Texas Swimmers, Ledecky/Manuel Highlight Longhorn Elite Invite Psych Sheets

2021 Longhorn Elite Invite

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The 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite will be held this weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The three-day affair will feature all Olympic events in its schedule, with the top 24 swimmers in the morning prelims qualifying for the A, B, and C evening finals. Among the attendees are Olympic champions Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel. Manuel will swim her signature 50/100 free sprints while Ledecky is scheduled to hit the 50/100/200/400/800 free events this weekend.

Peering at the 2020-2021 US rankings, Manuel is the No. 1 American in the 100 free at 53.34 from the 2020 Stanford Invite and currently ranks No. 5 in the 50 free at 24.70 from PSS San Antonio. Ledecky, on the other hand, is the No. 1 swimmer in the 200 free (1:54.40), 400 free (3:59.25), and 800 free (8:13.64) for both US and world season rankings.

In both IM events, Brooke Forde, Evie Pfeifer, and Madisyn Cox are top contenders along with 200 breast specialist Bethany Galat. Worlds medalist Katie Drabot is entered in the 200/400 free and 100/200 fly. The Stanford alum will swim against NCAA flyers Lillie Nordmann, Olivia Bray, and Kelly Pash. Cal Bears Isabelle Stadden (100/200 back) and Izzy Ivey (100/200 free, 100 back, 100 fly) will also swim in Austin.

On the men’s side, Olympic hopeful Carson Foster headlines the 400 IM with his US No. 2 season best of 4:13.79. Sitting in 5th in the US rankings is brother Jake Foster at 4:17.04, who it also entered in the 200 breast and 200 IM. Looking to compete against C. Foster in both the 400 IM and 200 fly is UGA alum and 2016 Olympian Gunnar Bentz. C. Foster also ranks No. 8 in the 200 IM (1:59.82) and No. 13 in the 200 fly (1:58.60) in the US season rankings.

In the men’s 100 free, Texas Longhorn Maxime Rooney has the highest US rank this season among the Austin entries, ranking 10th at 49.40. Stanford’s Grant Shoults and Longhorn training-mates Townley Haas and Drew Kibler are also expected to swim the middle-distance free events. Into the stroke events, Texas A&M Aggie Shaine Casas and Texas Longhorn Austin Katz headline both backstroke events while former Texas Longhorn Will Licon and Stanford’s Daniel Roy highlight the men’s 100/200 breast.

More Texas Longhorns expected to appear in Austin include John Shebat, Julia Cook, Kyla Leibel, Grace Cooper, Daniel Krueger, Jeff Newkirk, Peter Larson, Coby Carrozza, Alvin Jiang, Cole Crane, Emma Sticklen, Charlie Scheinfeld, and Bridget Semenuk. Other NCAA swimmers entered include Stanford’s Lucie Nordmann, Amalie Fackenthal, Luke Maurer, Ethan Hu, Zoe Bartel, Alex Crisera, Allie Raab, Anya Goeders, Morgan Tankersley, and Isabel Gormley and Texas A&M Aggies Caroline Theil, Abigail Ahrens, and Taylor Pike.

Frenchwoman Beryl Gastaldello is currently entered in the 50/100 free and 100 fly in lieu of competing at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest this week. On the men’s side, Texas A&M’s Koko Bratanov of Bulgaria comes in with the fastest 50 free season best at 22.25, coming from the most recent Pro Swim Series meet in Indy this past weekend. FINA’s automatic olympic qualifying standard in the 50 free rests at a 22.01, just 0.24s off of Bratanov’s best. Other notable international entries include Joanna Evans of the Bahamas, Texas’ Anna Elendt of Germany, Remedy Rule of the Philippines (100/200 fly, 200 free), Texas A&M’s Angel Martinez of Mexico and Jing Quah of Singapore.

Order of Events

Thursday, May 20

  • 100 Free
  • 400 IM
  • 400 Free
  • 100 Fly

Friday, May 21

  • 200 Free
  • 200 Back
  • 200 Breast
  • 50 Free
  • 800 Free

Saturday, May 22

  • 200 Fly
  • 100 Breast
  • 1500 Free
  • 100 Back
  • 200 IM

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Coach Rob
25 days ago

Texas should win this meet. Texas will have more guys (and gals) at the Olympics than any of the other teams. After all, they won NCAAs. With Coach Reese at the helm, anything is possible. Waxing

Kitajima Fan
Reply to  Coach Rob
25 days ago

Waxing

Swimfan
25 days ago

No Manuel in 200free, well hopefully she can put up a solid 100 free hoping for a mid low 53

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
25 days ago

Aside from the women’s 1500 meter freestyle, Katie Ledecky has entered in the 50 FR, 100 FR, 200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR. Must be the Claire Curzan effect.

Myshkin
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

Katie in the 50 ! Fun!

Yozhik
Reply to  Myshkin
25 days ago

It goes in between 200 and 800 races in the same session. I have to agree with you: there is no other reason of doing that but to have some fun 😀

usaswimerror
Reply to  Myshkin
25 days ago

I remember her swimming the 50 once. Meehan had her breathing every stroke. Tempo work.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
25 days ago

I wonder if Simone Manuel will now even enter in the women’s 200 meter freestyle at the 2021 Olympic Team Trials?

Swimfan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

She swam the 200 at 2016,2017, and 2018 trials but I get your point, maybe because saw Claire curzan post 24.17 and 53.55 and Kate Douglas go 24.4 that she realize needs to be at her best/fresh for her to get the individual swim in Tokyo (relay swim no brianer unless something drastically changed) if she wants a chance to depend her 100 free and a chance to win the 50 in Tokyo

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
25 days ago

I wonder how many swimmers will forego a weaker event at the 2021 Olympic Team Trials to ensure qualification in a signature event? Meanwhile, Katie Ledecky has nothing to worry about in the women’s 200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR, 1500 FR.

Walter
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

Foregoing a weaker event in no way ensures qualification in a signature event.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Walter
25 days ago

Why take a chance wearing yourself down in a weaker event in order to be fresher for a stronger event?

Ecoach
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

At Olympic Trials my best event was 400 Free i was 3rd at Nationals and very hopeful. The day before was the 200 fly, an event I always swam but was ranked only 10th. Funny thing happened I qualified in the 200 fly and 4×200 relay and not in the 400 free. Glad I didn’t forego the 200 fly.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Ecoach
25 days ago

0_0

thezwimmer
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

Maybe she’ll only do heats and/or semis and post a swift time.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  thezwimmer
25 days ago

The coaching staff can always conduct time trials during the Olympic Team training camp.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

Baker?
McLaughlin?
Weitzeil?

Turmanator
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

McLaughlin, Weitzeil, and the rest of the Cal women’s group are going to the Santa Clara LCM Senior 2 T&F meet this weekend. The psych sheet is on MeetMobile

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