Southern Methodist vs. Texas
- Friday, February 4, 2022
- Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center, Dallas, TX
- Dual Meet Format
- Live Results
- Also on Meet Mobile as “2022 SMU v Texas”
While the unseasonably cold weather may have kept the Texas Longhorn women from making the trip to Dallas to take on Southern Methodist, the Longhorn men successfully made the journey.
Not only that, but they made the most of the journey, as the defending national champions heated up the pool quickly with a scorching 1:23.00 in the 200 medley relay. We haven’t seen any video yet, but we’re going to go ahead and assume that the squad was wearing tech suits, at least for this event.
Freshman Anthony Grimm led off with a 20.79 backstroke effort, setting a new lifetime best. He broke out on the national scene three years ago when he led off Oakton High School with a 20.87 at the Virginia state championships. He also matched that time a year ago as a senior.
Caspar Corbeau then split 23.39 on breast, followed by Alvin Jiang with a 19.98 fly split. Usually, we’d see senior Daniel Krueger on the anchor, but today the Longhorns opted for Cameron Auchinachie, who brought the relay home with a 18.84 effort.
Based on the times in the USA Swimming database, that appears to be the fastest 200 medley relay ever recorded in a dual meet, and ranks within the top 40 performances ever.
From what we can tell, the previous fastest dual meet time ever came just two weeks ago, when the Louisville Cardinals clocked a 1:23.90 racing against Kentucky.
Last year, Texas finished 5th in this event at NCAAs with a time of 1:22.56, with the following splits:
Today, Grimm was actually two-tenths faster than the 20.98 which the Longhorns got from Staka last year, while Corbeau and Jiang weren’t too far off of their NCAA times, and Auchinachie was exactly two-tenths shy of Krueger’s split from last year.
Today’s performance bodes well for the Longhorns’ chances in this event next month. However, they’ll be up against a formidable set of foes which includes the defending champions in this event, the aforementioned Louisville Cardinals.
Full meet recap will be published later this evening.