Texas Men Put On An Absolute Show Destroying Texas A&M At Dual Meet

The Texas men hosted Texas A&M and put on an absolute clinic with a 1-2-3 sweep in six out of nine events, every one of which was won by a Texas swimmer, before the meet was capped and the last few events counted only as exhibition swims for Texas to keep the score closer.

After the exhibition swims were decided, the score was 155-113.

100 Back

In the first event, the 100 backstroke, Will Licon took home the win with a time of 48.44 for a fairly good in-season swim. Second behind Licon was teammate Will Glass followed by Aaron Gustafson to give the Longhorns their first 1-2-3 sweep of the night.

100 Breast

Imri Ganiel solidified another Longhorns win and the second 1-2-3 Longhorns sweep with a 56.81 100 breaststroke win. Ganiel won easily over Liam Lockwood and Austin Temple who finished in 57.26 and 57.32 respectively.

100 Fly

Jack Conger won the 100 fly demonstrating absolute speed in his sophomore year with a 47.71. Second behind Conger was Texas flyer Tripp Cooper who clocked in at over a second behind Conger in 48.83.

The two were able to hold on for a sweep, however sneaking in for the bronze medal was Luke Shaw of Texas A&M to give them their first top three finish of the evening. Shaw finished the race in 49.87.

1000 Free

After Shaw ruined Texas’ perfect 1-2-3 sweep in every event, the Longhorns tried to get back into the swing of it by doing just that in the 1000 free. Jonathan Roberts was the eventual winner, clocking in at 9:12.47 to obliterate the other two swimmers.

Nic Munoz held on for second at 9:25.67 despite a close finish with John Martens who was third in 9:26.16.

200 Free

Freshman standout Joseph Schooling grabbed a win in his first swim of the evening with a 1:38.43 in the 200 freestyle. Schooling is an all-around standout and expected to bring success to the Texas relays and produce many individual points throughout his collegiate career with the Longhorns.

That 1:38 was a best time for Schooling, showing his progression as a college athlete.

Behind Schooling was PJ Dunne who was over two seconds back in 1:40.89. Third was Jake Ritter to round out the Texas top-three finish with a 1:41.65.

50 Free

The 50 free was a true battle as it had many star-sprinters facing off. The race came down to a win by Texas’ Brett Ringgold in 20.03, coming the closest to cracking 20 seconds out of anyone in the field.

Second was Cory Bolleter of Texas A&M who was able to throw down the best finish for an Aggie all night with a 20.53 second place finish. Behind him was teammate Jacob Gonzales in 20.62 who kept Longhorns John Murray and Kip Darmody out of the top three.

The two Longhorns finished fourth and fifth respectively in 20.71 and 20.72.

200 IM

Will Licon got the chance to add another gold to an impressive night which included a 48.44 100 back, and he did just that by winning the 200 IM. The Longhorn swimmer won the event smoothly in 1:48.18, beating Jared Butler and Gonzalo Carazo Barbero.

Butler, his teammate, finished the race well behind in 1:51.98. He was followed by Barbero of Texas A&M who clocked in at 1:52.26 for third.

200 Fly 

Clark Smith of Texas took the 200 fly win in 1:47.18. John Martens was second in 1:50.40 followed by Chris Scheaffer to round out the Texas 1-2-3 finish with a 1:51.29.

100 Free

Brett Ringgold claimed the title of sprint king at this dual meet as he took home the 100 free title after winning the 50 earlier on. The winning time for Ringgold was a 44.62, being the only swimmer under 45 seconds.

Behind Ringgold was recent Pan Pac team member Matt Ellis, who swims for the Longhorns, touching the wall in 45.07. Texas sprinter John Murray finished behind him in third with a 45.94.

200 Back

At this point in the meet, it seemed as though Texas had all but wiped the floor with the Aggies, and the remainder of the meet was capped leaving the remainder of the competition as an exhibition for Longhorn swimmers.

Due to this, the 200 backstroke was won by Texas A&Ms Brock Bonetti in 1:50.98 despite Jack Conger swimming a 1:45.84 and Will Licon posting  a 1:46.66.

