2018 IU Invitational: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


  • Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17th
  • Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center, Bloomington, IN
  • Short Course Yards
  • Live Results

Night 2 of 3 at the IU Invite in Bloomington will be a jam packed one with seven women’s and seven men’s events on the schedule.

Among the highlights will be reigning NCAA champions and American Record holders Lilly King and Ian Finnerty, both of Indiana, swimming in the women’s and men’s 100 breaststroke. For a full recap of this morning’s prelims click here.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay Timed Final

  1. NC State, 1:35.60
  2. Indiana, 1:35.86
  3. Louisville, 1:36.31

The NC State women won a tight race with Indiana and Louisville in the women’s 200 medley relay as all three teams achieved the NCAA Automatic standard of 1:36.75.

Elise Haan (24.14) got them the lead with a quick backstroke leg, and then Sophie Hansson (26.49), Sirena Rowe (23.56) and Ky-lee Perry (21.41) got the job done for a final time of 1:35.60.

Indiana’s Lilly King erased nearly all of their deficit after the backstroke with a 25.43 split on breast, and then Christie Jensen vaulted the Hoosiers into the lead on fly with a 23.14 leg. Ileah Doctor still had a very strong split in 21.94, but was caught by Perry and they settled for 2nd in 1:35.86.

Louisville was 3rd in 1:36.75, with all around strong splits from Alina Kendzior (24.50), Maria Astashkina (27.03), Grace Oglesby (23.01) and Casey Fanz (21.77).

Men’s 200 Medley Relay Timed Final

  1. NC State, 1:24.57
  2. Louisville, 1:25.19
  3. Indiana, 1:25.25

The NC State men kept their relay streak alive with a win to start the session off in the 200 medley, as they end up missing the ‘A standard by .01 in 1:24.57. Coleman Stewart (21.22), Nyls Korstanje (20.43) and Justin Ress (18.70) had the fastest splits in the field on back, fly and free, and Daniel Graber was decent on breast with a 24.22.

Louisville (1:25.19) edged Indiana (1:25.25) and ASU (1:25.32) in a close race for 2nd, with Nicolas Albiero popping a nice 21.63 on back, Evgenii Somov (23.89) going sub-24 on breast and Zach Harting (20.71) and Andrej Barna (18.96) also strong with sub-21 and sub-19 legs on fly and free. Indiana had the fastest breast split from Ian Finnerty (23.51), and Arizona State had blistering opening and closing legs from Zachary Poti (21.48) and Evan Carlson (18.86).

Women’s 100 Fly Final

  1. Grace Oglesby, LOU, 50.75
  2. Mallory Comerford, LOU, 50.94
  3. Christie Jensen, IU, 52.01

Grace Oglesby and Mallory Comerford went 1-2 for Louisville in the women’s 100 fly, with Oglesby breaking 51 seconds for the first time in 50.75. Her previous best was a 51.07 from the 2018 NCAAs, while Comerford (50.94) was just .02 off of her best from the 2017 Winter Nationals. They are just the 3rd and 4th swimmers to crack the 51-barrier this season, joining Maggie MacNeil (50.09) and Louise Hansson (50.40).

IU’s Christie Jensen placed 3rd in 52.01, just off her season-best of 51.94 from the ACC/B1G Challenge, while Alena Kraus made it three Cardinals in the top-4 with a 4th place 52.52.

Men’s 100 Fly Final

  1. Coleman Stewart, NCS, 45.45
  2. Vini Lanza, IU, 45.71
  3. Nicolas Albiero, LOU, 46.05

After becoming the first swimmer sub-46 this season in 45.81, NC State’s Coleman Stewart lowered that down to 45.45 to win the men’s 100 fly over Indiana’s Vini Lanza. That’s his fastest swim ever outside of the 2018 ACCs or NCAAs.

Lanza, who came into the weekend with the top time in the country at 46.06 (from the ACC/B1G meet), joined Stewart under 46 seconds in 45.71. Nicolas Albiero of Louisville had his 3rd-fastest swim ever to also dip under Lanza’s NCAA-leading time coming into the meet, clocking 46.05 for 3rd over NC State’s Nyls Korstanje (46.48).

