Schooling wins Battle vs. Conger with 44.7 100 Fly at Texas Invite

2017 TEXAS INVITATIONAL

The 2017 Texas Invitational continued on Friday night with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay. There were 3 new individual NCAA ‘A’ cuts on the women’s side in tonight’s finals, while 2 more men met the automatic NCAA qualifying standard.

MEN’S HIGHLIGHTS:

Swimming fans got to witness another butterfly battle between Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger in Friday night’s 100 fly final. Schooling jumped out to the early lead, outsplitting Conger 20.84 to 21.11 at the halfway point. He held steady through the back half, never letting Conger run him down as he won in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 44.78 over Conger’s 45.32. Swimming under the 2017 NCAA invite time to round out the top 5 were Arizona State’s Andrew Porter (45.75), Stanford’s Andrew Liang (45.87), and USC’s Dylan Carter (45.99). Just hundredths shy of that mark was Stanford’s Brad Zdroik (46.13).

Teammate Townley Haas took on his signature 200 free, commanding the race from start to finish. Haas flipped in 44.46 en route to his NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 1:32.40. Behind him, Harvard standout Dean Farris ran down Arizona State star Cameron Craig on the back half to out-touch Craig 1:33.27 to 1:33.29. Stanford’s Grant Shoults (1:33.51) and Arizona State’s Grant House (1:33.69) were well under the 2017 NCAA invite time. Texas’ Jeff Newkirk dipped under the mark by a few hundredths in 1:34.15.

Arizona’s Nick Thorne dropped over half a second from his best time to dominate the 400 IM in 3:41.47. Both Thorne and Texas’ Sam Stewart (3:43.44) were well under what it took to make NCAAs last season. Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine (3:44.75) was a couple of tenths below that mark tonight, but even if he were on the bubble here he would be safely qualified thanks to his 200 IM yesterday. Freshman teammate Alex Liang is now within a few tenths of last season’s national invite time after he dropped over a second today to finish 4th in 3:45.32.

Texas postgrads Andrew Wilson and Will Licon battled it out in the 100 breast. Wilson edged out Licon with his front half speed, holding off Licon into the finish to win in 52.03 to Licon’s 52.20. Stanford’s Matt Anderson was the only other man to break 53 seconds. Anderson’s 52.92 was just a few tenths shy of the 2017 NCAA invite time.

Another postgrad win came in the 100 back, where Arizona-based Matt Grevers, an Olympic backstroke champion, blasted a 44.92 for the win. A tight battle for 2nd saw Arizona State’s Zachary Poti and Texas freshman standout Austin Katz tied in 21.93 at the halfway point, but Poti was abe to clip Katz at the finish in 45.43 to Katz’s 45.48. Today was Poti’s first time breaking 46 seconds, and he dropped nearly a second off his best time before the meet. Both Poti and Katz should safely make NCAAs. USC’s Carter was under the 2017 NCAA invite time with his 46.05, while Harvard’s Farris was just hundredths shy of the mark in 46.32. Both men were on the back end of a double.

The Longhorns brought home an NCAA ‘A’ cut in the 200 medley relay to close the session, winning in 1:24.28. John Shebat got the ball rolling with a 21.78 back split before Schooling dove in for the breast leg and split a quick 23.54. Tate Jackson took control of the fly leg in 20.53, while Brett Ringgold closed in a blistering 18.43 to secure the win. Notably, Katz was a bit faster on the back split than Shebat, leading off the B relay in 21.44. The Sun Devils were just shy of joining Texas with an NCAA ‘A’ cut as they came within a few tenths of the mark in 1:25.09. Poti gave them the fastest back split of the field with his 21.26 leadoff.

WOMEN’S HIGHLIGHTS:

A pair of USC All-Americans, Louise Hansson and Riley Scott, secured NCAA ‘A’ cuts in their individual races tonight. Hansson threw down a 50.41 in the 100 fly, finishing just 2 hundredths shy of her best time and dominating the field. Also likely qualifying for NCAAs there was Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson (51.88), Arizona’s Mackenzie Rumrill (51.96), and UCLA’s Katie Grover (52.10). Texas’ Remedy Rule (52.25) also clipped the 2017 NCAA invite time.

Scott rolled to a personal best 58.64 to win the 100 breast over Texas postgrad swimmer Madisyn Cox (59.22). USC’s Maggie Aroesty (1:00.02) was a few tenths under the 2017 NCAA invite mark for 3rd place. Texas’ Kennedy Lohman (1:00.41) and Arizona’s Mallory Korenwinder (1:00.54) were both narrowly shy of the mark.

