Ethan Heasley was seeded 15th in the mile and 16th in the 400 IM. Ethan Harder was seeded 15th in the 200 fly, and Cole Crane was seeded 16th in that event.
With 17 men currently projected to score, the downside to the Longhorns’ incredible depth is that they may end up leaving potential scorers at home.
The Texas Longhorns junior likely earned a trip to the NCAA Championships with his swim, though Texas seems destined to over-qualify again.
Austin Katz took care of business, punching his NCAA ticket, but other Texas men hit lifetime bests in off events, en route to beating SMU 170-115.
Boulder City’s Zane Grothe has dropped the 200 fly for the 400 free, bumping Olympian Tom Shields into the A-final after a slower morning swim.
Texas sophomore Ethan Harder won the 200 back final in 2:03.91 on Saturday morning at the 2020 U.S. Open in San Antonio.
Shaine Casas set the tone with a blistering 44.40 in the 100 back, Drew Kibler dropped a 4:08 in the 500 free, and Carson Foster went 3:35 in the 400 IM.
Two-time qualifier Chris Yeager is one of six Texas swimmers who don’t appear on NCAA psych sheets, perhaps due to roster limits.
Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas put up another best time tonight, winning the 200 fly in 1:40.33. That’s a second faster than his lifetime best from 2019 NCAAs.
Tonight, we’ll see finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 1650 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, and plaform diving.
Tonight we’ll see Texas, West Virginia, TCU, Kansas, and Iowa State face off for the first individual titles of the 2020 championships.
Parkway Swim Club’s Kayde Cross has announced his intention to swim for the University of Texas beginning in the fall of 2021.
His time of 1:39.15 in the 200 back ranks second in the nation this year, behind only Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas (1:38.21).
The Longhorns bookended the meet with nation-leading relay performances, ultimately winning all except two events behind strong underclassmen showings.
The depth is outstanding, especially with elite freshmen and transfers incoming. The task will be swimming best times at NCAAs – an issue in 2019.