Women’s 400 IM Final

  1. Emma Muzzy, NCS, 4:08.25
  2. Kate Moore, NCS, 4:08.66
  3. Makayla Sargent, NCS, 4:09.15

NC State swept the top-3 spots in the women’s 400 IM, led by freshman Emma Muzzy in a time of 4:08.25. Muzzy set a personal best last weekend at the ACC vs Big Ten Challenge in 4:05.60, and while she didn’t quite match that, did just enough to pull off the win. She sat 7th at the 300 mark, but ripped a 55.43 freestyle split to pass everyone and touch the wall first.

Her teammates Kate Moore (4:08.66) and Makayla Sargent (4:09.15) were 2nd and 3rd, with Moore missing her best from last season’s NCAAs by just .07 and Sargent crushing her previous best by over a second and a half (4:10.78). IU freshman Mackenzie Looze closed on Sargent on the last 50 but fell just .01 shy for 4th in another best time of 4:09.16 (her 4:11.46 prelim swim beat her old PB by six seconds).

Men’s 400 IM Final

  1. Andreas Vazaios, NCS, 3:46.18
  2. Daniel Sos, LOU, 3:47.10
  3. Mikey Calvillo, IU, 3:48.95

After swimming his first ever SCY 400 IM this morning in 3:48.79, NC State’s Andreas Vazaios won the final tonight in 3:46.18, holding off Louisville’s Daniel Sos who made a push on the freestyle leg.

Sos came home in 52.30 for a final time of 3:47.10, his 3rd-fastest performance ever trailing only one swim from the 2018 ACCs (3:42.6) and one from the 2018 NCAAs (3:43.2). Indiana freshman Mikey Calvillo produced a personal best 3:48.95 for 3rd, breaking his 3:50.60 set in March.

Women’s 200 Free Final

  1. Alena Kraus, LOU, 1:46.06
  2. Arina Openysheva, LOU, 1:46.15
  3. Maria Heitmann, IU, 1:46.67

With Comerford opting for the 100 fly instead of the 200 free tonight, the door was open for her Cardinal teammates Alena Kraus and Arina Openysheva to pick up a 1-2 finish over a tight field where the top-5 swimmers were all within a second of each other.

Kraus sat 5th at the 150, but was the only one able to come home sub-27 (26.57) to pick up the win in a new best time of 1:46.06, breaking her old mark of 1:46.86 from the 2017 Winter Juniors. Openysheva, who set a season-best at the SMU Classic in 1:45.59, was just a few one-hundredths off her prelim swim for 2nd in 1:46.15.

Indiana’s Maria Heitmann was less than a second off her lifetime best to sneak in for 3rd in 1:46.67, edging past NC State’s Lexie Lupton (1:46.86) on the final 50.

Men’s 200 Free Final

  1. Mohamed Samy, IU, 1:32.97
  2. Grant House, ASU, 1:33.34
  3. Coleman Stewart, NCS, 1:34.46

After setting the #1 time in the nation last weekend in 1:33.75, Indiana’s Mohamed Samy did again tonight in the men’s 200 free, dipping under 1:33 in a time of 1:32.97. Samy was the only swimmer in the field who kept all four of his 50s under 24. His top time from the ACC/B1G Challenge had briefly been surpassed this morning at the Mizzou Invite by Mikel Schreuders (1:33.61). Samy’s PB stands at 1:31.73 from last season’s NCAAs.

Grant House of the Sun Devils was Samy’s closest challenger, actually making up ground on him with a final 50 of 23.68, as he set a new best time in 1:33.34 to get by his 1:33.47 from the 2018 NCAAs. Coleman Stewart of NC State stepped out of his usual sprint free/back/fly events and rattled off a very impressive 1:34.46 for 3rd, setting another best time after dropping half a second this morning in 1:36.25.

Indiana’s Zach Apple (1:34.68) and Thomas Vanderbrook (1:34.96) were also sub-1:35, with Vanderbrook’s swim being a massive personal best.

