5 Big Things from Day 2 of the 2016 Longhorn Elite Invite



Chase Kalisz churned out a 4:11.51 in the 400 IM tonight, moving himself up to 4th in this year’s World Rankings. His previous season best was a 4:14.64 from Arena Pro Swim in Austin. Kalisz is the American Record holder in the yards version of this event, and has a strong chance of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Team after establishing himself as the top American in the event over the last 2 years.


The Texas men swept the top 3 in the men’s 200 free tonight, led by Townley Haas in 1:47.86. Haas’ time was just 3 tenths shy of his lifetime best 1:47.55 from Nationals last summer. Clark Smith finished 2nd, narrowly behind in 1:47.97 to lower his previous best of 1:49.01 by over a second. Taking 3rd was Clay Youngquist in 1:48.48. Jack Conger was also sub-1:50, clocking a 1:49.54 for 5th.


In the women’s 200 free, defending Olympic champion Allison Schmitt had her hands full in tonight’s final against Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge. Schmitt managed to win the race by almost a full second, clocking a 1:56.87. That time was just off her season best 1:56.52 from Arena PSS at Mesa in April. Franklin wound up 2nd in 1:57.78, just ahead of Runge (1:57.97).


Texas’ Jonathan Roberts handily won the men’s 200 back tonight, posting a 1:58.74 to beat out Olympian Matt Grevers (2:00.01). That was Roberts’ first time under 2:00 since 2014, and matched the 1:58.74 from 2014 Nationals. That time makes Roberts the 10th fastest American this year, and puts him in the conversation as a potential finalist in Omaha.


Prior to the meet, Michael Phelps made it known that he wanted to swim fast enough in the 200 freestyle at this meet to be considered for the 4×200 free relay in Rio without swimming this event at trials. Tonight, Phelps placed 4th in a solid 1:48.73, slightly slower than his season best 1:48.21 from the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa. He’ll need to be faster than that to get a spot on the relay, so we’ll likely see him swim this race in Omaha.

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Irish Ringer

Chase has to be thrilled with that time. Both he and Dwyer were able to come out of that long camp and throw down some monster swims. Michael used to be like that, but the age maybe catching up to him in that respect. Mind you I think he’s perfectly capable of putting together multiple swims at trials and Rio.

I detect a subtle climb down from Irish Ringer. It sounds like you are finally coming to the realisation that age is working against the GOAT going into trials and Rio. Welcome to the real world

Irish Ringer

Age works against everyone at some point, but I think it’s manageable in your early 30’s. Didn’t you consistently say last spring and summer how the 200 fly was too grueling of an event for someone in their early 30s? Phelps swims from Nats may have faded from your mind, but didn’t you see Cseh just a few weeks ago go a 1:52 high?

I can accept in season times being a tad slower, but we’ll see in the next couple of months if I have to accept BILLABONGs real world view of someone in their early 30s being too washed up to complete at the highest levels.

A good time for Kalisz before trials in the 400 IM. Litherland looks like his main rival right now. The 2 mysteries are Lochte and Clary. After a very good 100 free I expected a faster time by Allison Schmitt in the 200 free around 1.56 low but 1.56.87 is still not infamous at all. SHe’s not on track to match her amazing time of 2012 but a 1.55 mid at trials looks plausible. Very pleased by Missy’s double. 4 years ago at the same meet she swam the same double in 1.57.91/2.08.74. This year 1.57.78/2.09.45. Cierra Runge with a great new PB in the 200 free in 1.57.97. It was 1.58.35 during her best year of 2014. Weird she… Read more »

There is high chance Schmitt will take the 2nd 200 free spot. Missy might be left with only the 200 back plus relays.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently working on her M.A. in …

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