Hobson and Johnston Duel to NCAA-Leading 8:48s as Texas Men Down TCU

by Robert Gibbs 9

January 21st, 2022 College, News, Previews & Recaps

Texas v. Texas Christian (Men)

  • January 21-22, 2022
  • Texas Swim Center, Austin, TX
  • SCY (Day 1)
  • Dual Meet Format
  • Live Results

The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs men made the intrastate trek to Austin this weekend to take on the #1 Texas Longhorns in a two-day dual meet. After the first day, the Longhorn lead the Horned Frogs, 189-100, as the defending national champs touched first in almost every event. It was not immediately clear if any swimmers were in tech suits for the competition.

Texas opened up the day with a 1:25.28 in the 200 medley relay. Freshman Anthony Grimm led off with a quick 21.22 backstroke leg. Caspar Corbeau split an also-fast 23.71 on breast, then Alvin Jiang (21.07) and Daniel Krueger (19.28) brought things home.

Next, any fans in attendance were treated to an epic race between Longhorn freshman Luke Hobson and sophomore David Johnston in the 100 free. Johnston, who owns the 17-18 age group record in the event, maintained a narrow lead for most of the race. However, Hobson closed in 24.49 to Jonhston’s 24.84, winning in a speedy 8:48.09 to Johnston’s 8:48.28. Hobson is still 18, and that time moves him to #6 all-time in the age group, clipping former record-holder Jeff Kostoff.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 17-18 Age Group

  1. David Johnston – 8:45.38, 2020
  2. Bobby Finke – 8:45.50, 2018
  3. PJ Ransford – 8:46.40, 2015
  4. Michael Brinegard – 8:47.53, 2018
  5. Grant Shoults – 8:48.03, 2015

Additionally, Hobson and Johnston move to #1 and #2 in the NCAA this season. While the 1000 free is not contested at Division I NCAA Championships, or most major midseason invites, teams do regularly race it at dual meets throughout the season. According to the NCAA database, Ohio State’s Charlie Clark had held the fastest time of the season with a 8:48.96, but that’s a converted time from 800 free at the U.S. Open. The next-fastest time was Hoosier Michael Brinegar’s 8:51.20 the Indian-Louisville dual meet last week.

The 200 free featured a battle of 2021 NCAA A-finalist in the form of Longhorn Drew Kibler and Peter Larson. While Kibler has the fastest lifetime best, Larson got the win tonight, touching in 1:34.96 to Kibler’s 1:35.65. No other men finished under 1:40.

Next, Texas swept the top four spots in the 100 back, led by Jason Park’s 47.04. Caspar Corbeau followed that with a 52.77 win in the 100 breast, then Carson Foster rocked a fast 1:41.79 to win the 200 fly by nearly two seconds. 

Transfer Cameron Auchinachie swept the sprint freestyles. He defeated Daniel Krueger in the 50 free, 19.74 to 19.92, then came back after the break to get the touch over Krueger again, this time 43.32 to 43.55.

New Longhorn Chris O’Connor won the 200 back in 1:44.30, then Corbeau completed the breast double with a fast 1:53.50. That time is only 0.18s short of what it took to score at the 2021 NCAA Championships.

After the 200 breast, Texas began exhibitioning its events, but it didn’t matter initially. TCU’s Geremia Freri won the 500 free outright with a 4:21.69 victory. Teammate Piotr Sadlowski nearly made it two in a row for the Horned Frogs. Officially credited with the win, he touched 4th with a 47.95 in the 100 fly, but he was just 0.32s behind Texas’ Zac Van Zandt, who touched first with a 47.62.

In the final individual event of the day, Carson Foster won the 200 IM with a 1:42.86, but Freri was officially credited with the win with his time of 1:51.26.

The meet wrapped with the 200 free relay. Texas’ A relay of Anthony Grimm (19.75), Caspar Corbeau (19.41), Cameron Auchinachie (18.89), and Dan Krueger (19.64) touched first with a time of 1:17.69. With those points exhibitioned, TCU officially won with a 1:21.15.

Texas diving star Jordan Windle continues to be absent while suspended due to “allegations of misconduct,” but Noah Duperre led the diving competition with a pair of wins in the 1m (373.58) and 3m (408.90) events.

The two teams resume the competition tomorrow, although in a long course format.

TCU Release

USTIN, Texas – Geremia Freri had a strong win in the 500 freestyle as the Horned Frogs competed in Day 1 of the dual meet against No. 1 Texas.

Freri’s time of 4:21.69 was good for first, beating the next closest Texas swimmer by over two seconds. It’s his fourth NCAA B cut of the season in the 500 freestyle.

