Tonight we’ll see Texas, West Virginia, TCU, Kansas, and Iowa State face off for the first individual titles of the 2020 championships.
The 2020 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships get underway today in Morgantown, WV, with the 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, and men’s 1m diving.
Texas’ top-end strength and depth, combined with its 40-year win streak, all but guarantees a 41st Longhorn victory at the Big 12 Championships.
Mountaineer David Dixon broke the SMU pool record in the 200 fly, where Dixon clocked a 1:42.65 to win the race by nearly 9 seconds.
The Mountaineer men topped the Panthers 179.5-120.5, while the Pittsburgh women defeated WVU 175-125 at the 2020 edition of the Backyard Brawl.
Shaine Cases (Texas A&M) and Erika Brown (Tennessee) both hold 4 national top times each after the first wave of college invites.
The Gold team claimed the overall victory over the Blue team with a score of 228-133. The women’s gold team won 120-66, while the men’s gold team won 108-67.
16-year-old Phoebe Bacon of NCAP swam another jaw-dropping backstroke swim, ranking herself in the top 10 US times and top 20 world times this year.
Day 3 prelims kick off this morning with the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 50 fly, and 400 free.
A pair of Texas Longhorns, Max Holter (above) and Daniel Krueger, are likely now in for the NCAA Championships. Several other swimmers improved their bubble status on Wednesday as well.
While a small conference, the Big 12 men’s championship is always an exciting look into what the Texas Longhorns will do at the NCAAs.
West Virginia dominated their Big 12 opponents from TCU in the final swim meet to ever take place at WVU’s Natatorium, which has been the home of the Mountaineers since 1975.
Now, he’s gone sub-20 four times in late 2018, and this was just .05 off of his PR from the Ohio State Invite– it’s also just his fifth time under 20 seconds.
Maxime Rooney will be a key player as Florida hosts both Kentucky and Ohio State this weekend in Gainesville.
Zach Yeadon of Notre Dame will swim the men’s 1650 on the final night in Columbus.