Tate Jackson, Drew Kibler Hit 49 in 100 Free at Longhorn Invite


  • January 17-19, 2019
  • Austin, TX
  • Results
  • LCM

With the Pro Swim Series happening in Knoxville this year, rather than the typical Austin destination, attendance is fairly low at this meet. While some events had A, B, C, D finals, others had only an A and B. Still, plenty of fast swims came out of night 1 of the 2019 Longhorn Invite.

Texas senior Tate Jackson had a great swim in the 100 free, winning it in 49.20, which is the third-best time amongst Americans this season (only Michael Chadwick and Nathan Adrian have been faster at 48.57 and 48.59, respectively). Not far behind him was freshman Drew Kibler, who went 49.88, followed by freshman Daniel Krueger (50.72) and sophomore Jake Sannem (50.98).

That’s the fifth-best performance ever for Jackson, and his fastest in-season long course swim ever. The last time he swam this in long course in January was in 2016, at the Austin PSS, where he was 51.64. It was Sannem’s best time, meanwhile, and Kibler was six tenths off of his own best.

Texas Longhorns Evie Pfeifer and Josh Artmann swam to wins in the 200 back. Pfeifer was 2:13.54, a tenth off of her lifetime best of 2:13.44 from 2016. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Ana Herceg of Nitro Swimming had a great swim to take 2nd. Herceg, who came into the meet with a 2:16.35 best time from this past summer, dropped down to a 2:14.90 for a new best by over a second. Artmann, in the men’s 200 back, went 2:01.83 to win by over four seconds. He went a lifetime best of 1:59.48 at Nationals last summer.

The women’s 200 breast was a great showdown between a former Texas Longhorn and three Texas A&M Aggies (two current and one former). Madisyn Cox, who has been training post-grad in Austin, won the tight race in a 2:27.30 ahead of Aggie junior Anna Belousova (2:27.56). A&M senior Sydney Pickrem was 2:27.68, just behind, with Bethany Galat, who has been training post-grad in College Station, was 2:28.34. They were all close to cracking the world top 10, where 10th is a 2:27.01.

Will Licon of Longhorn Aquatics went 2:10.81 to take the men’s race, winning easily. He now shoots into the World Top 10, tied for 7th and 3rd amongst Americans.

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The Aggies finally got a win with A&M sophomore Taylor Pike in the 200 fly. Pike was 2:11.93, slamming down a 33.10 final 50 to roar past Texas’s Remedy Rule (2:12.54). Rule led the field by almost a full second at the 150 mark. Aggie post-grad Sarah Gibson was 2:13.95 for third. In the men’s race, Clark Smith of Longhorn Aquatics posted a 1:58.85, ahead of Texas frosh Andrew Koustik (1:59.89).

The 100 free went to Aggie post-grad Beryl Gastaldello on the women’s side at 55.56, right ahead of A&M senior Claire Rasmus (55.71) and Longhorn junior Claire Adams (56.09). Notably, neither Grace Ariola nor Julia Cook, UT’s star freshman sprinters, raced this event.

In the mile, Aggie Joy Field topped the women’s race at 16:41.05 while Longhorn Jack Collins posted a 15:50.96 to win the men’s race by over twenty seconds.

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samuel huntington

Tate is going 47 this summer


I’m gonna say 48.4 it just depends how he tapers. I haven’t watched him tapered that much so I don’t know how well he does on it. But that’s my guess


Love the positivity, jimbo.


He’s already been a 48.20…


47.73 to win gold at WUGs and put him in prime position to make the 2020 team. He looked great.


Oh that’s my bad I hadn’t even checked his bests. I for some reason thought he was a 48.8 don’t know where that time came from but yeah. So a 47 you may be right


I think the B final of 2018 summer nat’ls


Great Sprint talent indeed – I would say he will be in the hunt for a relay spot at the 2020 Trials or Better – but there are guys like Chadwick , Pieroni , Dressel , Haas , Adrian , Dressel to compete with . This summer ? hard to say but he has a chance to win that 100 free at Wug’s .

samuel huntington

I think Jackson can be better than Chadwick, Pieroni, Held, and Haas. I think Dressel will return to 47 low/ 46 high. Adrian is a wild card – will age finally catch up to him?


Pieroni has had a great couple seasons and seems to be continually improving, I wouldn’t doubt him


He is on a very fine ascending trajectory ….for both the 100 and 200 free


Adrian is definitely the ” Mystery wild card ” by 2020 but will probably put everything in for his Last ( or not ) Olympic participation .


I afraid age will catch up with his performance.. I won’t be surprised if Adrian will miss the Olympic team

Curious Swimma

Dressel is so good he gets mentioned twice


Of course ….it just is


I even forgot the very fast Apple ( sorry Mate ) in that incredible List . The Us is truly blessed to have such a crop

samuel huntington

oh I forgot Apple, I think he has potential too and seems to be getting faster


Apple will be both 400 and 800 m freestyle relay team in the Olympic team at least…


At least 4 US swimmers will break the 48 seconds barrier by 2019

Apple, Pieroni, and Jackson seem to be on a trajectory to get there.

Here’s a fun stat: The USA had 6 guys aged 20-22 in their top 7 in 2018, and all were 48.30 or better.

If it all comes together, could be a wild relay in 2020 or 2024 – and that’s without accounting for whomever is going to be next up to that group, or MA figuring out his 100, or the slew of other young-ish guys under 49.


Kibler could be among the next generation of very good Us sprinters by 2021


Wow , 6 Us sprinters in the top 8 ? that is just bonkers ….the relays might well be Wild & extremely fast – and even maybe getting close to that ” Out of this world ” 2008 Bejing WR


WR will be intact till 2020 at least… But line up will be most unpredictable as like as woman’s 100m backstroke..


What about Ryan Held


If the kid can just figure out how to swim his fastest when it really matters then he’s going to be a weapon for the US team


Thanks John Madden


The team that scores the most points usually wins. Boom!

When you have great players, playing great, well that’s great football!


There is gonna be some good racing at nationals betweeen Jackson and Held.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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