2017 TEXAS INVITATIONAL
- Live Results
- Psych Sheets
- Meet Central
- NCAA Qualifying
- Hosted by Texas (Austin, Texas)
- 25 Yards
- Invite Format
The individual events at the 2017 Texas Hall of Fame Swimming Invitational began on Thursday morning, and USA Swimming National Team members dominated the racing.
Clark Smith, a Texas post-grad, had the top morning swim in the 500 free at 4:14.40. His undergraduate training partner Townley Haas sits 2nd in 4:15.65 and Liam Egan of Stanford is 3rd in 4:15.95. Smith and Haas finished 1-2 at last year’s NCAA Championship meet at this event. Grant Shoults of Stanford, who was 4th at NCAAs last year, also made the A final with a morning 4:16.66.
In the next event, the men’s 200 IM, Abrahm DeVine qualified 1st in the men’s 200 IM with a 1:43.08. He drove out hard, and was half-a-second better than the field on the front-half. Texas’ Sam Stewart, the best breaststroker in the field, qualified 3rd in 1;45.09, with Arizona’s Nick Thorne in between at 1:44.34. Other notables include Arizona State freshman Grant House, better known as a freestyler, qualifying 7th in 1:46.09.
Then in the men’s 50 free prelims, Joseph Schooling qualified 1st in 19.33. This was Schooling’s 3rd event at NCAAs last year and he finished 3rd. The big attention-grabber, though, was Oklahoma Baptist swimmer David Lambert qualifying 2nd in 19.34. That’s an NCAA “A” cut time, the fastest time nationally in D2 this season by half-a-second. The only swimmer faster than that in the history of Division II swimming is Lindenwood’s Serghei Golban, who split 19.18 on a relay leadoff at the 2016 NCAA Championship meet.
The women’s events started with another National Team member Leah Smith qualifying 1st in the 500 free. She swam 4:38.30, which cleared the field by almost two seconds. Joanna Evans and Evie Pfeifer from Texas were the top collegians in matching 4:40.0s.
Texas-ex Madisyn Cox led the way in the women’s 200 IM in 1;54.61. Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson, the team’s new star after Cierra Runge decided to transfer, qualified 2nd (and as top collegian) in 1:55.16.