By Rebecca Noblett
AUSTIN, Texas, December 7. THE last night of the Texas Invite saw some of the fastest times in the country, with Arizona and USC posting several impressive wins each.
On the women’s side, UCLA’s Lauren Baker touched first in the mile, with a time of 16:06.86. Texas’ Kaitlin Pawlowicz clocked in at 16:12.39 for second, and Penn State’s Megan Silverling hit the wall third at 16:17.75.
Bonnie Brandon notched her third victory of the weekend in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.70. That time qualifies her for NCAA championships and is the third fastest collegiate time in the country this season. USC’s Kendyl Stewart was second at 1:53.10, while Texas’ Tasija Karosas touched third at 1:54.32.
The 100 free saw the two fastest collegiate swims of the season. USC’s Kasey Carlson (47.22) edged out Arizona’s Margo Geer (47.35) for the win, with both swimmers earning NCAA A-cuts. Penn State’s Alyson Ackman clocked in third with a time of 48.85.
Bluefish and former Longhorn swimmer Laura Sogar got the win in the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.01. Arizona’s Emma Schoettmer placed second with a 2:08.44, and Stina Gardell of USC was third with a time of 2:09.75.
Jasmine Tosky took the 200 fly in a time of 1:53.84. That time earned her an NCAA A-cut and is the second fastest collegiate time of the season. UCLA’s Noelle Tarazona touched second in 1:56.55, and UCSB’s Andrea Ward finished third with a time of 1:56.79.
The top three teams in the 400 free relay closed out the meet with A-cuts. Arizona’s team of Bonnie Brandon, Margo Geer, Leticia Lelli, and Taylor Schick posted a 3:14.05 for first, including a blazing 46.59 split from Geer. USC finished just behind them, with the team of Kasey Carlson, Kendyl Stewart, Katarzyna Wilk, and Chelsea Chenault touching the wall in 3:14.32. Hosts Texas also earned an A-cut, with the team of Sam Tucker, Ellen Lobb, Lily Moldenhauer, and Gretchen Jaques clocking in at 3:15.93 for third place.
On the men’s side, former Longhorn Michael McBroom got the win in the mile with a time of 14:31.73. Texas’ Sam Lewis hit the wall in 15:00.30 for second, while USC’s Ted Singley came in third at 15:06.21.
Texas freshman Jack Conger clipped reigning NCAA champion Drew Teduits of Wisconsin in the 200 back. Conger clocked in at 1:40.90 for the third fastest time this season, and Teduits’ time of 1:41.16 was good for second place and an NCAA A-cut. Penn State’s Nate Savoy touched third with a time of 1:42.26.
Arizona’s Brad Tandy doubled up on the sprint freestyles with a win in the 100 free (42.71). Former Longhorn Jimmy Feigen touched in 42.74 for second, just ahead of training partner Caleb Weir (42.86).
Kevin Cordes of Arizona had another spectacular swim in the 200 breaststroke, hitting the wall in 1:49.38. That’s the fastest time in the country by far and only seven tenths of a second off his own American, NCAA, and US Open record. His teammate Sam Rowan clocked in at 1:55.59 for second, touching out Texas’ Will Licon (1:55.61) and Incarnate Word’s Thiago Parravic (1:55.64).
Arizona’s Michael Meyer got his third win of the meet in the 200 fly with a time of 1:43.82. USC’s Michael Domagala hit the wall second at 1:45.05, just edging out Harvard’s Jacob Luna (1:45.07).
The hosts ended the meet with a victory and an A-cut in the 400 free relay. Texas’ team of Matt Ellis, John Murray, Caleb Weir clocked in at 2:51.50 for first place. USC also earned an A-cut, with the team of Christian Quintero, Santo Condorelli, Jack Wagner, and Dimitri Colupaev touching in 2:53.10. Harvard were third with a time of 2:53.69.