2017 Big 12 Championships Day 3 Finals: Tasija Karosas Completes Fourpeat of 100 Back

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Day three of the 2017 Big 12 Championships saw more conference and championship meet records falling, along with record-breaking history from Texas’ Tasija Karosas.

The senior Longhorn completed a four-peat win in the women’s 100 back by lowering her own Big 12 conference and championship meet records. Her win makes her the first woman to four-peat the 100 back and the second overall as teammate Madisyn Cox achieved the same feat in the 200 IM earlier in the meet.

All results available on Meet Mobile – 2017 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships 

Event schedule:

  • Women’s 3-meter diving
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Men’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Men’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 100 back
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Men’s 3-meter diving
  • Women’s 200 free relay
  • Men’s 200 free relay

Women’s 3-Meter Diving

Texas’ Meghan O’Brien got the evening off to a positive start by setting a new Big 12 Championship meet record in the 3-meter diving finals. O’Brien finished the event with a total of 383 points, edging past the previous record of 381.25, set in 2008 by Texas’ Mary Yarrison.

Julia Calcutt of West Virginia finished second overall with a score of 328.45, while third went to Texas’ Alison Gibson (311.70).

 Event 15  Women 3 mtr Diving
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       Big 12: * 414.20  2/27/2014 Maren Taylor, Texas
         Meet: # 381.25  2/29/2008 Mary Yarrison, Texas
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Meghan O'Brien         SO TEX                328.45     383.00#  20  
  2 Julia Calcutt          SO WVU                281.15     328.45   17  
  3 Alison Gibson          FR TEX                346.80     311.70   16  
  4 Maddie Woods           SO WVU                254.80     288.90   15  
  5 Averly Hobbs           SO WVU                268.75     281.10   14  
  6 Julie Dickinson        SR ISU                302.30     281.00   13  
  7 Becky Stochl           SR ISU                246.35     268.85   12  
  8 Nadia Khechfe             KANS               229.20     259.55   11

 Women’s 100 Fly

Texas teammates Lauren Case and Remedy Rule held a tight race throughout finals of the women’s 100 fly. The two split identical times at the 50 yard mark, both turning at a 24.91, but it was Case who pulled ahead in the finish. Case touched first with a 52.03 over Rule’s 52.05.

Teammate Brynne Wong picked up third with a 53.89, followed by West Virginia’s Morgan Bullock and her time of 54.12.

Pia Pavlic of Kansas posted a 54.25 for fifth, while TCU’s Micaela Roemer took sixth with a 54.70.

West Virginia teammates Amelie Currat and Julia Miranda finished seventh and eighth with times of 54.99 and 55.16.

Men’s 100 Fly

Texas‘ Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger went head-to-head for their last Big 12 Championship 100 fly, with both soaring ahead of the competition. Schooling got the better of Conger, stopping the clock at a 44.06 over Conger’s 44.56.

Schooling’s time took down his own championship meet record of 44.62 from last year and stopped just shy of his Big 12 Conference record of 44.01, also from last year. His 44.06 currently sits as the 3rd fastest time ever for the 100 fly SCY.

Teammate’s Brett Ringgold and Will Glass picked up the third and fourth place spots with times of 46.32 and 46.51 respectively, followed by teammate Max Holter (46.86).

West Virginia’s Jack Frazier touched sixth with a time of 49.03, while TCU’s John Smith finished seventh with a 49.05.

Women’s 400 IM

Madisyn Cox of Texas grabbed her second individual win of the meet with a dominating finish in the 400 IM. The senior posted a final time of 4:01.15, finishing more than 13 seconds ahead of the competition. Cox’s time takes down her Big 12 Championship meet record of 4:04.67 from last year, but also replaces Kathleen Hersey’s 2009 Big 12 conference record of 4:01.91.

Maggie D’Innocenzo of Texas picked up second place with a time of 4:14.28, followed by Kansas’ Madison Straight and her time of 4:17.81.

TCU’s Elise Forzley grabbed fourth overall with a 4:19.21, just ahead of Iowa State’s Haley Ruegemer‘s 4:19.73.

TCU’s Alexandra Robertson (4:19.99), Kansas Libby Walker (4:20.29), and Iowa State’s Mary Kate Luddy (4:24.48) rounded out the top eight.

Men’s 400 IM

Texas swept the podium of the men’s 400 IM, led by junior Jonathan Roberts. Roberts turned in a final time of 3:40.26 to pick up the gold medal, while senior Will Licon posted a 3:43.85 for second. Roberts’ time lowers his own championship meet record of 3:41.54 from last year’s meet.

Sam Stewart rounded out the podium with a final time of 3:44.49.

TCU’s Dayne Odendaal and Carlos Hunnicutt picked up fourth and fifth with times of 3:52.81 and 3:52.84 respectively.

West Virginia’s James Koval and Brandon Christian were sixth and seventh with times of 3:57.63 and 4:00.56, while TCU’s John Remetta finished eighth overall with a 4:00.63.

Women’s 200 Free

Joanna Evans of Texas added a second individual Big 12 title to her name with a win in the 200 free. Evans touched with a final time of 1:44.41 , more than a second and a half ahead of the competition.

Teammates Quinn Carrozza and Nora McCullagh took second and third respectively with times of 1:46.11 and 1:47.11.

The Kansas duo of Jenny Nusbaum and Sammie Schurig finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 1:47.26 and 1:48.96, while Texas’ Anelise Diener was sixth with a 1:49.27.

