2019 Minnesota Invitational: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


  • Wed. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 8, 2019
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center / University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN
  • Wed. Timed finals 6 PM
  • Thu.-Sat. Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM / Diving 12 Noon
  • Short course yards (SCY) format Wed.-Sat. (LCM format Sunday)
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  • Live Stream (days 2-4)
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This morning’s prelims session was highlighted by a huge 21.16 50 free performance by Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil, a nation-leading time of 4:12.17 in the 500 free by Arizona’s Brooks Fail, and an exciting battle in the women’s 500 free led by Texas’s Evie Pfeifer and Michigan first-year Kaitlynn Sims, who were 4:40.00 and 4:40.07 this morning, respectively.

The 400 medley relays, women’s 1-meter, and men’s 3-meter will also be contested in tonight’s finals session.


  1. Sierra Schmidt (Michigan) – 4:38.36
  2. Evie Pfeifer (Texas) – 4:38.44
  3. Kaitlyn Sims (Michigan) – 4:38.73

This race was a stroke-for-stroke battle between Michigan freshman Kaitlynn Sims and Texas junior Evie Pfeifer until the final six lengths, as Michigan’s Sierra Schmidt pulled about even with them.

Schmidt and Pfeifer charged ahead over the final length, and Schmidt overtake the Longhorn to skirt forth with the win at 4:38.36. Pfeifer (4:38.44) and Sims (4:38.73) were close behind. That puts Schmidt and Pfeifer at eighth and ninth in the country this year, while Sims will sit at 11th for now.

Cal’s Robin Neumann touched fourth in 4:41.87, and Arizona’s Ayumi Macias grabbed fifth in 4:42.46.

In the B-final, the field tightened up in the last 100 yards, but early leader Rachel Klinker, a Cal freshman, won it in a lifetime best 4:43.29. Second went to Texas freshman Miranda Heckman at 4:43.59, while Harvard’s Miki Dahlke snapped up third in 4:44.12.


  1. Drew Kibler (Texas) – 4:11.19
  2. Brooks Fail (Arizona) – 4:11.79
  3. Patrick Callan (Michigan) – 4:12.29

This race was all Drew Kibler. Until the final 50, that is, as Arizona’s Brooks Fail fought to get up to his hip. Fail wouldn’t be able to surpass the Longhorn, though, and Kibler prevailed with a burst of speed at the end to touch in 4:11.19, claiming the new nation-leading time.

Fail touched second in 4:11.79, still good for the #2 time this season and improving upon his morning swim. Michigan’s Patrick Callan swam to a third-place finish, clocking a 4:12.29, good for the #4 time in the nation, and Texas’s Alex Zettle posted a 4:13.14 for fourth tonight. Wolverine Felix Auboeck also went under 4:15 to get into the nation’s top ten this year, going 4:14.00.

Out of the B-final, backstroke specialist Austin Katz of Texas led this one the whole way through, not giving up against distance swimmers in tow. He posted a 4:15.13, taking almost a full second off of his old best from 2019 NCAAs, to take the B-final win. He edged out Michigan’s Will Roberts (4:16.50) and Cal’s Sean Grieshop (4:16.91). Katz is now tenth in the nation this season.


  1. Alicia Wilson/Izzy Ivey (Cal) – 1:54.68 *TIE*
  2. Sarah Darcel (Cal) – 1:56.75

Cal’s Izzy Ivey utilized her fantastic fly/back speed to move out to a lead at the halfway point of this race. But her teammate Alicia Wilson, who led prelims this morning, closed that gap over the breaststroke leg. Fighting for the finish, Ivey and Wilson wound up tying at the wall, both going 1:54.68.

Ivey was within a second of her best, while Wilson smashed her own best by over a full second. Both women now hold the #5 time in the country this season. This was a big race for Cal, as Sarah Darcel was able to snag third in 1:56.75.

In the B-final, Cal freshman Ayla Spitz took the win at 1:58.71.


  1. Matthew Willenbring (Texas) – 1:41.83
  2. Ryan Harty (Texas) – 1:41.86
  3. Braden Vines (Texas) – 1:42.71

The Texas men absolutely dominated this one, with Matthew Willenbring having the swim of his life to win it in 1:41.83. Shaine Casas leads the country with his huge 1:40.16, but Willenbring now holds the #2 spot, and #3 is now his teammate Ryan Harty. Harty also broke 1:42, clocking a 1:41.86, nearly giving us another tie.

The Longhorns went 1-2-3-4, as Braden Vines coasted to third in 1:42.71 and Jake Foster clocked a 1:43.16 to snag fourth. It was a big set of improvements: Willenbring took over a second off of his best, Harty took 1.01 seconds off of his 2016 best, and Vines went under 1:44 for the first time in his career.


  1. Abbey Weitzeil (Cal) – 20.90
  2. Maggie MacNeil (Michigan) – 21.60
  3. Daria Pyshnenko (Michigan) – 22.19

In the swim of the meet so far, Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil became the first woman to break the 21.0 barrier in history in the 50 free. She churned out a 20.90, flipping at a 10-low at the 25 mark, and came back like a freight train to tear up her own American, NCAA, and U.S. Open records which sat collectively at 21.02.

