Texas, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University
- October 16-17, 2020
- Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
- 25 yards
- Live Results (Also on Meet Mobile as “2020 ST TEX First Chance Meet”)
- Day 1 Results
Traditionally, October is known as “Rocktober” for the Texas men, and the Longhorns aren’t always known for going fast at this point in the calendar. But with all of the uncertainty regarding this season, at least a few of the Texas men are gunning for NCAA cut times or even National Age Group Records this weekend. Last night we were treated to a pair of historic swims, as Drew Kibler popped up a 4:08.26 to move up to #4 all-time in the 500 free, while Carson Foster lit up the pool with a 3:35.27 in the 400 IM, breaking the 17-18 National Age Group record and becoming the 2nd-fastest man ever.
And that wasn’t all. Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas improved his lifetime best in the 100 back to 44.40, still ranking him #9 all-time in that event, then closed out the session by racing Carson Foster and his brother Jake to a 3:38.22 finish in the 400 IM, about half a second shy of his lifetime best. Meanwhile, several other Longhorn and Aggie swimmers put themselves into position for a NCAA invite or swam lifetime bests.
We should be in for some more fast swimming today, including a strong chance that Carson Foster will challenge the National Age Group record in the 200 free. He comes into this meet with a lifetime best of 1:32.99, while the NAG stands at 1:32.18.
- Daniel Krueger, Texas – 42.33
- Mark Theall, Texas A&M – 43.45
- Jake Sannem, Texas – 43.75
Daniel Krueger wrapped up the sprint free double with a 42.33 in the 100 free, after taking the 50 free in 19.16 yesterday. His time this morning is just over a second off of his lifetime best.
- Shaine Casas, Texas A&M – 1:36.54
- Ethan Harder, Texas – 1:43.63
- Ethan Gogulski, Texas A&M – 1:44.07
Aggie Shaine Casas continued an impressive weekend by moving up to #4 all-time in the 200 back. His 1:36.54 this morning now ranks only behind Ryan Murphy (1:35.73) and a pair of Longhorns, John Shebat (1:36.42) and Austin Katz (1:36.45). Katz shows up on Meet Mobile as entered in the 100 and 200 fly events this weekend, but didn’t swim yesterday.
- Andres Puente, Texas A&M – 1:53.26
- Caspar Corbeau, Texas – 1:53.84
- Colin Feehery, Southern Methodist – 1:59.20
The Aggies made it two in a row after Andres Puente pulled ahead of Caspar Corbeau on the final 50, winning 1:53.26 to 1:53.84. That reverses the finish from the night before in the 100 breast, where Corbeau won.
Those two were the only men under 1:59, but Colin Feehery became the first SMU swimmer to crack the top three this meet with a 1:59.20.
- David Johnston, Texas – 14:47.75
- JohnThomas Larson, Texas – 14:55.25
- Alex Zettle, Texas – 15:01.98
Longhorn freshman David Johnston knocked almost four seconds off of his lifetime best of 14:51.42, and in the process, he broke the 17-18 NAG record for the 1000 yard freestyle. His split of 8:45.38 best the previous record of 8:45.50, set by Bobby Finke in 2018.
Teammate JohnThomas Larson took 2nd in 14:55.25, nearly 10 seconds faster than his previous lifetime best of 15:04.67 from the Big 12 Championships in February.
After Drew Kibler went 4:08 in the 500 yesterday, #4 all-time, and Carson Foster went 3:35 in the 400 IM, good for 2nd all-time, expectations were high that we might see some more historic swims in this event today. And while we didn’t get any eye-popping swims here, the duo put up a pair of very solid times still. Kibler’s 1:31.10 is less than three-tenths off of his lifetime best of 1:30.83, which ranks him 7th all-time. Foster’s 1:33.41 didn’t challenge the 17-18 NAG record, it is his 3rd-fastest time ever.
- Alvin Jiang, Texas – 45.75
- Cole Crane, Texas – 47.43
- Jace Brown, Texas A&M – 47.57
Alvin Jiang, who burst onto the scene last year with his sub-44 split at the Minnesota Invite, took home the win today with a 45.75. His lifetime best sits at 44.93 from that aforementioned Minnesota Invite.
Coming down the final stretch, three swimmers dueled it out for 3rd, with Cole Crane getting his hand on the wall first at 47.43, followed by Texas A&M’s Jace Brown (47.57) and Longhorn freshman Zac Van Zandt (47.86).
Casas earned his third win of the weekend here, throwing down a 1:40.52 that might’ve been a little more eye-popping if he hadn’t already gone two best times in the backstrokes this week. It’s his 4th-fastest time ever, with his personal best of 1:39.91 ranking him #7 all-time in the event.