Texas at Virginia 2021: Day 2 Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 42

November 06th, 2021 College, News, Previews & Recaps

Virginia vs. Texas

You seemed to like it, we seemed to like it, so we’re back with a live recap of the Texas-UVA dual meet on this brisk Saturday morning.

Scores Through Day 1

  • Women: Virginia 103, Texas 102
  • Men: Texas 156, Virginia 49

Texas got an early advantage on both sides after sweeping the diving events before the swimming events began. The UVA women managed to bridge that gap by winning 7 of the 9 events yesterday afternoon, while Texas won every single event on the men’s side.

It was a high-energy afternoon, as UVA raised their women’s NCAA championship banner and bought in a pep band to add to some flair to a dual meet. The teams responded by putting up some eye-popping unsuited swims, from Emma Weyant‘s 4:05 400 IM to Carson Foster‘s 3:40 400 IM to three women going 1:54 in the 200 fly to a pair of men splitting sub-43 in the 400 free relay. Additionally, Several AFC pool records were broken yesterday, and we should expect to see a few more today.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

UVA threw down the fastest time in the nation to get the morning going. Gretchen Walsh led off in 50.89, followed by Alexis Wenger (58.17, Kate Douglass (50.93), and Alex Walsh (49.08), to go 3:29.07. Walsh set the AFC pool record with that leadoff, while the quartet shattered the previous pool record of 3:34.93 from 2020.

Walsh’s leadoff time also moves her up #1 in the nation this season, ahead of Maggie MacNeil’s 51.09 from the SMU Classic. That time would’ve put Walsh 6th in the individual 100 back at last year’s NCAA Championships.

Texas got a 52.78 backstroke leadoff by Olivia Bray, then Anna Elendt split 58.90 on breast, Kelly Pash went 52.07 on fly, and Bridget Semenuk actually just outsplit Walsh’s anchor with a 49.07. The combined time of 3:32.82 was also under the old pool record, and moves the Longhorns to #4 in the nation this season.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Another tight race on the men’s side, but once again, Texas pulled out the win. UVA built a lead after a 47.52 leadoff by Justin Grender and a 52.44 breaststroke split by Noah Nichols. Texas got a 48.29 leadoff from Anthony Grimm and a 52.49 breast split from Caspar Corbeau. Alvin Jiang split a 46.84 to reel in Max Edwards (47.33), but Daniel Krueger blasted an absolutely bonkers 41.85 on the anchor leg to run down Matt Brownstead (42.67), and Texas won, 3:09.47 to 3:09.96.

Again — we just saw someone go sub-42 unsuited, at a dual meet. It’s kind of impossible to track these sort of things, but that may very well be the first time that’s ever happened.

Also, it is interesting to see how different swimmers, even on the same team, are performing, relative to their best times. On both of those top two medley relays, the breaststrokers and freestylers are hitting times that are pretty close to what we’d see at championship meets, while the backstrokers and butterflyers are further away .

Both times were under the old pool record of 3:12.25, set by UVA in 2020. Those times rank as the 5th and 6th fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. Additionally, it’s worth noting that we didn’t see freshman backstroker Jack Aikins on either of UVA’s medley relays this meet.

Women’s 500 Free

Emma Weyant took over the lead by the 100 mark and never relinquished it, touching first in 4:46.11. That’s a season-best for Weyant by nearly a second, and moves her up to #5 in the nation this season.

Depending on how UVA has set their lineup, this may have been Texas’ best chance at a win today. Instead, they had to settle for 2nd and 3rd, as Evie Pfeifer took 2nd in 4:47.82, followed by Erica Sullivan in 4:48.49. Each of those two were a bit faster again Texas A&M a few weeks ago, where Pfeifer went 4:45.12 and Sullivan went 4:46.25.

After winning the first two events of the morning, UVA now leads 127-114.

Men’s 500 Free

David Johnston cruised to a 4:22.41 victory, giving him his second win of the meet after winning the 1000 free yesterday. That’s a slight season-best for Johnston, who went 4:22.50 against Texas A&M. The Texas men had the five fastest times of the morning, while Jack Wright had UVA’s best time at 4:30.39.

