Longhorn Day 1 Finals: Foster Goes 4:11.13 IM, Ledecky Beats Manuel in 100 FR

2021 LONGHORN ELITE INVITE

The first finals session of the 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite kicked off with a stellar race between sprinter Simone Manuel and distance queen Katie Ledecky in the women’s 100 free final. On the men’s side, the top four 100 free finalists finished within 0.13s. Then, Madisyn Cox put up the No. 2 US women’s 400 IM time while Carson Foster hit another personal best in the men’s final. Following that, Ledecky was back in the water for the 400 free final with a 7-second margin victory while Coby Carrozza won the men’s race. Olivia Bray and Shaine Casas wrapped up the evening with their respective wins in the 100 fly.

Day 1 Finals Highlights

The session started off with an all-out-no-breath-sprint finish between Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky in the women’s 100 free final. After Manuel turned first at the turn at 25.86, Ledecky’s quickened tempo gained on the sprint record-holder. Four strokes after Ledecky put her head down and whirled her arms, Manuel followed suit, leaving it up to the scoreboard to decide the winner. Taking the win by one one-hundredth was Ledecky, defeating Manuel 53.82 to 53.83, splitting 26.44/27.38.  That swim narrowly missed her 2016 personal best of 53.75 from PSS Austin, but now bumps Erika Brown (54.03) for No. 6 in the US rankings.

Meanwhile on the men’s side, it was a tight race throughout the entire 100 meters between four current and former Texas Longhorns. At the finish, it was Drew Kibler (48.28) who took the narrow 0.05s victory over Maxime Rooney (49.33). In for third place was Daniel Krueger (49.36), holding off Townley Haas (49.41). The quartet now rank places 10th-13th respectively on the 2020-2021 US rankings.

Putting up the No. 2 time in the US women’s 400 IM here in Austin was Madisyn Cox, stopping the clock at 4:36.61. In the race for second, Evie Pfeifer held off Brooke Forde by 0.14s, 4:40.14 to 4:40.28. Cox now moves up to No. 6 in the world rankings.

On the men’s side, Carson Foster put up another lifetime best at 4:11.13 while Jake Foster (4:15.66) and David Johnston (4:18.29) rounded out the top 3 times. C. Foster now moves up to No. 3 in the world season rankings and No. 6 all-time in American history, passing 2019 Pan American champ Charlie Swanson (4:11.46) and 2004 Olympic runner-up Erik Vendt (4:11.27).

All-Time U.S. Performers List: Men’s 400 IM LCM

  1. Michael Phelps, 4:03.84 — 2008 Olympics
  2. Ryan Lochte, 4:05.18 — 2012 Olympics
  3. Chase Kalisz, 4:05.90 — 2017 Worlds
  4. Tyler Clary, 4:06.96 — 2009 U.S. Nationals
  5. Jay Litherland, 4:09.22 — 2019 Worlds
  6. Carson Foster, 4:11.13 — 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite**
  7. Erik Vendt, 4:11.27 — 2002 U.S. Nationals
  8. Charlie Swanson, 4:11.46 — 2019 Pan Ams
  9. Gunnar Bentz, 4:11.66 — 2017 U.S. Nationals
  10. Tom Dolan, 4:11.76 — 2000 Olympics

2020-2021 LCM Men 400 IM

CarsonUSA
Foster
07/23
4:08.46
2Daiya
Seto
JPN4:09.0204/03
3Chase
Kalisz
USA4:09.0906/13
4Brendon
Smith
AUS4:09.2707/24
5Lewis
Clareburt
NZL4:09.4907/24
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After winning her non-discipline 100 free, Ledecky quadrupled the distance to win the 400 free final by seven seconds at 4:00.37. Placing second was Bahamian Joanna Evans at 4:07.33, taking down her 4:07.60 lifetime best and national record from the 2016 Olympics. Evan’s time also achieved the FINA Olympic A cut, an automatic Olympic qualification. On the men’s side, Coby Carrozza separated himself from Preston Forst to win the 400 free final by nearly a full second, 3:52.24 to 3:53.11.

Winning the women’s 100 fly final was Olivia Bray, closing with the fastest final 50 split of 30.73 to go a season best of 58.17. Rounding out the top three women’s times were Lillie Nordmann (58.63) and Kelly Pash (59.01). Finishing in fourth was Philippines’ Remedy Rule, taking just 0.01s off her own national record at 59.55. On the men’s side, Shaine Casas affirmed his finals win with a 52.05, touching in 0.29s ahead of Youssef Ramadan (52.36).

