The 3rd annual Fastest Man and Woman in Texas meet went off on Saturday, with former Auburn teammates Adam Brown and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace taking home the titles.
Each winner earned $5,000 apiece in prize money.
The 50 freestyle meet was run in three waves, with all athletes competing in prelims, then again in semi-finals, and the top 16 moving on to the final. With only 21 men and 6 women entered, that meant most of the big names could coast through the early rounds before hitting the gas in the final.
Brazilian sprint star and Auburn trainer Bruno Fratus was the fastest man out of prelims, cruising to a 20.71 as the only man under 21 seconds. Brown sat third in 21.31.
Meanwhile another pro who trains at Auburn, former Arizona Wildcat Lara Jackson, took the top spot out of the women’s prelims. The former American record-holder, now making a career comeback at age 28, went 22.89. Eventual winner Vanderpool-Wallace took things very easy, going 24.17 and taking 6th out of the 6 entrants.
The semi-finals saw Karl Krug jump to the top of the men’s list. His 19.45 was quickest by a few tenths, with Josh Schneider (19.61), Fratus (19.62), Brown (19.64) and Matt Grevers (19.67) all bunched up behind him. Also into the men’s final were Jimmy Feigen, Marcelo Chierighini and Derek Toomey.
For the women, Vanderpool-Wallace, who trains at SwimMAC, rose to the head of the class, going 22.01. Lisa Boyce (22.44) and Jackson (22.52) were in the top 3, and Nina Rangelova, Lana Nguyen and Annie Grevers all moved on to the final.
In the final, it was Brown who topped the field, saving the best for last with a 19.25. That was just barely enough to beat Schneider, who’s had quite a bit of success in these multi-round 50 free shootout meets. Schneider, who like Brown competes for the New York Athletic Club, went 19.29. Schneider will earn $2000 for his runner-up finish, and Matt Grevers pockets $500 after taking third.
For the women, Vanderpool-Wallace hit her exact semi-final time right down to the hundredth. Swimming a 22.01, she nabbed the $5000 prize, with Lara Jackson second in 22.28. Third-place money went to Lisa Boyce at 22.47.
A Final Results
- Adam Brown, 19.25
- Josh Schneider, 19.29
- Matt Grevers, 19.36
- Karl Krug, 19.39
- Jimmy Feigen 19.58
- Bruno Fratus, 19.60
- Derek Toomey, 19.72
- Marcelo Chierighini, 20.06
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 22.01
- Lara Jackson, 22.28
- Lisa Boyce, 22.47
- Nina Rangelova, 22.82
- Lana Nguyen, 23.38
- Annie Grevers, 23.84
And, as a special SwimSwam bonus, here’s some insider footage from the meet and the costume contest following the meet, courtesy of meet organizer and participant Josh Davis and photographer Nat Player.