Luke Hobson took out Drew Kibler’s meet record in the 200 freestyle and nearly established a new personal best with a 1:32.50.
The Texas stars shone brightly over the summer, but the rest of the cast, especially the sprint freestylers, need to deliver for Texas to regain the crown.
Also of note, as per the NCAA rules for entry, Elaraby is no longer available to compete on Louisville’s relays now that he’s scratched from the meet.
The Texas men have scratched Ethan Harder from their NCAA roster, which frees the Longhorns up to bring two divers to the championships which begin next week.
Texas sophomore David Johnston, who finished 7th at NCAAs last season in the mile, now ranks #2 in the country in that event.
The Big 12 Champs continue tonight with finals of 3m diving, 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, and the 100 back, and timed finals of the 200 free relay.
As always, Thursday’s action will include the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free.
The Longhorns’ departing seniors means they’ve got a lot of points and relay legs to replace, but there’s plenty of depth to weather the loss and aim for #16.
The Texas Longhorn men and women swept intrastate rivals Texas A&M Friday night in the Aggies home pool in College Station.
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.