2019 Big 12 Men’s & Women’s Championships: Day 4 Finals

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
  • Championship Central

There are no team titles on the line on the final day of the 2019 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships in Austin. However, there’s still some NCAA qualifying times to be earned, and individual qualifications at stake.

Women’s 1650 Free – TIMED FINALS

  • Big 12 Record – 15:51.74, Joanna Evans, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 16:00.70, Maureen McLaine, Texas A&M – 2012
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 16:12.64

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Joanna Evans (TEX) – 15:57.28
  2. Evie Pfeifer (TEX) – 16:12.79
  3. Crissie Blomquist (KANSAS) – 16:38.95

Joanna Evans took back the Big 12 title from teammate Evie Pfeifer, finishing her caeer 3 for 4 on Big 12 miles. Evans broke the meet record, which had stood since 2012, when Texas A&M was still in the conference. Pfeifer came in 2nd, posting a 16:12. Crissie Blomquist gave Kansas its first podium finish of the night, touching in 3rd.

Men’s 1650 Free – TIMED FINALS

  • Big 12 Record – 14:22.41, Clark Smith, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 14:31.29, Clark Smith, Texas – 2016
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 14:54.38

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Alex Zettle (TEX) – 14:48.32
  2. Chris Yeager (TEX) – 15:01.56
  3. Dayne Odendaal (TCU) – 15:43.34

Alex Zettle, a Longhorn freshman, posted a season best by a lot to win the event. His time of 14:48.32 was a 19 second drop on the season, and gave Zettle an excellent shot at earning an invitation to the NCAAs at the end of the month. Chris Yeager was off his season best, but he’s already hit the A cut in the event, securing his trip to the NCAAs. Dayne Odendaal gave TCU it’s first podium finish of the night, coming in 3rd.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK – FINALS

  • Big 12 Record – 1:49.91, Tasija Karosas, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 1:51.11, Tasija Karosas, Texas – 1:51.11
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 1:53.52

Texas senior Quinn Carrozza successfully defended her NCAA title in the women’s 200 yard backstroke, swimming a 1:52.88. That put her 2-and-a-half seconds ahead of Kansas’ Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, who was 2nd in 1:55.49. That moves her to 2nd in program history in an event where the Jayhawks have possibly their best overall history.

Kansas went 2-3-4 in the race, with Manon Manning taking 3rd in 1:57.52 and Lauryn Parrish taking 4th in 1:57.99. That all-but-locked Kansas’ 2nd-place position at the meet

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Quinn Carrozza, Texas – 1:52.88
  2. Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Kansas – 1:55.49
  3. Manon Manning, Kansas – 1:57.52

MEN’S 200 BACK – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 1:37.24, John Shebat, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 1:39.10, Austin Katz, Texas – 2018
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 1:41.01

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Ryan Harty (TEX) – 1:38.61
  2. Austin Katz (TEX) – 1:39.33
  3. John Shebat (TEX) – 1:39.55

Ryan Harty threw down a new lifetime best of 1:38.61, breaking teammate Austin Katz‘s meet record by half a second. Katz, for his part, secured his first A cut of the season, although he wasn’t really at risk of missing out on NCAAs anyway. Shebat rolled in with a massive best time for the season, clearing his season best by 2 seconds. Jeff Newkirk also turned in a season best of 1:43.43 for 4th.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 47.32, Claire Adams, Texas – 2018
  • Meet Record – 47.46, Claire Adams, Texas – 2018
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 48.50

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Claire Adams (TEX) – 47.82
  2. Julia Cook (TEX) – 48.53
  3. Anelise Diener (TEX) – 48.67

Texas swept this one with their rock solid sprinting core. Claire Adams turned in an impressive 47.82, not a season best, but a quick time nonetheless. Julia Cook was also off her season best, but managed to get her hand on the wall 2nd. Anelise Diener was right at her best time of the season, coming in for 3rd with a nice gap between her and 4th place Grace Ariola, who was 49.12, a second off her season best.

