Virginia vs. Texas
- Friday, November 5th-Saturday, November 6th, 2021
- Aquatic and Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
- Dual Meet Format
- Live Results
- Results on Meet Mobile: “Virginia vs Texas”
- Live Stream (ACCN)
- Diving Results
- Swimming Results
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
We’ve got the men’s race videos from Day 2 of this weekend’s Texas-UVA dual meet, including Daniel Krueger‘s incredible 41.8 anchor leg on the Longhorns’ 400 medley relay. The Texas men won every single event over the two-day dual meet, resulting in a lopsided score of 223-122, but the Cavaliers kept it close in almost every race, including the opening and closing relays.
All videos courtesy of YouTube user James Foster.
Men’s 400 Medley Relay
Another tight race on the men’s side, but once again, Texas pulled out the win. UVA built a lead after a 47.52 leadoff by Justin Grender and a 52.44 breaststroke split by Noah Nichols. Texas got a 48.29 leadoff from Anthony Grimm and a 52.49 breast split from Caspar Corbeau. Alvin Jiang split a 46.84 to reel in Max Edwards (47.33), but Daniel Krueger blasted an absolutely bonkers 41.85 on the anchor leg to run down Matt Brownstead (42.67), and Texas won, 3:09.47 to 3:09.96.
Again — we just saw someone go sub-42 unsuited, at a dual meet. It’s kind of impossible to track these sort of things, but that may very well be the first time that’s ever happened.
Also, it is interesting to see how different swimmers, even on the same team, are performing, relative to their best times. On both of those top two medley relays, the breaststrokers and freestylers are hitting times that are pretty close to what we’d see at championship meets, while the backstrokers and butterflyers are further away .
Both times were under the old pool record of 3:12.25, set by UVA in 2020. Those times rank as the 5th and 6th fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. Additionally, it’s worth noting that we didn’t see freshman backstroker Jack Aikins on either of UVA’s medley relays this meet.
Men’s 500 Free
David Johnston cruised to a 4:22.41 victory, giving him his second win of the meet after winning the 1000 free yesterday. That’s a slight season-best for Johnston, who went 4:22.50 against Texas A&M. The Texas men had the five fastest times of the morning, while Jack Wright had UVA’s best time at 4:30.39.
Men’s 200 Breast
On paper, this looked like this may have been the Cavalier men’s best chance to get a win this meet. Noah Nichols did his utmost, and he held a narrow lead at the halfway point. But Texas’ Jake Foster parlayed a 29.66 third 50 into a 1:55.91 win, with Nichols just behind at 1:56.05.
Men’s 200 Back
Carson Foster led wire-to-wire, cruising to a 1:42.14 victory here. That time breaks the pool record of 1:42.90, set by a certain Ryan Lochte back in 2005. That time also appears to move Foster to #1 in the nation this season, displacing Nick Albiero’s 1:42.19 from the SMU Classic.
UVA’s Justin Grender took 2nd in 1:44.24, the only Cavalier to finish in the top five.
Heading into the break, Texas leads 209-70.
Men’s 100 Free
Daniel Krueger has been firing on all cylinders this meet, and he kept rolling in this event, producing a 43.05 to win by a sizable margin. The next four men all touched fairly close together. Longhorn Drew Kibler took 2nd in 43.74, followed by UVA’s Matt Brownstead (43.82) and Matt King (43.95), then Texas’ Cameron Auchinachie (43.98).
Men’s 100 Fly
Another close race, another Texas win. UVA’s Konnar Klinksiek built an early lead with a 21.95 on the first 50. Texas’ Alvin Jiang stormed back on the second 50, though, splitting 25.05 to Klinksiek’s 25.94, and the Longhorn got his hand on the wall first, 47.71 to 47.89. Texas has begun exhibitioning their men at this point, so UVA gets all the points for this event.
Men’s 200 IM
Once again, Texas come out on top in a close race. UVA’s Sean Conway went out strong and held nearly a one-second lead at the halfway point. Texas’ Jake Foster split 29.67 on the breaststroke leg, the only man under 30, to take a 0.04s lead heading into the freestyle. Foster outsplit Conway 25.88 to 25.98 on the free leg, and got his hand on the wall first, 1:45.66 to 1:45.80 in a thrilling conclusion to the individual races.
Foster’s time broke the pool record of 1:45.83, set by Conway in 2020.
Men’s 200 Free Relay
Both sides were starting to look a bit tired after two hard days of racing. Again, another close race, but another Texas victory. Daniel Krueger led off in 19.71, followed by Caspar Corbeau (19.75), Cameron Auchinachie (19.64), and Drew Kibler (19.51), for a 1:18.61. UVA was behind nearly four-tenths of a second after the leadoff leg, and closed the gap a bit, but ultimately touched in 1:18.83.
SCP – 6601: Jake Foster with elite backstroke…
Krueger’s turns!!! WOW…. great speed using his last stroke to dive down like a torpedo, kick strong and make those turns powerful!!
I’m happy to see Alvin Jiang doing so well.
And, now that his brother is @ UT/Austin, all the better.
The Pride of Cistercian Prep!!
Mr DK Shark coming for blood
Most exciting duel meet I’ve seen in a very long time!
Likely to see another choke in the future..
Mel probably could’ve won all the fly events here in his prime if he did about half a week’s worth of underwater training
Mel is god.. god is mel. don’t disrespect, if you knew anything about the swimming world u would know mel is one of the most respected coaches out there..
So I guess he isn’t Mel Stewart… sorry
Crazy how UVA got beaten in every single event by less than a quarter of a second…need to train the Caeleb last 25 no breath technique!!
Great top end talent, program just needs more depth
Danny the soul thief