Texas Hall of Fame Invite
- Nov 28-Dec 1, 2018
- Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
- Prelims 10am CT, Finals 6pm CT
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
The 2018 Texas Hall of Fame Invite starts tonight with a grand total of four heats of the 800 free relays, with two each from the men and the women. Among the teams that will be here tonight, the Texas women finished 5th and the USC women finished 13th in this event at last season’s NCAA championships. The Longhorn women only lost one senior from last year’s relay, Rebecca Millard. The top time in the country so far this year belongs to Stanford, whose quartet went 6:59.66 at the Ohio State Invite.
The men’s side will feature five different teams that finished in the top 16 in this event at NCAAs last season: Texas (3rd), Stanford (8th), Harvard (11th), USC (12th), and Arizona (16th). None of those teams lost more than one senior, and three of teams will bring in a freshman who ranked in the top five in the 200 free among the men in the high school class of 2018: Drew Kibler (Texas), Alexei Sancov (USC), and Jack LeVant (Stanford), all of whom are likely to be on their team’s A-relays this evening. Florida currently has the fastest time this season, a 6:15.04 from the Georgia Tech Invite.
Women’s 800 Free Relay – Timed Finals
- USC, 6:56.33
- Texas, 6:58.61
- Arizona, 7:02.63
Louise Hansson’s 1:42.56 leadoff leg for the Trojans put her past Siobahn’s Haughey for the top individual 200 time this season. Tatum Wade (1:43.73), Kirsten Vose (1:44.11), and Madison Wright (1:45.93) gave USC the lead from beginning to end, touching over two seconds ahead of the Longhorns and moving ahead of Stanford for the top time this season.
The Longhorn women kept it close throughout the race, getting a 1:43.95 leadoff from Claire Adams that makes her only the 4th woman to break 1:44 so far this season. Texas got a pair of 1:45s from Evie Pfeiffer and Julia Cook, with Joanna Evans splitting 1:43.84 sandwiched between them. The Longhorns’ time of 6:58.61 also moves them ahead of Stanford and gives them the 2nd-fastest time this season.
Arizona looked strong here as well; their time of 7:02.63 moves them past Louisville and puts them 4th-fastest this season. The Wildcats relay was highlighted by a pair of 1:44s from Kirsten Jacobsen and Daniela Georges.
Men’s 800 Free Relay – Timed Finals
- Texas, 6:14.29
- Stanford, 6:17.14
- Arizona, 6:18.70
We got at least some of the battle we were expecting from the freshmen. Texas’s Drew Kibler out-dueled Stanford freshman Jack LeVant on the lead off leg, 1:32.20 to 1:32.61. Those are lifetime best for both men, and move both past Florida’s Khader Baqlah (1:32.91) for the fastest time this season. Jeff Newkirk (1:33.15), Austin Katz (1:35.60), and Townley Haas (1:33.34) easily maintained the Longhorns’ lead, and their time of 6:14.29 now eclipses Florida’s 6:15.05 for the number one spot in the country. Jake Sannem actually had the fastest relay split of any Longhorn, anchoring Texas’s B-relay in 1:32.70.
Stanford took 2nd in 6:17.14, with Mason Gonzalez (1:35.41), Will Macmillian (1:35.04), and James Murphy (1:34.08) building on LeVant’s strong leadoff leg, as Stanford moves up to #3 in this event this season. Notably, this relay lacked Grant Shoults, who attended Golden Goggles last week, and appears to be traveling with the team, but has yet to compete this season.
Notably, Harvard’s relay DQ’d for the 2nd-straight year here. According to live results, the DQ was the result of an “early take-off swimmer #3” which was Corban Rawls. Dean Farris then anchored in 1:32.09.
- John Shebat swam the 200 IM and moved past NC State’s Andreas Vazaios for the number one spot in the NCAA this season by the narrowest of margins, stopping the clock in 1:42.43, 0.01s ahead of Vazaios and a lifetime best for Shebat.
- Four Longhorn men time trialed the 200 free, led by Matthew Willenbring in 1:34.66.