2022 Minnesota Invite: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2022 MINNESOTA INVITE

SCORES AFTER DAY TWO:

Women:

  1. Texas — 718
  2. Cal — 717.50
  3. Wisconsin — 468
  4. Minnesota — 398
  5. Arizona — 315.50
  6. Pitt — 269
  7. Harvard — 222
  8. UNLV — 34

Men:

  1. Texas — 577
  2. Arizona — 541
  3. Cal — 527
  4. Minnesota — 373
  5. Wisconsin — 281
  6. Harvard — 236
  7. Pitt — 187
  8. UNLV — 149

FRIDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

Day three of the 2022 Minnesota Invite is here. This morning, we have prelims of the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back.

Minnesota star breaststroker Max McHugh will be in action this morning in the men’s 100 breast. On the flip-side, Texas’ Anna Elendt and Lydia Jacoby are the top seeds in the women’s 100 breast by a wide margin.

Texas’ Luke Hobson leads the field in the men’s 200 free this morning. Cal’s Gabriel Jett, who had a fantastic summer and has carried that momentum into this fall, is another name to watch, along with Texas’ Coby Carrozza.

Carson and Jake Foster will also be in action in the men’s 400 IM, where they are the top two seeds.

Texas’ Kelly Pash is pulling double duty this morning. Pash is the top seed in both the women’s 100 fly and 200 free this morning.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 50.92
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 53.69
  • Pool Record – 49.26, Maggie MacNeil (2020)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kelly Pash (TEX) – 51.01
  2. Emma Sticklen (TEX) – 51.10
  3. Mia Kragh (CAL) – 52.03
  4. Maddy Burt (ARIZ) – 52.29
  5. Dakota Luther (TEX) – 52.76
  6. Mallory Jump (WISC) – 52.79
  7. Julia Heimstead (ARIZ) – 52.88
  8. Rachel Klinker (CAL) – 53.14

The Texas fly group is living up to the hype. Even without Olivia Bray in the filed this morning, the Longhorns picked up three ‘A’ finalists in the event, including the top two qualifiers. Kelly Pash and Emma Sticklen were quick this morning, swimming 51.01 and 51.10 respectively. Both swimmers were just off the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 50.92.

Cal’s Mia Kragh was next in, swimming a 52.03.

Dakota Luther swam a 52.76, getting into the ‘A’ final for Texas as well.

Arizona had a pair of swimmers make it through, with Maddy Burt and Julia Heimstead both advancing.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 44.82
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 47.23
  • Pool Record – 42.80, Caeleb Dressel (2018)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Dare Rose (CAL) – 45.73
  2. Cole Crane (TEX) – 46.45
  3. Matthew Jensen (CAL) – 46.79
  4. Billy Oates (ARIZ) – 46.82
  5. Kaiser Neverman (MINN) – 46.82
  6. Sam Artmann (TEX) – 46.86
  7. Brooks Taner (ARIZ) – 46.94
  8. Hunter Ingram (ARIZ) – 47.10

Cal’s Dare Rose led the field by a wide margin this morning, swimming a 45.73. He put together a good swim, splitting 21.20 on the first 50, then 24.53 on the second 50.

Texas’ Cole Crane was next in, swimming a 46.45.

Arizona managed to get three swimmers into the ‘A’ final tonight. Billy Oates was the top Wildcat, swimming a 46.82. Brooks Taner and Hunter Ingram were right behind.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 4:03.62
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 4:17.30
  • Pool Record – 3:58.12, Maya DiRado (2014)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Megan Van Berkom (MINN) – 4:09.97
  2. Katie McClintock (WISC) – 4:14.38
  3. Olivia McMurray (TEX) – 4:15.90
  4. Riley Courtney (TEX) – 4:16.97
  5. Callahan Dunn (WISC) – 4:16.99
  6. Sarah DiMeco (CAL) – 4:17.10
  7. Fanni Fabian (CAL) – 4:17.26
  8. Leah Polonsky (CAL) – 4:17.90

Megan Van Berkom put up a strong prelims performance of 4:09.97, leading the field by over four seconds. She swam a well-rounded race, splitting 56.35 on fly, 1:04.13 on back, 1:10.54 on breast, and 58.95 on freestyle.

Wisconsin’s Katie McClintock had a very nice swim as well, touching second in 4:14.38, which is just 1.2 seconds off her personal best.

MEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 3:39.16
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 3:51.31
  • Pool Record – 3:35.29, Abram DeVine (2018)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Carson Foster (TEX) – 3:38.95
  2. David Johnston (TEX) – 3:39.36
  3. Jake Foster (TEX) – 3:44.70
  4. William Christenson (MINN) – 3:48.27
  5. Chris Jhong (CAL) – 3:49.68
  6. Alec Enyeart (TEX) – 3:50.71
  7. Beck Parnham (ARIZ) – 3:51.69
  8. Cameron Linder (MINN) – 3:52.19

Texas had a fantastic showing in the men’s 400 IM this morning, advancing four swimmers to the ‘A’ final. Carson Foster was just off his season best, swimming a 3:38.95 for the top time of the morning. David Johnston was less than a second off his personal best in the event, breaking 3:40 for the first time this season.

