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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6 days ago

wow Casas starting off with a bang

Justin Thompson
Reply to  joe
5 days ago

Not a bad double.

6 days ago

WOW, Casas!

Where’s that one commenter named “Casas Wins 100 Back Gold in Tokyo”?…

Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

Why would Eddie not rest the guys? From the first two events you can see they are beat up. What meet will he use for the majority of guys to get cuts if not this one?

Reply to  Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

It’s October

Enchanted Rock
Reply to  Jim
6 days ago

Yeah, you are right. It’s too early. It’s actually Rocktober. My bad.

Reply to  Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

4:08 doesn’t seem too bad for October or 19.1. “Cream rises to the top”

Reply to  Jim
6 days ago

You missed a crucial data point:

It’s October…2020.

I’d take my shot at NCAA cuts where I could get them.

Enchanted Rock
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 days ago

I don’t see hardly any meets on the horns schedule. Can they add at a later date?

Reply to  Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

They can, if they can find them.

In swimming, unlike team sports, teams can essentially always add or remove meets as they wish. There’s no ‘locked in date’ to have a schedule. Especially since there’s no big TV contracts to be locked into.

Reply to  Jim
6 days ago

It’s never the wrong time for fast swimming

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, Eddie doesn’t know what he’s doing. smh

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
6 days ago

Eddie sometimes makes good decisions

Reply to  Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

It’s Rocktober.

Reply to  Enchanted Rock
6 days ago

If Carson went a 3:35 unrested then that’s even more insane. He definetly rested.

Reply to  Anonymous
6 days ago

It’s good regardless lol

Reply to  Enchanted Rock
2 days ago

Looks like Texas was totally rested.