2024 Big 12 Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2024 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Dates: Tuesday, February 27 – Saturday, March 2
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
    • The Aquatic Center at Mylan Park
  • Defending Champions:
    • Men: Texas (27x)
    • Women: Texas (11x)
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  • Live Results also available via Meet Mobile: “2024 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships”
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It’s the first night of the 2024 Big 12 Championships and there are two relays on the docket. The 200 medley relay will commence the meet, followed by men’s team diving, and the session will end with the 800 freestyle relay.

Last year, Texas claimed victory in each relay to open the meet, and they are seeded 1st in all four tonight. The Texas women are currently ranked 4th nationally in the 200 medley relay, as the posted a marker of 1:34.14 at the Texas Invite in November. They clocked 1:34.21 to win the event at this meet last year, and own the meet record (1:34.04) from the 2022 Big 12 Championships. They currently sit 7th in the national rankings in the 800 free relay (6:56.37).

The Texas men are ranked 21st (200 medley relay) and 7th (800 free relay) nationally in tonight’s relays, and will be missing a key contributor from each relay. Jake Foster, the team’s primary breaststroker, has opted to not compete at these championships. He recently competed for Team USA at the Doha World Championships just over a week ago, where he secured two gold medals in relay events. Luke Hobson is also not competing at this meet, the team’s multi-distance freestyler, and he also competed at those recent World Championships.

WOMEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY — FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 1:31.51, Virginia – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Record: 1:33.22, Texas – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Championship Record: 1:34.04, Texas – 2022 Big 12 Championships
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:36.24

Full Results:

  1. University of Texas – 1:34.47 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  2. Texas Christian University – 1:37.64
  3. University of Cincinnati – 1:38.17
  4. University of Kansas – 1:39.48
  5. University of Houston – 1:40.06
  6. Brigham Young University – 1:40.41
  7. West Virginia University – 1:41.38
  8. Iowa State University – 1:41.55

The Texas women opened the 2024 Big 12 Championships with a dominant relay victory, as the quartet of Emma Kern (24.26), Anna Elendt (26.43), Emma Sticklen (22.38), and Grace Cooper (21.40) touched the wall in a time of 1:34.47. It’s a bit off their season best of 1:34.14, which they recorded at the Texas Invite in November, but they successfully defended their title with a win by over three seconds.

Notably, senior Sticklen (22.38) was significantly faster than she was at the Midseason Invite and this meet last year. Olivia Bray, who featured on the winning relay last year and the Texas school record relay at NCAAs, did not compete in the event. Bray will likely feature on the 800 free relay at the end of this session.

Splits Comparison:

Texas At The 2024 BIG 12 Championships Texas At The 2023 Texas Invite Texas At The 2023 BIG 12 Championships Texas School Record From The 2023 NCAA Championships
Backstroke Emma Kern — 24.26 Emma Kern — 24.07 Olivia Bray — 23.85 Olivia Bray — 23.72
Breaststroke Anna Elendt — 26.43 Anna Elendt — 26.23 Anna Elendt — 26.07 Anna Elendt — 25.54
Butterfly Emma Sticklen — 22.38 Emma Sticklen — 22.69 Emma Sticklen — 22.98 Emma Sticklen — 22.32
Freestyle Grace Cooper — 21.40 Grace Cooper — 21.15 Grace Cooper — 21.31 Grace Cooper — 21.64
Total Time 1:34.47 1:34.14 1:34.21 1:33.22

Securing runner-up status tonight was Texas Christian University, as they touched the wall in 1:37.64 to undercut their entry time by 0.45. Tania Quaglieri (24.45), Claire Chahbandour (27.53), Jeanne Dahmen (23.24), and Olivia Rhodes (22.42) comprised their silver medal relay.

Cincinnati dropped 0.59 off their entry time for a 3rd place effort, with Lily Jones (24.98), Joleigh Crye (26.41), Grace Gavin (24.01), and Kaylee Nagel (22.77) teaming up for a time of 1:38.17. The only other team to dip under the 1:40-barrier was Kansas, with Lezli Sisung (25.50), Ryan Johnston (28.52), Lydia Lafferty (23.43), and Mary Caroline Blake (22.03) appearing on their squad (1:39.48).

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY — FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 1:20.67, NC State – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Record: 1:21.36, Texas – 2022 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Championship Record: 1:22.24, Texas – 2022 Big 12 Championships
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:23.71

Full Results:

  1. University of Texas – 1:22.46 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  2. Brigham Young University – 1:23.67 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  3. Texas Christian University – 1:24.93
  4. West Virginia University – 1:27.16
  5. University of Cincinnati – 1:27.54

The Texas relay of Will Modglin (20.49), Will Scholtz (23.17), Nate Germonprez (19.82), and Camden Taylor (18.98) took 1.76 seconds off their entry time to win the 200 medley relay. Notably all freshmen, they touched in 1:22.46, which propels them from 17th in the nation all the way up to 6th. Modglin led them off in a best time, splitting 20.49 to overtake his previous best (20.60) from the Texas Invite in November. Germonprez broke 20-seconds on the fly leg, almost a second faster than the midseason fly split (20.71), which contributed significantly to their time drop today.

