SwimmingTexas Women and Men Dominate Opening Relays

Texas Women and Men Dominate Opening Relays


Big 12 Championships: Texas Women and Men Dominate Opening Relays

The Big 12 Championships opened up Wednesday evening in Austin, Texas, and as expected, it was the host Texas Longhorns who dominated the first relay events of the competition. This league only includes five women’s swim and dive teams (Texas, TCU, West Virginia, Kansas and Iowa State) and three men’s teams (Texas, TCU and West Virginia), and the national powerhouse Longhorns have long been dominant in conference competition. In fact, the Texas men have won every single Big 12 Championships since the conference’s inception while the women are undefeated since Texas A&M moved to the SEC in 2012.

The Longhorn women and men each posted solid times in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay to start the meet, although most of the Longhorns fell a bit short of their season and lifetime-best marks with the NCAA Championships still to come.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

The Texas women beat the next-fastest scoring team by more than four seconds to open competition. The team of Olivia BrayAnna ElendtEmma Sticklen and Grace Cooper swam a time of 1:34.21, short of the Longhorns’ season-best time of 1:33.70 from a tight contest with NC State last month. Bray led off in 23.85 while Cooper rocketed to a 21.31 split coming home. The team ranks third in the country this season and will likely enter the NCAA Championships seeded third or fourth in the event.

The second-best time of the day was the 1:36.91 posted by the Texas’ B-squad of Meghan DiMartile, Lydia Jacoby, Dakota Luther and Bridget Semenuk. Officially, TCU finished second with Rylee MooreClaire ChahbandourJeanne Dahmen and Olivia Rhodes clocking a mark of 1:38.62, while West Virginia’s Jaqueline McCutchanMia CheatwoodHarna Minezawa and Ada Szwabinska placed third in 1:39.43.

Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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     American:   1:31.73  2/14/2023 Virginia
                          G Walsh, A Walsh, A Cuomo, K Douglass
      US Open:   1:31.73  2/14/2023 Virginia
                          G Walsh, A Walsh, A Cuomo, K Douglass
       Big 12: * 1:34.04  2/23/2022 University of Texas, Texas
                          J Cook, A Elendt, O Bray, E Sticklen
         Meet: # 1:34.04  2/23/2022 University of Texas, Texas
                          J Cook, A Elendt, O Bray, E Sticklen
    School                           Seed     Finals NISCA Points
==================================================================================
  1 Texas                         1:33.70    1:34.21   594   40  
     1) Olivia Bray JR                2) r:+0.11 Anna Elendt JR       
     3) r:+0.09 Emma Sticklen JR      4) r:+0.00 Grace Cooper JR      
             11.91        23.85 (23.85)
          35.35 (11.50)       49.92 (26.07)
        1:00.18 (10.26)     1:12.90 (22.98)
         1:22.63 (9.73)     1:34.21 (21.31)
  2 TCU                           1:39.59    1:38.62   528   34  
     1) Rylee Moore SO                2) r:+0.07 Claire Chahbandour SO
     3) r:+0.27 Jeanne Dahmen SO      4) r:+0.22 Olivia Rhodes SO     
             12.71        25.30 (25.30)
          37.68 (12.38)       52.90 (27.60)
        1:03.66 (10.76)     1:16.58 (23.68)
        1:26.96 (10.38)     1:38.62 (22.04)
  3 West Virginia                 1:40.55    1:39.43   519   32  
     1) Jacqueline McCutchan SR       2) r:+0.33 Mia Cheatwood FR     
     3) r:+0.28 Harna Minezawa SR     4) r:+0.21 Ada Szwabinska FR    
             12.63        25.51 (25.51)
          38.02 (12.51)       53.10 (27.59)
        1:03.98 (10.88)     1:17.07 (23.97)
        1:27.56 (10.49)     1:39.43 (22.36)
  4 Iowa State                    1:40.85    1:40.11   510   30  
     1) Sophia Goushchina SR          2) r:+0.36 Gabrielle LePine FR  
     3) r:+0.26 Carley Caughron SO    4) r:+0.13 Trinity Kay SR       
             12.61        25.16 (25.16)
          38.06 (12.90)       53.30 (28.14)
        1:04.13 (10.83)     1:17.19 (23.89)
        1:28.06 (10.87)     1:40.11 (22.92)
  5 Kansas                        1:41.46    1:40.20   507   28  
     1) Lezli Sisung SO               2) r:+0.27 Molly Robinson FR    
     3) r:+0.15 Lydia Lafferty FR     4) r:+0.32 Keyla Brown SR       
             12.13        25.03 (25.03)
          37.40 (12.37)       53.22 (28.19)
        1:03.90 (10.68)     1:17.12 (23.90)
        1:28.06 (10.94)     1:40.20 (23.08)

