2020 Texas Hall of Fame Invite: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


  • December 2-5, 2020
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results Link


  • NCAA “A” cut: 16:30.59
  • NCAA “B” cut: 15:52.41
  1. Mary Smutny (Texas) – 16:40.89
  2. Lisa Johnston (TCU) – 17:04.32
  3. Cayla Prophater (TCU) – 17:17.44

There were only three entrants tonight in the women’s mile, and Texas sophomore Mary Smutny won it in 16:40.89, holding 30’s from the 100 mark to the finish (except for one 50 at 31.01). Smutny was the only finisher under 17 minutes, and she lopped over 10 seconds off of her old best.


  • NCAA “A” cut: 14:37.31
  • NCAA “B” cut: 15:26.19
  1. David Johnston (Texas) – 14:41.46
  2. Alex Zettle (Texas) – 14:45.56
  3. Ethan Heasley (Texas) – 14:48.10

Freshmen David Johnston and Ethan Heasley dropped a bunch of time, each, going first and third in the men’s mile. Johnston chopped six seconds off of his old best, while Heasley demolished his old best of 15:03.24 from high school.

In second was Texas junior Alex Zettle, who dropped more than two seconds off of his old best for a 14:45.56. Meanwhile, UT seniors Parker Neri (14:54.80) and JohnThomas Larson (14:55.18) also snuck under 15 minutes, both hitting lifetime bests.


  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:50.50
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:57.11
  1. Julia Cook (Texas) – 1:52.40
  2. Sydney Silver (Texas) – 1:58.00
  3. Kaeleigh Rice (TCU) – 1:59.31

Texas sophomore Julia Cook clinched this race easily, adding to her 100 back win from last night with a 1:52.40. She wasn’t far from her lifetime best of 1:51.62. Freshman Sydney Silver picked up second (1:58.00), and TCU’s Kaeleigh Rice claimed the third spot (1:59.31).


  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:39.16
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:45.04
  1. Carson Foster (Texas) – 1:40.39
  2. Ethan Harder (Texas) – 1:41.68
  3. Colter Carman (Texas) – 1:44.67

Freshman Carson Foster dropped almost a second from his morning swim to win the men’s 200 back in 1:40.39, just off of his lifetime best. While he negative split this morning and was 50-point on both 100s, tonight, he was out faster (48.31) but back slower (52.08). Sophomore Ethan Harder just missed his best, taking almost five seconds off from this morning for second (1:41.68).

Senior Colter Carman dropped almost five seconds from prelims to take third (1:44.67).


  • NCAA “A” cut: 47.18
  • NCAA “B” cut: 49.51
  1. Kyla Leibel (Texas) – 49.27
  2. Bridget Semenuk (Texas) – 49.51
  3. Grace Cooper (Texas) – 49.97

All three Texas sprinters dropped time from this morning, with sophomores Kyla Leibel (49.27) and Bridget Semenuk (49.51) taking first and second, respectively. In third was a freshman, Grace Cooper, who just got under 50 seconds tonight (49.97).


  • NCAA “A” cut: 41.71
  • NCAA “B” cut: 43.80
  1. Daniel Krueger (Texas) – 41.48
  2. Drew Kibler (Texas) – 41.92
  3. Luke Bowman (Texas) – 43.22

This shaped up to be a great showdown between Longhorn juniors Daniel Krueger, more of a drop-dead sprinter, and Drew Kibler, a rangier freestyler. They were out in matching 19.9’s, Kibler .01 ahead, but Krueger hammered home in 21.53 to Kibler’s 21.98, winning 41.48 to 41.92.

Krueger was just off of his best but under the ‘A’ cut, while Kibler breaks 42 for the first time ever.

Noah Cumby of TCU was 43.83 for fourth, a new best and a new TCU school record.


  • NCAA “A” cut: 2:06.84
  • NCAA “B” cut: 2:13.97
  1. Anna Elendt (Texas) – 2:06.04
  2. Holly Jansen (Texas) – 2:15.40
  3. Lauren Halliburton (TCU) – 2:17.55

Anna Elendt comes through with another show-stopping performance. She dropped the Texas program record last night in the 100 breast, and she follows that up with a 2:06.04 here in the 200 breast, a new best by over three seconds.

