The fourth and final day of the 2018 men’s and women’s Big 12 Conference championships commenced in Austin, Texas this morning with the preliminary session featuring both meet and conference records.
Texas Longhorn duo of Quinn Carrozza and Kaitlin Harty got things underway by nabbing the first two spots in the women’s 200 back by throwing down swift times of 1:53.71 and 1:56.00, respectively. Rounding out the A final tonight will be WVU’s Maggie Miller with her 2:00.19.
John Shebat took the men’s 200 backstroke top seed by posting a 1:41.54 while the winner of last night’s 100 backstroke, Austin Katz, earned the second seed by swimming a 1:41.86. Fellow Longhorn Ryan Harty posted a 1:42.04 for third while TCU’s Radu Duican (1:48.05) will take lane eight in the A final tonight.
In the women’s 100 free Longhorn senior Rebecca Millard swam a 47.65 to break the meet record by just .09 while her teammate Claire Adams turned in a 47.70 to earn the second seed going into tonight. Longhorn Anelise Diener (49.25) took the third spot with a 49.25. WVU’s Julia Nilton will round out the A final with her 50.52.
Texas Longhorn sprint-star Tate Jackson took the men’s 100 free in a conference record time of 41.42, which lowered Olympic gold medalist Jimmy Feigen‘s old record of 41.49. Brett Ringgold was right behind in 41.89. Rounding out the A final tonight will be WVU’s Sam Neaveill (44.28).
Texas Longhorn Kennedy Lohman (2:12.15) and WVU’s Emma Harris (2:13.69) took the top two spots in the women’s 200 breast going into tonight’s finals while Iowa State’s Lehr Thorson will be in lane eight tonight by virtue of her 2:19.42 she posted this morning.
The lack of a strong breaststroker on the Longhorn’s roster seemed to be a fleeting thought after Casey Melzer (1:55.80) and Jared Butler (1:55.88) posted the top two spots this morning with WVU’s Tristen Disibio (1:57.66) taking third.
Remedy Rule took the top spot in the women’s 200 fly with a 1:55.79 while WVU’s Morgan Bullock swam a 1:56.77. In the men’s race WVU’s David Dixon swam a 1:43.63 to earn the lane four position ahead of Sam Pomajevich (1:44.74) and Joseph Schooling (1:45.90).