Smith’s Record Highlights Final Night of Texas Invite

2015 Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame Invite

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The final session of the 2015 Texas Invite includes the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay.

1650 Freestyle

After Arizona’s Emma McCarthy posted the top time in the 1650 morning heats in 16:26.45, Elizabeth Stinson of USC won the event tonight in 16:07.34, just ahead of Joanna Evans of Texas who was 2nd in 16:07.78. Danielle Valley and Jenny Holtzen of Wisconsin finished 3rd and 4th, and Allie Wooden of USC was 5th. McCarthy ended up 6th.

In the men’s 1650, Clark Smith blew the field away the first 1000 as he was going for the split, and did he ever go fast. He crushed both the American and NCAA records by quite a bit, coming in at a mind blowing 8:33.93. The American record of 8:36.49 by Erik Vendt and NCAA record of 8:43.48 by Michael McBroom didn’t stand a chance against Smith tonight. We had heard he was going for this split prior to the session via Texas Men’s Swimming social media. Check out the article about it here. Matthew Hutchins of Wisconsin ended up winning the race in 14:38.14, three seconds clear of Townley Haas who was 2nd in 14:41.09. Chris Wieser of Arizona was a distant 3rd in 14:55.25. Smith shut it down after the 1000 mark and finished 15th in 15:41.16.

200 Backstroke

Tasija Karosas of Texas dominated the women’s 200 back, winning by nearly 3 seconds in 1:50.49, the top time in the NCAA this season by over a second. Karosas took out Danielle Galyer of Kentucky’s time of 1:51.52 from two weeks ago. Quinn Carrozza made it a 1-2 finish for Texas, coming in at 1:53.47, and Madison White of UCLA was 3rd in 1:53.75.

Ryan Harty of Texas won the men’s 200 back, just out-touching BYU’s Jake Taylor 1:40.39 to 1:40.60. Those swims put Harty and Taylor 3rd and 4th in the NCAA this season. Thane Maudslien of Arizona was 3rd in 1:42.05.

100 Freestyle

Anika Apostolan of USC came out on top in a very close women’s 100 free race, winning in 48.21. The top-6 finishers all ranged from 48.21 to 48.57. Chase Kinney of Wisconsin was 2nd in 48.38, and Rebecca Millard of Texas was 3rd in 48.41.

Brett Ringgold led a 1-2-3 sweep for Texas in the men’s 100 free, winning in 42.04. John Murray was 2nd in 42.49 and Matt Ellis was 3rd in 42.82. The time by Ringgold puts him 3rd in the NCAA this season.

200 Breaststroke

Kirsten Vose and Madisyn Cox duelled it out in the women’s 200 breast, with Vose coming out on top 2:07.46 to 2:07.86. The swims move Vose into 3rd in the NCAA and Cox into 5th. Emma Schoettmer and Sara Borendame of Arizona was 3rd and 4th in 2:10.19 and 2:11.20 respectively.

Defending NCAA champion Will Licon dominated the men’s 200 breast winning handedly in 1:52.82. That swim puts him 1st in the NCAA ahead of Alabama’s Anton McKee who was previously 1st in 1:53.00. Gage Crosby of Arizona was 2nd in 1:55.31, and Morten Klarskov of USC was 3rd in 1:56.28. 2nd seed from this morning Andrew Wilson scratched the final after going 1:53.90 earlier today.

200 Butterfly

Katie Grover of UCLA came out on top in a tight race in the women’s 200 fly in 1:55.45. That swim moves her into 3rd in the NCAA this season. She just beat out Chelsea Chenault (1:55.58) of USC and Remedy Rule (1:55.89) of Texas.

Joseph Schooling of Texas put up his second top NCAA time this weekend in the 200 fly going 1:40.48 after going 44.98 in the 100 fly prelims earlier. His teammate Jack Conger finished 2nd in 1:41.40, now the 2nd fastest time in the NCAA. Jan Switkowski of Florida previously had the top time in 1:42.08. Will Glass made it a 1-2-3 sweep for Texas, finishing 3rd in 1:43.91. Justin Wright was the first non-Longhorn to finish, coming 4th in 1:44.52.

400 Freestyle Relay

The USC women capped the event off with a win in the 400 free relay, beating out Arizona 3:13.87 to 3:14.29. USC had fast splits across the board, including a 48.81 lead-off from Kirsten Vose and a 47.95 split from Anika Apostolan who swam the third leg. USC’s time puts them 2nd in the NCAA behind only Stanford. Arizona’s fastest split came from Annie Ochitwa who was 48.09 on the third leg. Texas was 3rd in 3:15.68, and UCLA was 4th in 3:17.78

The Texas men came out on top in the men’s race, winning 2:50.72. Brett Ringgold, Townley Haas, John Murray and Joseph Schooling all swam 42-something on their way to victory, including a 42.30 lead-off from Ringgold. That time puts Texas 2nd in the NCAA behind only Florida (2:50.45).











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5 years ago

Amazing swim from Smith! Coach Reese said he does amazing things in workouts, swimswam you should ask Coach that question.

bobo gigi
5 years ago
5 years ago

the question they should ask is “why didn’t you show up for awards this summer when you got beat?” poor sportsmanship…classless those are more important qualities than how fast you are in my opinion.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Weirdo, you talk about that, at 10 minutes in the video? 😆

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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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