Jake Foster was 3:44.70, just off his season best in the event. Freshman Alec Enyeart swam a 3:50.71, which was good for sixth this morning. His swim marks a personal best for Enyeart as well.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 1:42.98
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 1:47.12
  • Pool Record – 1:40.31, Missy Franklin (2014)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kelly Pash (TEX) – 1:44.77
  2. Mia Motekaitis (CAL) – 1:45.01
  3. Ayla Spitz (CAL) – 1:45.49
  4. Eloise Riley (CAL) – 1:46.25
  5. Abby Carlson (WISC) – 1:46.51
  6. Hannah Cornish (MINN) – 1:46.74
  7. Blair Stoneburg (WISC) – 1:46.80
  8. Kate Sullivan (MINN) – 1:47.38

In her second race of the morning, Pash clocked a 1:44.77 to lead the field. She led Cal’s Mia Motekaitis, who had a great swim with a 1:45.01 this morning. Motekaitis’ personal best sits at 1:44.48, marking a solid prelims swim for her.

Cal had a good showing behind Motekaitis, with Ayla Spitz and Eloise Riley taking third and fourth respectively.

Notably, Arizona’s Julia Heimstead DFS (did not swim) the race this morning. Heimstead was a likely ‘A’ finalist in the event after leading off Arizona’s 800 free relay in 1:45.50 on Wednesday night. Heimstead already qualified for the ‘A’ final of the 100 fly earlier in this session.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 1:31.98
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 1:35.88
  • Pool Record – 1:29.50, Townley Haas (2018)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Peter Larson (TEX) – 1:32.81
  2. Gabriel Jett (CAL) – 1:33.36
  3. Jake Newmark (WISC) – 1:33.74
  4. Luke Hobson (TEX) – 1:33.75
  5. Robin Hanson (CAL) – 1:33.92
  6. Coby Carrozza (TEX) – 1:34.25
  7. Ralph Daleiden Ciuferri (ARIZ) – 1:34.30
  8. Patrick Callan (CAL) – 1:34.80

Texas’ Peter Larson swam a 1:32.81, nearly setting a new personal best in the process. Cal had a good showing in the event as well, seeing three swimmers make the ‘A’ final. Gabriel Jett was the top Golden Bear, swimming a 1:33.36, with Robin Hanson taking fifth in 1:33.92, and Patrick Callan touching eighth at 1:34.80.

Luke Hobson had a strong showing as well this morning, clocking a 1:33.75. Texas had a third swimmer make the ‘A’ as well, with Coby Carrozza touching sixth.

Wisconsin’s Jake Newmark entered the mix for tonight, swimming a 1:33.74.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 58.10
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 1:01.56
  • Pool Record – 57.23, Breeja Larson (2014)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Anna Elendt (TEX) – 58.95
  2. Lydia Jacoby (TEX) – 59.44
  3. Jade Neser (CAL) – 1:00.40
  4. Elizabeth Moore (WISC) – 1:00.73
  5. Alicia Henry (CAL) – 1:01.00
  6. Emma Lezer (MINN) – 1:01.05
  7. Eleni Gewalt (ARIZ) – 1:01.28
  8. Hazal Ozkan (WISC) – 1:01.50

The Texas duo of Anna Elendt and Lydia Jacoby led the field this morning by a wide margin. Both women were the only swimmers in the field under 1:00 this morning, with Elendt posting a 58.95 and Jacoby a 59.44. Both swimmers were off their season bests this morning.

Cal’s Jade Neser had a strong swim this morning, touching third in 1:00.40.

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 51.40
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 53.87
  • Pool Record – 49.69, Ian Finnerty (2018)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Reece Whitley (CAL) – 51.75
  2. Max McHugh (MINN) – 51.76
  3. Liam Bell (CAL) – 52.15
  4. Matthew Jensen (CAL) – 52.57
  5. Cooper Van Der Laan (PITT) – 52.63
  6. Will Chan (TEX) – 52.76
  7. Will Myhre (WISC) – 52.86
  8. Luke Rodarte (CAL) – 52.93

Reece Whitley got the better of Max Mchugh this morning, swimming a 51.75. Both Whitley and McHugh’s swims this morning were season bests, and both men are now within half a second of the NCAA ‘A’ cut in the event.

Keep an eye on Liam Bell, another Cal Golden Bear, as he could be a contender in tonight’s final as well.

Call had a terrific showing in the men’s 100 breast, with Matthew Jensen and Luke Rodarte qualify for the ‘A’ final, along with Whitley and Bell.

WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 50.89
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 53.91
  • Pool Record – 49.16, Regan Smith (2021)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Isabelle Stadden (CAL) – 50.81
  2. Olivia Bray (TEX) – 51.09
  3. Phoebe Bacon (WISC) – 51.77
  4. Emma Sticklen (TEX) – 53.08
  5. Claire Jansen (PITT) – 53.28
  6. Ava Yablonski (MINN) – 53.53
  7. Anya Mostek (HARV) – 53.77
  8. Paula Rodriguez Rivero (MINN) – 53.79

Isabelle Stadden grabbed an NCAA ‘A’ cut this morning, swimming a season best by two seconds. Her 50.81 gives her the top seed for tonight’s final, with Olivia Bray right behind in 51.09.

