HOUSTON, Texas, November 16. TEXAS A&M sophomore Sarah Henry nearly broke the NCAA record in the 500 freestyle Thursday at the Phil Hansel Invitational, becoming the fifth-fastest in the event in history.
Henry posted an astonishing 4:33.07, getting within a stroke of Allison Schmitt's NCAA mark of 4:32.71. It's the first NCAA automatic qualifying time of this collegiate season, and puts her well ahead of the competition so far. The time would have also won the NCAA championships last season, as Haley Anderson garnered the win in March with a 4:34.48.
She still has a way to go to reach Katie Hoff's American record of 4:30.47.
Placing second in the race, and also earning an automatic NCAA qualifying time, was teammate Cammile Adams, who swam a 4:35.66 to rank second in the country. Texas A&M took the top three spots in the event, with Maureen McLaine taking third with a NCAA “B” cut of 4:41.82.
SMU won the first event of the night, the women's 200 free relay with a 1:30.08, another swim that now ranks No. 1 in the country. Nathalie Lindborg, Isabella Arcila, Monika Babok and Nina Rangelova comprised the winning team. Texas A&M was second with a 1:30.35 for a No. 2 ranking in the collegiate list, and the Aggie B relay took third with a 1:31.51.
Louisiana State took the men's 200 free relay with a 1:21.24. Wyoming placed second with a 1:21.93, and SMU was third with a time of 1:21.98Women's 500 Freestyle
Craig Hamilton continued the LSU men's winning streak with a win in the 500 free in a time of 4:22.77. Texas A&M's Omar Enriquez placed second in 4:28.00, with Wyoming's Ethan Griffel taking third-place honors in 4:28.80.
Henry backed up her incredible 500 free with another win in the 200 IM, coming from behind to take the victory with a 1:56.22, giving her another nation-leading time, just ahead of Caitlin Leverenz's 1:56.84 from the Arena Invite on Thursday. Paige
Miller and Adams helped the Aggies sweep the podium again, with Miller taking second with a 1:58.87, followed by Adams in 1:58.97.
Wyoming got a win from Adam Kalms, who took the men's 200 IM in 1:47.69. He held off a trio of LSU Tigers, with Ricardo Alvarado-Jiminez taking second in 1:49.90, Nick Kunkel third in 1:50.75, and Shane Coltharp placing fourth with a 1:52.63.
Erica Dittmer won the 50 free for Texas A&M in 22.67, while SMU's Isabella Arcila finished a close second with a 22.70. Fresno State put a swimmer in the top three with Dani Yoho swimming a 22.90.
SMU's Mindaugas Sadauskas won the men's 50 free in 20.14, with LSU's Michael Sacco and Andrei Tuomola taking second and third with times of 20.22 and 20.35, respectively.
Texas A&M was dominant in the women's 400 medley relay with a 3:33.72, putting them at the top of the rankings collegiately. Paige Miller, Breeja Larson, Caroline McElhany and Lili Ibanez made up the Aggie foursom, with Larson splitting an incredible 58.16 on the breaststroke leg. SMU placed second in 3:37.09, with Arkansas placing third in 3:37.21.
LSU continued its solid meet on the men's side, going 1-2 in the 400 medley relay with times of 3:15.12 and 3:15.97. The B relay was the winning team, consisting of Nick Kunkel, Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez, Frank Greeff and Michael Saco. SMU was third with a 3:17.14.