MEN’S 100 FREE – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 41.06, Tate Jackson, Texas – 2018
  • Meet Record – 41.27, Tate Jackson, Texas – 2018
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 42.63

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Drew Krueger (TEX) – 42.33
  2. Drew Kibler (TEX) – 42.86
  3. Townley Haas (TEX) – 42.93

Daniel Krueger won the race, touching just .02 seconds off his time trial time from day 1. That time should, more than likely, get Krueger his invite to the NCAAs. Drew Kibler was next in, clocking a time a little over half a second off his season best, while Townley Haas did the same for 3rd. Matthew Willenbring edged his season best by .02 seconds, clocking a 43.34 for 3rd place.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 2:05.04, Laura Sogar, Texas – 2012
  • Meet Record – 2:05.25, Laura Sogar, Texas – 2013
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 2:09.80

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Kate Steward (KANSAS) – 2:11.98
  2. Emma Harris (WVU) – 2:12.55
  3. Holly Jansen (TEX) – 2:13.15

Kate Steward picked up a win for Kansas, finishing in a 2:11.98. Steward blew past runner-up Emma Harris on the final 50, splitting a 34.41 to Harris’ 36.40. Holly Jansen was the lead Longhorn, coming in 3rd with a 2:13.15. Steward’s time was a season best, but unfortunately, is off what it will take to make NCAAs in a few weeks. Through the event, Kansas is holding a 200 point lead over WVU for 2nd place in the team race.

MEN’S 200 BREAST – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 1:47.91, Will Licon, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 1:49.89, Will Licon, Texas – 2017
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 1:54.28

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Braden Vines (TEX) – 1:54.23
  2. Tristen Disibio (WVU) – 1:54.70
  3. Hugh McPherson (TCU) – 1:58.28

Braden Vines had another great swim on the meet, taking another victory. His time comes in as a season best, and is another event where he is likely to have made NCAAs. Each of the 3 teams got a swimmer on the podium too, for what I believe was the first time this meet. Tristen Disibio was his fastest of the season, but will likely miss out on an invitation from that swim. Hugh McPherson represented TCu on the podium for his first time this meet. Charlie Scheinfeld, one of the leading breaststrokers nationally this year, came in 4th with a 1:58.28.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 1:51.18, Kathleen Hersey, Texas – 2009
  • Meet Record – 1:53.66, Cammile Adams, Texas A&M – 2011
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 1:55.91

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Remedy Rule (TEX) – 1:53.81
  2. Morgan Bullock (WVU) – 1:55.25
  3. Lauren Case (TEX) – 1:56.99

Remedy Rule defended her title in the 200 fly, coming in just off her season best of 1:53.65. She was also just off the meet record of 1:53.66, from 2011. Morgan Bullock should have just earned herself an invitation to the NCAAs, clocking in at 1:55.25, significantly below last year’s invite time of 1:55.99. Last year, Bullock qualified for NCAAs at a last chance meet following Big 12s.

MEN’S 200 FLY – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 1:38.75, Jack Conger, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 1:40.57, Jack Conger, Texas – 2016
  • Estimated 2019 NCAA Invite Time – 1:42.37

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. David Dixon (WVU) – 1:42.15
  2. Andrew Koustik (TEX) – 1:42.48
  3. Sam Pomajevich (TEX) – 1:45.80

David Dixon took home West Virginia’s first men’s title of the meet, touching first after a battle with Andrew Koustik. Dixon broke away on the last 50, posting a 26.88 on the last split. Dixon will be on the bubble for qualifying to NCAAs, along with Koustik and Pomajevich. All 3 are in a tricky position, where it’s unsure whether any will get invited to NCAAs. Additionally, this event is all 3’s best chance at earning an invite. Of course, since he has the fastest time of the 3, Dixon stands the best chance at being invited, Koustik the worst (Pomajevich’s season best is 1:42.33).

Women’s Platform Diving – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 411.30, Murphy Bromberg, Texas – 2015
  • Meet Record – 411.30, Murphy Bromberg, Texas – 2015

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Murphy Bromberg (TEX) – 397.20
  2. Paola Pineda (TEX) – 272.20
  3. Sofia Rauzi (TEX) – 250.05

Murphy Bromberg won this event handily, to say the least. While Texas went 1-2-3, Bromberg landed the top score by 125 points, an absolutely huge margin.

