Haas Anchors Longhorns to Victory on Day 1 of Texas Invite


The 2017 Texas Invitational kicked off Wednesday night with the 800 free relay. The Longhorn women got the ball rolling with n NCAA ‘A’ cut time to win the first title of the meet. Claire Adams led off in 1:43.93, followed by teammates Rebecca Millard (1:44.56), Remedy Rule (1:45.97), and Joanna Evans (1:44.29) as they combined for a 6:58.75 victory. That leadoff time for Adams was a new best time by over a second. Notably, Quinn Carrozza led off the B squad in personal best 1:44.11, so the Longhorns’ relay could have been even faster had she been on the A team.

Joining them with NCAA ‘A’ cuts were USC (7:00.40) and Arizona (7:02.92). The Trojans got the fastest split of the field with Louise Hansson‘s 1:43.39 leadoff split. They also got a 1:44.58 on the 2nd leg from Tatum Wade as they raced to a 2nd place finish. The Wildcats capitalized on Cameron McHugh (1:45.26) and Kirsten Jacobsen (1:44.53) in the middle portion of the race to bring home the bronze.

On the men’s side, the Longhorns pulled of a 1-2 finish with the A and B squads both swimming under the NCAA ‘A’ standard. The A team won it in 6:14.62, with Jonathan Roberts leading off in 1:35.29. Teammates Jeff Newkirk (1:33.60), Joseph Schooling (1:33.17), and Townley Haas (1:32.56) finished the job as they won in 6:14.62. Freshman standout Austin Katz highlighted the B team’s 2nd place finish with his 1:33.78 on the 2nd leg to help them to a 6:19.44.

Following closely with NCAA ‘A’ cuts were Arizona State (6:19.74), Stanford (6:19.93), and Arizona (6:19.99). The Sun Devils rounded out the podium with Cameron Craig leading off in 1:34.77 and Grant House closing in 1:33.14. The Cardinal’s fastest leg came from Grant Shoults (1:34.30) on the leadoff leg as they placed 4th. Coming in 5th were the Wildcats with a pair of 1:34s from Jorge Iga‘s personal best 1:34.60 leadoff and Nick Thorne‘s 1:34.26 on the 2nd leg. USC (6:20.87) came up withing a second of the ‘A’ cut after getting the fastest leadoff leg of the field from Dylan Carter (1:33.88).

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4 years ago

Kinda shocked no one has pulled a muscle yet jumping to conclusions about what Texas is doing. I seriously doubt they have any significant rest for this meet, the time drops can be attributed to having a few days rest and throwing on a suit, which makes all the difference when you’re beaten down from training. They don’t need to be insanely fast right now yet people are writing them off again because they don’t look good in the fall.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

Yep. Eddie’s only had one team in the last decade or so where he’s miscalculated resting guys – 2012/2013 when he had to have a few of his top guys like Cooper and Cragin taper through American Short Course Champs to make NCAAs – and that was probably his least talented team in that time period anyway.

I guess what I’m saying is, it’s more likely he knows what he’s doing and is using the same formula that’s worked since this dynasty started than he’s suddenly changed everything up and all his best guys have suddenly gotten seconds slower.

4 years ago

Josh Artmann’s 0.04 reaction time for Texas C 800 free relay. So John Murray of you, Josh.

4 years ago

I think the 509 will be fun tomorrow

Reply to  Eggnog
4 years ago

the sprint past the blocks for those last 9 yards is gonna be a free for all..

4 years ago

1:32 slowwwwww

I just remember my career busting ass to break 1:50. If this was the nba all these dudes going 1:31-1:33 would be worth 200 mil

Reply to  Sccoach
4 years ago


peter parker
4 years ago

How many Katz’s are there?

Danielle Swim
4 years ago

Why does everyone see the negative in Texas?? Swimming fast (year over year) is what keeps this forum alive! I just love the fact swimming gets faster & faster! Can’t wait for the rest of the meet and NCAAs!

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4 years ago


4 years ago

I feel like the same people saying “oh they’re still slow”, would be saying “oh they rested too much” if they had been faster

JP input is too short
Reply to  DMacNCheez
4 years ago

Some people seem to be saying both at the same time, which is… odd.

Reply to  DMacNCheez
4 years ago

There’s no winning with them, slow is bad and fast is bad unless it’s at a championship meet and even then it can still be slow based on their predictions or expectations for what x person will do in y event.

Brad Jillow
4 years ago

Dean Farris – 1:32.79 ftw

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