Cox won the 400 IM with ease, topping the field by 6 seconds in 4:02.95. Behind her, Texas freshman Evie Pfeifer earned a likely NCAA qualification with her 4:08.87 for 2nd place. Also under the 2017 NCAA invite time was Arizona’s Daniela Georges, who cleared the mark by a couple of tenths in 4:10.64. In addition to Cox’s 400 IM victory, the Horns got another win from Quinn Carrozza (1:44.15) in the 200 free. Carrozza and teammate Joanna Evans (1:44.75) were well under what it took to make NCAAs last season, while USC’s Tatum Wade (1:45.57) was just a tenth shy of the mark.

Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson had a big swim in the 100 back. Before today, she hadn’t swum her best time since 2014. She first lowered it in prelims, but dropped nearly a second off her former best when she turned in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 50.79 in the final. Likely qualifying for NCAAs alongside her tonight based on last season’s invite time was Texas’ Claire Adams (51.61). USC’s Hannah Weiss (52.84) and Wisconsin’s Jess Unicomb (52.97) were within a few tenths of the mark.

The Trojans were the only team to achieve the NCAA ‘A’ cut in the 200 medley relay, winning in 1:36.89, but Wisconsin (1:37.14) was narrowly shy of the mark. Despite trailing after the backstroke leg, USC came back with Scott’s blistering 27.06 breast leg and Hansson’s 22.81 fly leg. Weiss took on the back leg in 25.14, while freshman Marta Ciesla brought it home in 21.88.

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Fatboy Swim
5 years ago

Texas could score 5 guys in the 200 back and have at least 3 A final at NCAAS

urahrah
5 years ago

Whatever Wisconsin Women’s back and fly groups are doing/eating, I seriously want to know. So many best times by a lot these last few days.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  urahrah
5 years ago

Probably UWs

completelyconquered
Reply to  urahrah
5 years ago

I heard they are crushing yeti’s with Neil Caskey.

Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Is Shebat okay? Sick?

Steve Swims
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Peaked

IM+FAN
5 years ago

In one year the standard in the 200 yard free is way hogher then it once was. Once Townley unleashed that 1:30 it seems as he awoke somethimg in the college swimmimg world. Now he’s mustered a 1:32.40 in December, which isn’t even the best college swim this year. I’m scared though, as correct me if I’m wrong, but he only went a 4:14 in the 500m, meaning isn’t close to top shape yet. This might be the greatest NCAA championship ever. We are going to have tons of fast swimmers redifine the record books, Texas has been neutered, so the race for the the team championship is gping to be really intense between them, Cal, and likely NC state… Read more »

Uberfan
5 years ago

Theres Harty, swimming a 3:46 in the 400 IM

Steve Swims
5 years ago

Who is Andrew Wilson?

j pine
Reply to  Steve Swims
5 years ago

Former DIII national champion in the breastroke, swam for Emory, trains with the Texas Longhorns now (has been doing so every summer)

Caleb
Reply to  Steve Swims
5 years ago

He was 4th or 5th at OTs in both breaststrokes… (or did he get 3rd in the 100?)

Murica
Reply to  Caleb
5 years ago

Josh Prenot was 3rd!!! I think MA was 4th

Sun Devil Diva
5 years ago

Great Swims, ASU!!! ??☀️?

#NuffSaid

PsychoDad
5 years ago

My notes after prelims today:

Texas is not (that) rested for this meet; Roberts died badly in 400IM

Wisconsin Beata Nelson’s underwaters are outstanding

Love watching Quinn Carrozza swim freestyle

Parker Neri can easily play a pot smoking surfer

Austin Katz is a star in making

Texas breaststroke is in real trouble

Conger 1st and Schooling 2nd for finals; nuff said

Texas’ Evie Pfeifer will be a star

Pomajevich is a high energy swimmer

JohnThomas Larson will not be a flier

Claire Adams is so much fun to watch

PsychoDad
Reply to  PsychoDad
5 years ago

Correction:

Austin Katz is already a star!!!

1:40.19 200 back in prelims this morning, after 45.48 in 100 back last night. Making A time in 200 back tonight?

Shebat, Roberts, Katz, Harty…. Will Texas A final 4 in 200 back at NCAAs? Is 200 Back new 100 fly in Texas?

Randy
Reply to  PsychoDad
5 years ago

KITTYKATZ!!!!!!!

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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