Phoebe Bacon was third this morning with a 51.77. Though she lagged behind Stadden and Bray this morning, Bacon has been 50.39 in the 100 back before, so keep an eye on her tonight.

A few freshmen had strong swims as well this morning. Pitt’s Claire Jansen, Minnesota’s Ava Yablonski, and Harvard’s Anya Mostek were fifth, sixth, and seventh this morning.

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 44.79
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 47.59
  • Pool Record – 44.58, Coleman Stewart (2018)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Destin Lasco (CAL) – 45.74
  2. Bjorn Seeliger (CAL) – 46.47
  3. Gunner Grant (HARV) – 46.60
  4. Chris O’Connor (TEX) – 46.88
  5. Evan Petty (CAL) – 46.96
  6. Ethan Harder (TEX) – 47.00
  7. Ryan Purdy (ARIZ) – 47.01
  8. Anthony Rincon (HARV) – 47.03

Destin Lasco clocked a 45.74, leading the field this morning by well over half a second. Teammate Bjorn Seeliger, who broke onto the 100 back scene at the end of last season, was second this morning with a 46.47. We saw Seeliger improve a lot from prelims to finals in the men’s 50 free yesterday, so we’ll be looking for him to dip under 46 seconds tonight.

Lasco also improved a lot from prelims to finals in the men’s 200 IM yesterday, which makes it feel like a 44-point is on the board for tonight.

Harvard’s Gunner Grant was fast this morning, taking third in 46.60.

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TexasLonghornAlum
2 months ago

Have there been anymore Time Trials? And where can we view the results of them?

Gummy Shark
2 months ago

The retirement of Anthony Grimm left a gaping hole in Texas’s backstroke group. Will Chris O’Conner be able to shoulder the load? Does Texas have any other good backstrokers?

25Back
Reply to  Gummy Shark
2 months ago

Crosby was like 46.4 last year in HS, and already went 21.4 in the 2 Medley B Relay. If he can go 20-point and 45-point by the time B12/NCAAs roll around Texas will be in better shape.

Chachi
Reply to  Gummy Shark
2 months ago

Reposting the same stupid take on every article that references Texas is peak Gen Z nonsense.

Grimm lasted one year, and underperformed relative to expectations.

He didn’t want to swim anymore, and he’s gone.

Texas rolls on.

Riley
Reply to  Chachi
2 months ago

Take a deep breath there buddy. Nobody is doubting Texas. What people ARE doubting is Foster/Crosby’s ability to keep up with potential sub 20s coming from Seeliger, Stokowski and Chaney. They’re both great swimmers but Texas is certainly going to be in a hole on that relay

Binky
Reply to  Riley
2 months ago

I’m not your buddy, pal.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Gummy Shark
2 months ago

Carson Foster

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Gummy Shark
2 months ago

Crosby and Modglin will carry that group starting next season.

Former Big10
Reply to  Gummy Shark
2 months ago

You really going to spam this on every Texas article? Go touch some grass

Former Big10
2 months ago

Big swim for Pete in his home pool

Riley
2 months ago

It truly is a duality looking at Lasco and Seeliger atop the 100 back lol. Seeliger flies at the start and has a 3.5 second differential between 50s and Lasco is right at 1 second. Funny stuff. It’s interesting to me that Lasco clearly has sprint chops but still frequently back halfs his races, although he’s been doing that for years so it works.

msch22
2 months ago

I think the Wisconsin women are poised to move themselves a big spot up in the national scene this year. They have depth in the young classes that seems to only be getting better. By my count they had 5 swimmers under 2:00 in the 200 IM yesterday, when there was one or maybe two 3-4 years ago. Their sprinters have improved quite a bit. I am excited to keep watching them and see how many they bring to NCAAs.

Taa
Reply to  msch22
2 months ago

They have that high school girl coming in next year that just did a 21.8 50fr

Jay Ryan
2 months ago

Jenson 52.57 100 Breast for Cal is a bit of a surprise.

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Jay Ryan
2 months ago

Wish he swam the 200im. Looks like he was a 146 low out of high school

SwimFanner
2 months ago

It will never not be amazing to me how little depth the minnesota men have in breaststroke behind McHugh

Former Big10
Reply to  SwimFanner
2 months ago

They’re actually doing much better than the last few years.

Andrew
2 months ago

I thought Texas would be screwed without Corbeau and Foster/Johnston resting for SC worlds… boy was I wrong

JeahBrah
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Eh to me they seem kind of flat compared to past seasons midseason invite. Eddie mentioned a ‘new program’ this year, maybe not resting as much as usual?

Taa
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Yeah it’s worse than I was expecting. Wonder how many likely qualifiers they will have after this meet vs last year. They can still put it together later in the season but right now it’s pretty meh