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

The Texas men won their opening relay of the Big 12 meet by two seconds. Carson FosterWill ChanCaspar Corbeau and Danny Krueger finished in 1:23.53. The splits were solid, but the Longhorns’ deficiencies in this event were made clear right away. The time ranks Texas 11th in the country, so the Longhorns will definitely not swim in the fastest heat of this event at the NCAA Championships. The foursome featured Foster, an individual medley and 200 backstroke specialist, leading off with a two-lap backstroke sprint while internationally-ranked breaststroker Corbeau moved to the butterfly leg to handle what would otherwise be the weakest stroke for Texas.

TCU’s Edgar CicanciJadon WuilliezPiotr Sadlowski and Raphael Paiva Da Lima took second in 1:25.63, and third went to West Virginia’s Justin Heimes, Danny BerlitzDavid Snider and Conner McBeth in 1:26.42.

Event 2  Men 200 Yard Medley Relay
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     American:   1:21.88  3/23/2018 California
                          Carr, Hoppe, Lynch, Hoffer
      US Open:   1:21.13  3/24/2022 Florida
                          Chaney, Hillis, Friese, Davis
       Big 12: * 1:21.54  3/24/2017 University of Texas, Texas
                          Shabat, Lincon, Schooling, Ringgold
         Meet: # 1:22.24  2/23/2022 University of Texas, Texas
                          A Grimm, C Corbeau, A Jiang, C Auchinachie
    School                           Seed     Finals NISCA Points
==================================================================================
  1 Texas                         1:23.77    1:23.53   573   40  
     1) Carson Foster JR              2) William Chan SR              
     3) Caspar Corbeau SR             4) Daniel Krueger SR            
             10.57        21.40 (21.40)
          31.42 (10.02)       44.29 (22.89)
           53.10 (8.81)     1:04.57 (20.28)
         1:13.46 (8.89)     1:23.53 (18.96)
  2 TCU                           1:26.35    1:25.63   543   34  
     1) Edgar Cicanci FR              2) Jadon Wuilliez SO            
     3) Piotr Sadlowski SR            4) Raphael Paiva Da SR          
             10.93        22.14 (22.14)
          32.52 (10.38)       45.64 (23.50)
           54.75 (9.11)     1:06.42 (20.78)
         1:15.42 (9.00)     1:25.63 (19.21)
  3 West Virginia                 1:27.43    1:26.42   534   32  
     1) Justin Heimes JR              2) Danny Berlitz SO             
     3) David Snider SR               4) Conner McBeth SO             
             10.89        21.84 (21.84)
          32.44 (10.60)       46.11 (24.27)
           55.25 (9.14)     1:06.69 (20.58)
         1:15.88 (9.19)     1:26.42 (19.73)

Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay

The margin of victory for Texas in the longest relay on the program was 19 seconds, and the team of Kelly PashKyla LeibelOlivia Bray and Erica Sullivan recorded a time of 6:56.49. That was the third-fastest time in the country, behind marks posted by Virginia and Stanford. The team was almost identical to the group that placed fourth at last year’s NCAA Championships with only Sullivan stepping in for the graduated Evie Pfeifer. Pash led off in 1:43.38, six tenths off her season-best 200 free time of 1:42.73 that ranks fourth in the country, while Bray’s split of 1:42.91 was the quickest of the race.

