Lots of fun aquatic action occurred on Day 3 of the 2020 US Open Championships in Irvine, and SwimSwam’s Jack Spitser was on deck to capture it all.
The 100 fly is one of the most anticipated showdowns, featuring 2 women tied as the NCAA Record holders and a 3rd who holds the American Record.
The East Carolina and Cincinnati men battled closely, with ECU winning an exciting match up by single digit points. Houston extended their women’s streak.
East Carolina’s Santos set a Meet Record in the 100 fly and was also a part of the winning 400 medley relay that took down a Meet Record on day 3.
Kearsey raced to a new AAC Meet Record in the 50 free. The former mark of 19.58 was set by Louisville NCAA Champion Joao De Lucca in 2014.
The Houston women (800 free relay) and East Carolina men (200 medley relay) took down Meet Record to kick off the 2020 AAC Championships in Houston.
Houston’s Peyton Kondis, the 2019 runner-up in both breaststrokes, has already been way under what it took to win the 100 breast and 200 IM last season.
Following their Friday meet with Texas, SMU held Saturday time trials as a final tuneup ahead of AACs. Several best times were set in the trials.
Freshman star Kelly Pash topped Big 12 Champion Claire Adams, 53.90 to 54.55, in the 100 back. She would later go on to win the 500 free in 4:48.83.
AAC Swimmer of the Week Felicia Anderson swept the backstrokes as SMU took a 6-point win over rival Tulane in New Orleans.
Smith swam the 200 free, posting a 1:34.35 to come within a second of his lifetime best from 2015. That’s also the fastest he’s been since 2016.
Sims ranks 2nd behind only Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder Katie Ledecky in the all-time rankings in the girls’ 13-14 1000 yard free.
Sam Medlin (Houston) was a double event winner, sweeping the distance freestyles.
The Mustang men opened the 2019-20 season in dominating fashion, with a 171-125 win over TCU, while the women won 190.5-115.5.