Kibler Swims 200 Personal Best, Texas Dominates Relays at HOF Invite

2020 Texas Hall of Fame Swimming Invite 

  • December 2-5, 2020
  • Lee and Joe Jamal Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
  • Course: SCY 
  • Results Link

The first night of the Texas Hall of Fame Swimming Invite kicked off in Austin with several relays in Austin. Texas saw multiple relays hit NCAA “A” cuts, while SMU did not participate in the session. 

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:36.40
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:37.05

Texas dominated the first relay of the night, with their relays sweeping the podium. The Texas ‘A’ relay  of Julia Cook, Anna Elendt, Olivia Bray, and Bridget Semenuk won the event in a time of 1:35.78, sliding under the NCAA A-cut in the process. Notably, Bray hit a split of 22.43 on the fly leg of the relay to post the 3rd fastest split in the field, regardless of stroke. 

Texas’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ relays followed behind in second and third place to give the Longhorns a podium sweep. On the B-relay, Grace Cooper split a 21.82 to post the fastest freestyle split in the entire field. 

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:24.30
  • NCAA “B” cut: 1:24.97

Like the women’s event, Texas won this relay, earning an NCAA A-cut in the process. The relay of Chris Staka, Charlie Scheinfeld, Alvin Jiang, and Daniel Kruger swam to a final time of 1:23.67 to get under the NCAA A-cut of 1:24.30. Staka’s backstroke split of 21.09 was only .01 off of his lifetime best of 21.08 that he swam at the Texas vs. SMU Meet last season. 

Texas’ ‘B’ relay finished second in 1:25.60, with TCU’s ‘A’ relay coming in third with a time of 1:28.31. Notably, both schools had one of their relays DQ’d in this event for a false start. Texas saw theirs come via Peter Larson on the ‘D’ relay, while TCU’s came from Kevin Chao on their ‘E’ relay. 

Men’s 100 IM Time Trial

During the break before the 800 freestyle relays began, Staka returned to the pool for a time trial of the 100 IM. Despite coming fresh off of the 200 medley relay, Staka still managed to post an impressive time of 47.23 in an event that is rarely contested at the Division 1 level. In fact, Staka’s time appears to be the second-fastest 100 IM time ever posted in a short course pool. Matt Grevers’ time of 47.06 from his race against Michael Phelps and David Nolan in 2016 still stands as the fastest swim of all time, though it is not recognized in the USA Swimming database. 


Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay

  • NCAA “A” cut: 7:00.86
  • NCAA “B” cut: 7:05.88

The Texas women managed to get two relays under the NCAA “B” cut of 7:05.88. The ‘A’ relay of Evie Pfeifer, Julia Cook, Kyla Leibel, and Miranda Heckman claimed victory in a time of 7:01.69, followed by the ‘B’ relay of Kelly Pash, Bray, Semenuk, and Mary Smutny in 7:04.95. Leading off the ‘B’ relay,  Pash posted the quickest split in the entire field and smashed her personal best, swimming a time of 1:43.61 to cut almost a second off of her time of 1:44.41. 

Expect Pash to be added to the ‘A’ relay in the future, as her time was over 5 seconds faster than the 1:48.97 Heckman split anchoring the ‘A’ relay. 

Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay

  • NCAA “A” cut: 6:17.18
  • NCAA “B” cut: 6:21.85

Texas saw its second podium sweep of the night, led by the relay of Drew Kibler, Coby Carrozza, Jake Sannem, and Carson Foster, who swam to an NCAA “A” cut with a final time of 6:07.34. Impressively, the time that the team put up tonight was faster than Texas’ nation-leading 6:08.40 from last season by over a second. Kibler, the only returning swimmer from last season’s relay put up a best time in the 200 freestyle leading off the relay, splitting 1:30.57 to cut about .3 off of his previous best. His time maintains his standing as the 7th-fastest performer of all-time in the event. 

The Texas ‘B’ relay of Peter Larson, Jake Foster, John-Thomas Larson, and Luke Bowman finished second in a time of 6:18.17, getting under the NCAA “B” cut of 6:21.85. 

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3 years ago

Anyone knows what’s going on with Grace Ariola? I hope she is not injured.

Michael Andrew Wilson
3 years ago

We need Staka 100 IM video! 🙏🏊💪

Last edited 3 years ago by Michael Andrew Wilson
3 years ago

The fact that Dressel’s 100im WR in SCM is only 2 seconds behind Grevers’ record in SCY… can only imagine what Dressel would go in SCY

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  leisurely1:29
3 years ago

that WR converts to 44.9-45

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
3 years ago

44 low actually which is absurd

Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
3 years ago

His first WR converted to 44.9. His ridiculous new WR converts to about a 44.3!

3 years ago

Charlie led off in 1:37.2 I believe that’s a best time for him.

3 years ago

Calvin Jaing, the white twin of Alvin Jiang on Texas

3 years ago

Calvin Jaing lol

3 years ago

Surprised not to see Willenbring on the 800Fr relay. I don’t think we’ve seen him swim this season? He’s still on the roster.

Also noticed previous NCAA qualifiers Yeager, Varozza and Park are not on the roster.

3 years ago

Luke Bowman reaction time -.12 and no DQ

Not Luke Bowman
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Just built different

Reply to  Not Luke Bowman
3 years ago

I see two possibilities for this username 1. it’s actually Luke Bowman 2. It’s someone close to Luke Bowman, probably a roomate

Reply to  Harambe
3 years ago

I see one possibility for this username 1. It’s Harambe

Not Luke Bowman
Reply to  Harambe
3 years ago

The world may never know

Capitan Pajama Shark
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Somethings are just too fast

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Home field advantage

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