COLLEGE STATION, Texas, November 22. THE bulk of the speed at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station took place on the women's side as Stanford and host Texas A&M turned in a handful of NCAA A cuts.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Stanford's A team of Maddy Schaefer (21.87), Felicia Lee (21.98), Alex Whitford (22.27) and Lia Neal (21.76) opened up the night in strong fashion by smashing the NCAA A cut in the women's 200-yard free relay with a 1:27.88. That's nearly two seconds stronger than the qualifying time of 1:29.65. Schaefer's leadoff leg also qualified her for the NCAA Championships, beating the 50 free A cut in the process.
Texas A&M's Erica Dittmer (22.35), Sammie Bosma (22.08), Breeja Larson (22.04) and Lili Ibanez Lopez (21.55) also beat the NCAA A cut with a 1:28.02 for second-place honors as Ibanez Lopez closed hard down the stretch. SMU's Isabella Arcila (23.00), Nathalie Lindborg (22.70), Monika Babok (22.10) and Nina Rangelova (22.36) placed third in 1:30.16.
Another NCAA A cut went up on the board in the women's 200-yard IM as Stanford's Maya DiRado blitzed the field with a 1:53.50. That's her lifetime best, lower than the 1:53.86 she posted at last year's NCAA Championships. Lee, meanwhile, placed second in 1:56.17 with Dittmer taking third for A&M with a 1:56.41. Schaeffer just missed lowering her seed in the 50 free during the individual swim with a 21.78 for the win. Ibanez Lopez took second in 22.24, while Dittmer placed third in 22.31.
DiRado charted another NCAA A cut, this time as the relay leadoff of Stanford's sizzling women's 400 medley relay. DIRado (51.90), Katie Olsen (59.87), Lee (51.66) and Schaefer (47.30) combined for a blistering 3:30.73, less than a second off the Cardinal's fourth-place 3:30.06 from NCAAs last year.
Stanford's depth proved even more ridiculous as the B team of Annemarie Thayer (53.23), Sarah Haase (59.89), Nicole Stafford (52.75) and Neal (47.15) also cleared the A cut with a second-place 3:33.02 tie with Texas A&M's Paige Miller (52.56), Breeja Larson (59.03), Bosma (53.21) and Ibanez Lopez (48.31).
A&M's Cammile Adams cruised to victory in the 500-yard free with a 4:38.52, while Stanford's Andie Taylor earned second in 4:41.81. Sarah Henry rounded out the top three for the Aggies with a 4:42.99 with the top three all beating the NCAA B cut.
On the men's side of the equation, A&M's Henrik Lindau (20.28), Kyle Troskot (19.14), Cory Bolleter (19.92) and Paul-Marc Schweitzer (19.65) won the men's 200 free relay in 1:18.99. LSU's Marco Gonzalez (20.17), Michael Saco (19.69), Alex Linge (19.92) and Tyler Crosson (19.75) finished second in 1:19.53, while Air Force's George Frank (20.1), Ryan Dunne (19.58), Micah Newmann (20.66) and Angus MacDonald (20.04) took third in 1:21.19.
A&M's Omar Enrique collected a B cut in the 500 free with a 4:23.43 for the win. Air Force's Kevin Jackson took second in 4:26.48, while TCU's Sebastian Arispe earned third in 4:26.83. A&M's Simon Frank followed with a 1:48.51 to 1:48.61 touchout ahead of LSU's Frank Greeff as the two cleared the B cut in the 200 IM. TCU's Cooper Robinson took third in 1:49.10.
Two more B cuts went up on the scoreboard in the 50 free as Troskot (19.69) and Lindau (19.90) placed first and second in the sprint. Air Force's Dunne took third in 20.22.
Air Force's Angus MacDonald (48.34), Michael Barnosky (53.88), Paul Leonhardt (48.61) and Dunne (43.29) won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:14.12, while LSU's Michael Young (48.18), Gabriel Rooker (55.38), Greeff (47.76) and Linge (44.02) took second in 3:15.34. A&M's Lindau (47.97), Jack Burley (55.82), Troskot (47.93) and Bolleter (44.51) picked up third in 3:16.23.
In diving, Stanford's Stephanie Phipps won the three-meter with 357.55 points, while LSU's Alex Bettridge (324.35) and Cassie Weil (323.30) finished second and third. Stanford's Kristian Ipsen tallied 407.50 in the men's one-meter, while teammate Connor Kuremsky took second with 378.15 points. SMU's Devin Burnett placed third with 371.40 points.
1. Stanford, 417
2. Texas A&M, 393
3. LSU, 210
4. SMU, 106
5. TCU, 75
6. Air Force, 21
1. Texas A&M, 366.5
2. LSU, 247.5
3. Air Force, 236
4. TCU, 162
5. SMU, 153.5
6. Stanford, 56.5
Results: Art Adamson Invite: Day One