While Texas lost all four of their swimmers from last year’s Big 12 winning relay, they still posted a time that was over a full second faster. Their time tonight is also faster than they were at all last season, and with all freshmen nonetheless.

Splits Comparison:

Texas At The 2024 BIG 12 Championships Texas At The 2023 Texas Invite Texas At The 2023 BIG 12 Championships
Backstroke Will Modglin — 20.49 Will Modglin — 20.60 Carson Foster — 21.40
Breaststroke Will Scholtz — 23.17 Will Scholtz — 23.58 Will Chan — 22.89
Butterfly Nate Germonprez — 19.82 Cole Crane — 20.71 Caspar Corbeau — 20.28
Freestyle Camden Taylor — 18.98 Camden Taylor — 19.33 Daniel Krueger — 18.96
Total Time 1:22.46 1:24.22 1:23.53

Brigham Young University had an exceptional swim to place 2nd overall, touching in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:23.67. Jordan Tiffany led them off with a 21.06 backstroke split, and he was followed by Brad Prolo (23.39), Tanner Edwards (20.10), and Luigi Riva (19.12).

Texas Christian University rounded out the top three, hitting the wall in 1:24.93. Edgar Cicanci (21.48), Jadon Wuilliez (23.34), Piotr Sadlowski (20.57), and Raphael Paiva Da (19.54) featured on their relay.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE RELAY — FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 6:45.91, Stanford – 2017 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Record: 6:53.42, Texas – 2018 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Championship Record: 6:56.49, Texas – 2023 Big 12 Championships
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 7:00.86

Full Results:

  1. University of Texas – 6:57.87 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  2. University of Cincinnati – 7:12.24
  3. Texas Christian University – 7:15.82
  4. Brigham Young University – 7:18.86
  5. West Virginia University – 7:19.14
  6. University of Houston – 7:19.21
  7. University of Kansas – 7:20.70
  8. Iowa State University – 7:20.79

The Texas women claimed their second relay win of the night, completing the day one relay sweep. Kelly Pash (1:42.76), Erin Gemmell (1:44.05), Olivia Bray (1:45.38), and Angie Coe (1:45.68) represented the Longhorns tonight, checking-in 1.5 seconds off their season best time (6:56.37) to win in 6:57.87. The lead-off split from Pash is just off her season best time (1:42.64), but undercut her time from the NC State dual meet on January 26th (1:42.88), showing strong consistency in the event this season.

Cincinnati hit the wall for a clear 2nd place finish, recording a final time of 7:12.24. Their foursome consisted of Julie Rose (1:46.93), Lindi Worrell (1:48.76), Jessica Davis (1:46.98), and Sophie Curtis (1:49.57). The opening leg from Rose was a huge best time, demolishing her previous marker of 1:48.66 from December. Cincinnati joined the Big 12 Conference this season, and they had a great debut championship appearance here on the first night, sitting 2nd in the team standings going into day two.

Rounding out the top three was Texas Christian University, with their squad touching in 7:15.82. Tania Quaglieri (1:47.27), Mikayla Popham (1:48.48), Kara Church (1:49.45), and Serena Gould (1:50.62) represented the Horned Frogs in that race.

MEN’S 800 FREE RELAY — FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 6:03.42, Texas – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Record: 6:03.42, Texas – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • Big 12 Championship Record: 6:08.76, Texas – 2022 Big 12 Championships
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 6:16.02

Full Results:

  1. University of Texas – 6:13.12 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  2. Texas Christian University – 6:21.59
  3. West Virginia University – 6:26.02
  4. University of Cincinnati – 6:26.31
  5. Brigham Young University – 6:30.73

Texas secured the lead early in the men’s 800 free relay, and never relinquished it. Coby Carrozza led the Longhorns off in a new best time, clocking a swift 1:31.97. Manning Haskal (1:33.74), Alec Enyeart (1:35.55), and Nate Germonprez (1:31.86) finished things off for Texas, grabbing the win in 6:13.12. They won by over eight seconds, and will almost certainly add Luke Hobson (1:29.63 flat start best time) to the relay at the NCAA Championships.

