2021 Art Adamson Invite Day 1 Finals: Olympian Brooks Curry Pops 19.09 50 Free


  • November 17-19, 2021
  • Texas A&M Student Rec Center Natatorium, College Station, TX.
  • SCY (25y)
  • Live Results
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “Art Adamson Invitational”
  • Live Stream (Finals)

Women’s 200 Free Relay

  • Pool Record: 1:26.20 – Arizona, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut: 1:28.43

USC squad of Anicka Delgado, Laticia-Leigh Transom, Calypso Sheridan and Kaitlyn Dobler, who already own the No. 2 time in the country this season at 1:28.00, blew away the field with a 1:28.35 to open the Art Adamson Invite. Delgado led off in 22.44 Transom went 21.91, Sheridan was 21.96 and Dobler anchored in 22.04.

Texas A&M took second place, over two seconds behind at 1:30.55. On that relay, Kaitlyn Owens led off in 22.78, Emma Stephenson went 23.35, Olivia Theall was 22.30 and Chloe Stepanek anchored in 22.22. USC’s B team of Marta Ciesla (22.91), Jade Hannah (22.68), Hanna Henderson (22.42) and Genevieve Sasseville (22.70) was third.

Men’s 200 Free Relay

  • Pool Record: 1:14.08 – Auburn, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut: 1:17.07

The USC men came away with the win, improving to the No. 2 time in the country this season at 1:17.95. Artem Selin led off in 19.83, Nikola Miljenic was 19.04, Mateo Parker went 19.90 and Max Saunders anchored in 19.18. (Ohio State currently holds the top time in the country at 1:17.89.) Selin moves into the top 20 nationwide in the 50 free with his leadoff split.

Texas A&M placed second with a 1:18.66, entering the top 10 in the nation. Kaloyan Bratanov led off in 19.87, Ethan Gogulski followed in 19.29, Seth Reno went 19.77 and Clayton Bobo anchored in 19.73. Heading into this weekend, the team ranked No. 31 in the event with a 1:21.04.

LSU placed third, going 1:18.71. Olympian Brooks Curry led off in 19.30; Curry was 19.14 individually in prelims this morning. Jack Jannasch followed Curry in 19.59, Spencer Adrian was 20.01 and Emil Hassling closed in 19.81.

Women’s 500 Free

  • Pool Record: 4:27.84 – Katie Ledecky, 2017
  • NCAA A Cut: 4:35.76

USC’s Marlene Kahler, already the No. 2 500 freestyler in the country this season, won the event with a 4:43.35, bettering her prior season-best of 4:43.94 from the Trojan Invite. The Austrian Olympian, a freshman, split 53.98/56.22/57.36/58.32/57.47.

Kahler just out-touch Texas A&M’s Chloe Stepanek, who went 4:43.40. Stepanek’s prior season-best was 4:54.92, but she’s now the third-fastest 500 freestyler in the country this season. Her lifetime best is 4:43.87 from last year’s Art Adamson Invite.

LSU’s Jolee Liles finishes third in 4:46.52, a lifetime best.

Men’s 500 Free

  • Pool Record: 4:08.92 – Jean Basson, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut – 4:11.62

USC junior Victor Johansson put up the nation-leading time of 4:14.48 to win the event, besting teammate Alexei Sancov by over three seconds. Johansson, the 2019 Pac-12 Champion in the 500, split 49.53/51.81/50.89/50.93/51.32 in the win, besting Jake Magahey‘s previous No. 1 time of 4:16.95.

Sancov, also a junior, went 4:17.88 for second place, his best time since he was a high school senior in 2018. Freshman Daniel Matheson rounded out the USC 1-2-3 finish with a 4:19.11, which is a personal best time by over a second.

Women’s 200 IM

  • Pool Record: 1:52.69 – Sydney Pickrem, 2018
  • NCAA A Cut: 1:53.55

USC’s Calypso Sheridan and Isabelle Odgers, the No. 1 and 2 200 IMers in the country so far this season, traded places Wednesday night with Odgers coming out on top at 1:55.89. Odgers split 24.94/29.62/33.23/28.10. Sheridan’s nation-leading time is 1:55.76, but she was 1:58.67 (24.86/28.51/34.08/31.22) tonight.

Aela Janvier, a USC sophomore, was third in 1:59.01 and her classmate Nicole Pavlopoulouo was fourth in 1:59.56.

Men’s 200 IM

  • Pool Record: 1:38.15 – Caeleb Dressel, 2018
  • NCAA A Cut – 1:41.34

Texas A&M senior Kaloyan Bratanov put up what would have been the nation-leading time before tonight, winning the 200 IM in 1:43.46 (Danny Kovacs went 1:42 at the Mizzou invite today as well). Bratanov split 22.92/26.01/29.92/24.61. USC’s Trent Pellini (22.19/27.13/29.66/25.31) was second in 1:44.29 followed by Aggie Anze Erzen in 1:44.42 (22.78/25.83/30.54/25.27).

Women’s 50 Free

  • Pool Record: 21.27 – Lara Jackson, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut: 21.66

USC sophomore Kaitlyn Dobler improved on her season-best of 22.45, going 22.09 to win the 50 free and crack the top 10 in the nation. Her classmate Anicka Delgado was second in 22.19 and Trojan junior Laticia-Leigh Transom was third in 22.42.

