BIG 12 – MEN AND WOMEN
- Wednesday, February 27 – Saturday, March 2
- Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX (Central Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Texas men (22x) & Texas women (6x) (results)
- Live results
- Live Video (Coming soon)
- Championship Central
- Time Trials results
The 2019 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.
Most of the big-name Texas swimmers, both men and women, have already punched their NCAA tickets, but we may see some big times from some of the stars even without a full taper, and we’ve also seen some other swimmers blow up big here in the past, so tonight should serve as the introduction to an exciting week of racing, even if the team battles aren’t in doubt.
Women’s 200 Medley Relay
- Texas – 1:36.86
- Iowa State – 1:39.83
- Kansas – 1:40.05
The Longhorns had four solid splits as they won by almost three seconds over Iowa State. Claire Adams (24.25), Kennedy Lohman (27.44), Remedy Rule (23.47) and Grace Ariola (21.70) combined for a 1:36.86. That’s 0.67 slower than they were earlier in the season, but that could be a positive sign for their NCAA performance next month, as in previous years they’ve been known to peak more in February than in March.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
- Texas – 1:24.25
- WVU – 1:24.94
- TCU – 1:29.60
This one was a little closer than you might expect, as West Virginia finished within a second of the Longhorns. Texas has been experimenting with this relay lineup all season long, and tonight they opted to lead off with Ryan Harty, who put up a 21.30, followed by Charlie Scheinfeld split 23.82 on breast. John Shebat, who’s been the backstroker on the Longhorns’ medleys the past three season, went 20.32 on the fly leg, and Tate Jackson anchored in 18.81.
Texas’ 1:24.25 missed the Big 12 Meet Record of 1:24.23, set in 2009, by .02 seconds.
A 23.34 breast split by Jake Armstrong was the main reason that WVU kept it close. Angelo Russo led off in 21.87, Sam Neaveill split 20.72 on fly, and Merwane Elmerini anchored in 19.01.
Women’s 800 Free Relay
- Texas – 6:58.52
- Kansas – 7:10.74
- WVU – 7:16.20
The Longhorns got four consistent splits, as all their legs were within one second of each other, as they went 6:58.52 for 12-second win. Claire Adams led off in 1:44.48, followed by Evie Pfeifer (1:44.26), Remedy Rule (1:45.17), and Joanna Evans (1:44.61).
Kansas took 2nd, with Jenny Nusbaum going on the 1:45.68 lead off leg. The race for 3rd was the only close one of the night, as Giselle Gursoy split 1:47.94 to lead WVU over Iowa State by 1.19s.
Men’s 800 Free Relay
- Texas – 6:15.61
- TCU – 6:33.22
- WVU – 6:35.38
Again, when it’s hard to make much of the swims of the Longhorn men who’ve already qualified. Drew Kibler led off in 1:33.08, a bit off what he was earlier in the year. Austin Katz and Jeff Newkirk split 1:34.58 and 1:34.84 — they both can comfortably split 1:32s, and Townley Haas anchored in 1:33.11, a time which he may improve by four seconds next month. Notably, Tate Jackson did extend his range a bit by swimming on the B relay, where he split 1:34.83.
TCU beat WVU by just over two seconds, with TCU’s Joao Andrade having the fastest split by a non-Longhorn, with a 1:37.08.