Women’s 100 Breast Final

  1. Lilly King, IU, 56.43
  2. Sophie Hansson, NCS, 58.44
  3. Noelle Peplowski, IU, 59.38

Lilly King unleashed the fastest swim of the season by a wide margin to win the women’s 100 breast in 56.43, coming less than two-tenths off her NCAA and American Record of 56.25 from last season’s NCAAs. This is her 3rd-fastest swim ever (and 3rd fastest all-time), and clears her fastest ever performance in October by almost a full second (57.30, 2016 College Challenge).

NC State freshman Sophie Hansson improved on her prelim best time by 0.16 to take 2nd in 58.44, and Indiana freshman Noelle Peplowski was just off her morning PB by two-tenths for 3rd in 59.38.

Men’s 100 Breast Final

  1. Ian Finnerty, IU, 51.22
  2. Evgenii Somov, LOU, 53.20
  3. Brock Brown, IU, 53.41

Defending national champ Ian Finnerty torched the men’s 100 breast field by two full seconds for a new season-best and the top time in the nation in 51.22, improving his 51.54 from last weekend’s College Challenge. Finnerty was out incredibly fast, turning in 23.67 at the 50 (giving him over a second lead).

Louisville’s Evgenii Somov swam his third consecutive season-best to take 2nd in 53.20, the fastest he’s ever been at a mid-season invite, and the Hoosiers grabbed the next three places from Brock Brown (53.41), Gary Kostbade (53.54) and Matthew Jerden (53.55). NC State’s Daniel Graber was .01 back in 53.56.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  1. Elise Haan, NCS, 51.24
  2. Kylee Alons, NCS, 52.77
  3. Alina Kendzior, LOU, 53.07

Elise Haan of the Wolfpack lowered her prelim season-best of 51.55 down to 51.24 to win tonight’s women’s 100 back final, moving her past Asia Seidt (51.25) to regain the #2 time in the country (at the time this is being written). Seidt and Taylor Ruck will swim the 100 back soon at the OSU Invite. Prior to this meet, Haan’s previous fastest swim at an invite meet was 51.79.

Her teammate Kylee Alons was less than a tenth off her best time to place 2nd in 52.77, just her second time under 53, and Louisville’s Alina Kendzior was 3rd in 53.07. Kendzior has been 52.35 this season at the SMU Classic. NC State’s Ky-lee Perry lowered her best time for the second time today to place 4th in 53.22.

Men’s 100 Back Final

  1. Zachary Poti, ASU, 45.74
  2. Andreas Vazaios, NCS, 45.87
  3. Gabriel Fantoni, IU, 46.25

After popping a 45.99 on last night’s 400 medley relay and then a 45.93 in this morning’s prelims, Arizona State’s Zachary Poti swam yet another season-best to win the men’s 100 back in 45.74, just three-tenths off his best time (45.43) from last season’s Texas Invite.

Coming off his 400 IM, Vazaios swam a very solid 45.87 to finish a close 2nd, just .02 off he went on last night’s relay. Indiana’s Gabriel Fantoni was a tenth off his ACC/B1G showing for 3rd in 46.25 and Nicolas Albiero was just off his relay swim for 4th in 46.73.

Women’s 800 Free Relay Timed Final

  1. Louisville, 7:02.92
  2. NC State, 7:07.02
  3. Arizona State, 7:11.03

The Louisville essentially led wire-to-wire to win the women’s 800 free relay in a time of 7:02.92, falling four-tenths shy of the NCAA Auto standard (7:02.52). Sophie Cattermole (1:46.88) got them the lead off the start, and then Alena Kraus (1:46.32) and Arina Openysheva (1:46.25) opened a slight advantage over NC State before Mallory Comerford (1:43.47) pulled away as they won by four seconds.

The Wolfpack touched 2nd in 7:07.02, with contributions from Kate Moore (1:46.96), Lexie Lupton (1:47.49), Elise Haan (1:46.47) and Julia Poole (1:46.10).