Women’s 200 Breast

UVA got a 1-2 finish, courtesy of Ella Nelson and Alexis Wenger. It was a three-women race at the 100, as Texas’ Anna Elendt led the pair of Cavaliers by about a tenth of a second. But Nelson dropped the hammer on the third 50, splitting 32.68, and maintained that lead to the end, touching in 2:08.79. Wenger took 2nd in 2:09.95, followed closely by Elendt at 2:10.12.

Nelson moves to #2 in the nation, behind only Kate Douglass‘ 2:07.68 from last weekend.

Men’s 200 Breast

On paper, this looked like this may have been the Cavalier men’s best chance to get a win this meet. Noah Nichols did his utmost, and he held a narrow lead at the halfway point. But Texas’ Jake Foster parlayed a 29.66 third 50 into a 1:55.91 win, with Nichols just behind at 1:56.05.

Women’s 200 Back

Alex Walsh shaved exactly a tenth of a second off of her nation-leading time of 1:53.47, improving to 1:53.37 this morning. That time put her nearly two seconds ahead of the 2nd-place finisher, Texas’ Olivia Bray (1:55.26).

It can be a bit tough to keep track of these sort of things when you’ve got two sisters with such crazy versatility, but remember that it was Gretchen Walsh who won the 100 back yesterday and went sub-51 leading off UVA’s medley relay earlier this morning. Bray has taken 2nd in both backstroke events this meet.

The UVA women have steadily built their lead, and the score now stands at 155-124.

Men’s 200 Back

Carson Foster led wire-to-wire, cruising to a 1:42.14 victory here. That time breaks the pool record of 1:42.90, set by a certain Ryan Lochte back in 2005. That time also appears to move Foster to #1 in the nation this season, displacing Nick Albiero’s 1:42.19 from the SMU Classic.

UVA’s Justin Grender took 2nd in 1:44.24, the only Cavalier to finish in the top five.

Heading into the break, Texas leads 209-70.

Women’s 100 Free

Gretchen Walsh built nearly half-a-body-length led by the halfway point, and she extended that lead on the back half to throw down a fast 48.00. That times breaks Mallory Comerford’s pool record of 48.37 from 2017, and it also shaves 0.02s off of her already-nation-leading best time.

Texas swept the next three spots. Bridget Semenuk led the trio of Longhorns with a 49.69, followed by Grace Cooper (50.05) and Kyla Leibel (50.05).

Men’s 100 Free

Daniel Krueger has been firing on all cylinders this meet, and he kept rolling in this event, producing a 43.05 to win by a sizable margin. The next four men all touched fairly close together. Longhorn Drew Kibler took 2nd in 43.74, followed by UVA’s Matt Brownstead (43.82) and Matt King (43.95), then Texas’ Cameron Auchinachie (43.98).

Women’s 100 Fly

Another pool record goes down, at Kate Douglass blasted a 51.99 to win by nearly a second. Her time broke the pool record of 52.19, set by Alex Walsh last year. Douglass owns the fastest time in the nation this season, a 51.51 from the Cal dual meet a few weeks ago. Texas got 2nd and 3rd place finishes from Emma Sticklen (52.91) and Olivia Bray (53.07).

Men’s 100 Fly

Another close race, another Texas win. UVA’s Konnar Klinksiek built an early lead with a 21.95 on the first 50. Texas’ Alvin Jiang stormed back on the second 50, though, splitting 25.05 to Klinksiek’s 25.94, and the Longhorn got his hand on the wall first, 47.71 to 47.89. Texas has begun exhibitioning their men at this point, so UVA gets all the points for this event.

Women’s 200 IM

Fans were treated to another great race here. Texas’ Kelly Pash went out in 54.93 to take the lead, but UVA’s Ella Nelson split 33.82 on the breaststroke lead to take a narrow lead. Nelson hung on on for the free leg to touch out Pash, 1:57.33 to 1:57.46. Those times now rank 4th and 5th, respectively, in the nation this season.

With just the last relay to go, UVA leads 190-146.

