It was the A&M women who once again pushed the pace early at the Art Adamson Invitational, as they put up impressive swims in the session’s last three events on Friday morning.
First, in the 200 free, redshirt junior Lili Ibanez was a 1:44.69 in prelims, which leaps Cal freshman Missy Franklin as the fastest time in the country this season – by nearly half-a-second.
She can’t sleep on the second seed, though. Stanford’s freshman Olympian Lia Neal was about a second behind in 1:45.72, but we really saw Neal explode in finals on the first night of this meet, so she’ll likely be under 1:45 in finals as well. Her season best coming into this meet was just a 1:50.0.
In the next women’s race, the 100 breaststroke, all eyes were on the fastest 100 yard breaststroker of all-time: Breeja Larson. She was a 58.29 (easily the best in the country this season), which leaves her about eight-tenths of a second away from her record, but keep in mind that last year, she was sub-58 at the Aggies mid-season invite in Houston.
Stanford’s Sarah Haase was the 2nd seed in 1:00.12, and SMU’s Rachel Nicol was 3rd in 1:00.51.
And finally, to close the session, Aggie senior Paige Miller was a 51.83 in the 100 backstroke, which is the second-fastest time in the country this year behind only a Liz Pelton relay leadoff from Thursday night. Felicia Lee moved to 2nd in the country with her 52.60, and Maddy Schaefer was 3rd in prelims with a 52.99.
In other women’s races, Stanford’s Maya DiRado took the top seed in the women’s 400 IM in 4:09.00, ahead of A&M’s Cammile Adams in 4:09.99. That will be a showdown of three National Team members in finals, between those two and the 3rd seed Sarah Henry in 4:11.64.
Felicia Lee earned top honors in the 100 fly in 52.86, with Miller 2nd in 52.90. Both that 100 fly and 100 back should be good matchups between those two.
Top swims from the men include A&M’s Hendrik Lindau in the 100 fly, where he was a 47.26, and TCU’s Cooper Robinson in the 100 back, where he was a 47.57.