2022 Big 12 Championship: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 38

February 25th, 2022 College, News, Previews & Recaps


The 2022 Big 12 Championships continue tonight with a hefty schedule. The schedule for this evening includes finals of 3m diving, 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, and the 100 back, along with timed finals of the 200 free relay.

As always, the Longhorns are running away with both the men’s and women’s team competition. But, last night we saw lots of great racing, whether that was a conference record by the Longhorn women, or some close races for the spots behind the Longhorns. Expect that trend to continue tonight in Morgantown.

Women’s 3m Diving – Finals

  • Conference Record: 420.60 – Vicky Xu (Kansas), 2019
  • Meet Record: 400.00 Bridget O’Neil (Kansas), 2021

Top 3:

  1. Hailey Hernandez (Texas) – 418.50
  2. Bridget O’Neil (Texas) – 401.15
  3. Jiayu Chen (Kansas) – 380.10

Women’s 100 Fly – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 50.92
  • NCAA B Standard: 53.76
  • 2022 Invite Time: 52.70
  • Conference record: 50.37 – Olivia Bray (Texas), 2021
  • Meet Record: 51.05 – Olivia Bray (Texas), 2021

Top 3:

  1. Olivia Bray (Texas) – 51.03
  2. Jeanne Dauhmne (TCU) – 53.95
  3. Autumn Looney (Kansas) – 53.98

Texas sophomore Olivia Bray shaved 0.02s off of her meet record time from last year. While the Big 12 record book (and live results) show Bray’s time tonight as an overall conference record, she was actually faster back in 2020, when she went 50.37 at the Texas Invite.

Last night, the Longhorn continually swept the top three or four spots in each race, but tonight, TCU’s Jeanne Dahmen grabbed 2nd with a time of 53.95. That put her just ahead of Kansas’ Autumn Looney, who took 3rd with a 53.98. Looney’s teammate Lezli Sisung, a freshman, finished 6th with a 55.12. Dahmne’s TCU teammate Rylee Moore ended up 8th in 55.23.

Longhorn freshmen Morgan Brophy (54.17) and Ava Collinge (55.14) each shaved a bit off of their prelims swims to finished 4th and 7th, respectively.

Men’s 100 Fly – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 44.96
  • NCAA B Standard: 47.43
  • 2022 Invite Time: 46.29
  • Conference record: 43.75 – Joe Schooling (Texas), 2017
  • Meet Record: 44.06 – Joe Schooling (Texas), 2017

Top 3:

  1. Tim Connery (Texas) – 45.61
  2. Alvin Jiang (Texas) – 45.69
  3. Zac Van Zandt (Texas) – 46.06

Texas freshman Tim Connery captured his first Big 12 title with a 45.61 tonight; he added 0.05s from this morning’s prelims time, but still won by 0.08s over teammate Alvin Jiang (45.69).

Fellow Longhorn Zac Van Zandt finished 3rd in 46.06 after clocking a personal best of 45.48 this morning.

West Virginia also had three men in the A-final. The Mountaineers were led by David Dixon, who dropped over a second from prelims to take 4th in 46.78.  Max Gustafson took 6th at 47.86, and freshman Zhenya Ingram finished 7th with a 48.32.

TCU’s Piotr Sadłowski (47.31) and Stefan Varga (49.22) finished 6th and 8th.

Women’s 400 IM – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 4:03.62
  • NCAA B Standard: 4:17.30
  • 2022 Invite Time: 4:13.19
  • Conference record: 4:00.97 – Madisyn Cox (Texas), 2017
  • Meet Record: 4:01.15 – Madisyn Cox (Texas), 2017

Top 3:

  1. Kelly Pash (Texas) 4:07.65
  2. Evie Pfeifer (Texas) – 4:10.56
  3. Olivia McMurray (Texas) – 4:16.22

It was back to a Longhorn sweep, as the Teas women took the top four spots once again. Kelly Pash won easily, touching in a time of 4:07.65 that was nearly three seconds faster than teammate Evie Pfeifer (4:10.56).

Freshman Olivia McMurray took 3rd in 4:16.

There was a tight race for 4th, but Longhorn Erica Sullivan got her hand on the wall at 4:19.73 just ahead WVU’s Emily Knorr and Kansas’ Brigid Gwidt, both of whom touched in 4:19.76.

Gwidt’s Jayhawk teammates Paige Riekhof and Ellie Wehrmann ended up 7th and 8th at 4:21.95 and 4:22.82.

