tapered, or shaved. Shebat looking very good only two weeks out of scope surgery on knee.

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

As every other year… it appears that only people that didn’t have cuts were fully tapered and shaved… as every other year…

3 years ago

How I imagined Eddie telling Townley he’s swimming fly

“Ok Townley, the key is timing your dolphin kick”
“What’s a dolphin kick?”

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

If anyone’s watching please see if he does any. He might be trying it in long course. Clark smith swam the 2 fly lcm a few times

Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

Not sure that he’s actually swimming it tonight. Didn’t see him on the heat sheet.

Reply to  Robert Gibbs
3 years ago

Yeah he scratched. Probably to prepare for the 400 Free Relay (Or he just didn’t want to swim it again)

Reply to  Swimmy
3 years ago

clark smith was a 1+ 2Flyer in high school. 46.5 in the 100, first invite freshman year 1:41 in the 200

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

So true.

j pine
3 years ago

Nice swim there from David Dixon. Just a few tenths behind Schooling

Sean Sullivan
3 years ago

28.1 on the last 50 from Schooling. I think he has 2 more 200 butterflies left in him for nationals then he’ll happily retire from that event.

Reply to  Sean Sullivan
3 years ago

28.1 last lap was quite surprising. It was pretty slow by his usual standard. Nevertheless, he still win it. This matters more. He drops 3 sec from his prelim. That’s insane..

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

A good almost 5 second drop at NCAAs and he can take that record back.

Reply to  Sean Sullivan
3 years ago

Ella Eastin out-split Schooling on the last 50 by .05 (28.18 v 28.13)

j pine
3 years ago

No Schooling on that Relay line-up

Reply to  j pine
3 years ago

Yup but i guess he will swim it in NCAA.

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