Longhorn Invite Day 2 Prelims: Isabelle Stadden Breaks 2:08 in the 200 Back

2021 LONGHORN ELITE INVITE

As the second finals session of the 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite is underway, this morning featured the prelims efforts of the women’s and men’s 200 free, 200 back, 200 breast, and 50 free. Kicking off the session was Katie Ledecky in the 200 free, coming off her 100 free win over Simone Manuel.

Splitting 27.60/29.32/29.67/29.60 this morning, Ledecky topped the women’s 200 free prelims in a 1:56.19, well off her US and World No. 1 time of 1:54.40 this season. Rounding out the sub-2:00 times this AM were 400 IM champ Madisyn Cox (1:58.06), Brooke Forde (1:59.24), and versatile sprinter Izzy Ivey (1:59.82).

Just off his US No. 10 season in the men’s 200 free of 1:48.12 was 400 IMer Carson Foster, hitting 1:48.51 this morning. Swimming under 1:50 this morning as well were Preston Forst (1:49.15) and Jonathan Rutter (1:49.82), ahead of Townley Haas (1:50.16) and Maxime Rooney (1:50.19), both setting season bests.

Then in the 200 back, Isabelle Stadden broke 2:08 for the first time, hitting 2:07.93 to remain the 12th-fastest American in history. Among active U.S. performers, Stadden also remains No. 6.

All-Time *Active* U.S. Performers List: Women’s 200 Back LCM

  1. Regan Smith, 2:03.35 – 2019 Worlds
  2. Kathleen Baker, 2:06.14 – 2018 Pan Pacs
  3. Phoebe Bacon, 2:06.84 – 2021 PSS Indy
  4. Rhyan White, 2:07.07 – 2021 Atlanta Classic
  5. Lisa Bratton, 2:07.91 – 2019 WUGs
  6. Isabelle Stadden, 2:07.93 – 2021 Longhorn Invite**

Hitting the top seed in the men’s 200 back was Austin Katz, breaking 2:00 for the first time this season at 1:59.54 to remain No. 6 in the US. Yesterday’s 100 fly champ, Shaine Casas, placed 4th this morning at 2:01.68.

Texas’ Anna Elendt swam 2:27.96, ahead of Stanford’s Allie Raab (2:28.78), to lead the women’s 200 breast prelims. On the men’s side, Stanford’s Daniel Roy put up a strong 2:10.81 this morning ahead of Jake Foster (2:14.38) and Will Licon (2:14.94).

After placing second in the 100 free, Simone Manuel leads the women’s 50 free with a sub-25 effort of 24.91, touching ahead of Anya Goeders‘ 25.06 Wave II cut. Then, Aggie Koko Bratanov took the top 50 free prelims spot at 22.34 while Texas’ Kibler swam 22.66 for second.

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Robbos
1 year ago

Just to show you how dominant Ledecky is in the 800.
Ledecky swims a 1.55.47, very much in the same boat as her main contenders who are all untapered.
Ledecky based on her 1.55.47 & her swim in the 800 is 10 seconds behind her WR, shows clearly untapered, but this time 8.14.48 is unmatched by anybody in the history of swimming this event apart from 1 girl, who has since long retired & swam this time in the fast suits of 2008.

Amazing how good Ledecky is in the 800. Easily the greatest female distance swimmer of all time & arguably the greatest female swimmer of all time. IMO, the GOAT.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

Really hope she keeps going past 2024, with her dominance it would be easy. Just hard mentally when you have nobody challenging you for 800 and 1500 meters.