Elendt takes over as the top 200 breaststroker nation-wide with that swim, and she draws within a second of another Laura Sogar UT record (2:05.04). Her strategy tonight was similar to this morning, in that she was out again in a 1:00. But, contrary to prelims, she stormed home on the back-half with 32’s on both of the latter 50s, powering her to a 2:06.04.


  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:52.61
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:58.43
  1. Jake Foster (Texas) – 1:54.83
  2. Vitauts Silins (TCU) – 1:54.98
  3. Paul Degrado (Texas) – 1:55.79

Despite a 30.19 final 50 from the TCU swimmer, Jake Foster held off the charging Vitauts Silins, 1:54.83 to 1:54.98. Both were off their bests, though Silins nearly snapped his own TCU program record of 1:54.63.

Paul Degrado was third in 1:55.79 for Texas, and Charlie Scheinfeld was very close behind in fourth (1:55.97). Also getting under two minutes for the Longhorns were Halvor Borgstrom (1:58.24) and Andrew Couchon (1:58.49).


  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:53.20
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:59.23
  1. Olivia Bray (Texas) – 1:5
  2. Kelly Pash (Texas) – 1:53.18
  3. Emma Sticklen (Texas) – 1:54.43

As expected, tonight’s 200 fly match-up between freshmen standouts Olivia Bray and Emma Sticklen and sophomore powerhouse Kelly Pash proved exciting.

Bray added to her 100 fly win last night with a big 1:52.85 tonight in the 200 fly, taking out her former best of 1:53.52 (done in prelims). She pushed Pash, who came home in 29.81 on the final 50, to a new best time of 1:53.18; Pash had never been under 1:54 previously.

Sticklen was third in 1:54.43, also a best. This is a pretty fearsome fly group; Bray and Pash now rank 1-2 in the country, while Sticklen moves to eighth.


  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:40.76
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:46.69
  1. Sam Pomajevich (Texas) – 1:39.19
  2. Cole Crane (Texas) – 1:42.87
  3. Andrew Koustik (Texas) – 1:43.14

Texas senior Sam Pomajevich showed new speed last night with his first-ever sub-46 100 fly, and his momentum carries over tonight with a new best in the 200 fly. He soars to the #1 time in the nation with his 1:39.19, overtaking the 1:39.35 he swam at the Minnesota Invite last December.

Pomajevich snags the ‘A’ cut by a huge margin with this swim. His time would’ve been good for second at the 2019 NCAA Championships, and he edges out Texas A&M star Shaine Casas (1:39.23) for this season’s #1 time. He now ranks #7 all-time in this race and #4 among Americans.

Sophomore Cole Crane demolished his old best of 1:44.19, cruising to a new PR of 1:42.87 for second, just ahead of teammate Andrew Koustik (1:43.14).


  • NCAA qualifying standard: 3:14.61
  • NCAA provisional standard: 3:16.35
  1. Texas (B) – 3:15.36
  2. Texas (A) – 3:17.59
  3. Texas (C) – 3:25.72

In total, the UT women had three women hit 48’s, while seven broke 50 between their ‘A’ and ‘B’ relays. Kelly Pash was 48.29 leading off their ‘B’ relay, which also got a 48.86 out of second leg Kyla Leibel.

Olivia Bray was 49.26 leading off the ‘A’, and Julia Cook dropped a 48.13 split on the second leg; if they were on the ‘B’ relay, which won, they would’ve likely brought the time down below 3:14 or right at 3:14-flat.


  • NCAA qualifying standard: 2:51.11
  • NCAA provisional standard: 2:52.46
  1. Texas ‘B’ – 2:56.87
  2. TCU ‘A’ – 2:57.50
  3. Texas ‘C’ – 2:58.83

Texas DQ’d their ‘A’ relay, with the results page calling Drew Kibler (42.01) for an early take-off. The reaction on the results show -0.02.

Their ‘B’ relay had a 43.07 split from Carson Foster on the second leg, while Chris Staka popped a 42.89 leading off their ‘C’ relay. That’s a best for Staka, and his first venture under 43 seconds.