Men’s 50 Free

  • Pool Record: 18.71 – Nathan Adrian, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut: 18.96

LSU junior Brooks Curry improved on his morning swim of 19.14, going 19.09 to win the 50 free. The swim was the Olympian’s best ever in-season, and third-fastest time overall; his best is 18.97 from 2021 SECs. Curry is the fastest swimmer in the nation so far this year by multiple tenths of a second and was 19.28 at this meet last year. USC freshman Artem Selin took second in 19.38 and teammate Nikola Miljenic was third in 19.39 — both were also under the previous nation-leading time before the start of Wednesday’s invites.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

  • Pool Record: 3:28.31 – Arizona, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut: 3:31.66

USC took the win in the second relay of the day, posting a 3:31.79. Calypso Sheridan led off in 52.67, followed by Kaitlyn Dobler in 58.63, Anicka Delgado in 5.24 and Laticia-Leigh Transom in 47.75.

Texas A&M finished second in 3:36.57. Aviv Barzelay led off inn 54.35, Andrea Perttula was 1:01.66, Olivia Theall was 52.13 and Chloe Stepanek anchored in 48.43. TCU took third in 3:39.14 with Rylee Moore leading off in 53.71, followed by Sheridan Schreiber in 1:00.75, Ashleen O’Brien in 54.94 and Olivia Rhodes in 49.74.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

  • Pool Record: 3:01.39 – Auburn, 2009
  • NCAA A Cut: 3:05.47

USC picked up the last win of Day 1, going 3:06.12 in the 400 medley relay. Evangelos Makrygiannis led off in 46.84, followed by Trent Pellini in 51.47, Nikola Miljenic in 45.52 and Alexei Sancov in 42.29. The time ranks the team No. 1 in the nation this season, barring a faster swim elsewhere on the first night of mid-season invitationals.

Texas A&M was second in 3:09.12. Ethan Gogulski led off in 46.33, followed by Andres Puente Bustamante in 52.65, Jace Brown 47.55 and Kaloyan Bratanov in 42.59.

TCU finished third in 3:09.55. Stefan Varga led off in 48.49, followed by Janis Silins in 51.51, Piotr Sadlowski in 46.37 and Raphael Paiva Da Lima in 43.18.

Men’s Team Scores after Day 1

  1. USC – 294
  2. Texas A&M – 282
  3. TCU – 200
  4. LSU – 148
  5. Air Force – 91
  6. Incarnate Word – 68

Women’s Team Scores after Day 1

  1. USC – 327.5
  2. Texas A&M – 280.5
  3. LSU – 224
  4. TCU – 136
  5. Nevada – 83
  6. Incarnate Word – 34

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2 years ago

Serious question about the USC swim team this season. Noticeable improvement in both Men’s and Women’s performances after both finishing out of top 20 last season partly because of the return of some “super seniors” given an additional year and major D1 talent from the transfer portal.

But who has been the architect of this “across the board” improvement? I suspect it’s Kipp and even while he’s out on administrative leave Lea Maurer has implemented a new training regimen that seems to be different from David Salo’s “start slow and point for the big meets at the end of the season”. What I see this year is “go full throttle”. I also see a lot more cross-events training –… Read more »

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

Yeah I think it’s called the flying bottle strategy.

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

My guess would be it’s Kipp aggressively assembling a decent stable of swimmers. The men still have some work to do as I see Stanford and ASU still beating them at conference and NCAAs. The women have returned to respectability I already commented I think they can finish in the top 10. I look at relays as the first way to evaluate a team and then potential NCAA pt scorers. This coaching thing is going to be a problem/setback

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

I would like to see the Trojans back as “permanent residents” of the Top 10. An asset the Trojans have at Pac-12 and NCAA are their divers with a number potential D1 Champs scorers. The transfer portal has been a lifeline for bringing in proven D1 talent. But the current Trojan squad is top-heavy with seniors and grads. And a strong contingent of international swimmers, several of whom were Olympians. Nice for a quick infusion of talent but the future should be in developing a strong pipeline of US High school and Age Group talent. Need more Junior Team USA swimmers and Dobler and Matheson provides a good start. And Kozan next season. Need more than a small number of… Read more »

2 years ago

Dobler is a sophomore, not a freshman

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  lightning
2 years ago

I’ve noticed similar things with a number of athletes. It’s related to the extra COVID year. Assume that Dobler will be at USC for 5 years.

2 years ago

LSU 1.99 seconds faster on 2 free relay than at this meet last year, even with Curry going only a few hundredths faster.

LSU 3 seconds faster on 4 medley relay than at this meet last year, with Curry actually going over half a second slower than he did last year.

Will be interesting to see how much faster they are across the board, especially after swimswam keeps lowering their power ranking even though they lost neither of their NCAA scoring athletes and instead sent both of them to Olympics.

2 years ago

18.7 in practice had to be cap

Big mac #1
2 years ago

Not to mention, casas did a time trial for the 2 IM and hit 1:39.95, the exact time he went at this meet last year if I am remembering right

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Big mac #1
2 years ago

Well, that should light up the comments. Good for him.

Big mac #1
Reply to  Big mac #1
2 years ago

Oops, exactly 1 second off of last years time

2 years ago

But he went 18.7 in practice…

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

3/10’s on a coach’s watch is about average. Desorbo can beat that easily.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

19.0 is still pretty pretty good. Especially considering he’s been forced to split a lot of time & focus away since going 18.7 in practice to tour as the keyboards guy with Foo Fighters.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

Schooling 50.7 in practice then 50.8 at worlds vibes

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Joseph’s dad died overnight so maybe we can take a timeout on the “practice” jokes for a few days.

2 years ago

Skinny legend

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

I’ll say it again. When this dude finally goes through puberty, he’s going to rock Paris 2024.

former D3 swimming prospect
2 years ago

19.0 is straight mean

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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