SHG
Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

Katie Ledecky is an amazing swimmer and truly one of the greats. Shane Gould held the world records for the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 200m Medley all at the same time. Another amazing swimmer. Looking forward to watching the great Katie Ledecky show us how truly great she is.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

You realize that Katie Ledecky has the three fastest all-time relay splits in the women’s 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay during the textile era (from 01 Jan 2010 to the present).

https://www.usaswimming.org/times/data-hub/all-time-relay-splits

Yozhik
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

You and your source are awfully wrong about that. If you behave well and ask me nicely I will tell you who the fastest W800FR relay swimmer is 😀

Last edited 1 year ago by Yozhik
ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

I enjoy reading Yozhik’s nonsense posts. He/she always seems to write things that get under the skin of most people on this site. You are the Skip Bayless of the swimswam message-board.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

It must the underlying failure of women’s swimming in mother Russia.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

Though not a fan when he obsessively disparaged Hosszu (he’s backed off that), he does have some accurate information (he does the research) and doesn’t write long imaginary thoughts of Dean Farris about Dressel or obsess about Ray Looze.

Swimfan
1 year ago

I don’t think the American woman have had this many 157 in season before!!!

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

How many women dare to attempt the 200 FR/200 IM double at the 2021 Olympic Team Trials?

Cox
Huske
Margalis
Smith (Leah)

Hswimmer
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

Leah won’t do 200 IM, just 400 I’m guessing.

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

Margalis will most likely will the 400 IM and huske will probably get 2nd In the 100 fly so going after the 200 free/IM would be Senseless in my opinion unless they’re going to fully go after the 200 IM in Tokyo. personally I’d like to see 8 women at 1:56 or better by trials {besides Manuel and ledecky) the more the merrier because the Americans are going to need all the help they can get to have any chance to beat the Aussies

Hswimmer
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

Madden should drop to 1:55 shes also a good taper swimmer as she’s been dropping both ncaas and summers.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

It’s not that impressive when the OQT in the women’s 200 meter freestyle is 1:57.28 for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Yozhik
1 year ago

The hype about Ledecky ended up with big question mark. What was this meet all about for her? Just completing the unfinished business in Mission Viejo with 100m event? What was the reason to travel so far for the meet without any competition? The racing Manuel at 100 could be done back in California without taking any risk in pandemic time.

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Get a few races in preparing for trials would be my guess. I don’t think she’s looking for a PB but I admire the troll.

Yozhik
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
1 year ago

Well, maybe she wanted to see how 800 feels like after strong 200.
And 1:55.47 is actually strong. It would easily win the gold medal at current EC in Budapest. But after 1:54.40 month ago it looks pedestrian.
Well if it was indeed a test then 800 was affected strongly. And should she swim 1:54 the result in 800 would be affected even more significantly. So there is something to think about.
But it is very possible that there is nothing to think about and there is no reason to look for hidden signs and overanalyze. She could be simply not in the mood to perform strongly today. Why actually she should? There are no obligation. She… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Maybe the 800 was the beginning of her taper. Maybe the plan all along was not to crush a killer program, but go for selected swims and back off if tired in anything long.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
1 year ago

It frosts his arse that Katie Ledecky has the top ranking in the world for calendar year 2021 in the W 200 FR, W 400 FR, W 800 FR, W 1500 FR.

The failure is the manufactured hype of the competition from Europe.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

You have ZERO credibility.

Brandi
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Yozhik – you must not be from the US and def not Texas. Pandemic in the states is very low risk currently, cases are at an all time low and vaccines are widespread. Many states are removing mask and capacity mandates. There’s minimal travel risk here.

Yozhik
Reply to  Brandi
1 year ago

Then why there is no spectators? The mayor of my city (Chicago) demands wearing masks. All stores where I am usually making shopping demand masks and distances.
Just two hours ago the person who fixed our AC told us that he will never get vaccinated because the 29 years old young man, the son of his close friend died after J&J vaccine.
What I can tell you for sure that you are American since you are repeating this official propaganda and trust CDC’s nonsense.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Lol

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 year ago

It frosts his arse so therefore he should move back to the old country.

Bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Your mayor isn’t much of a mayor…

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
1 year ago

Nor is the poster in question who you responded to much of an intellect.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

this checks out soooooooooooooo much

the ever intelligent yozhik being an anti vaxxer lmao who woulda thought

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Brandi
1 year ago

Maybe Yozhik is not so clueless after all. Texas has only 33% of the population vaccinated (#37 of the 50 states). And Travis County’s daily case rate, though low, is not nonexistent, and is actually higher than a year ago (presumably testing). So it’s not like it’s minimal travel risk to go through major airports and stay in hotels there.

Hannah
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

The risk changes if you’re vaccinated though. For vaccinated people the risk of traveling if minimal because the risk of COVID is almost gone.

Comet
1 year ago

800 free
KL 8.14.48

Yozhik
1 year ago

It is an interesting psychology: why practically all commenters here gave up already on Comerford but are still very optimistic about Manuel. They both are far away from their personal bests with their current results.

Silent Observer
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Main reason might be that commenters have seen Manuel register and compete at competitions in the recent months. We also know how she tends to really only show up at the big meets. Never shows her cards in season. Allowing for more trust in her.

Where as Comerford has not really shown up in meets recently. Leaving her to be more of a wild card in terms of where she is at.

Last edited 1 year ago by Silent Observer
Yozhik
Reply to  Silent Observer
1 year ago

Well it isn’t much time left to get the final answer. Just 3 weeks.

pvdh
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

remember when she went 53.6 in may of 2019….how did that turn out Yozhik.

Ill wait

Yozhik
Reply to  pvdh
1 year ago

Do you have a similar statistics about Comerford?

Yozhik
Reply to  pvdh
1 year ago

Manuel does have a history of bad season. When she appeared as strong challenger of Franklin for #1 spot among American sprinters the very next season she bounced well back. It’s never happened again. True. But to say that her career was absolutely cloudless would be incorrect.

Tedward
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

My optimism is based on Simone’s history as a swimmer. Just one instance – she was second to Weitzel at the 2016 trials in the 50 AND 100 before taking gold and silver in Rio. For me, given Simone’s longer track record and medal hauls at big meets, the more interesting psychology is why one would think her and Comerford are comparable.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Tedward
1 year ago

Simone Manuel
Women’s 50 meter frrestyle
2016 – Silver
2017 – Bronze
2018 – Silver
2019 – Gold

Simone Manuel
Women’s 100 meter freestyle
2016 – Gold
2017 – Gold
2018 – Silver
2019 – Gold

The record speaks for itself. End of story.

Troyy
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Comerford is much further away from her usual in season times.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Why are we talking about Mallory Comerford? She was always a short course swimmer who did a great job overachieving for a few years in long course 100 and relays. Not enough length or upside to fend off the youngsters. I mentioned several times that she wouldn’t get the second spot in the 100. I am surprised that she conceded to this degree and probably won’t even contend for the morning relay swims. Actually make that evening relay swims.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Like her a lot and wish her well, but this is an accurate take.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Comerford just went 25 high, 55, and over 2 minutes at Tyr Indy. Kind of some separation there from Manuel, wouldn’t you say? Manuel has been doing tons of power work. That takes a lot of rest. Bet against her at your peril.

Yozhik
1 year ago

“. And then there were seven”
Now we have 7(!) of 1:57 swimmers at 200FR.
With 1:57:38 Cox got rank #3 among American swimmers.
Ok girls, go to 1:56 range. Compete there for spots on 4×200 relay. It’s getting too crowded at 1:57.

Last edited 1 year ago by Yozhik
Penguin
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Little Hedgehog, these are women, not girls

Yozhik
Reply to  Penguin
1 year ago

Thank you for the correction. It’s nice to know 😀

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Penguin
1 year ago

The women’s 200 meter freestyle has concluded at the 2021 European Aquatics Championships. That’s two bites at the apple for countries that have conducted Olympic Trials.

pvdh
Reply to  Penguin
1 year ago

dude remains the most sus commenter here

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  pvdh
1 year ago

About as clueless as they come.

Swimfan
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Have the American women do a couple swap from prelims to finals

Comet
1 year ago

Women’s 50 free
Manuel 24.74

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