Krueger’s 41.99 100 Free the Highlight of Fast Texas Orange-White Meet

by Robert Gibbs 32

September 30th, 2019 Big 12, College, News

  • Austin, Texas
  • Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Full Results
  • Scores: Orange 153.5, White 129.5

We’ve gotten used to seeing some outrageously fast times at the Texas mens’ annual intrasquad meet over the past few years, and Friday’s traditional Orange-White proved to be no exception, as some big names came close to lifetime bests.

Keep in mind that these times aren’t official, and we don’t whether or not everyone was suited up, and the Longhorns probably aren’t yet in the middle of heavy training, so take this for whatever it’s worth, but it’s still exciting to see some super quick times in September.

The most eye-popping times belonged to sophomore Daniel Krueger, the top 100 free returner from last year’s NCAAs. Texas has a deep sprint group, but Krueger came out on top in both the 50 free and the 100 free, putting up times of 19.32 and 41.99 (not to mention a 18.9 relay split) that are usually unheard-of this early in the season.

Last year, no one matched those times until the fall invites, and even then, that 41.99 would’ve ranked as the 3rd-fastest time in the country heading into January.

Krueger led a Texas sophomore sweep of the freestyles. Drew Kibler, also representing the White squad, took the 200 free in 1:33.97 and the 500 free in 4:20.84. Given the explosion in the 200 free over the past four years, that 1:33 isn’t quite as impressive as it used to be, but like Krueger’s time, it would’ve been by far the quickest time in the country last season until the big invites.

Alex Zettle, repping Orange, actually started the meet by ripping a 8:58.07 in the 1000. That’s an event that’s not swum tapered as much, but it’s still worth noting that it would’ve been the 10th-fastest time all last season. He also nearly topped Kibler in the 500 free, finishing just behind in 4:21.19.

The final sophomore to win an event was Charlie Scheinfeld (Orange), who took the 100 breast in 52.86.

The vaunted Longhorn freshman class was also out in full force on Friday. Caspar Corbeau (White) took 2nd in the 100, touching just behind Scheinfeld in 53.03, only 0.11s off his lifetime best.  He then won the 200 breast with a 1:55.49.

Fellow freshman Jake Foster (Orange), had to settle for 2nd place in the 200 breast (1:56.22), but wrapped up the individual competitions with a 1:46.28 victory in the 200 IM.

While former Florida swimmer Maxime Rooney was the biggest name in the trio of transfers Texas got this season, he didn’t come out on top in any races, but Alvin Jiang (Orange) did. Jiang, coming from UNC, popped a lifetime best of 46.05 in the 100 fly to take the win.

Meanwhile, Rooney (Orange) put up times of 1:45.86 in the 200 fly, 42.95 in the 100 free, and 47.53 in the 100 fly, along with a 20.16 leadoff in the 200 free.

The Longhorns talented backstroke crew was also on display. Senior Ryan Harty (Orange) was less than half a second off his lifetime best in the 100 back, winning with a 45.49. Junior Austin Katz (White) won the 200 back, an event in which he was the 2018 NCAA champion and 2019 runner-up, in 1:41.68.

Another junior, Sam Pomajevich (Orange), out split the field by almost a second down the final 50 to win the 200 fly with a 1:43.48.

Unsurprisingly, junior Jordan Windle (Orange) swept both the 1m and 3m diving events. Windle’s led the diving corps the past two years, making all 3 A-finals at last year’s NCAAs, and the Longhorns will be counting on diving to come up big in 2020 if Texas has any hope of toppling Cal.

In relay action, Kibler (19.56), Katz (19.52), Corbeau (19.93), and Krueger (18.92) combined to give White a 1:17.93 in the 200 free relay relay. That wasn’t enough to overcome the big points Orange had put up early, as Orange won 153.5 to 129.5.

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Texas wins NCAA’s. Put it in the bank.


Yup. Then Iowa City and Atlanta again (’21 and ’22) and we know what happened there last time. Cal better enjoy that 2019 win few more months.


Texas had better teams in 2015 and 2016 than Cal. I don’t think that has much bearing on who is better in 2021 and 2022. If I were on the Texas team, I wouldn’t want people like you guaranteeing three consecutive NCAA titles on the basis of an intrasquad meet.


Where did I guarantee wins? Second, Texas swimmers have better things to do than worrying what an old fart says. Lighten up…


Texas swimming will be going for the second place threepeat


Hmm, *sprinters, don’t leave me*, but, 1:33 is more impressive. It takes more skilled speed in *super early, deathly* season [sprinters, you still with me?] to go 100+ times…1:33 takes the cake [i hope I’ve maintained the sprinters, much, much love and respect]..however, 1:33 is less pedestrian than 41….99! > ok so it’s 1:33.97…can anyone catch my drift? The downvote is there for use..


Disagree. Kruger’s time wouldve placed 7th at NCAAs while Kibler’s wouldnt have made finals. Ill save the downvote though because your comment was written so cautiously


Dumb question: will these times count toward ncaa qualification invite since it only an intrasquad?


Nope. I believe there has to be at least two teams of a gender in order for it to be considered “official” (orange and white don’t count as separate teams Lol)


There also must be officials and the pool must be certified. I’ve heard rumors that some teams with a Bulkhead will shorten the pool for these meets like these to give their swimmers some confidence

Horns up

Well ya and like with Eddie as coach and texas’ general lack of skill that seems like a reasonable theory. (Insert sarcasm)


It does make some sense if you consider how slow texas has swam in dual meets over the past few years compared to the end of year taper that this meet might be swam in a slightly shorten pool.


Sorry, That’s an insane conspiracy theory. Not to mention that it would just be bad coaching — but logistically, can you imagine what the turns would look like if you shortened the pool a few feet? Unless you are doing new tile on the pool bottom (the Ts) or drilling new holes for backstroke flag poles – it would be slow and even dangerous


The mystery of Clark Smith has been solved


Nah. Like Eddie said in some interview, October and November are when they’re training so hard they drop duel meets. They’re still moving fast until they hit “Rocktober.”

In past years they haven’t been entered in the SWIMS database.

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