Rhyan White Closes Out Art Adamson Invite By Winning 200 BK/200 FL Double

ART ADAMSON INVITATIONAL

Baylor Nelson Posts Another Lifetime Best, 1:41.17 200 Back

Texas A&M freshman Baylor Nelson has been on fire at this meet. He’s swum two lifetime bests in the IMs–1:43.32 in the 200 IM and 3:38.39 in the 400 IM, both of which are among the top times in the NCAA. His 400 IM was particularly impressive, as he took over three seconds off his previous best to become one of the fastest freshmen in history. On the final day of racing, he posted another lifetime best, this time in the 200 backstroke.

He hit 1:41.17, shaving .14 seconds off his previous lifetime best, which he’d set in March 2022. He finished second in race behind junior teammate Ethan Gogulski. Nelson’s time stands up as currently the third fastest in the country, behind only Gogulski (1:39.98) and Carson Foster (1:40.79).

Rhyan White Collects 2 Wins in 200 Back/200 Fly Double

The 200 back/200 fly double is an absolutely brutal one, but Rhyan White pulled it off extremely well on the final day of the Art Adamson Invitational. She started off by winning the 200 back in 1:51.53, lowering her own NCAA-leading time and winning by over three seconds. Of course, as this meet started a day ahead of the other invites, the other 200 backstrokers will try to beat that tomorrow. This time last year, White was faster, cracking 1:49.73 at the Tennessee Invitational.

After winning the first event of the session, White was back in the water for the final individual event: the 200 fly. She earned the win there as well, posting a 1:54.36. That’s a new lifetime best for her, beating the 1:55.26 she swam at a dual meet in November 2020. This is only the fourth time she’s swum the 200 fly since posting that personal best, and it’s interesting to see her take on an off-event for her at a mid-season invite.

Brooks Curry Blasts 41.86 100 Freestyle

Though his sprinting ace counterpart Maggie MacNeil didn’t race today, Brooks Curry was still getting the job done in the 100 free for the LSU Tigers. He ripped a 41.86 to win the event by almost a full second ahead of the runner up, Alabama’s Kaique Alves. The defending NCAA champion in the event, Curry holds a lifetime best of 40.84.

This is a strong swim for Curry–at this meet last year, his fastest 100 free was a 42.10 leading off the 400 free relay. There have been a slew of 41 second freestyle splits on the 400 medley relays so don’t expect him to be alone for much longer but currently, Curry is the only swimmer to have broken 42 seconds this season. That swim vaults Curry up the national rankings; coming into the meet, his season best time was 43.25 from LSU’s dual with South Carolina.

Other Notable Races

  • In the men’s 1650 freestyle, Alabama’s Victor Johansson blasted 14:39.63 to win the event, taking over the top time in the NCAA by a significant margin. The Swede transferred to Alabama from USC, and has now broken Alabama’s school record, which was held by Mark Randall in 14:48.25 and had stood since 2006. Johansson cut 3.58 seconds off his personal best time, cracking 14:40 for the first time. His time would have finished 9th at 2022 NCAAs. Earlier in the meet, he broke the school record in the 500 free.
  • The women’s 100 free was a much closer race, with Alabama’s Morgan Scott taking the win ahead of Texas A&M’s Chloe Stepanek47.81 to 47.94. Stepanek’s time neared her lifetime best 47.78, which she swam at 2022 SECs. She’s had a stellar meet, highlighted by her quadruple on the first night.
  • TCU’s Geremia Freri tied the school’s record in the 200 fly, posting 1:45.88 in prelims. Though he added time in finals and finished eighth, it was his second school record of the meet as he’d broken the 200 IM one earlier. Winning the event was Alabama sophomore Mateo Miceli in a lifetime best of 1:43.50.
  • The Texas A&M men have also had a strong meet, and they closed out the meet well. In addition to their success in the 200 back which we mentioned earlier, they also went 1-2 in the 200 breaststroke. Alex Sanchez and Andres Puente Bustamante dueled the entire race, and it came down to the touch. Sanchez got the better of Puente Bustamante by .05 seconds, 1:51.09 to 1:51.14. Those are currently the top two times in the country, and are big lifetime bests for both swimmers.

Final Scores

Women

  1. Alabama – 792
  2. USC – 750
  3. Texas A&M – 667
  4. LSU – 502
  5. Arkansas – 432.5
  6. Washington State – 278.5
  7. TCU – 143

Men

  1. Texas A&M – 1144
  2. Alabama – 845
  3. USC – 636.5
  4. LSU – 406
  5. TCU – 364.5
  6. Air Force – 157

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Swimfan
2 months ago

I guess a 14:39 in the mile isn’t notable

BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

I don’t understand why a big time invite like this one wouldn’t have a live results page.

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