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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2 years ago

Regarding the 41 at a dual meet, I can think of one other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9pXoWmkz6g

Nathan Adrian

Reply to  Nate
2 years ago

Outside and in the COLD rain!!

Reply to  Nate
2 years ago

Is that really you N Adrian?

Reply to  Nate
2 years ago

I think my favorite part of that 2011 video is during the anchor leg, when a spectator can be heard saying “oh my God!!!”

Hoo love
2 years ago

Thoroughly impressed by Emma Weyant this weekend. Great upset in the 1000 and awesome wins in the 500 and 400 IM to compliment!

2 years ago

Both of The UVA 200 women breaststrokers have kicks that look very much like fly. Looks illegal.

Reply to  Bstroke
2 years ago

yea, that was crazy. Maybe it’ll be called at ncs but not at a home meet,

VA Steve
Reply to  Bstroke
2 years ago

Here we go. Lol. No.

sticky rice
2 years ago

This has been an awesome meet. I’d pay good money to see Cal vs Texas men and UVA vs Stanford women dual meets.

2 years ago

Tyler Fenwick has ruined the Jack’s

Ryan Hook
Reply to  B1Guy!
2 years ago

He doesn’t coach the Jacks.

Reply to  Ryan Hook
2 years ago

Yes he does.

Ryan Hook
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Todd does.

Reply to  Ryan Hook
2 years ago

No he doesn’t

2 years ago

I believe Nathan Adrian went 41 low anchoring a dual meet against Stanford years ago. The meet came down to the last relay, Stanford was up by at least a body length going into the anchor legs. Adrian caught Staab and they flipped even at the 75. Staab didn’t appear to breathe the last 25 and barely held him off.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 years ago

I was just coming here to say that. Here is the video of that 2011 race.


Reply to  Bignowhere
2 years ago

Just realized someone else beat me to it….

2 years ago

The score for women is deceiving. 2 diving events first day and no diving second day. Texas crushed UVA on diving. UVA women will roll second day!
The women need to be nice Matt Scoggin…give him a nice Christmas gift!

2 years ago

Wonderful swimming all around. Worst commentator ever. Never thought I’d be wishing I was listening to rowdy. Next time drinking game every time she says decorated.

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