Men’s Platform Diving – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 579.60, Jordan Windle, Texas – 2018
  • Meet Record – 579.60, Jordan Windle, Texas – 2018

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Jordan Windle (TEX) – 521.60
  2. Jacob Cornish (TEX) – 399.55
  3. Nick Cover (WVU) – 297.15

Jordan Windle was virtually just as dominant as Bromberg was in women’s diving, winning by a total of 122.15 points. Windle is the defending NCAA champion in platform diving.

Women’s 400 Free Relay – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 3:09.56, Texas – 2018
  • Meet Record – 3:11.72, Texas – 2018

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Texas – 3:13.58
  2. Kansas – 3:20.60
  3. Iowa State – 3:21.21

To no surprise at all, the Texas squad that has a very good shot at winning this event at NCAAs was victorious here, putting down a time well off their season best of 3:09.56. They still put up a good performance to end the meet on, with Claire Adams providing a 47.7 anchor split. Brooke Hansen, Anelise Diener, and Grace Ariola rounded out this relay. Notably, Julia Cook was not on this relay tonight. Cook, was the fastest incoming freshman in the 100, and is towards the top of the nation this year. Cook will all but certainly be on the relay at NCAAs, if not for prelims, for finals.

Men’s 400 Free Relay – Finals

  • Big 12 Record – 2:45.39, Texas – 2017
  • Meet Record – 2:48.35, Texas – 2017

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Texas – 2:52.08
  2. WVU – 2:54.35
  3. TCU – 2:58.65

hard to say exactly who will be on the Texas NCAA 400 free relay, but it likely won’t be aexactly the same as it was tonight. Tonight, Daniel Krueger, Drew Kibler, Austin Katz, and Matthew Willenbring teamed up for a 2:52.08. They will certainly be faster in March, no matter who swims on the relay.

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Horninco
2 years ago

Just making sure everyone is satisfied with the speed of the men’s 200 Back?

Speed Racer
Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

Yes. Very similar to the finish at SEC’s a week ago.

Longhorn
Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

Except that Harty was faster.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

There’s going to be an entire heat of 1:39 or better at NCAAs. Who wins is who’s on.

Jeff
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I am not dumb or going on a limb, but I think it will be one of the three (Katz, Shebat, Harty).

Lion Rocktea
Reply to  Jeff
2 years ago

Stewart

Swimmer
Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

Easy to do when you haven’t swam fast all week.

Horninco
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Easy to do when you’re fast….

SwimGeek
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Shebat went 1:42 IM on Thursday. :45 yesterday. Not too rested

SVIRD
Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

2nd place in 100 free wouldn’t have finalled at ACCs…

Horninco
Reply to  SVIRD
2 years ago

hang on, let me check …….,,

Yeah

Uh huh

Yup

Yep, that’s right, I still care more about what happens at NCAA‘s and conference meets.

But congrats to everybody else on their thrilling conference races, see you guys in Austin in three weeks

Hoping for a fifth Texas title in a row, but Cal, Indiana and NC State aren’t just gonna roll over and handed to us

Will be a great competition for sure

SVIRD
Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

You seem upset.

Longhorn
Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

Those boys killed it! Best time in the NCAA.

Swimmer
Reply to  Longhorn
2 years ago

Yup, one race tells the whole story.

Tyler
2 years ago

From the photo caption, “Alex” Katz?

adamr
Reply to  Tyler
2 years ago

so many Katz

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

what happened to Pomajevich this year?

SwimGeek
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

He’s in big trouble. I think he’s sitting at 1:42.3 from the fall, which puts him squarely on the bubble. He was a big factor TX at NCAAs last year. If he doesn’t even qualify, that will be a big loss.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

He Schooling’d.

PVSFree
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

He could be sick or just have an off meet. Stuff happens

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PVSFree
2 years ago

Clark Smith had insomnia and flopped at an NCAAs, and then there was Schooling’s tummy ache. Yeah, it happens.

wethorn
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

Texas really needs Sam to qualify. If his 1.42.33 2 fly doesn’t get him in, I’m guessing he’ll swim a last chance meet. He had big drops at NCs last year, so I wonder if he just needs more rest.

