2021 MINNESOTA INVITE
- Wednesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 4, 2021
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Prelims – 10 AM / Finals – 6 PM (CST)
- SCY (25y)
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
- Results also on Meet Mobile as “Minnesota Invite 2021”
- Live Stream (fee)
- Day 2 Finals Live Recap
The Texas Longhorns roared out to an electric early start at the Minnesota Invite, winning the first 6 events (including a sweep of Wednesday’s relays) before their chief rivals at this meet Cal and Michigan got into the action.
Among the highlights of the day was a 4:09 in the 500 free from Texas freshman Luke Hobson, which breaks the national Age Group Record for 17-18s. His prelims swim also broke the record, which was previously held by Michael Phelps.
Women’s 500 Free – A Final
Texas’ Evie Pfeifer, the top returning women’s 500 freestyler in the nation from last season, won in 4:40.39.
Men’s 500 Free – A Final
Texas freshman Luke Hobson swam a 4:09.72, which makes him the youngest swimmer to ever break 4:10 in the race. In the process, he beat Arizona’s Brooks Fail (4:10.32), who was 3rd at last year’s NCAA Championship meet in this event.
Women’s 200 IM – A Final
Is Cal’s Izzy Ivey gravitating back toward the 200 IM, which she swam at the 2019 NCAA Championships, but not 2021? Maybe, after a 1:53.90 on Thursday that missed her best time by just .03 seconds.
Men’s 200 IM – A Final
A great race between Cal’s Destin Lasco, Texas’ Caspar Corbeau, and Michigan’s Gal Cohen, all of whom are underclassmen, saw the top 3 finish within half-a-second. Ultimately it was Lasco who won in 1:41.53, doing enough on breaststroke to hold off the hard-charging Corbeau. That’s a big win for Lasco, given how good Corbeau has been at this meet.
Women’s 50 Free – A Final
The 50 free was the only of her three individual events that Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil didn’t win at last year’s NCAA Championship meet. She looked sharp here in a 21.50, which is a tenth better than she was at the 2019 Minnesota Invite, her last mid-season invite, in the event.
Men’s 50 Free – A Final
Texas continued to reap the rewards of 5th year transfer Cameron Auchinachie (from Denver) in the men’s 50 free. He won in 18.80, improving his best time of 19.13 coming into the meet. Just one more incredible weapon in the Texas quiver for this year’s NCAA Championship meet.
Women’s 400 Medley Relay – Fastest Heat
The Michigan women, led by a 50.33 backstroke split from Maggie MacNeil, swam 3:27.22 to beat out the Texas Longhorns and a 57.65 breaststroke split from Anna Elendt. That time ranks Michigan 4th in the NCAA this season.
Men’s 400 Medley Relay – Fastest Heat
Auchinachie, Corbeau, Alvin Jiang, and Daniel Krueger won the 400 medley relay for Texas in a new nation-leading time of 3:02.48. That’s a second-and-a-half better than anybody else in the NCAA (NC State – 3:04.02) has been this season.
Bonus: B final of men’s 400 medley relay (2nd-fastest heat)
Bonus: C final of men’s 400 medley relay (3rd-fastest heat)