Men’s 400 IM – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 3:39.16
  • NCAA B Standard: 3:51.46
  • 2022 Invite Time: 3:45.67
  • Conference record: 3:36.37 – Will Licon (Texas), 2015
  • Meet Record: 3:40.22 – Carson Foster (Texas), 2021

Top 3:

  1. Carson Foster (Texas) – 3:37.72
  2. Jake Foster (Texas) – 3:40.42
  3. David Johnston (Texas) – 3:43.61

Carson Foster took 2.5s off of his own meet record, clocking a 3:37.72 that ranks as one of the fastest times in the NCAA this season, although Carson currently leads the NCAA rankings with a converted time of 3:35.61 from Short Course Worlds. Carson’s brother Jake Foster took 2nd in 3:40.42; he was already #4 in the nation with a 3:40.56 from the Minnesota Invite, and he retains that spot.

The Fosters’ teammate David Johnston added 0.11s from his top-seeded time from the 3:43.61. Braden Vines took 5th in 3:47.81.

TCU had three men in the A-final. Geremia Freri took 4th in 3:45.18, Luke Dimicelli (3:49.72), and Kade Knoch (3:56.51) finished 8th.

WVU’s Josh Harlan (3:54.15) finished 7th.

Women’s 200 Free – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 1:42.98
  • NCAA B Standard: 1:47.12
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:46.26
  • Conference record: 1:42.70 – Kelly Pash (Texas), 2021
  • Meet Record: 1:42.70 – Kelly Pash (Texas), 2021

Top 3:

  1. Kyla Leibel (Texas) – 1:46.28
  2. Mary Smutny (Texas) – 1:47.68
  3. Serena Gould (TCU) – 1:48.06

Kyla Leibel opened up a massive lead early on and powered to the end to win in 1:46.28. Teammate Mary Smutny took 2nd in 1:47.68.

The Horned Frogs actually had more A-finalists than the Longhorns, led by Serena Gould who took 3rd in 1:48.06. Teammates Lucia Simovicova and Sally Clough took 6th and 7th at 1:49.83 and 1:58.85.

Kansas’ Claudia Dougan took 4th in 1:48.59, WVU’s Abby Reardon just behind her at 1:48.66, and Iowa State’s Brinley Horras took 8th at 1:51.07.

Men’s 200 Free – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 1:32.05
  • NCAA B Standard: 1:36.32
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:34.04
  • Conference record: 1:29.50 – Townley Haas (Texas), 2018
  • Meet Record: 1:32.01 – Ricky Berens (Texas), 2009

Top 3:

  1. Drew Kibler (Texas) – 1:32.64
  2. Peter Larson (Texas) – 1:32.92
  3. Coby Carrozza (Texas) – 1:33.08

This quickly developed into a three-man race, and it looked like any of the eventual top three finishers could’ve won heading into the final length. Drew Kibler put his head down on the final approach to the wall, winning in 1:32.64. Peter Larson took 2nd in 1:32.92, followed by Coby Carrozza at 1:33.08. Kibler and Larson were each a bit faster leading off on Texas’ 800 free relays Wednesday night. A fourth Longhorn, Luke Hobson, finished 4th, a bit further back, at 1:35.47. Carrozza and Hobsn split 1:32.16 and 1:33.22 on the 2nd and 3rd legs of the Texas ‘A’ relay Wednesday.

TCU’s Noah Cumby won the “non-Texas race” with a 4th-place time of 1:36.67. WVU’s Roanoke Shirk (1:37.48), Brendan Williams (1:39.32) and Max Gustafson (1:42.39) rounded out the top eight.

Women’s 100 Breast – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 58.46
  • NCAA B Standard: 1:01.84
  • 2022 Invite Time: 1:00.15
  • Conference record: 57.71 – Breeja Larson (Texas A&M), 2012
  • Meet Record: 57.92 – Breeja Larson (Texas A&M), 2012

Top 3:

  1. Anna Elendt (Texas) – 57.35
  2. Kate Stewart (Kansas) – 59.62
  3. Lehr Thorson (Iowa State) – 1:00.87

Texas sophomore Anna Elendt broke a meet record previously held by Breeja Larson with a 57.35. That appears to move her up to #7 all-time in the event, and looks to be a meet and conference record.

Elendt was the only Longhorn on the podium, as Kansas’ Kate Steward took 2nd in 59.62 and Iowa State’s Lehr Thorson touched 3rd in 1:00.87, followed by her teammate Martha Haas at 1:01.13.

Texas freshmen Ellie Andrews (1:01.82) and Channing Hanley (1:01.99) finished 5th and 6th. TCU’s Claire Chahbandour (1:02.25) and Dannie Dilsaver (1:02.53) rounded out the A-final.

