Corbeau Blasts 51.9 In Breaststroke At Texas’s Orange & White Intrasquad

Texas Orange-White Intrasquad (Men)

  • October 1-2, 2020
  • Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, Texas
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards)
  • Day 1 Results (PDF)

We never got to see the much-anticipated Texas vs Cal matchup at men’s NCAAs last spring, but the Longhorns are back into competition as of today, with the team’s annual intrasquad meet.

Last year, the intrasquad followed the structure of a college dual meet, but this year, the lineup has been split across two days of competition. Today’s session featured six individual events and one relay.

Among the standouts: sophomore Caspar Corbeau was just half a second off a lifetime-best with a 51.99 to win the 100 breaststroke. We run through all the events where we’ve been provided results below:

100 Back

Alvin Jiang was one of the standouts of this meet last year, and he starred again with a 45.70 in the 100 back to open the meet. That’s only eight tenths off a lifetime-best for Jiang, and about six tenths faster than he was at this meet a year ago.

Jiang, who joined Texas last year after two seasons at UNC, is a junior this year. He held top-8 seeds into NCAAs last spring in the 100 back (8th) and 100 fly (5th) before the meet was canceled in the coronavirus pandemic.

Fellow senior Austin Katz was 46.80 as the White team went 1-2. Katz went 46.37 at this meet last year.

100 Breast

Names and results, Men’s 100 breast:

Sophomore Caspar Corbeau took over the 100 breast with an incredible swim of 51.99. That bested the field by a second and a half. It’s also a full second faster than the 53.0 that Corbeau put up at this meet a year ago. Corbeau’s career-best is a 51.46 from last year’s mid-season invite.

200 Fly

Senior Sam Pomajevich won the 200 fly for the second-straight season. He was 1:43.48 last year and 1:42.78 this year – Pomajevich had a down year as a sophomore, but last season looked back on track with a career-best 1:39.35 at midseason before the postseason NCAA meet was eventually canceled.

50 Free

Junior Daniel Krueger crushed the 50 free field at 19.32. He was one of just two men under 20 seconds, the other being Jiang. (Jiang pulled a tough double in the first two events, so his 19.64 here is also very impressive).

For Krueger, that’s the exact same time, to the hundredth, that he went in winning this meet last year. Jiang was three tenths faster than last year’s meet.

500 Free

Freshman David Johnston won the 500 free against a tough field, putting up a massive time drop in his first-ever swim as a Longhorn. Johnston was 4:19.07 out of high school, but went 4:16.45 from an outside lane today to beat standout junior Drew Kibler (4:16.58).

Johnston was our #16 recruit in the class, which is especially impressive for a pure distance freestyle prospect. He had the fastest mile of anyone in the high school Class of 2020, so a big 500 free out of him early has to bode well for Texas’s distance group.

200 IM

The freshman class ended off the meet on back-to-back wins. Carson Fosterranked as our #1 recruit in the country, went 1:43.73 to win the 200 IM. That’s about 1.4 seconds off of Foster’s lifetime-best. His older brother Jake, a sophomore, was second in 1:44.50.

This event was significantly faster than last year, when Jake Foster won it in 1:46.28 – though that also came at the end of a much-longer 12-event schedule. Today’s alternate lineup included half that many events.

200 Medley Relay

Relay lineups and splits aren’t yet available. But the White team won handily, and had the only sub-19-second anchor in the field. We’re told that was Daniel Kruegerwho won the 50 free earlier in the night.

1:25.25 is very solid for dual meet season. Last year, no NCAA officially logged a time faster than 1:26 during the months of September and October. It wasn’t until mid-season invites began in late November last year that any team went faster than 1:25 last year.

Pros

Some Longhorn alums and members of the pro training group competed as well, swimming different events in one heat. Among the notable swims was a 1:33.52 in the 200 free from Townley Haas.  

A new face also appeared alongside the Texas pros – former University of Georgia All-American and 2016 US Olympian Gunnar Bentz. Bentz dropped a 1:42.96 200 fly. Maxime Rooney swam a 46.16 100 fly, and Jeff Newkirk notched a 44.16 100 free.

Tomorrow’s events will include the 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 fly and 400 IM, plus a 200 free relay to end the night.

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swimfan210_
2 years ago

Great start of season for Corbeau in 100 breast. After a breakout in his first season looks like more good things are to come.
I wonder how much C. Foster might end up doing breaststroke in college, he swam the 100 breast and placed 2nd over breaststrokers like J. Foster and Scheinfield, who were both slightly faster last year at this meet.
In the 200 fly, Pomajevich looking pretty solid, Crane a lesser known swimmer gets 2nd with a 1:45 (1:46.3 last year). Koustik was tired that last 50.
Johnston having a great swim in the 500, showing awesome improvement. He looks to be an immediate impact swimmer, I wonder what he can do in the mile… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by swimfan210_
Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

The top time(s) in every event were jaw dropping. Jiang/Pom! Krueger etc haven’t missed a beat

Johnston freshman surprise of meet wow!

Bentz with pros is news to me

Googles
2 years ago

What goggles was Carson foster wearing in his Instagram post? Just curious

Jim Foster
Reply to  Googles
2 years ago

Mizuno

Xman
2 years ago

Is Rooney doing the ISL this year?

swimfan210_
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

Yes, he’s on LA current

GA Swimmer
2 years ago

Feels bad for kreuger tie-ing the record again…

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

Johnston coming from behind to get Kibler the last 50 is really impressive.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

That 25.2 on board was his last 50 split? Wowza!

Taa
2 years ago

Everything looks good except maybe lacking depth in 50.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Well, with Kibler and Corbeau, you will have 3 with 19 low or < 19, and Luke and Corbeau with 19.50 or less.

swimgeek
Reply to  PsychoDad
2 years ago

Exactly. And don’t tell me Carson Foster couldn’t pop a 50 free if had to. His best official is 20.11 from almost 2 yrs ago. I’ve gotta believe in March he would give you a 19.0 relay leg.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Just remember Kibler is a 19.0, Staka a 19.5, and Corbeau 19.8 in high school.

They just all do other stuff too… so their 200 free relay isn’t going to be hurting or anything.

Taa
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Well those guys weren’t in the heat. Kibler swims the 500. I’m sure they will still A final the 200 relay at the end of the year but this was not what you expect to see 21s from Texas swimmers.

Stewie
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

They will win the 200 free relay at NCAAs. They have at least 6 guys who will be sub 19: Krueger, Kibler, Jiang, Corbeau, Staka, Larson.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Stewie
2 years ago

I was gonna say that Cal’s the favorite but I just realized how much of their sprint group they graduated.

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Corbeau also split 18.9 in highschool

Ghost
2 years ago

Braden, did you see any new faces in their post grad group? There is one!

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