TOM DOLOAN FAN
Reply to  wethorn
2 years ago

Well I guess we will never know, because the meet starts tomorrow and UT has not put out any info. I guess it’s a national secret as to what times are swum at American Short Course Championships.

wethorn
2 years ago

For all the Texas bashing because of slow swims at a pathetic conference meet, Texas is still looking pretty good. I have them right now with 18 tops, 18 bottoms at NCs (with diving). For comparison, last year I had them at 17 tops and 6 bottoms going into NCs. This is a much deeper team. That said, I think Cal, Indiana and NC State are also deeper.

Bay City Tex
Reply to  wethorn
2 years ago

Diving may not be enough this year. Five for five would be awesome, but each of the other three will have to take points from each other in key events.
If certain events fall right for Horns, there’s still a chance. If Tate’s injury is more serious than indicated, and Sam doesn’t qualify, it could come down to the last event again. Too many “ifs” for me.

wethorn
Reply to  Bay City Tex
2 years ago

You put your finger on my 2 biggest worries with Tate’s injury and Sam’s qualifying.

Drama King
2 years ago

Is there any last chance meet for Texas swimmers ?
And any news on Tate, Jake and Sam Stewart ?

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Drama King
2 years ago

I’ve read shoulder for Tate on Swimswam, but have no 1st hand knowledge.

Drama King
2 years ago

Shebat is the key piece for Texas at ncaas. Apart from individual events, he will be on every relay except 800 fr. His versatality is very much needed for Texas as i think he may have to swim some fly legs in the medley relays.

Jeff
Reply to  Drama King
2 years ago

I disagree. Shebat was the key piece last yr. as he was recovering from surgery/injuries, but he came through impressively at NCAAs. He has proven himself quite well and I (and most others I would think) expect him to shine. This yr. the freshman class is loaded (last yr.–I think–they only had 2 freshman score); Texas is in good shape.

Longhorn
Reply to  Drama King
2 years ago

Shebat is amazing. Consistent. Very important team member. But he will swim 3 individual and 3 relays as will Townley, Tate Jackson and Drew Kibler. Krueger will also likely swim 3 relays and 3 individual. So those members (am I forgetting anyone) will have the most point potential but every single point will be needed. Everyone needs to play their role. No more no less.

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Longhorn
2 years ago

Are you sure Tate is going to swim at NCAA’s?
Do you know more about his injury than we do?

CT Swim Fan
2 years ago

I have a question. Does the NCAA have a list of long course meters or short course meters times that would qualify a kid for the NCAA swimming championships? I don’t know if it would impact anyone, but lets say someone was an NCAA swimmer who swam at the short course meters world championships this past December and got sick or injured and could not prepare fully for their just completed conference meet. Would a time from the December meet or even something from a long course meet last summer count as a qualifying time? Anyone have any idea?

PowerPlay
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
2 years ago

I certainly hope not. Would undermine the whole purpose of NCAA swimming. Texas men have to deal with not really having a conference meet, but their coach has been able to prepare them well in the past.

Admin
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
2 years ago

Cannot qualify for NCAAs in LCM. To convert a SCM time to a SCY time, you use these standards: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/DIMWSD_2019QualifyingStandards_20180606.pdf

Then it’s just slotted in to the same rankings as all of the other yards times.

But, the meet also has to be a bona fied collegiate meet during the season. A meet from last summer would not count because it’s outside of the season. Occasionally SCM meets would count if the meet met all other criteria (SC Worlds or SC Europeans usually count). There are many other rules about what makes a bona fied meet, as well as maximum allowed meet dates, etc.

CT Swim Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Thank You

Zeke4Heisman
2 years ago

Is there any word on why Sam Stewart did not compete?

Admin
Reply to  Zeke4Heisman
2 years ago

We asked. Couldn’t get any answers from anybody.

R&R
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Thanks for trying. As a fan, it is really frustrating that teams aren’t required to release more information like, say, football.

Horninco
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Wondering if he quit swimming? Odd that Jake Sannem didn’t even exhibition this week. Could be sick. Has been swimming well all year

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Any news on Tate’s injury?