- Live results
- Hosted by Texas A&M (Mansfield, Texas)
- November 17th-19th, 2016
- 25 yards
- Participating Teams: Texas A&M, SMU, TCU, Arizona State, LSU, Incarnate Word and Boise State (women only)
- Day One Events:
- 200 free relay
- 500 free
- 200 IM
- 50 free
- 400 medley relay
The Aggie women showed their distance freestyle and I.M. prowess on Day One, hinting at another great SEC Championship battle against the Georgia women’s squad.
The Boise State women, however, won the first event of the night, the 200 free relay, where senior Katelyn Martin split a swift 21.88.
After the first event, Texas A&M took over. They put four swimmers in the A final of the 500 free, and had a whopping seven swimmers go sub-4:50. Senior Sarah Gibson won the event by more than 3 seconds, in a time of 4:40.69. Even more impressively, the Aggies then put 6 swimmers in the A Final of the 200 IM, and had 7 swimmers finish under 1:59. Sophomore Sydney Pickrem looks poised to follow-up her breakout freshman season (2016 SEC Champion in the 400 IM), winning the 200 IM by more than 1.5 seconds in 1:56.14.
Texas A&M junior Beryl Gastaldello won the 50 free with the only sub-22 second swim (21.94), and then anchored the winning 400 medley relay (48.23 split).
The Aggies won 4 out of 5 events, and have a commanding lead, although there are still two days of competition remaining.
Judging by the results in the 200 free relay, the men’s meet will be a little tighter than the women’s for first place. In the 200 free relay, Texas A&M, Arizona State and LSU finished within 3 tenths of one another (in that order). Texas A&M’s winning team (1:18.43) utilized two freshmen in its lineup. LSU freshman Karl Luht had the fastest split in the field with a 19.34.
In the 500 free, it was two underclassmen who grabbed the top two finishes. LSU freshman Sven Saemundsson won (4:20.81), followed by Arizona State freshman Benjamin Olszewski (4:22.99).
Another Arizona State freshman, Cameron Craig, had a strong showing, grabbing the win in the 200 IM (1:45.24). Craig came from behind on the last 50 to outtouch A&M’s Mauro Castillo Luna (1:45.88). Craig split a 24.63 on the freestyle leg, while Castillo Luna finished in 26.16.
Arizon State finished Day One on a high note, taking the 400 medley relay. Andre Porter split a 45.81 on the butterfly leg, while Craig delivered a 42.28 anchor shortly after his 200 IM win.
Day Two of the Art Adamson Invitational will feature the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay.