In the first day of tri-meet action against Arizona and SMU (the only scored day), Texas’ Michael McBroom has hit an all-time NCAA best in the men’s 1000 free with an 8:43.48 as the Longhorns beat Arizona 166-125 at home.
That broke a Texas Swim Center pool record, and is the fastest time ever swum in NCAA competition, though putting the swim in context is a bit challenging; we usually only see it raced on its own in dual meets, because it’s not an official NCAA Championship event in Division I. That also means that it’s incredibly rare for anybody to swim this race tapered. The previous best all-time in a college meet was Michigan’s Chris Thompson at NCAA’s in 2001 where he swam an 8:44.11 en route to a then-record-setting 1650 clocking.
McBroom’s swim was really amazing, as he took the race out in a 4:21 and came back in a 4:22. Swimming back-to-back 4:20 lows like that is just unbelievable. He swam a 4:18.57 to win the regular 500 later in the meet.
The all-time best is still far from where McBroom is, with Erik Vendt having swum an 8:36 at the Toyota Grand Prix at Belmont in 2007.
That was just the beginning for a Texas team that was dialed-in at this meet (they were suited up). In their endless quest to find their top medley breaststroker for this season, Austin Surhoff is their latest attempt. He swam with great success on the 400 medley relay where he split a 53.55, just four-tenths slower than Arizona’s Kevin Cordes, Texas won that relay in 3:12.43, with SMU 2nd in 3:12.97 thanks to a splendid back-half from David Larsson (46.81 fly) and Mindaugas Sadauskas (43.00).
Arizona was not as good as we saw them against Cal last weekend and took 3rd in a 3:16.
Dax Hill took the next win with a 1:33.92 in the men’s 200 free. That’s his best time of the season and ranks him third in the country in 2012-2013. His teammate Clay Youngquist was 2nd in 1:35.7 showing a vastly different level than Hill put up – Youngquist is one of the two swimmers who has been faster than Hill this year.
Hill also took a great showdown with the aforementioned Sadauskas in the 100 free, swimming a 43.05 to Sadauskas’ 43.37. Youngquist was 3rd in 44.71.
Sadauskas’ lone individual win in the meet was a 19.91 in the 50 free.
Cordes, meanwhile, looked better in the 200 than the 100. He won the longer race in 1:57.40. In the 100, he was upset by freshman teammate Andrew Sovero 53.63-54.09.
The stars of the day for Arizona overall were their freshmen. Besides Sovero’s win, South African freshman Michael Meyer won the 200 fly in a 1:44.3. He hasn’t been heard from as much as fellow South African freshman Dylan Bosch, though the two have a similar specialty, but Meyer now moves to 5th in the country in the race. That’s just one spot behind Bosch in the Collegiate rankings.
Meyer also won the 400 IM by a whopping 14 seconds, touching in 3:46.3. That’s another top-10 ranked time for the rookie.
Texas’ men wrapped the meet with a stiff 1:18.51 win in the 200 free relay; Surhoff split 19.3 on the second leg and Madison Wenzler was a 19.3 on the anchor as well.
Suddenly, Texas doesn’t look nearly as thin as they did at the turn of the semester. This is a very good team that now just remains with a question of whether, in a 5 relay meet at NCAA’s, they have enough pieces to put everything together.