Eddie Reese Invite: Watch Conger and Schooling Race 50 Fly

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by Retta Race 25

October 31st, 2015 Big 12, College, News

Yesterday’s training session for the University of Texas men was essentially one big test set, known as The Eddie Reese Invite. The collection of events range from sprints to mega-distance, as this year’s edition included the following:

600 IM
600 free
300 stroke
2000 free
300 IM
300 free
150 stroke
400 free
100 IM
100 free
50 stroke

Times being reported from the Longhorns’ Twitter account were certainly eye-popping across the board, beginning with junior Clark Smith‘s remarkably consistent 2000 freestyle.  With a total time of 17:44.39, Smith reportedly split an even 8:52/8:52, with every 50 being clocked at either 26.5 or 26.6, save his first and final 50s. Of the swim, Coach Reese commented, “It gave me chills. And, I’m definitely too old for chills.”

Two freshmen backstrokers fired off noteworthy times in the 300 dsitance, as Ryan Harty and John Shebat registered marks of 2:40.78 and 2:49.20, respectively.  Add in Joseph Schooling‘s 300 freestyle time of 2:29.61, Will Licon‘s 300 breaststroke outing of 2:57.89 along with Jack Conger‘s 300 butterfly mark of 2:39.88 and the “meet “already ranks among the most exciting of the season.

As the grand finale, Conger and Schooling went head-to-head in a 50y butterfly showdown, whose video is shown below.  Final times? As two of the NCAA’s top butterflyers, it was a frenzied finish to the wall, as one would expect. Conger wound up on top with a time of 20.71, while Schooling touched in 20.86.


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Are you guys going to post another HMM for this? I would live to see it up


Sorry GMM

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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