Bray now passes up bacstroker Beata Nelson (58.37) for No. 8 in the 2020-2021 US rankings.

US Season Rankings: Women’s 100 FL LCM

  1. Claire Curzan (56.20), 2021 TAC Titans LC Premier
  2. Torri Huske (56.69), 2021 TAC Titans LC Premier
  3. Katie McLaughlin (57.39), 2021 CAL Spring Classic
  4. Kate Douglass/Gretchen Walsh (57.43), 2020 U.S. Open/2021 Dynamo LC Elite
  5. Regan Smith (57.68), 2021 Pro Swim Series Indy
  6. Kelsi Dahlia (57.75), 2021 Pro Swim Series Indy
  7. Olivia Bray (58.15), 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite**

National Record Round-Up

Race Videos Provided by James Foster.

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Ger
3 months ago

Many thanks to James Foster.

Ghost
Reply to  Ger
3 months ago

I am assuming they allowed spectators!

jvog88
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Down votes = no spectators allowed? Anyone feel like providing an active response?

Spectators?
Reply to  jvog88
3 months ago

That is correct. They are supposedly enforcing a “no spectators” policy at this meet.

jvog88
Reply to  Spectators?
3 months ago

Thanks for confirming! Appreciate it.

So confused
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

No spectators….in Texas. Crazy times.

Meeeeee
Reply to  So confused
3 months ago

Def not because of Texas (the state). Because of Austin and UT.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Meeeeee
3 months ago

Well, I think San Antonino, Dallas, and Houston would have the same rules on crowds that Austin does for a swimming event.

Spectators?
Reply to  Ger
3 months ago

While it’s great to have race video (thank you!), I’m curious how James Foster is obtaining these videos since there’s a no spectator policy at this meet. Are they only allowing UT parents into the meet? I’m guessing that James Foster is the parent of the Foster boys?

Admin
Reply to  Spectators?
3 months ago

He’s timing.

Spectators?
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Are they timing from the stands? The videos are not being shot from the deck.

So confused
Reply to  Ger
3 months ago

Agreed. Thanks Mr. James Foster for the videos.

Ondulation Fabio
3 months ago

Little typo in Kibler’s 100 time I’m afraid

Dudeman
Reply to  Ondulation Fabio
3 months ago

If I had a nickel for every time I was a second faster than the 2nd place guy but only won by 0.05

Bevo
3 months ago

Interesting to see Manuel swimming way to the right of the lane going out and coming back more to the right. Made a difference at the end.

Virtus
Reply to  Bevo
3 months ago

Rowdy is that you?

Jackman
3 months ago

Impressive session for ledecky – doesn’t need to do anything more at trials to likely make the relay and definitely make the 400.

Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

Ledecky is going to be extra sensational this summer. She’s obviously gunning for the 200 free WR.

Swimfan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

With her speed I think in order to go after the 200 free world record she need a 52.9 maybe a 53.2 in the 100

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

Let’s first see if Katie Ledecky can break the American Record.

Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

You’d think Rooney would at least time trial a 100 fly.

Samesame
3 months ago

Manuel much better starts and turns, Ledecky better over the water.

Yozhik
3 months ago

I expected (and actually wanted it) that Ledecky’s improvement in 100 comes from the first half of the distance. Indicating with that the progress with her sprinting abilities. But no the time for her first fifty stays remarkably the same:
Mission Viejo: 26.43 – 26.47 (prelim, final after 1500)
Austin: 26.47 – 26.44 (prelim, final)
Also Ledecky has usually good reaction time and underwater, but in this race she lost visibly to Manuel at the very start.
All these observations suggest that she has ways to go faster for at least 0.2-0.3 sec in 100 if she indeed targeting 4×100 relay and her speed training is not simply the part of her preparation program for the… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Yozhik
Swimfan
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Ledecky split 53.83 in Budapest after going 3:58.3 earlier in the same session compared going 52.6 on the relay in rio

Yozhik
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

I know how long-short double works in her case. I don’t have cases to analyze for reverse double: short – long

Troyy
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

Ledecky had more spriting speed in Rio than Budapest so it’s expected she’d be slower on the relay regardless of swimming a 400 earlier in the session.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

The heats/final of the women’s 400 meter freestyle is 24 hours later than the heats/final of the women’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympics.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Gibberish

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