An exciting race for second saw the remaining four teams in the race all finish within 1.2 seconds of each other. West Virginia’s team of Abby ReardonGabriela De LaorreMiranda Kirtley and Morgan Burton placed second in 7:15.56, and third went to Iowa State’s Lucia RizzoBrinley Horras, Corinne Guist and Ashley Bengtson in 7:15.87

Event 5  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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     American:   6:45.91  3/15/2017 Stanford
                          Manuel, Neal, Eastin, Ledecky
      US Open:   6:45.91  3/15/2017 Stanford
                          Manuel, Neal, Eastin, Ledecky
       Big 12: * 6:53.42  3/14/2018 University of Texas
                          Carrozza, Adams, Pfeifer, Millard
         Meet: # 6:58.37  2/25/2009 University of Texas
                          Bispo, Gingrich, Riefenstahl, Hersey
    School                           Seed     Finals NISCA Points
==================================================================================
  1 Texas                         6:56.94    6:56.49#        40  
     1) Kelly Pash SR                 2) r:+0.28 Kyla Leibel SR       
     3) r:+0.02 Olivia Bray JR        4) r:+0.13 Erica Sullivan SO    
    r:+0.70  23.79        49.93 (49.93)
      1:16.68 (1:16.68)   1:43.38 (1:43.38)
        2:06.89 (23.51)     2:33.26 (49.88)
      3:00.58 (1:17.20)   3:28.89 (1:45.51)
        3:52.14 (23.25)     4:18.46 (49.57)
      4:45.21 (1:16.32)   5:11.80 (1:42.91)
        5:36.57 (24.77)     6:03.25 (51.45)
      6:30.20 (1:18.40)   6:56.49 (1:44.69)
  2 West Virginia                 7:19.28    7:15.56         34  
     1) Abby Reardon JR               2) r:+0.40 Gabriela De Laorre FR
     3) r:+0.09 Miranda Kirtley SO    4) r:+0.29 Morgan Burton SO     
    r:+0.68  25.46        53.33 (53.33)
      1:20.66 (1:20.66)   1:47.81 (1:47.81)
        2:13.34 (25.53)     2:40.76 (52.95)
      3:08.47 (1:20.66)   3:36.64 (1:48.83)
        4:01.95 (25.31)     4:29.50 (52.86)
      4:58.02 (1:21.38)   5:26.37 (1:49.73)
        5:51.65 (25.28)     6:19.47 (53.10)
      6:47.62 (1:21.25)   7:15.56 (1:49.19)
  3 Iowa State                    7:22.62    7:15.87         32  
     1) Lucia Rizzo SR                2) r:+0.22 Brinley Horras JR    
     3) r:+0.30 Corinne Guist FR      4) r:+0.36 Ashley Bengtson JR   
    r:+0.71  25.27        52.29 (52.29)
      1:20.22 (1:20.22)   1:48.06 (1:48.06)
        2:13.29 (25.23)     2:40.90 (52.84)
      3:09.35 (1:21.29)   3:37.89 (1:49.83)
        4:03.20 (25.31)     4:30.68 (52.79)
      4:59.05 (1:21.16)   5:28.15 (1:50.26)
        5:53.06 (24.91)     6:20.52 (52.37)
      6:48.30 (1:20.15)   7:15.87 (1:47.72)
  4 Kansas                        7:25.10    7:15.89         30  
     1) Claudia Dougan JR             2) r:+0.52 Ellie Wehrmann JR    
     3) r:+0.24 Hailey Farrell FR     4) r:+0.48 Eleni Kotzamanis SO  
    r:+0.78  25.11        52.65 (52.65)
      1:20.67 (1:20.67)   1:48.49 (1:48.49)
        2:13.94 (25.45)     2:41.25 (52.76)
      3:08.81 (1:20.32)   3:37.21 (1:48.72)
        4:02.22 (25.01)     4:29.73 (52.52)
      4:58.01 (1:20.80)   5:26.91 (1:49.70)
        5:51.65 (24.74)     6:18.95 (52.04)
      6:46.98 (1:20.07)   7:15.89 (1:48.98)
  5 TCU                           7:15.16    7:16.71         28  
     1) Serena Gould JR               2) r:+0.14 Emma Hultquist SR    
     3) r:+0.23 Abigail Meder SR      4) r:+0.11 Yasmin Lopes FR      
    r:+0.64  25.26        52.51 (52.51)
      1:19.95 (1:19.95)   1:48.64 (1:48.64)
        2:13.30 (24.66)     2:40.55 (51.91)
      3:07.85 (1:19.21)   3:35.46 (1:46.82)
        3:52.49 (17.03)     4:28.38 (52.92)
      4:57.30 (1:21.84)   5:26.17 (1:50.71)
        5:50.98 (24.81)     6:18.74 (52.57)
      6:47.47 (1:21.30)   7:16.71 (1:50.54)

Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay

The Texas men swam the fastest time in history to win the 800 free relay at last season’s NCAA Championships, and although Drew Kibler has departed the college ranks, the other three Longhorn swimmers are back this year. Texas has an elite squad including U.S. World Championship team members Carson Foster and Coby Carrozza plus 200-meter free U.S. Nationals winner Luke Hobson. In this race, Carson’s older brother Jake Foster handled the third leg, and Texas recorded a time of 6:10.64, about two seconds off the Longhorns’ season best and seven seconds off their national record. Texas currently owns the second-best time in the country, just behind Florida’s mark from last week’s SEC Championships.

Carson Foster had the fastest split of the race at 1:31.76, with Hobson posting the next-best mark at 1:32.29. Carrozza led off in 1:32.65 while Peter Larson led off the Texas B-team in 1:32.50, so he is likely to handle the final spot on this relay at NCAAs next month.

TCU’s Geremia Freri, Milan Fabian, Kornel Kohalmi and Luke Dimiceli grabbed second in 6:23.85, with West Virginia’s Roanoke ShirkMax NielsenJamin Harlan and William Mullen took third in 6:31.10.

Event 6  Men 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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     American:   6:03.89  3/24/2022 University of Texas
                          Kibler, Carrozza, Hobson, C Foster
      US Open:   6:03.89  3/24/2022 Texas
                          Kibler, Carrozza, Hobson, C Foster
       Big 12: * 6:05.08  3/27/2019 University of Texas
                          Kibler, Katz, Newkirk, Haas
         Meet: # 6:08.76  2/23/2022 University of Texas, Texas
                          D Kibler, C Carrozza, L Hobson, C Foster
    School                           Seed     Finals NISCA Points
==================================================================================
  1 Texas                         6:08.79    6:10.64         40  
     1) Coby Carrozza JR              2) r:+0.30 Luke Hobson SO       
     3) r:+0.21 Jake Foster SR        4) r:+0.33 Carson Foster JR     
    r:+0.74  21.20        44.27 (44.27)
      1:08.13 (1:08.13)   1:32.65 (1:32.65)
        1:53.52 (20.87)     2:16.19 (43.54)
      2:40.21 (1:07.56)   3:04.94 (1:32.29)
        3:26.20 (21.26)     3:49.86 (44.92)
      4:14.21 (1:09.27)   4:38.88 (1:33.94)
        4:59.85 (20.97)     5:22.91 (44.03)
      5:46.56 (1:07.68)   6:10.64 (1:31.76)
  2 TCU                           6:31.83    6:23.85         34  
     1) Geremia Freri SO              2) r:+0.33 Milan Fabian SO      
     3) r:+0.48 Kornel Kohalmi FR     4) r:+0.26 Luke Dimiceli SO     
    r:+0.62  22.18        45.99 (45.99)
      1:10.49 (1:10.49)   1:35.38 (1:35.38)
        1:57.22 (21.84)     2:21.42 (46.04)
      2:45.76 (1:10.38)   3:10.16 (1:34.78)
        3:32.33 (22.17)     3:56.73 (46.57)
      4:21.98 (1:11.82)   4:47.53 (1:37.37)
        5:08.70 (21.17)     5:33.11 (45.58)
      5:58.35 (1:10.82)   6:23.85 (1:36.32)
  3 West Virginia                 6:36.01    6:31.10         32  
     1) Roanoke Shirk JR              2) r:+0.18 Max Nielsen FR       
     3) r:+0.33 Jamin Harlan FR       4) r:+0.34 William Mullen JR    
    r:+0.68  22.56        46.94 (46.94)
      1:11.43 (1:11.43)   1:36.17 (1:36.17)
        1:58.30 (22.13)     2:22.80 (46.63)
      2:47.51 (1:11.34)   3:12.89 (1:36.72)
        3:35.77 (22.88)     4:00.44 (47.55)
      4:25.64 (1:12.75)   4:50.58 (1:37.69)
        5:13.18 (22.60)     5:38.42 (47.84)
      6:04.70 (1:14.12)   6:31.10 (1:40.52)

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