Alexandros Thoecharidis ended up claiming second behind Bonetti in 1:51.07 followed by Cameron Kerr in 1:54.02.

500 Free

The fastest time of the night in the 500 free went to Jake Ritter in 4:35.76. The event however, went to Gonzalo Carazo Barbero who made it extremely close with a 4:35.83 although he took the win due to the exhibition decision.

PJ Dunne of Texas would have finished behind him in 4:26.20. The sulver went to Miha Bernat in 4:42.94 followed by Mitch Glander in 4:45.90.

200 Breast

Mauro Castillo Luna won the 200 breast in 2:05.53 folowed by Jonathan Tybur in 2:10.84 and Hayden Duplechain in 2:10.84.

The Longhorn swimmers were faster however, with Imri Ganiel touching the wall in 2:04.58 followed by his teammate, Matt Korman, in 2:05.13.

400 Free Relay

The last event of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, would have been an absolute demolition as the Longhorns through together a great relay that finished in 2:58.96. Brett Ringgold led-off the relay in 43.90 to swim a significantly faster 100 freestyle than he did to win the event earlier.

John Murray split a 45.57, Matt Ellis a 44.84, and Joseph Schooling a 44.65.

The Texas A&M team made up of Cory Bolleter, Jacob Gonzales, Turker Ayar, and Gonzalo Carazo Barbero put together a time of 3:05.83.

For full meet results click here.

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6 years ago

I wouldn’t really call it “an absolute show.” Eddie kills them every October, so I did not expect better times.

Stars of the night, IMO:

1. Johnathan Roberts. Wow! That;s all.
2. Will Licon. Nitro family was proud of Will’s effort tonight. It is obvious he has been working on his backstroke in off season., His stroke turnover is higher and he is driving his arm into the water. Very impressed with his backstroke tonight. Will is going to do good things this year.
3. Brett Ringgold. Brett is pretty short for a sprinter, but extremely explosive. His underwaters are fantastic. He went close to 10m both ways on the way to 20.03 win on 50 free. In… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  PsychoDad
6 years ago

A word or two about Jack Conger? He looks good?
I was so disappointed by his summer. Especially on backstroke. He was far from his best times. His best performance was in the 100 free with a pretty good 49 low. It has strengthened my conviction that his future was more on freestyle, 100 and 200.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I skipped commenting on Jack Conger on purpose. As usual, he looked so smooth with great technique. But he looked like that all last season and when we all expected him to switch to the second gear at NCAA’s – it never happened. We saw hints of second gear last night on last 25 yards of the 200 back when he sprinted to beat Will Licon after they were tied on the last turn. As Joel mentioned below, I also think Jack was not physically strong enough to take it all last year and run out of steam by NCAAs. I hope that changes this year. He is just so talented and we all rightly expect better from him.

Reply to  PsychoDad
6 years ago

Jack Conger is so incredibly talented. I saw an interview with Eddie Reese after 2014 NCAA’s in which he very manfully accepted responsibility for Conger’s disappointing swims. Reese claimed that Conger simply over trained, and Coach Reese did not have him ready. I appreciated that from Coach Reese – he is a class act. But as fan I hope to see Conger compete for NCAA titles in the backstrokes, and possibly 500 free.

6 years ago

Harsh headline.

Reply to  Danny
6 years ago

HA! They deleted my comment. I wasn’t as succinct as you.

Reply to  ChestRockwell
6 years ago

Destroyed? Wiped the floor with them? Even though that is what happened anybody who follows this sport was expecting this result so why make the other team feel so bad? The bigger story is that everybody swam off events except Conger. Obviously Eddie expected to win the meet big so they swam off events but I guess was trying to maybe send a message to Conger. 47.71 is not absolute speed as the article mentions considering the stacked flyers the longhorns have.

Reply to  LBJaintMJ
6 years ago

No Lewis.
No Youngquist.
No Vacek
No Problem

6 years ago

I love your vast technical knowledge criticizing the stroke of a 5’10, 52.8 100 Breastroker. The strength of that kid is his stroke. You aren’t the 2nd fastest HS Breastroker ever at his size with a bad stroke. Stay in the stands and leave the coaching to the experts buddy.

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