Wilson Tops Licon in 100 Breast, Conger Drops 48.7 100 Free in Austin

2018 AUSTIN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The race of the night was in the men’s 100 breast, as two international roster hopefuls were pitted against each other. Andrew Wilson, the Emory standout who has been training with Longhorn Aquatics, took the win over club teammate and Texas alum Will Licon.

Wilson often-times lays it on the line in prelims, leaving him unable to improve at night. That wasn’t the case here, though– he was 1:00.87 in prelims, and came back with an even faster 1:00.45 tonight, splitting 28.20/32.25. Licon was 28.53/32.43 for a 1:00.96 to settle for 2nd.

Both men have been faster in 2018. Wilson leads all Americans with a very impressive 59.19 from the Atlanta PSS meet, while Licon’s 1:00.60 from the late-June George Block Invitational has him in 5th.

A lane line reportedly snapped during the men’s 100 breast A final, though based on the times swum in the final, there didn’t seem to be any significant impact on the race or the swimmers’ times. There was no re-swim.

Another Texas alum, Jack Conger, looked sharp with a 48.76 swim in the 100 free representing NCAP. That’s a PR by .04, beating the 48.80 he did in Atlanta. Conger has now logged his only two instances of being sub-49, ever, this year. He ranks 2nd among Americans this year behind only Nathan Adrian (48.58). Conger is definitely looking like a fantastic option for the USA relays for this summer.

Longhorn Aquatics’ Tate Jackson and NOVA of Virginia’s Townley Haas, both teammates during the school year at Texas, were 2nd and 3rd at 49.67 and 49.71, respectively.

The women’s 200 back race went to Longhorn Aquatics’ Quinn Carrozza, who threw down a lifetime best 2:10.47 to finish well ahead of Magnolia Aquatic Club and soon-to-be Stanford freshman Lucie Nordmann (2:11.90). This is only Carrozza’s 2nd time under 2:11– the first was at the 2017 U.S. Open Champs last summer. She ranks 8th among Americans this year.

The Longhorn Aquatics women’s 4×200 free relay took the win, with an excellent 1:58.81 anchor leg from Evie Pfeifer. The rising Texas sophomore has been on a tear this past year hitting PR after PR, and that’s a great swim — her flat start best is a 2:01.19 from June.

OTHER WINNERS

  • Cal commit and Texas Ford Aquatics swimmer Ashlyn Fiorilli dominated in the women’s 200 fly, her 2:13.56 well ahead of 2nd place Camryn Toney (2:16.41) of Aggie Swim Club.
  • Aggies’ Anna Belousova dipped under 1:09 to take the women’s 100 breast in 1:08.62, ahead of teammate Jorie Caneta (1:09.05) and Rice Aquatics’ Marie-Claire Schillinger (1:09.92).
  • North Texas Nadadores’ Jack Levant, who will attend Stanford in the fall, continues to chip away at his 200 fly best time. The only sub-2:00 in the field, he was 1:58.45 to slice another tenth off of his PR.
  • Heart of Texas Aquatics’ William Grant put up a lifetime best 2:01.19 to win the men’s 200 back, just a few tenths ahead of his old PR 2:01.53 from the Austin PSS in the very same pool back in January. Grant, 17 years old, is the 5th-best American junior in the country this year.
  • Aggie Swim Club and incoming Texas Longhorn, Julia Cook, was 55.52 to win the women’s 100 free, gaining a tenth from prelims. Taking the first 50 as a time trial, Longhorn Aquatics’ Jordan Wheeler broke 26 for the first time for a new PR of 25.96.
  • North Texas Nadadores went 7:39.46 to take the men’s 4×200 free relay, with Levant anchoring in 1:52.07.

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Jack Conger is a beast!!! Could see a huge summer from him (as due), 1:53.9 2 fly? 50.5 100? 47-mid relay? 1:44? I hope these pan out for sure

marklewis

Townley Haas seems to be the best BIg Meet swimmer of the talented Texas crew.

Jack Conger excels in multiple events. I thought he’d make the podium in the 200 fly at Worlds last year.

Jump

Distance freestyler in high school. Started Texas as a backstroker. Ended Texas as American record holder in 200 butterfly. Now he is a sprinter. I had a difficult enough time with one event.

bobo gigi

A beast without world or olympic medal in individual so far. He’s very good in many events. But always the same question with him. Will he be great at one event? Fly or free? At least he has dropped backstroke for a few years now. At one point of his career I thought he would be a monster backstroker. Then I thought he would be the next great US 200 free swimmer. And then he focuses more on fly and swims very good times. I continue to think he could be great in the 200 free and the event is much more open at the international level than the 200 fly. No real star for the moment. He has the… Read more »

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Titles dont matter that much when u care for progression – and each high level swimmer has a unique trajectory & progression . U should be aware of those facts by now …but again , u only care for the medals , not the Path that lead to medals . Sad mentality i am afraid ( and please dont bring it with the Team France in football if they win in Sunday ) .😂

PowerPlay

At the level Conger is competing at titles is all that matters. He’s not young anymore and while he’s incredibly versatile it would be good to see him win on the international stage. Very solid relay contributor for US. Bobo’s analysis is spot on.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Titles need progression as u mentioned – u seem on the same level as BOBO . sorry ….i dont agree .

Skoorbnagol

While I share the optimism, Conger can never put together 100/200 fly and free at same meet.
Is it good he’s dropped a pb in 100free 2 weeks out, he’s a big leg swimmer I hope he’s not over rested for the 200fly. But he could be showing great speed in 100fly and 100free (50.? And 48 low)
While he shows great potential in 200fly what expense does his focus on speed for the 100’sncome into play?
Could see him been more 100/200free 100fly focused if he doesn’t go 1.53 this summer, mainly for opportunity on relays and barring dressel 100fly is quite open, and 200free if you go 1.44 you win.

MTK

Wow, it’s really anyone’s guess who will take (probably) the 3rd and 4th spots in 100free at Trials (assuming that Dressel dominates and Adrian is his usual reliable self). Apple? Held? Haas? Conger? Chadwick? Pieroni? Someone else?

Pvdh

Man do not sleep on Haas and Pieroni when it comes to getting ahead off adrian. Those 1:29’s are something else. My top 6 in order right now would be
Dressel
Haas
Adrian
Pieroni
Held
Apple.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

that relay will be exciting to watch this summer …..

SilentObserver

Justin Ress could make it in too

EX QUAKER

As could Tate Jackson, Michael Chadwick, Maxime Rooney, Lochte, Ryan Murphy, etc… We are LOADED

ERVINFORTHEWIN

i would not add Lochte or Murphy as yet but well Chadwick ( might well crack the 48.5 this summer ) Jackson , & Justin Ress . I can’t see Team Usa loosing that relay in a looming time right now .

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Conger is on fire this year , very motivated to make the Team for Pan Pacs & Worlds 2019 . I see him on both relays ( 1.45 & 47.7 ) and on the 100 & 200 butterfly individually . Come on Jack !!! Its your time to shine

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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