Texas First Chance Invitational: Day One Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 39

October 16th, 2020 College, News

Texas, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University

  • October 16-17, 2020
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
  • 25 yards
  • Unscored
  • Live Results (Also on Meet Mobile as “2020 ST TEX First Chance Meet”)
  • Day 1 Results

While this weekend’s meet between Texas, Texas A&M, and Southern Methodist men isn’t the only college swimming happening this weekend, it’s shaping up to be the fastest event, as we’re expecting many swimmers to be suited up and chasing after early NCAA cuts.

Assuming we’re able to get live results, we’ll keep you updated with event-by-event results and analysis this evening.

100 Back

  1. Shaine Casas, Texas A&M – 44.40
  2. Alvin Jiang, Texas – 45.92
  3. Chris Staka, Texas – 48.21

Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas put up a statement swim early, blasting a 44.40 that shaved 0.08s off of his lifetime best and established a new Aggie record. Casas still ranks #9 all-time in the event. Texas senior Alvin Jiang was about a second shy of his lifetime best of 44.95, but his time of 45.92 is still faster than the 46.2 it took to qualify for NCAAs in this event last year.

100 Breast

  1. Caspar Corbeau, Texas – 51.96
  2. Andres Puente, Texas A&M – 52.55
  3. Charlie Scheinfeld, Texas – 53.32

Texas sophomore Caspar Corbeau paced the field with a 51.96, about half a second off his lifetime best from last November. Corbeau would’ve been seeded 8th in this event with a 51.46 had the 2020 NCAA Championships happened. The Aggies’ Andres Puente took 2nd with a 52.55, right about the time it took to qualify for the 2020 NCAAs, and about three-tenths of a second shy of his lifetime best.

200 Fly

  1. Sam Pomajevich, Texas – 1:42.93
  2. Coby Carrozza, Texas – 1:43.37
  3. Ethan Harder, Texas – 1:43.78

The Longhorns swept the top 5 spots in this event, led by senior Sam Pomajevich with a time of 1:42.93. Pomajevich’s lifetime best of 1:39.35 from last season puts him in the top ten all-time in this event. Freshman Coby Carrozza knocked nearly an entire second off of his previous lifetime best of 1:44.28, taking 2nd in 1:43.37, putting him within a couple of tenths of what it took to make NCAAs last season. Sophomore Ethan Harder focused primarily on the 200 back last season, but his time of 1:43.78 is just a few tenths slower than his lifetime best of 1:43.51.

50 Free

  1. Daniel Krueger, Texas – 19.16
  2. Kaloyan Bratanov, Texas A&M – 19.86
  3. Jake Sannem, Texas – 20.09

Texas kept the win streak going thanks to junior Daniel Krueger, whose time of 19.16 gives him a new personal best by 0.03s. Aggie Kaloyan Bratanov was the only other man under 20.0, touching in 19.86, less than a tenth of a second slower than best time of 19.78. We didn’t see much of Jake Sannem last season, but he took 3rd here with a 20.09.

500 Free

  1. Drew Kibler, Texas – 4:08.26
  2. JohnThomas Larson, Texas – 4:15.80
  3. Mark Theall, Texas A&M – 4:20.01

Longhorn junior Drew Kibler moved up to #4 all-time in this event, lowering his personal best by nearly three seconds with his time of 4:08.26. Kibler’s previous best of 4:11.19 came from last year’s Minnesota Invite.

Place Swimmer Time
1 Kieran Smith 4:06.32
2 Zane Grothe 4:07.25
3 Townley Haas 4:08.19
4 Drew Kibler 4:08.26
5 Clark Smith 4:08.42
6 Peter Vanderkaay 4:08.54
7 Tom Dolan 4:08.75
8 Jean Basson 4:08.92
9 Felix Auboeck 4:08.95
10 Anton Ipsen 4:09.13


400 IM

  1. Carson Foster, Texas – 3:35.27
  2. Shaine Casas, Texas A&M – 3:38.22
  3. Jake Foster, Texas – 3:43.30

While there was some fast swimming up to this point, this may have been the marquee event of the evening, as Casas was in lane 4, flanked by the Foster brothers. Casas touched just ahead of Foster at the first 50, but Foster quickly took over from there, and by the time the dust had settled, he’d touched the wall first, obliterating the Texas school record and the 17-18 National Age Group record, and moving to #2 all-time, with his time of 3:35.27.

Casas took 2nd in 3:38.22, his 2nd-fastest swim ever, while Texas sophomore Jake Foster finished 3rd in 3:43.30, his 4th-fastest time ever.

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Tom Dolan Fan
2 years ago

Where are Vines and Willenbring

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Wow, 3:35….let’s think about that for a second.
Nice job Carson. Best is yet to come.
Will any of the pros (Licon, Smith, Haas) swim?
Great to see the Ol’ Southwest Conference back in action!!!

Tea rex
Reply to  Bevo
2 years ago

Haas and Licon are at the ISL this weekend so no

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

It’s insane to see Tom Dolan at 4:08.

2 years ago

Since the US is the only country swimming scy its hard to gauge the no doubt great swims!

2 years ago


2 years ago

Wow, everyone is going best times. I’m so excited for tomorrow.

Regan stan
2 years ago

Some Fs in the chat for Chase Kalisz’ swimming career

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Regan stan
2 years ago

I don’t know. Seto just went down.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Seto can still train and all, just can’t compete till January

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

SUper swimming, all the way around. Also, is there a typo in the times of the 500 free all time list for #4? Two times tied, but different.

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