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2 years ago

I thought -.02 was allowed

2 years ago

But will the Texas woman show up at NCAAs☕️

2 years ago

15 Longhorns went under 2020 NCAA invitational time today. (would be) invited by the event:

500 Free
Drew Kibler
Coby Carozza
David Johnston
Alex Zettle
Ethan Heasley
Peter Larson

200 IM
Carson Foster
Jake Foster

50 Free
Daniel Krueger

400 IM
Carson Foster
Jake Foster
Ethan Heasley
David Jonston

100 Fly
Sam Pomajevich
Zac Van Zandt

200 Free
Jake Sahnem
Coby Carozza
Drew Kibler

100 Back
Alvin Jiang

200 Back
Carson Foster

100 Free
Daniel Krueger
Drew Kibler

200 Fly
Sam Pomajevich
Cole Crane
Andrew Koustik

David Johnston
Alex Zettle
Ethan Heasley
Parker Neri
JT Larson

Reply to  PsychoDad
2 years ago

Missing some relay lead offs and time trials in there

Another Swim Mom
Reply to  PsychoDad
2 years ago

Heasley and Harder also made that cut in the 200 Fly. Heasley in prelims and Harder in a time trial.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

The contrast between the Texas recruiting articles the past few weeks and Elendt’s swims the past 4 days is pretty wild. Great weekend for her.

Longhorns are crazy fast!
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

All this chatter is nonsense! These Freshman men and ladies are the story of this meet! Longhorns are in great shape now and in the future! We ALL need to be be locked in horns for what is ahead!!!

Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

how so?

PK Doesn’t Like His Long Name
Reply to  swimgeek
2 years ago

There have been a few breaststrokers recruited and every commit article had this paragraph in it:
Texas’ top 100 breaststroker last season, Kennedy Lohman, was 1:01.10. For this season, that leaves Holly Jansen (1:01.62) who ranked 130th in the NCAA nationally across the 2019-2020 academic year.

Basically, they were perceived to have nothing. And now they’ve got a top 3 breaststroker. All in a week.

2 years ago

Only one, Jack Collins, Longhorn was invited for 2020 NCAAs in 1650. Today 5 of them went under 1:57.07.

Reply to  PsychoDad
2 years ago

I think more made the invite time but did not make the NCAA roster. I know Chris Yeager made it in the midseason invite last year.

2 years ago

Kibler 19/41/1:30/4:08, second to do that after Haas I believe

2 years ago

When did Haas ever go a 19 flat start 50?

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

Doesn’t look like he ever did. 20.06 is best I could find. But, he did split 18 on relays before.

Reply to  ReneDescartes
2 years ago

Ahhh the relay split… Drew at an official 19.1 is knocking at the door of an 18 flat start.

Jackson Kaye
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

I’m sure he’s taken out a 100 free in sub-20 before.

Reply to  Jackson Kaye
2 years ago

Correct — Haas went out in 19.98 in the 100 free finals at 2018 NCAAs. Kieran Smith is the other guy who probably could do it. Official bests of 20.54/42.14, but that 50 free was from three years ago, and I’m pretty sure he’s had some relay splits that indicate he could go 19/41 on flat starts.

JP input is too short
2 years ago

Did Townley ever officially break 20?

Magahey might be close to those numbers in the next couple years, he’s broken 20 but I don’t know if he’ll focus enough on short stuff to do a 41 100 with the 14:33 mile already.

Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Townley did not ever go under 20. His official best is 20.29. But his range was still incredible all the way to the mile of 14:34!

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Haas went out 19.98 on his 41.6 100 free at 2018 NCAAs

2 years ago

Pomajevich 1:39.1! Going to be a major force at NCAAS

Reply to  yaboi
2 years ago

If it happens

Reply to  yaboi
2 years ago

Pomajevich, Vujosevic, Filipovic – Eddie is going Full Slavic.

Math Magician
2 years ago

FYI – NCAA cuts for men and women are backwards.

Math Magician
Reply to  Math Magician
2 years ago

For the 1650

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