Quietly, behind Weitzeil’s magical and historical moment, Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil turned in a solid 21.60 to take second. She jumps up to #6 in the nation this year. Her teammate Daria Pyshnenko got to the wall third in 22.19, and yet another Wolverine, Miranda Tucker, rocked a 22.26 lifetime best to take fourth.


  1. Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 18.98
  2. Maxime Rooney (Texas) – 19.24
  3. Pawel Sendyk (Cal) – 19.33

The big swims continued in the men’s 50 free, as Cal’s Ryan Hoffer shot out to the win in 18.98. He’s the first man under 19 seconds this season, and he checks in four-tenths off of his lifetime best of 18.58.

Improving upon his morning personal best of 19.38, Maxime Rooney took his PR to new heights with a 19.24 to edge Cal’s Pawel Sendyk (19.33). Rooney is now sixth in the nation this season.

Michigan’s Gus Borges posted a 19.40 to take fourth, and Texas’s Alvin Jiang, a transfer from UNC, was just under his morning personal best with a 19.46 for fifth.


  1. Cal – 3:28.58
  2. Michigan – 3:29.92
  3. Texas – 3:32.63

While Michigan had a fantastic front-half, led by Maggie MacNeil (50.81) and Miranda Tucker (58.37), Cal reeled the Wolverines back in thanks to a 51.13 fly leg from Izzy Ivey to pull in Wolverine Vanessa Krause (52.57). Abbey Weitzeil dove in with a small gap to close, and she wound up splitting 46.06 to blow past Daria Pyshnenko (48.17).

Cal was led off by Keaton Blovad (52.22) and they had a 59.17 breast leg from Ema Rajic.

The Longhorns finished in third at 3:32.63, keying on a 51.47 back lead-off from Claire Adams. Their other notable split was a 47.95 anchor from Julia Cook, while they used Evie Pfeifer, a distance/IM specialist, again on the breast leg after having her do so on last night’s 200 medley relay. She split 1:01.07.

Minnesota was 3:33.38 for fourth, buoyed by Lindsey Kozelsky‘s 58.42 breast leg, while Arizona touched in fifth at 3:34.40, getting a 52.35 lead-off from Aria Bernal.


  1. Texas A – 3:01.51
  2. Texas B – 3:03.55
  3. Cal A – 3:03.89

In the penultimate heat, Texas’s B relay rocked a 3:03.55, which for a moment held the nation’s top time and the only sub-3:06 performance of the year so far. Chris Staka busted out a 45.35 lead-off followed by a 51.72 from Charlie Scheinfeld, a lights-out 43.82 fly split from Alvin Jiang, and a 52.66 anchor from Luke Bowman. For Jiang, who has never been under 46.0 in his entire career, this is a clear sign of big things to come. He was 53.38 in long course over the summer, a lifetime best, but it looks like he is already responding very well to his new training group at Texas.

But in the final heat, Texas’s A relay surpassed that with a 3:01.51, with Ryan Harty (45.28) and Caspar Corbeau (51.08) getting things started. Maxime Rooney was a tick behind Jiang (44.38), while Daniel Krueger ripped a 40.77 anchor. Texas’s A and B relays own the top times in the country right now.

Cal’s A relay finished just behind Texas’s B. Daniel Carr was 45.83, then Reece Whitley dropped the field’s best breast split (50.72). Ryan Hoffer split 45.06 on the fly leg, and Pawel Sendyk brought it home in 42.28.

Arizona (3:07.21) and Michigan (3:07.61) were fourth and fifth, respectively, with the Wildcats getting a 46.03 lead-off from Thomas Anderson. Michigan had Tommy Cope splitting 51.97 on breast and Miles Smachlo 45.38 on the fly leg.

Texas’s C relay (3:08.06) had a 45.84 back leg from Jason Park and a 45.82 fly leg from Jacob Huerta, while Minnesota (3:10.31) got a 50.75 from Max McHugh.


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1 year ago

Weitzeil with that 20.90.

1 year ago

Abby Weitzel from Cal blazes 20.90 to become the fastest woman in history in the 50 free!

1 year ago

And Texas men are getting it done!

Hint of Lime
1 year ago

ABBEY!! (That’s all.)

1 year ago

Anyone know if there is a live feed for this? Would love to watch.

Reply to  Techniq
1 year ago

There’s a link in the info at the top.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Techniq
1 year ago

1:27.20 on the livestream

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago


First to the 25
1 year ago

Can’t wait for video of Weitzeil! Big swim.

Reply to  First to the 25
1 year ago

There’s a live stream and you can probably see it by rewinding a bit

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  toastedcoconut
1 year ago


Reply to  First to the 25
1 year ago

It looks like you might be able to download the whole session once it’s complete. Check the link in the info at the top of the article.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  First to the 25
1 year ago

1:27.20 on the livestream

1 year ago

Bousquet was the first man under 19
Weitzel is the first woman under 21

Both happened at Minnesota.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

Dressel first under 18. Also at Minnesota

Reply to  costanza
1 year ago

I think it’s safe to say that Minnesota has the most insane set of pool records of any pool on the men’s side in the US

Reply to  costanza
1 year ago

Seems like the pool is a bit short

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Markster
1 year ago

Used the distance measurements from the U Texas pool.

New ‘Longhorn
1 year ago


Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  New ‘Longhorn
1 year ago

Your apostrophe’s a little off, son.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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