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


  • 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

Saturday’s prelims session will include races in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly, with platform diving, the mile, and the meet-closing 400 free relay closing the 2019 championship.

The Texas Longhorns have a tight grip on both team titles, though for the Texas men, West Virginia pulled a little too-close-for-comfort at moments.

Texas’ Tate Jackson, who has been absent from the last 3 sessions of the meet, is on this morning’s heat sheets in the 100 free as the top seed.

Tate Jackson declared a false start in the 100 free, even though he was on the heat sheets, which means he still hasn’t raced since Thursday morning.

Women’s 200 Back – Prelims

  • 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 is lined up for another dominant 200 backstroke win at the Big 12 Championships. After winning by 2.6 seconds at last year’s meet, she has a 2.8 second advantage in prelims this year over Kansas’ Elizabeth Amato-Hanner (1:56.35). The Jayhawks actually took the 2-3-4 spots in prelims: all in season-best swims.

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Quinn Carrozza, Texas – 1:53.54
  2. Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Kansas – 1:56.35
  3. Manon Manning, Kansas – 1:58.18

Men’s 200 Back – Prelims

  • 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

The defending NCAA Champion Austin Katz wasn’t nearly as fast as his Meet Record from last year’s finals in this morning’s heats of the 200 back. He was, however, much faster in this morning’s heats than he was in last year’s morning heats, which could be foreshadowing for a big swim tonight.

Katz swam a 1:41.03, which was almost a second better than the 1:41.8 that he swam in prelims last year. He’s already been an NCAA qualifying mark this season, so there’s no big pressure to do much in finals.

100 back champion Ryan Harty qualified 2nd in 1:41.52, while Josh Artmann had another big swim, finishing 3rd in 1:41.89, but will be bumped to the B-Final as a member of Texas’ non-scoring team. John Shebat, who was 2nd behind Katz at NCAAs last year, finished 5th in this morning’s prelims in 1:44.88

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Austin Katz, Texas – 1:41.03
  2. Ryan Harty, Texas – 1:41.52
  3. Jeff Newkirk, Texas – 1:44.11

Women’s 100 Free – Prelims

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

Claire Adams took her 2nd #1 seed of the day, this time in the 100 free in 48.36 (where she’s also the defending champion). Freshman Julia Cook, who has 2 silver medals already at this meet, qualified 2nd in 48.53.

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Claire Adams, Texas – 48.36
  2. Julia Cook, Texas – 48.53
  3. Anelise Diener, Texas – 49.21

Men’s 100 Free – Prelims

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

With defending champion Tate Jackson declaring a false start, it was freshman Daniel Krueger who took the top spot in the men’s 100 free prelims. He was followed by classmate Drew Kibler (43.58) and Longhorn senior Townley Haas (43.81) in the morning heats.

Krueger was already a 42.31 in a time trial on Wednesday in this event.

Top 3 Finishers:

  1. Daniel Krueger, Texas – 43.32
  2. Drew Kibler, Texas – 43.58
  3. Townley Haas, Texas – 43.81

Women’s 200 Breast – Prelims

  • 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

In an event that is the Texas women’s weakest, West Virginia senior Emma Harris took the top spot in prelims of the 200 breastststroke in 2:12.63. She was followed by Kansas’ Kate Steward in 2:12.98, both well ahead of the first Longhorn qualifier Holly Jansen.

Harris swam a 2:09.93 in a time trial on Tuesday that lands her squarely on the NCAA qualifying bubble. Dropping a tenth in finals would jump her 2 spots in the National rankings, while dropping two-tenths would jump her 4. Those spots could be crucial in determining her NCAA Championship fate.

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Emma Harris, Wet Virginia – 2:12.63
  2. Kate Steward, Kansas – 2:12.98
  3. Holly Jansen, Texas – 2:16.08

Men’s 200 Breast – Prelims

  • 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

Texas freshmen Braden Vines and Charlie Scheinfeld took the top 2 qualifying spots in prelims of the 200 breaststroke. Vines, who won the 400 IM on Friday, finished in 1:55.67, which was ahead of Scheinfeld, who won the 100 breaststroke on Friday in 1:57.05.

Scheinfeld has been a 1:52 this season, so he’ll be the favorite in finals, even with a slower prelims swim.

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Braden Vines, Texas – 1:55.67
  2. Charlie Scheinfeld, Texas – 1:57.05
  3. Tristen Di Sibio, West Virginia – 1:58.52

Women’s 200 Fly – Prelims

  • 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

In her last, and best, chance to lock up her 2nd-straight NCAA National Championship invite, West Virginia’s Morgan Bullock swam a 1:56.65 in prelims of the women’s 200 fly. That’s a new season-best for her by 8-tenths of a second, but she’ll need to drop at least another half-a-second in finals to move onto the invite bubble.

Texas Remedy Rule and Lauren Case, the top 2 seeds coming into the meet, qualified 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Morgan Bullock, West Virginia – 1:56.65
  2. Remedy Rule, Texas – 1:56.87
  3. Lauren Case, Texas – 1:58.47

Men’s 200 Fly – Prelims

  • 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

Texas’ Max Holter was the fastest swimmer in the heats of the men’s 200 fly, buut once again will be bumped to the B-Final as a member of the men’s non-scoring team. He swam a 1:43.08 in prelims, though he likely secured his NCAA spot with a time trial earlier in the meet.

That means lane 4 in finals will belong to his teammate Andrew Koustik, who swam 1:43.24.

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Andrew Koustik, Texas – 1:43.24
  2. David Dixon, West Virginia – 1:4.90
  3. Sam Pomajevich, Texas – 1:46.20

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3 years ago

This meet has gotten so boring. On the women’s side, the 200 fly continues to get slower & slower…

3 years ago

This meet is killing me. A 43.32 would be 16th at ACCs. So sad.

Speed Racer
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

Do all the other conferences have caps on the number of swimmers/divers they can bring? I am not understanding the exhibition swimmers at a conference championship meet. You are either on the conference team or you stay home everywhere else it seems.

Reply to  Speed Racer
3 years ago

Since they swim as an exhibition and don’t score they can retain a red shirt

You can cry all you want but it is Eddie taking advantage of the situation so his redshirting kids can get a full shave and taper and get experience in the meat for later years

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

Aww don’t be sad ya Silly Goose! We’ll see you at NC’s when we’re shaved and tapered and you’ll feel silly for worrying for nothing!

Reply to  Longhorn
3 years ago

I thought they were shaved and tapered

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

I’m sure guys like Holter are, but no, the big guns are just ending their training. A think they said a couple days since they stopped lifting

Speed Racer
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

Newkirk explained in a video the taper they have been doing the “past few weeks” I think are the words he used. Full taper no, but they are definitely in a taper. Texas is good but they aren’t superhuman.

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

I get your frustration but Texas Guys by and large have their cuts. There’s no need to shave and taper for this meet or any of the conference meets when NCAA’s are the goal and you have your cuts.

3 years ago

I am starting to feel bad for Max Holter. It is always nice to say you won a title.

Reply to  Jeff
3 years ago

Yeah, that’s no fun.. but it’s also pretty cool making the Big Show from the B team (& most likely scoring at the meet)!

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