Seniors Step Up In Victories For Hoosier Men, Longhorn Women In Austin


The two-day double dual meet between Texas, Florida and Indiana is in the books, with the Longhorn women and Hoosier men cruising to a pair of victories after they both got out to comfortable leads on day 1.

Women’s Meet

Texas 201, Indiana 147

Texas 222, Florida 126

Florida 198, Indiana 155

The Longhorn women won four of the six individual swimming events for the session, including seniors Joanna EvansRemedy Rule and freshman Julia Cook adding to their victories from day 1.

Evans, who won both the 200 and 1000 on Friday, won the 500 free in 4:45.58 with Rule (4:47.57) 2nd, putting up the 3rd fastest time of the season. Rule, the victor in the 200 fly on day 1, won the 100 fly in 53.15, out-touching Indiana senior Christie Jensen (53.16) by .01. Juniors Claire Adams (Texas) and Shelby Koontz (Indiana) took 3rd and 4th in 54.02 and 54.16 respectively.

Cook followed up her 50 free win from yesterday with a big win in the 100, clocking 49.34 to top senior teammate Brooke Hansen (50.32) by nearly a second. Texas had four women go sub-51, with Grace Ariola (50.80) and Anelise Diener (50.95) finishing 4th and 6th, while Florida’s Bella Garofalo (50.38) and Indiana’s Maria Heitmann (50.89) placed 3rd and 5th.

The other individual win for the Longhorns came in the 200 back, where senior Quinn Carrozza touched first in 1:55.99. Sophomore Evie Pfeifer, who had a win in the 200 IM on day 1 for Texas, took 2nd in 1:57.41, and Gator freshman Mabel Zavaros placed 3rd for the third time this meet in 1:58.50.

With the meet already won, Texas had their 400 free relays scored as exhibition, though they did put up the top two times in 3:18.04 and 3:22.75, the former being the fastest time in the nation. Cook led off in 49.60, and Adams (48.99), Ariola (49.71) and Hansen (49.74) all had fast splits as well. Rule split 49.59 on the ‘B’ relay, while the top split from official winners Indiana (3:22.84) came from Koontz (50.04).

Indiana won the 200 medley relay to start the session off, as Lilly King‘s 26.80 breast split propelled them past Texas by three-tenths, 1:39.35 to 1:39.67, and their other win on the day also came from King in the 200 breast.

The senior went 2:11.32 for the 4th fastest time of the season, improving her season-best of 2:11.63 which had previously stood 4th. Florida freshman Vanessa Pearl placed 2nd in 2:12.72, and the Hoosiers had the 3rd, 4th and 5th place finishers led by freshman Noelle Peplowski (2:13.94).

The only win for the Florida women came in the final individual event of the meet, and it was a 1-2 as junior Kelly Fertel posted the 4th fastest time of the season in the 400 IM in 4:12.25, with Pearl 2nd in 4:15.29.

Alison Gibson (347.15) of Texas topped Brooke Madden (337.70) of Florida to win the 3-meter diving event as well.

Men’s Meet

Indiana 234, Texas 119

Indiana 227, Florida 126

Florida 178, Texas 175

The Hoosier men picked up where they left off on Friday, cruising to decisive wins over the Longhorns and Gators by over 100 points. Individually, seniors Mohamed SamyIan Finnerty and Vini Lanza all picked up their second win of the meet after all winning on day 1.

Things started off in the 200 medley relay, where Gabriel Fantoni, Finnerty, Lanza and Bruno Blaskovic edged out Texas 1:27.76 to 1:27.87. Fantoni (22.30) and Lanza (20.89) had the top splits on back and fly, while Longhorn freshman Charlie Scheinfeld (24.24) out-split Finnerty (24.52) on breast, and another first-year Daniel Krueger (19.76) had the #2 split in the field on freestyle, only outdone by IU freshman Brandon Hamblin (19.63) on their ‘C’ relay.

Samy then posted the 2nd-fastest time in the nation to win the 100 free in 43.60, followed by teammates Zach Apple (43.92) and Blaskovic (43.96) in a podium sweep. Finnerty held off sophomore teammate Matthew Jerden in the 200 breast, 2:00.05 to 2:00.33, and then Lanza tied the fastest time in the country in the 100 fly in 47.14. That equalled Coleman Stewart of NC State’s mark, while the freshman Fantoni placed 2nd in 47.92 over Longhorn John Shebat (47.97).

The IU men then closed out the meet in the 400 free relay, posting the top time in the nation in 2:54.78 (passing Cal’s 2:55.16). Apple (43.97), Blaskovic (44.07) and Lanza (43.92) were all solid, and then Samy dropped a 42.82 on the anchor leg. The Gators actually led the race through 300, with Khader Baqlah (43.87), Maxime Rooney (43.86) and Kieran Smith (43.47) throwing down 43s before Christoph Margotti (44.08) got overtaken by Samy. The Texas men were right in the thick of things as well, touching 3rd in 2:45.09 with a notable 43.44 leg from Krueger.

Florida had two wins on the day, as Baqlah followed up his standout 200 free from yesterday with a win in the 500 in 4:24.25 over freshman teammate Trey Freeman (4:25.16) and Friday’s 1000 winner Michael Brinegar (4:25.56) of Indiana.

Junior Grant Sanders then posted the fastest time in the NCAA in the 400 IM, clocking 3:50.61 for the win over Smith (3:52.76).

Texas’ lone win on the day came in the 200 back, where redshirt junior Ryan Harty (1:44.08) edged out reigning NCAA champ Austin Katz (1:44.44).

Indiana also had a 1-2 finish in the 3-meter, as James Connor (423.75) and Andrew Capobianco (401.40) led the pack.

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Any Mouse
4 years ago

Texas has clearly fallen apart. I can’t see this team winning ncaa’s after losing to Indiana and Florida in season😉

Reply to  Any Mouse
4 years ago

Oh great. Now people are going to ignore the winky face, and for the next year we’re going to have to hear about “everyone panicked when Texas lost that meet and said they weren’t going to win NCAAs everyone is stupid.”

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

I see way more people complaining about Texas doubters than actual Texas doubters. They must be insecure or something.

Reply to  SVIRD
4 years ago

This is usually true. Same went for Dressel’s decision to go to Florida. It happens a lot. I think a lot of college coaches like to use an ‘us against the world’ mantra to earn buy-in from their athletes. It just really stands out when fans of the 4-time defending champions work so hard to paint themselves as underdogs.

Double Arm Freestyle
4 years ago

did trey freeman literally close a 4IM in a 23.9

Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
4 years ago

Freeman is a stud

Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
4 years ago

I’ve mentioned freeman will really be one to look out for these next two years heading toward Tokyo.

4 years ago

Really impressed by Indiana! Could they win at NCAA?
Their incoming class (2019) looks amazing btw

Reply to  MR O
4 years ago

Hard to see anyone beating Cal based on their first two meet results

Reply to  BSD
4 years ago


Reply to  Gaucho
4 years ago

Diving matters.

I’m not into the sport, but are there track schools with great runners that get worked up about a school that beats them because they had great field events,

Track AND Field.

Swimming AND Diving

Reply to  BSD
4 years ago

This is a familiar conversation

Speed Racer
Reply to  MR O
4 years ago

I think Indiana does it this year.

Reply to  MR O
4 years ago

What? They were almost across the board slower than they were last year at the same meet at the same date. Ray blew it last year already, they will struggle at Big Tens then fall at NCAAs hard. Even with their sprint free capability.

4 years ago

Kieran Smith is going to be clutch for Florida. Another Swiss Army knife in the making.

Reply to  Aquajosh
4 years ago

Obviously impressive in the IM but I’m most impressed by that 43.4 relay split. Did not know he had that kinda speed

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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