Geremia Freri (1:34.04), Milan Fabian (1:35.68), Nick Rozenberg (1:36.18), and Luke Dimiceli (1:35.69) got the job done for Texas Christian, touching for 2nd in 6:21.59. They cut over 4 seconds off their entry time with that swim, with the opening split from Freri representing a new best time.

An exciting 3rd place battle unfolded between West Virginia and Cincinnati, with the hometown team getting the touch. WVU checked-in at 6:26.02 to the 6:26.31 posted by Cincinnati, with Brigham Young (6:30.73) placing 5th overall. Danny Berlitz (1:35.55) had the fastest split for West Virginia, while Hunter Gubeno (1:35.67) was the fastest for Cincinnati.

Men’s Team Diving

Full Results:

  1. University of Texas – 406.45 points
  2. Texas Christian University – 374.75 points
  3. Brigham Young University – 330.05 points
  4. West Virginia University – 323.20 points
  5. University of Cincinnati – 318.90 points

The University of Texas placed 1st in men’s team diving, and represented the only team to score above 400 points. The team for Texas consisted of Tanner Braunton, Noah Duperre, and Nick Harris. They earned 406.45 points overall, with Texas Christian (374.75 points) and Brigham Young (330.05) finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Team Scores (After Day One)

Women:

  1. University of Texas — 128 points
  2. University of Cincinnati & Texas Christian University — 110 points
  3. Brigham Young University — 100 points
  4. University of Kansas & University of Houston — 98 points
  5. West Virginia University — 96 points
  6. Iowa State University — 88 points

Men:

  1. University of Texas — 192 points
  2. Texas Christian University — 166 points
  3. Brigham Young University — 160 points
  4. West Virginia University — 158 points
  5. University of Cincinnati — 152 points

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I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

I really hope Kelly Pash gets an individual title this year. I don’t see it happening, but if it does, that would be amazing. She’s been so close so many times, not to mention she’s hilarious.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

It’s going to be tough.

200 IM – Walsh

200 Fr – Sims, Ivey, Abraham, and I’m probably missing a few

100 Fl – maybe she swims this instead of the 200 Fr. If Walsh doesn’t swim it, it’s kind of wide open since so many A finalists graduated from last year.

200 Fl – Walsh, Sticklen

anonymous
1 month ago

Are the live results a little jacked up or is that just me? Looking at Time Trials, it’s showing 100 yard back for women NCAA B Cut of 1:02. Also awarding points for a 50 breast time trial that’s not coded as a time trial. Weird

Fast and Furious
1 month ago

I woke up for morning practice, saw a finals recap headline and got so hyped up… Then I realized it was this Mickey Mouse conference

Jeb
Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

May I ask what conference meet you will be swimming in?

Fast and Furious
Reply to  Jeb
1 month ago

1. How does that take away from my disappointment
2. SEC B-finalist here

Buttafly
Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

Why didn’t you make the A final? Too concerned with what other people were doing?

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

Enjoy that B-final this year because with Texas in next year that will probably change.

Andrew
Reply to  Jeb
1 month ago

so people aren’t allowed to comment unless they’re swimming at a power 5 conference championship? got it.

Taa
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

A finalists only!

chazoozle
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

if you are going to call a conference a mickey mouse conference yes

NoFastTwitch
1 month ago

Nice double by Germonprez

Last edited 1 month ago by NoFastTwitch
Andrew
1 month ago

Cal got 7 1.00 power index recruits and Texas still has a better freshman class than them lol

ZThomas
1 month ago

Texas has 3 of the best 10 or so freshmen in the country. Does any know for certain if the team is not fully tapered?

Swimmer.
Reply to  ZThomas
1 month ago

Nobody is ever fully shaved, tapered, or rested. Not now, not at NCAAs, not even the Olympics.

YGBSM
Reply to  Swimmer.
1 month ago

Correct.

And the funniest part is that everyone knows better. Nobody’s buying it. But yep, teams keep trying to sell it.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  ZThomas
1 month ago

You never really know with Texas. Having said that, I think we can assume that the swimmers that aren’t confidently qualified for NCAAs are pretty rested. I’m not sure if the short course championships meet still exists but it used to be at Texas 1-2 weeks after Bug 12s and sometimes Texas swimmers would swim faster at it and qualify for NCAAs at that meet.

Swim Alchemist
1 month ago

I thought the Texas men would really want a sprint coach in staff next season. Looks like they might not need one!

chazoozle
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
1 month ago

why?

Hiswimcoach
1 month ago

Carroza punched his NCAA ticket. He’s number 4 (foster, carroza, Hobson, mogs). Should pick up 4 or 5 more at this meet. Still a top 5 squad it looks like but maybe 6. It’s them or IU/NC state for 5th

Caleb
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
1 month ago

they’re not sniffing those teams… once you get to #6 it gets a little tighter.