AUSTIN, Texas, December 3. DURING the first night of short course yard competition at the Texas Invitational, Arizona's Jean Basson and Jack Brown put up an NCAA Division I A cut each.
Basson checked in with an A cut time of 4:15.22 in the men's 500 free. He beat Longhorn's Michael Klueh by a wide margin with Klueh finishing second in 4:19.70. Arizona's Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or grabbed third in 4:21.77.
Brown claimed an A cut in the men's 200 IM with a 1:44.05. UC Davis' Scott Weltz placed second in 1:45.48, while Arizona's Cory Chitwood continued his comeback from surgery last year with a third-place 1:45.57.
Arizona's Leone Vorster, Justine Schluntz, Emma Darlington and Ana Agy opened the night with a triumphant time of 1:30.87 in the women's 200 free relay. Texas' Karlee Bispo, Bethany Adams, Kelsey Amundsen and Katie Riefenstahl finished second in 1:31.27. Wisconsin's Sara Goff, Maggie Meyer, Ruby Martin and Rosie Morahan took third in 1:31.79.
In an exciting finish, Texas' Jimmy Feigen, Dave Walters, Dax Hill and Benjamin Van Roekel surfaced victorious in the men's 200 free relay with a 1:19.23. Arizona's Jordan Smith, Adam Small, Rob Iddiols and Luke Pechmann placed a close second in 1:19.27, while Auburn's Kohlton Norys, Tyler McGill, Karl Krug and Gideon Louw completed the top three in 1:19.34.
Arizona's Alyssa Anderson held off Texas' Leah Gingrich, 4:40.05 to 4:40.67, in the women's 500 free. Arizona's Susana Helms claimed third in 4:43.31 with Tucson Ford's Lacey Nymeyer taking fourth in 4:43.55.
Texas' Kathleen Hersey followed in the women's 100 fly with a top time of 52.32. Arizona picked up second through fifth as Ana Agy (52.51), Whitney Lopus (53.10), Jenny Forster (53.45) and Erin Campbell (53.53) represented the Wildcats well.
Tucson Ford's Masayu Kishida cruised in the men's 100 fly with a winning readout of 46.15. Texas' Ricky Berens touched second in 46.44, while Arizona's A.J. Tipton wound up third in 47.33.
Hersey claimed her second title of the night with a 1:57.55 in the women's 200 IM. Forster captured second in 1:58.72, while Tucson Ford's Whitney Myers hit third just behind in 1:58.74.
Tucson Ford's Lara Jackson, who owns the American record with a 21.27 leadoff at last year's NCAA's, won the women's 50 free in 22.44. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer raced to second in 22.58, while Bispo checked in with a third-place 22.64.
Arizona's Jordan Smith snared the men's 50 free in 19.54, while Kishida finished second in 19.66. Feigen wound up third in 19.74.
In diving action, Texas' Drew Livingston (387.05) and Matt Cooper (376.30) placed first and second in the men's one-meter. Hawaii's Doug Cohen took third in 312.75. Texas' Megan Taylor won the women's three-meter with 313.50 points, while Wyoming's Stephanie Ortiz took second with 311.80 points. UCLA's Karina Silva snared third with 298.95 points.
Arizona demonstrated some serious relay depth in the women's 400 medley relay with a 1-2 finish. Agy, Annie Chandler, Lopus and Schluntz won in 3:34.34, while Erin Campbell, Ellyn Baumgardner, Forster and Andrea Boritzke took second in 3:41.36. Wisconsin's Meyer, Elizabeth Brooks, Karlyn Hougan and Morahan placed third in 3:42.47.
Arizona also won the men's 400 medley relay as Chitwood, Marcus Titus, Tipton and Joel Greenshields won in 3:10.34. Texas' Hill Taylor, Scott Spann, Ricky Berens and Feigen took second in 3:11.40. Arizona's B squad of Jake Tapp, Carl Mickelson, Jordan Slaughter and Iddiols placed third in 3:14.42.