Southern Methodist vs. Texas
- Friday, February 4, 2022
- Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center, Dallas, TX
- Dual Meet Format
- Live Results
- Also on Meet Mobile as “2022 SMU v Texas”
We already did a full recap of yesterday’s match between Texas and Southern Methodist, but we missed one notable detail in the sea of fast swimming, However, one of our commenters pointed out this evening that Texas freshman Luke Hobson set a new National Age Group record for the 17-18 age group as he won the 1000 free with a time of 8:43.66.
When Hobson committed to Texas as a high school junior a little over two years ago, he had best times of 4:27.20/9:13.41/15:33.09 across the 500/1000/1650 freestyle events. By the time we re-ranked the class of 2021 after their senior seasons, he had improved to 4:16.56/8:58.07/15:20.29, plus a 1:35.09 in the 200 free.
But Hobson quickly took his times to the next level within months of arriving on The Forty Acres. He exploded at the Minnesota Invite, splitting 1:31.34 on the Longhorn’ ‘B’ 800 relay on the first night. The next day, he broke Michael Phelps’ National Age Group record in the 500 free in prelims, then broke his own record that night finals with a 4:09.72. He wrapped up the meet by winning the 1650 with a time of 14:40.15.
Hobson has kept that momentum going during the second semester. Just two weeks ago, he moved to #6 in the 17-18 age group and (#1 in the NCAA this season), with a 8:48.09 in the 1000 free against TCU. In that race, he narrowly beat teammate and NAG record holder, sophomore David Johnston.
The pair dueled again last night, and once again Hobson just beat his teammate, this time 8:43.66 to 8:43.96. However, this time Hobson’s performance was enough to take the NAG record from Johnston, who had set it in the fall of 2020.
ALL-TIME PERFORMERS, MEN’S 17-18 AGE GROUP
- Luke Hobson – 8:43.66, 2022
- David Johnston – 8:45.38, 2020
- Bobby Finke – 8:45.50, 2018
- PJ Ransford – 8:46.40, 2015
- Michael Brinegar – 8:47.53, 2018
After struggling for a few years after the gradation of Clark Smith, who owns the American Record in the 1000 free, the Longhorns distance crew appears to be back on track. If Hobson, Johnston, and other distance guys like Alex Zettle can all score at NCAAs, that’ll go a long way toward helping the Longhorns hold off the Cal Bears in their perennial battle for the NCAA team title.