After competing in long course meters Friday night, Texas, Indiana and Florida clashed in the NCAA’s short course yards format Saturday, with Texas once again taking all wins amidst a flurry of big-time swims.
Texas won all of its duals in both genders, with the Indiana women beating Florida and the Gator men returning the favor over the Hoosiers.
Texas won the women’s meet with ease, as rising star Madisyn Cox lit up the pool for three individual wins.
Cox opened things up with a 1:47.93 win in the 200 free, gutted out a tough 200 breast win in 2:12.83 (Indiana’s Miranda Tucker was 2:12.90), then closed the night with a runaway 4:15.00 win in the 400 IM.
Maybe one of the night’s most impressive swims came from Texas freshman Quinn Carrozza, who went 1:56.43 to win the 200 backstroke. That time checks in at #4 in the NCAA for short course yards times this season.
Also helping the Longhorns was freshman Olivia Anderson, who got a revenge win in the 100 breast. Anderson was topped in a battle of freshmen last night, falling to Indiana’s Lilly King. But Anderson struck back Saturday with a 1:01.54 to touch out King (1:01.64).
In a huge night for the Longhorn freshmen, Bahamian pickup Joanna Evans swept the 500 free (4:49.67) and 1000 free (9:55.24).
In the battle for second, Indiana topped Florida. Gia Dalesandro swept the butterflys for IU to facilitate that win. Dalesandro was 1:58.86 in the 200 and 54.43 in the 100, topping Texas’s Remedy Rule in both races. Indiana also got a 55.01 win from sophomore Marie Chamberlain in the 100 back.
Florida was led by sprinter Natalie Hinds, who swept the 50 and 100 frees. After splitting those races with Longhorn Rebecca Millard Friday night, Hinds was on her game Saturday, going 22.90 and 49.32 for a pair of touchout wins.
- Texas 155 – Florida 105
- Texas 141 – Indiana 115
- Indiana 142 – Florida 120
The freestyle events were the highlight of the men’s side, with 4 NCAA leading times showing up on Saturday.
Texas crushed the distance races, starting with the opening individual event, the 1000 free. There, freshman Townley Haas, among the top-ranked freshmen in the nation, went 9:04.17 to win and jump to the head of the NCAA rankings in the event this year.
Then in the 500 free, defending NCAA champ Clark Smith blasted a 4:21.95, another time that will lead the NCAA for the season.
Indiana took its turn hitting a national leader time in the 200 free, one more distance rung down. Sophomore Blake Pieroni followed up his headline-grabbing performances from Friday night with a 1:36.06 that moved him to #1 in the nation.
Pieroni would once again beat Florida’s sprint star Caeleb Dressel for the 100 free title, this time by just .01 seconds. Pieroni was 43.69, Dressel 43.70. Neither man could match Dressel’s NCAA-leading time of 43.17, though.
And in the 50 free, Dressel picked up the win an another nation-best time, going a blazing 19.36. Dressel is the defending NCAA champ in the event.
The rest of the meet was loaded with notable times. A few more standout swims:
- Defending NCAA champ Joseph Schooling tore through the 200 fly in 1:45.78. That’s the third-best time in the nation this year. Schooling also won the 100 fly in 46.97 with teammate Jack Conger (47.55) topping Dressel (47.57) for second.
- Yet another NCAA champ won his event – Will Licon of Texas took the 200 breast in 1:58.84.
- Texas freshman Ryan Harty looked solid as well, going 1:43.87 to win the 200 back (#2 in the nation right now) and added a 3:50.26 to win the 400 IM late.
- Indiana’s other event win came in the 100 breast, where Tanner Kurz was 54.33.
- One event prior, Florida won the 100 back with Jack Blyzinskyj going 47.04.
- Texas 154 – Indiana 108
- Texas 162 – Florida 100
- Florida 140 – Indiana 122