2019 MINNESOTA INVITATIONAL
- Wed. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 8, 2019
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center / University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN
- Wed. Timed finals 6 PM
- Thu.-Sat. Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM / Diving 12 Noon
- Short course yards (SCY) format Wed.-Sat. (LCM format Sunday)
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Reported by Karl Ortegon.
MEN’S 1650 FREE TIMED FINAL
- Brooks Fail (Arizona) – 14:37.60
- Felix Auboeck (Michigan) – 14:42.29
- Jack Collins (Texas) – 14:45.83
Texas’s Chris Yeager got out to the early lead, but Arizona’s Brooks Fail began making his move at the start of the second half of this race. His lead ballooning, it was Yeager, Jack Collins of Texas, and Felix Auboeck of Michigan who battled in the group behind.
Fail charged ahead, and finished first with a nation #2 time of 14:37.60. Auboeck, the defending national champion, left the second pack behind to hammer home with a 14:42.29, and Collins settled for third at 14:45.83. Yeager was fourth at 14:48.69.
Also slipping under 15 minutes were Michigan’s Will Roberts (14:54.04) and Cal’s Sean Grieshop (14:57.26).
MEN’S 200 FLY FINALS
Taking his swim out with a 21.8 leading 50, Sam Pomajevich looked like a greyhound, loping through the race with long, low, powerful strokes. He got to the wall well ahead of the field, and ended up tying his personal best and nation-leading time of 1:39.35 that he’d done on Wednesday night in a time trial.
Cal’s Trenton Julian swooped in for second, going 1:41.14 to claim the #3 time in the nation this year, just two-tenths off of Maxime Rooney‘s 1:40.94 from this morning, which is the #2 time. That gives context to how far ahead Pomajevich is right now; no other NCAA swimmer has been within 1.5 seconds of him in this event.
After winning the mile at the beginning of tonight’s session, Brooks Fail got back in for another grueling race and managed to race to third in 1:42.13, just a tenth off of his morning swim. Those two swims are his only sub-1:46 performances in history. Michigan’s Miles Smachlo was also under 1:43, going 1:42.74 for fourth.