2015 Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame Invite
Day 3 of 4 at the Texas Invite went off this morning with 5 individual events scheduled for the prelim session. The events swum were the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back.
The 200 IM winner from last night Madisyn Cox paced the women’s 400 IM prelims, cruising in for the top time at 4:10.75, well ahead of her closest competition. Her Longhorn teammate Maggie D’Innocenzo was 2nd in 4:14.47, with Destiny Nelson of USC 3rd in 4:15.42. Sonia Wang of Harvard qualified 4th, Arlyn Upshaw of UCLA was 5th and Nora McCullough made it three Texas women in the final finishing 6th. The final is rounded out by Danielle Valley and Jenny Holtzen of Wisconsin. Holtzen was 8th in 4:18.77.
Nick Thorne of Arizona led the way in the men’s 400 IM, qualifying 1st in 3:46.46. John Martens qualified 2nd in 3:47.12, the first of 5 Texas men in the final. Also qualifying was Jonathan Roberts (3rd), Will Licon (4th), Ryan Harty (6th) and Hayden Henry (8th). Licon is the defending NCAA champion, and Harty won the 200 IM last night, so it should shape up to be a very good race tonight. Of course, Licon did scratch the 200 IM final last night after qualifying for the A final, so we’ll have to wait and see what he decides for tonight. Also qualifying for the final was Josh Anderson (Wisconsin) and Grant Sanders (Arizona). 8th place was 3:51.65 this morning.
Annie Ochitwa led a 1-2 finish for the Arizona women in the 100 fly, coming in at 52.37, just ahead of teammate Mackenzie Rumrill who was 2nd in 52.52. Katie Grover of UCLA was the only other women under 53 seconds (52.96). Dana Grindall (Wisconsin) and Mimi Schneider (Texas) tied for 4th in 53.27, and the top seed coming into the meet Lucy Worrall of USC was 6th in 53.38. The A final is rounded out by Caroline McTagg of UCLA and Kendall Crawford of Harvard.
It wasn’t a surprise to see the Texas men dominate the 100 fly, placing 5 men in the top-8 and 3 more in the top-16. 2015 NCAA champion Joseph Schooling led the way in 44.98, a blistering morning time. That is now the top time in the NCAA this season, eclipsing Caeleb Dressel‘s 45.01 from a few weeks ago. Schooling was 44.51 at NCAAs last season. Last years NCAA runner-up Jack Conger finished 2nd this morning, in 45.88. Conger lost to Schooling by just 0.04 at NCAAs, and with their friendly rivalry he will certainly be looking to challenge Schooling tonight. The other Texas men who qualified for the final were Matt Ellis (46.33), Will Glass (46.86) and Brett Ringgold (47.58). Arizona was the only other team to place anyone in the A final, with three men. Renny Richmond (46.93), Mathias Oh (47.50) and Rasmus Skjaerpe (8th in 47.61) will swim in the final.
Tonight will be exciting, as Conger and Schooling have been relatively quiet thus far, with both only swimming 2 relays and both were disqualified.
Two-time 2015 NCAA All-American Chelsea Chenault of USC led the way this morning in the women’s 200 free at 1:45.66, ahead of Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon (1:46.29) and Texas’ Quinn Carrozza (1:46.37). Brandon split a 1:44.20 on the 800 free relay on Wednesday, so keep an eye out for her. Along with Brandon, Arizona also got Taylor Schick, Cameron McHugh and Daniela Georges into the A final. Georges was 1:47.89 for 8th. Also making the top-8 was Kirsten Vose of USC and Katie Grover of UCLA.
After setting a new pool and school record last night in the 500 free, Clark Smith came down to the 200 this morning and posted the top time. Smith qualified 1st in 1:34.41, just ahead of teammate Townley Haas (1:34.56) who was the runner-up to Smith in the 500. Texas alumni Clay Youngquist was 3rd in 1:35.18, Ricky Maestri of Arizona was 4th in 1:35.51, and 500 free 3rd place finisher Matthew Hutchins of Wisconsin was 5th in 1:35.77. Rounding out the A finalists is Brett Pinfold and Cannon Clifton of Wisconsin, and PJ Dunne of Texas. Reed Malone of USC was 10th this morning in 1:37.18.
The USC and Texas women dominated the 100 breast, each placing 3 women in the A final. Kirsten Vose of USC led the way in 59.59, followed closely by Madisyn Cox of Texas (59.62) and Riley Scott of USC (59.79). Those were the only three women under a minute this morning. Also qualifying for Texas was Jordan Surhoff and Olivia Anderson in 4th and 5th, and Kelsey Kafka was the other qualifier from USC in 8th at 1:01.09. Emma Schoettmer and Sara Borendame of Arizona round out the field qualifying in 6th and 7th.
2015 U.S. National champion in the 100m breaststroke Andrew Wilson posted the top time in the men’s race this morning, posting a swift 51.99 to qualify more than a second ahead of 2nd place. Will Licon of Texas was 2nd in 53.38, Morten Klarskov of USC was 3rd in 53.81 and Gage Crosby of Arizona was 4th in 53.85. Blair Bish (Arizona), Austin Temple (Texas), Jonah Hu (USC) and Matt Salerno (Arizona) round out the top-8. Salerno was 54.62 for 8th.
Hannah Leach of USC posted the top time in the women’s 100 back prelims in 52.68, just four one-hundredths ahead of Annie Ochitwa of Arizona who was 2nd in 52.72. The top-6 finishers all went under 53 seconds, with Tasija Karosas, Linnea Mack, Hannah Weiss and Madison White all doing so. Anika Apostolan and Taylor Garcia round out the top-8. Garcia was 8th in 53.26.
200 IM champ from last night Jake Taylor of BYU put up the top time in the men’s 100 back prelims in 46.21, just ahead of Chatham Dobbs of Arizona who was 2nd in 46.37. Texas’ John Shebat was 3rd in 46.84, the first of 4 Longhorns in the top-8. Also qualifying from Texas was Jack Conger (4th), Ryan Harty (7th) and Ian Lemaistre (8th). Also qualifying was Brett Pinfold and Austin Byrd of Wisconsin.
Tonights finals will include the 200 medley relay after the 100 backstroke.