Men’s 100 Breast – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 51.59
  • NCAA B Standard: 54.27
  • 2022 Invite Time: 52.40
  • Conference record: 50.68 – Will Licon (Texas), 2017
  • Meet Record: 51.15 – Will Licon (Texas), 2017

Top 3:

  1. Caspar Corbeau (Texas) – 50.96
  2. Jadon Wuilliez (Texas Christian) – 52.47
  3. Janis Silins (Texas Christian) – 52.73

Caspar Corbeau got back under 51 for the 2nd time this year, winning in 50.96 and breaking a meet record previously held by Will Licon. The Longhorn has been flashing the speed this year, going 51.07 and 50.79 back in December after swimming 51.62 at NCAAs last year.

TCU took the next two spots, with Jadon Wuilliez touching in 52.74 and Janis Silins in 52.73. They also 4th and 6th place finishes from Hugh McPherson (53.71) and Raphael Paiva Da (54.65).

WVU’s Fausto Huerta finished 5th at 54.41.

With only three teams competing, and a number of Longhorn men competing as exhibition-only, there were only seven men in the A-final. Longhorn Charlie Scheinfeld won the B-final with a time of 52.71.

Women’s 100 Back – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 50.93
  • NCAA B Standard: 53.94
  • 2022 Invite Time: 53.01
  • Conference record: 50.51 – Claire Adams (Texas), 2020
  • Meet Record: 50.51 – Claire Adams (Texas), 2020

Top 3:

  1. Julia Cook (Texas) – 51.83
  2. Emma Sticklen (Texas) – 52.67
  3. Rylee Moore (TCU) – 53.38

Texas went 1-2 here, with Julia Cook winning at 51.83. Emma Sticklen took 2nd at 52.67, opting to focus on this event tonight after going 50.77 in prelims of the 100 fly this morning.

The lone Horned Frog in the heat, Kylee Moore, took 3rd with a 53.38.

West Virginia earned 4th and 6th place finishes from Ana Zortea (53.83) and Jacqueline McCutchan (54.72).  Iowa State also had two women in the A-final, with Liz Richardson touching 5th at 54.65 and Emily Haas 8th at 54.98.

Kansas freshman Ellie Howe took 7th with a 54.86.

Men’s 100 Back – Finals

  • NCAA A Standard: 44.94
  • NCAA B Standard: 47.77
  • 2022 Invite Time: 46.37
  • Conference record: 44.35 – John Shebat (Texas), 2017
  • Meet Record: 44.95 – Alvin Jiang (Texas) – 2020

Top 3:

  1. Cameron Auchinachie (Texas) – 45.32
  2. Anthony Grimm (Texas) – 45.71
  3. Justin Holmes (West Virginia) – 47.71

Grad transfer Cameron Auchinachie won his first individual title as a Longhorn with his 45.32 win here tonight. Longhorn freshman Anthony Grimm was exactly a tenth of a second behind Auchinachie at the halfway point, and finished just about four-tenths behind ta 45.71.

WVU’s Justin Helmes took 3rd at 47.71, with teammate Zhenya Ingram taking 7th at 49.66.

Texas Christian took 4th-6th, courtesy of of Stefan Varga (49.09), Joao Andrade (49.29), and Kade Knoch (49.46). They also got an 8th-place finish from Parker Hughes (49.87).

The Longhorns had four non-scoring swimmers in the B-final, and all four were faster than the official 3rd-place time. Ethan Harder led that group with a 46.23.

Men’s 3m Diving – Finals

  • Conference Record: 553.15 – Jordan Windle (Texas), 2020
  • Meet Record: 553.15 – Jordan Windle (Texas), 2020

Top 3:

  1. Andrew Harness (Texas) – 453.84
  2. David Ekdahl (TCU) – 408.20
  3. Andrew Gawin-Parigini (Texas) – 379.40

Women’s 200 Free Relay – Timed Final

Top 3:

  1. Texas – 1:28.06
  2. West Virginia – 1:31.70
  3. Texas Christian – 1:31.73

The Longhorns hit a season-best time of 1:28.06, which currently ties for them 15th in the nation this season. Grace Cooper led off in 22.37, then Emma Sticklen (22.04), Kelly Pash (21.76) and Bridget Semenuk (21.89) finished it off with a NCAA ‘B’ cut.

West Virginia narrowly came out on top against Texas Christian in the battle for second, touching first 1:31.70 to 1:31.73.

Men’s 200 Free Relay – Timed Final

Top 32:

  1. Texas Christian – 1:18.94
  2. West Virginia – 1:19.64

All four TCU men went between 19.44 and 19.92, as the Horned Frogs beat the Mountaineers 1:18.94 to 1:19.64 after the Longhorns drew a disqualification.