Also notching a B cut was Jadon Wuilliez as he placed third overall in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.73.

Piotr Sadlowski had an impressive performance in the 100 butterfly as his time of 47.95 was good for third overall. Also placing third was Luke DiMiceli in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.14.

The Frogs had a stellar day on the boards. David Ekdahl recorded his first NCAA Zone cut of the day on 1-meter with a score of 321.60. He followed that up with another Zone cut on 3-meter with a score of 334.35. Alec Hubbard also had a Zone cut on 3-meter with a score of 336.45.

Up Next
The Frogs begin the final day of the dual meet against No. 1 Texas at 11 a.m. with the long course time trials in Austin, Texas.

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Texas Release

AUSTIN, Texas – No. 1 Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving collected 12 victories against TCU on Friday afternoon on Senior Day at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center to build a 189-100 lead on day one of the two-day dual meet.

The Longhorns were paced by senior Cameron Auchinachie’s wins in the 50 free(19.74) and 100 free (43.32), junior Caspar Corbeau’s victories in the 100 breaststroke (52.77) and 200 breaststroke (1:53.50), and sophomore Noah Duperre’s double in the 1-meter (373.58) and 3-meter (408.90) springboard competitions.

All told, Texas claimed points for the top-two spots in 11 of the 14 individual events and had the top-three scores in nine.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Texas opened the session with a sweep of the 200 medley relay with freshman Anthony Grimm, Corbeau, senior Alvin Jiang and senior Daniel Krueger posted the fastest time of 1:25.28.
  • The Longhorns went 1-2-3 in the 1,000 free, led by freshman Luke Hobson’s time of 8:48.09, followed by David Johnston at 8:48.28 and Coby Carrozza at 8:55.73.
  • Junior Peter Larson registered a 1:34.96 to win the 200 free and Drew Kibler swam a 1:35.65 to place second.
  • Senior Jason Park took the 100 back (47.04), followed by sophomore Chris O’Connor (47.55), Jiang (47.74) and freshman Nathan Quarterman (49.17).
  • In the 100 breaststroke, Corbeau and senior Charlie Scheinfeld (53.44) claimed the top-two spots.
  • The 200 fly had four Longhorns out in front, led by sophomore Carson Foster’s mark of 1:41.79 and followed by senior Andrew Koustik (1:44.67), junior Cole Crane (1:44.70) and junior Sam Artmann(1:44.79).
  • Auchinachie and Krueger went 1-2 in both the 50 free and 100 free, with Krueger posting times of 19.92 and 43.55, respectively, while Kibler finished third in the 100 free with a time of 44.59.
  • Duperre’s double victories highlighted the springboard events. In the 1-meter springboard, sophomore Brendan McCourt finished second with 361.64 points and senior Andrew Gawin-Parigini placed third with 349.73 points. The 3-meter springboard had junior Andrew Harness finish second with 399.83 points, while Gawin-Parigini collected 378.00 points for another third-place result.
  • O’Connor won the 200 back with a time of 1:44.30, with Hobson (1:45.31), Quarterman (1:47.42) and Carman (1:49.45) claiming the two, three and four spots, respectively.
  •  Caspar was victorious in the 200 breaststroke with junior Jake Foster and senior Braden Vines finishing second and third, respectively, and junior Paul Degrado claiming fourth.

Competition will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. with long course swim events and a men’s and women’s platform exhibition.

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oxyswim
3 months ago

Does Carson go the 200 fly this year instead of 200 back? They’re both loaded with Julian, Albiero, Burdisso, Marchand, Luca? in the fly and Lasco, Mefford, Gonzalez? (probably sticks with 2BR with Bryce back, but I think he’d be 1:36), & Carr. Maybe had to go back just to challenge all the Cal boys.

College swimmer
Reply to  oxyswim
3 months ago

Fly also has Ivanov

wow
3 months ago

Suited or unsuited? I know the article says it is unclear, any one have any insight?

Last edited 3 months ago by wow
epiphany
Reply to  wow
3 months ago

some suited some not. Zettle, Kibler, Jiang not suited

bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

Connery is concerning.

JeahBrah
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

Maybe coming off an injury given he missed the winter invite?

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  JeahBrah
3 months ago

This is what I was thinking too.

It’s an interesting mix of times across the meet. Some seem fast for in-season and/or suited (that 1000, Corbeau 200, Scheinfeld, Vines, Larson, Grimm 50bk) and some pretty sluggish by comparison (Jiang, Kibler, Connery, Zettle).

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
3 months ago

I agree that it seems some swims may have been suited while others weren’t. I’m very curious if any were suited.