Iowa State’s Keely Soellner and West Virginia’s Emma Skelley took seventh and eighth with times of 1:49.36 and 1:51.00.

Men’s 200 Free

Townley Haas, the defending NCAA champion from Texas, took home an easy win in the 200 free with a smooth 1:32.17. Haas’ time stands as one of the fastest in the nation right now, right with Indiana’s Blake Pieroni who, earlier today, posted a 1:32.13 at the 2017 Men’s B1G Championships.

Texas continued to produce quick swims as Jeff Newkirk and Clark Smith rounded out the podium with times of 1:34.02 and 1:34.22 respectively.

Teammate PJ Dunne added a 1:34.64 for fourth place, ahead of TCU’s Radu Duican’s 1:37.96.

West Virginia’s Drew Damich and Ryan Kelly picked up sixth and seventh with times of 1:38.55 and 1:38.62, while TCU’s Tommy Thach was eighth with a 1:39.64.

Women’s 100 Breast

Texas’s Jordan Surhoff topped the competition with a 1:00.89 to be the only swimmer beneath the 1:01 mark. Teammate Olivia Anderson finished second overall with a time of 1:01.66, scraping more than a second off her prelims time of 1:02.98.

Haley Downey of Kansas grabbed a spot on the podium with a third place finish of 1:02.09, followed by West Virginia’s Emma Harris’ 1:02.26. All four swimmers were beneath the NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:02.49.

TCU’s Devin Newton picked up fifth with a 1:02.62, just ahead of Iowa State’s Kasey Roberts (1:02.71) and Danielle Delaquis (1:03.09).

Ashley Dyke of TCU completed the top eight with a 1:03.13.

Men’s 100 Breast

Jake Armstrong of West Virginia became the first man or woman not from Texas to claim a championship title at the 2017 meet. Armstrong posted a 53.09 to claim the top spot on the podium.

Texas’ Casey Melzer took second overall with a time of 53.67, followed by teammate Austin Temple and his time of 53.97.

Jakub Swierczynski and Migs Martin, both of TCU, finished fourth and fifth with times of 54.75 and 55.12 respectively.

West Virginia’s Drew Riebel grabbed sixth overall with a time of 55.23, followed by TCU teammates Jonathan Drewes (56.67) and John Remetta (58.09).

Women’s 100 Back

Tasija Karosas of Texas made history by becoming the first woman to four peat the 100 back at the Big 12 Championships. She joins teammate Madisyn Cox, who earlier in the meet became the first woman to four peat the 400 IM. Karosas’ time of 50.96 erases her own Big 12 Conference and Championship records of 51.40, set at last year’s championships.

Freshman teammate Claire Adams also swam under the previous records, grabbing the silver with a time of 51.19, while Kaitlin Harty was third overall with a 54.07.

Yulduz Kuchkarova of Kansas took fourth with a time of 54.35, followed by a tie between TCU’s Madison Ibrahim and Amelie Currat. The two stopped the clock at matching times of 54.54.

Iowa State’s Harper Emswiler and Texas’ Rebecca Baxley were seventh and eighth with times of 55.02 and 55.31 respectively.

Men’s 100 Back

John Shebat of Texas flirted with the possibility of a new meet record in the men’s 100 back with a top showing of 45.72. Teammate Josh Artmann picked up second with a final time of 47.37.

The West Virginia duo of Merwane Elmerini and Luke Hene grabbed third and fourth with times of 47.70 and 49.48.

TCU swept the remainder of the event with fifth through eighth place finishes.

Men’s 3-Meter Diving

Grayson Campbell of Texas dominated the competition in his first 3-meter diving competition at a Big 12 championship meet. The freshman posted a final score of 449.95 points, making him the only diver to score above 400 points.

Teammate Mark Anderson, the 2016 champion in this event, grabbed second with a score of 362.50, while West Virginia’s Alex Obendorf posted a third place finish of 345.20.

West Virginia picked up fourth through sixth places as Michael ProiettoAustin Smith, and Logan McHenry picked up final scores of 344.85, 316.05, and 307.55 respectively.

TCU’s Owen Moncino was seventh with 295.10, followed by West Virginia’s Gerald Hodges’ 294.40.

Women’s 200 Free Relay

The Texas women ended day three with a relay win in the 200 free relay. The quad of Rebecca Millard (21.96), Claire Adams (21.98), Remedy Rule (22.06), and Anelise Diener (22.04) posted a combined time of 1:28.04 for the gold.

Iowa State’s Laura Miksch (22.66), Savanna Townsend (22.89), Harper Emswiler (22.65), and Maddie Rascal (22.65) picked up the silver medal with a final time of 1:30.85.

Third went to Kansas’ Haley Bishop (23.29), Yulduz Kuchkarova (22.60), Pia Pavlic (22.86), and Carly Straight (22.79), who stopped the clock at a 1:31.54.

West Virginia finished fourth overall with a 1:33.85, followed by TCU’s fifth place finish of 1:33.92.

Men’s 200 Free Relay

Texas’ Tate Jackson (19.59), John Shebat (19.45), Brett Ringgold (18.90), and Townley Haas (19.16) ended the night with a final gold in the men’s 200 free relay. The foursome combined to post a final time of 1:17.10, finishing more than three seconds ahead of the competition.

West Virginia’s Merwane Elmerini (19.73), Drew Damich (20.02), Sam Neaveill (20.13), and Jake Armstrong (20.51) picked up the silver with a final time of 1:20.39.

TCU’s ‘A’ relay suffered a DQ.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships. 

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