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AUSTIN, Texas, December 1. THE Texas Invitational got off to a fast start with a near-NCAA record performance by USC's Katinka Hosszu in the women's 200-yard IM.
Hosszu took a run at the NCAA record in the women's 200 IM with a blazing time of 1:52.71. That swim missed Julia Smit's American/NCAA standard of 1:52.31 set in Long Beach in 2010, but pushed Hosszu to second all time in the event's history. Her previous lifetime best had been a third-ranked 1:53.39 at the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships. She leapfrogged Kathleen Hersey, who had stood second with a 1:53.33. Smit owns the two other sub-1:53 times with the record at 1:52.31 and a 1:52.79 from NCAAs in March 2011.
Meanwhile, Stanford's Maya DiRado posted an NCAA A cut time with a second-place 1:54.66 to match her all-time 15th-ranked effort from NCAAs. Texas' Karlee Bispo earned third-place kudos tonight in 1:56.51.
Arizona's Cory Chitwood followed up with a scorcher of his own. He clocked a 1:41.92 to win the men's 200 IM, and move into a sixth-ranked tie with Ricky Berens in the all-time rankings. Arizona's Austen Thompson touched second in 1:43.42, while USC's Dimitri Colupaev earned third in 1:44.10.
Stanford's Sam Woodward, Andi Murez, Betsy Webb and Maddy Schaefer opened up the meet with an automatic qualifying time of 1:28.20 in the women's 200 free relay. Arizona's Margo Geer, Kait Flederbach, Emma Darlington and Sarah Denninghoff finished second in 1:28.66, just off the A cut, while Texas' Karlee Bispo, Bethany Adams, Kelsey Amundsen and Ellen Lobb finished third in 1:29.15.
USC's Vlad Morozov, Dimitry Colupaev, Jack Wagner and Jeff Daniels edged Arizona's Kelley Wyman, Mitchell Friedemann, Giles Smith and Tommy Gutman by the slimmest of margins, 1:17.58 to 1:57.59, for the men's 200 free relay victory. Both teams cleared the NCAA A cut. Texas' Jimmy Feigen, Dax Hill, Clay Youngquist and Kerrington Hill placed third in 1:17.74.
Arizona's Alyssa Anderson cruised to victory in the women's 500 free with a 4:36.78 to far surpass the NCAA A cut. That swim put her second behind Stephanie Peacock (4:35.73) for the top time in the country this year. USC's Haley Anderson touched second tonight in 4:38.73 for third in the rankings, while Stanford's Andie Taylor picked up third in 4:40.81.
Stanford's Sam Woodward jumped to the top of the NCAA rankings in the women's 100 fly with a winning 52.06. She moved in front of Genny Konicke's 52.66. UNLV's Katelyne Herrington took second tonight and in the rankings with a 52.43, while Stanford's Felicia Lee placed third in 52.63 for third in the rankings as well.
Arizona's Giles Smith (46.13) and USC's Chase Bloch (46.83) moved to first and second in the NCAA rankings with a 1-2 finish in the men's 100 fly. David Nolan had owned the top time so far with a 47.04. Texas' Neil Caskey took third in 47.26 tonight.
Arizona's Matt Barber snared the men's 500 free title in 4:16.61, while USC's Chad Bobrosky took second in 4:18.65. Texas' Jackson Wilcox finished third in 4:18.75 – all among the top five in the NCAA rankings this year.
After clocking a 21.94 in prelims to lead the way, Arizona's Margo Geer won the women's 50 free finale in 22.02. USC's Kasey Carlson continued to develop as a sprinter with a 22.10 for second, while Stanford's Sam Woodward wound up third in 22.13.
USC's Vlad Morozov turned in a 19.35 to claim the men's 50 free, and eclipse the NCAA A standard. Texas's Jimmy Feigen finished second in 19.55, while Arizona's Kelley Wyman posted a third-place 19.57.
Arizona's Sarah Denninghoff, Ellyn Baumgardner, Aubrey Peacock and Margo Geer won the women's 400 medley relay in 3:31.65, while USC's Joan Christel Simms, Kasey Carlson, Yumi So and Katinka Hosszu took second in 3:31.92. Arizona's Cory Chitwood, Kevin Cordes, Giles Smith and Kelley Wyman claimed the men's 400 medley relay in 3:06.98, while USC's Alex Lendrum, Dimitri Colupaev, Chase Bloch and Vlad Morozov posted a 3:08.47 for second.