Men’s 200 IM

Once again, Texas come out on top in a close race. UVA’s Sean Conway went out strong and held nearly a one-second lead at the halfway point. Texas’ Jake Foster split 29.67 on the breaststroke leg, the only man under 30, to take a 0.04s lead heading into the freestyle. Foster outsplit Conway 25.88 to 25.98 on the free leg, and got his hand on the wall first, 1:45.66 to 1:45.80 in a thrilling conclusion to the individual races.

Foster’s time broke the pool record of 1:45.83, set by Conway in 2020.

Women’s 200 Free Relay

UVA put together yet another pool record-breaking swim. Gretchen Walsh led off in 21.88, Kate Douglass followed with a 21.56 split, then Alex Walsh (22.07) and Lexi Cuomo (22.60) wrapped it up for an overall time of 1:28.11. That lowers the pool record by nearly two seconds –  the previous mark was a 1:29.86 from 2020. UVA holds the top time in the country with a 1:27.82 from the Cal meet.

Texas got four pretty event splits to go 1:30.08, which puts them at #6 in the nation this season.

Men’s 200 Free Relay

Both sides were starting to look a bit tired after two hard days of racing. Again, another close race, but another Texas victory. Daniel Krueger led off in 19.71, followed by Caspar Corbeau (19.75), Cameron Auchinachie (19.64), and Drew Kibler (19.51), for a 1:18.61. UVA was behind nearly four-tenths of a second after the leadoff leg, and closed the gap a bit, but ultimately touched in 1:18.83.

Final Scores

  • Women: 201, Texas 152
  • Men: Texas 223, Virginia 122

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Hoo love
2 months ago

G. Walsh 50.89 for 100 back leadoff on 400 medley🤯

James Beam
2 months ago

Gibbs- another exciting Saturday for you? Is this you or Will Ferrell?

“Well um, actually a nice little Saturday. We’re going to watch the UVA/Texas Meet and then go to Home Depot. Yeah buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed Bath and Beyond. I don’t know. I don’t know if we will have enough time”.

Horninco
2 months ago

“He’s a backstroker. He’s swimming the backstroke”

“He’s breathing every stroke on the breaststroke”

Lol

swimswamswum
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

“The anchor is so important on relays because if you’re ahead you need to stay ahead, but if you’e behind you need to get ahead.”

Still struck by the level of insight from this one

Horninco
Reply to  swimswamswum
2 months ago

This is where we all need to apologize to rowdy

JimSwim22
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

Oh, I assumed those were Rowdy quotes

Snarky
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

Is Rowdy announcing?

Joel Lin
2 months ago

Krueger 41.8 anchor. That’s just downright mean, son.

Joel Lin
2 months ago

This is the best dual meet in history.

Stewie
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 months ago

On the women’s side. Men, it’s a bit lopsided.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Stewie
2 months ago

I’d argue both. We’ve seen some epic individual performances by the Texas men. Mind bending fast in some instances. And the men’s relays have been competitive to the touch and all have been really fast. And it’s early November. I don’t recall a Stanford v. Cal men’s meet late in the season when heavy training is done with this fast. This meet is crazy good.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 months ago

This UVA men’s team is built for relays. Very impressed.

Hawkeye
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 months ago

you must have missed Virginia vs. Cal dual a few weeks ago. 🙂

matt
2 months ago

texas men destroying uva

PVSFree
Reply to  matt
2 months ago

But it’s not like the UVA men are swimming slow. Texas men are just swimming out of their MINDS fast. 41.8 anchor from Krueger and a 3:40 400 IM from Carson are both just DIRTY swims.

Noah
2 months ago

Did the announcers just forget Alex Walsh’s silver medal…

Ghost
Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Yes and their graphic of uva olympic accomplishments had it wrong too

Mr. Pack
2 months ago

Too bad Texas men are too scared to come to Raleigh to get DESTROYED by the Pack.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Mr. Pack
2 months ago

😀😀😀 so who’s gonna tell them

Bruh
Reply to  Mr. Pack
2 months ago

Y’all got 400 points to make up good luck 😂😂

Mr. Sir
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

The Pack would dominate in a dual! Win every event but the breaststroke. Guaranteed to turn those longhorns into GROUND BEEF

Stewie
Reply to  Mr. Pack
2 months ago

NC State so thirsty… still gonna be 4th.