Arizona State (7:11.03) out-touched the Indiana ‘B’ team for 3rd, with their top split coming from Kendall Dawson (1:46.96) swimming third. IU ‘B’ had a 1:46.14 third leg from Abby Kirkpatrick as they finished in 7:11.26, while their ‘A’ team’s top split came from Maria Heitmann (1:46.10) also swimming third. They finished 5th in 7:12.32.

Men’s 800 Free Relay Timed Final

  1. Indiana, 6:17.78
  2. NC State, 6:18.70
  3. Arizona State, 6:20.38

The Hoosier men finally beat NC State in a relay with a strong showing in the men’s 800 free, as they clocked a 6:17.78 to get under the NCAA Automatic standard of 6:18.46. They had fast splits all around from Zach Apple (1:35.00), Vini Lanza (1:34.58), Mohamed Samy (1:33.35) and Ian Finnerty (1:34.85).

NC State was just under a second back in 6:18.70, narrowly missing the auto time. They were out-split by IU on the opening three legs, with Justin Ress (1:35.75), Jacob Molacek (1:35.16) and Coleman Stewart (1:34.14), and then Andreas Vazaios made a gallant effort on the anchor but his 1:33.65 wasn’t enough to catch Finnerty.

ASU nabbed 3rd in 6:20.38 with three 1:34s from Grant House (1:34.77 lead-off), Liam Bresette (1:34.88) and Cody Bybee (1:34.78), while Andrej Barna (1:34.45) was quickest for 4th place Louisville (6:22.56).



  1. NC State, 1053.5
  2. Louisville, 1005
  3. Indiana, 923
  4. Arizona State, 533
  5. Purdue, 432.5


  1. Indiana, 1187.5
  2. NC State, 1069.5
  3. Louisville, 773
  4. Arizona State, 761

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5 years ago

Where is Cameron Craig?

Daeleb Cressel
5 years ago

Not from the IU invite but Max McHugh just dropped what would have been the fastest 50 breast split in history at 22.51. Didn’t count though because Minnesota got DQ’ed. McHugh also had a .33 reaction.

Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
5 years ago

Becker was NRT but honestly I’m willing to bet there was a glitch and McHugh was the jump – no doubt his relay 50 is crazy fast but just don’t see a freshman setting that record on a mid season taper with a relatively slow start

Reply to  Riley
5 years ago

Watched in person. Backstroker missed the pad. Seemed to be a 23.low.

Jay ryan
Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
5 years ago

Remember his 22+ on a HS MR last year which was shrouded in controversy and reports of “fake news” timing glitches? It seems likely that it was true.

ACC fan
5 years ago

NC STATE women making all kinds of STATEMENTS! Two #1 relay times and several top 5 individuals. Gonna be an interesting conference meet with Louisville, UVA and the WOLFPACK WOMEN all vying for the title.

5 years ago

Also, ASU sophomore Evan Carlson with an 18.8… Wow

5 years ago

Freshman Brandon Hamblin on the DQ’ed Indiana relay, 19.02. Albeit, with a -0.05 reaction time, but still a great sign for Indiana

Jay ryan
5 years ago

IU’s MacKenzie Looze dropping from 2:00 to 1:56.9 and 4:17 to 4:09 in the IMs!

ACC fan
Reply to  Jay ryan
5 years ago

Daddy has to be proud!!!

Silent Observer
5 years ago

Do we think Lily can blow past sub 56 to be in the 54s for 100 breast come March? She essentially just matched her tapered time from NCAAs! Crazy fast!

Silent Observer
5 years ago

Daaaaammmmnn! NCState women making a STATEment in that 400 IM 😶

Reply to  Silent Observer
5 years ago

Stanford would have finished 4th in the 200 MR

Silent Observer
Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

It’s one of two scenarios :

A) they are really hurting from loosing Ally and Janet, and as such are in a rebuilding of their Medley /Sprint relays phase.


B) they are only slightly rested and from the lack of competition at their invite, not showing even half of their cards.

Also could be a little of column A & a little of column B…

The IU invite is very competitive with IU, NCState and Louisville all racing( (m&w) + some Arizona racers) compared to the Ohio invite

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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