Texas touched first in approximately 1:15.3, but were eventually disqualified for an early take-off on Auchinachie. The results show a -0.03s early takeoff (against 0.75s and 0.34s RTs on the next two legs), and video from the livestream made it look like it may actually have been safe, but video review at the venue upheld the initial DQ.

Scores Though Day 3


  1. Texas – 744
  2. Kansas – 431.5
  3. Texas Christian – 391
  4. West Virginia – 318.5
  5. Iowa State – 317


  1. Texas – 721
  2. Texas Christian – 569
  3. West Virginia – 509

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1 year ago

What was the deal with the woman who swam the 100 fly in the 200 free prelims? What is the rule? I’m not accustomed to seeing that at a championship meet. It feels unfair to the other seeded swimmers.

2 years ago

Cameron Auchinachie gets my vote for FAB swim with that 100 backstroke! First time to help the team in an individual way — it’s a big deal!

Right Dude Here
2 years ago

Same can be said about Tim’s 100 fly. Even if Big 12’s seems like a symbolic meet, conference can bring the best out of a swimmer.

Some Guy
2 years ago

When was the last time the Texas men lost an event NOT from a DQ?

Reply to  Some Guy
2 years ago


Sources: Dude trust me
Reply to  wow
2 years ago

Vic Riggs is appealing for a 6th year

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Reply to  Some Guy
2 years ago

Relays not since before mizzou and TAMU left. But there have been several non longhorn individual event winners over the years usually 1-2 per year. When Texas men were relatively weak in breast in 2018 WVU actually went 1-2 in the 1BR. Then they built a new pool and somehow regressed

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Some Guy
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2 years ago

Huh. That’s surprising, I would have figured even a weak Texas year would boat race TCU and WVU. Relays are not surprising.

Right Dude Here
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2 years ago

Regressed isn’t quite right. Those individuals didn’t get slower, the next gen of breaststrokers isn’t at that level yet.

Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 years ago

Regressed is actually right. The WVU men have had 2 team records since moving into the new pool, and both of them were set the first year they moved in. And 1 of the 2 swimmers who set a team record left after 1 year (clearly for the best)

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Reply to  Towelie
2 years ago

You’d think the admin wouldn’t enjoy things like WVU having a fringe NCAA qualifier who transfers and immediately becomes one of the top 3 backstrokers in the country + and Olympic gold medalist

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Reply to  Right Dude Here
2 years ago

If you have 52 second breaststrokers and you replace them with 54-55 second breaststrokers you have in fact regressed

Reply to  Some Guy
2 years ago

Jake Armstrong won two Big 12 100 breast titles…2016 and 2017

Reply to  Some Guy
2 years ago

Didn’t a TCU guy win the 100 Br last year (or maybe the year before)?

Reply to  Justanopinion
2 years ago

It was 2016.

Richard Sybesma
Reply to  Justanopinion
2 years ago

Ford Story won the 100 Breast in 2016

Richard Sybesma
Reply to  Richard Sybesma
2 years ago

For TCU and Cooper Robinson won the 200 Back for TCU in 2013

Hooked ‘em real good
Reply to  Some Guy
2 years ago

I’d say Wednesday night when David Ekdahl won mens diving.

2 years ago

Fun to see Sullivan doing the 4IM and can’t help but wonder how good she’d be at an off event if her breaststroke was any better. Can’t win them all!

Lil Swimmy
2 years ago

Breeja was part of Texas A&M, not UT

Reply to  Lil Swimmy
2 years ago

i think A&M had already left Big 12 when Breeja won so Elendt did break big12 record today

Reply to  Swimmmer
2 years ago

Breeja swam in both conferences. She swam two years in the Big 12 and two years in the SEC.

2 years ago

Maybe this was already discussed, but Texas is missing a ton of guys who you’d expect to be tapered for this meet – Charles, Crane, Cross, Degrado, Fusti-Molnar, Gavin, Huckabay, BJiang, Tremblay, Vegas, Vujosevic. Was this a travel roster limit issue? When are they supposed to get their taper payoff?
Also, looks like Tannenberger is no longer on the online roster.

Reply to  JeahBrah
2 years ago

I don’t think Tannenberger swam in any meets with UT this year. Does anyone know what’s up with him?

2 years ago

Shouldn’t Fosters 3:35 from October 2020 be the conference record?

2 years ago

Why is it allowed for SCM times to convert and lead the NCAA? Ik it doesnt matter but most times conversions arent correct.

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