2019 Big 12 Championships: John Shebat Breaks 100 Back Meet Record on Night Three

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Tonight the third finals session of our 2019 Big 12 Conference Championships gets underway with several fast swims scheduled to go off.

The Longhorns look to continue their lead in overall point total while teams like West Virginia University and University of Kansas aim to catch up and score as many individual points as possible.

Tonight’s finals session saw many fast swims and among them was a new Big 12 meet record by Texas senior stud John Shebat in the 100 back. Shebat’s 45.19 was not only good enough for a victory, but also puts him in the mix for the NCAA meet coming later in March.

Kansas Jayhawk Jenny Nusbaum ended up third in the 200 free tonight after taking the top seed from the morning’s prelims.

The Jayhawks did have an upset tonight, with senior Vicky Vu winning the women’s 3-meter board over two Longhorns.

As expected, both Longhorn 200 free relays won at the end of the night.

Tonight’s events included:

  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Fly
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 200 Free
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 100 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Breast
  • Women’s 100 Back
  • Men’s 100 Back

Check below for an event-by-event recap of this tonight’s races.

For full results, click here.

Women’s 100 Fly

Longhorn duo of Remedy Rule (52.33) and Lauren Case (52.69) swam away with the 1-2 punch for Texas while WVU’s Morgan Bullock touched third in a time of 53.09.

Kansas duo of Kaitlyn Witt (54.52) and Haley Bishop (54.90) touched in seventh and eighth for the Jayhawks.

Taking the B final was WVU pair Julia Nilton (55.14) and Ally Vannetta (55.44). Rounding out that final was TCU’s Chloe Miller (58.44).

Texas senior Mimi Schneider touched first in the C final with her time of 54.20.

Men’s 100 Fly

David Dixon surprised all when he topped a Longhorn-filled A final by touching in a 46.73 to just edge-out Longhorn duo of Andrew Koustik (46.79) and Jacob Huerta (46.85).

Texas senior Max Holter won the B final in a time that would have won the entire event, had he swum a little faster in the morning session. Holter’s time ended up being 46.15, just a half-second faster than Dixon. Rounding out that B final was WVU’s Josh Madzy in 50.82.

Women’s 400 IM

Evie Pfeifer swam away with the victory tonight as she added just .02 from her prelim time to produce a 4:10.01 while her teammates Nora McCullagh (4:11.56) and Maxine Wolters (4:14.89).

Taking eighth there was TCU’s Megan Morris with her 4:25.49.

The B final saw Ellie Flanagan swim away with the win by producing a time of 4:22.24 while Iowa State’s Lucia Rizzo took second there with her 4:23.30.

Taking 13th overall was Iowa State’s Jazlyn Horras in a time of 4:43.41.

Men’s 400 IM

Braden Vines swam a 3:42.55 to win the A final ahead of his Longhorn teammate JT Larson who touched second in a time of 3:47.70.

TCU’s Dayne Odendaal touched third with his 3:51.14 while his teammate Rhorer Legendre (4:05.11) rounded out that A final.

Due to some scratches, the B final showcased only two Texas swimmers, Colter Carman (3:46.55) and Mason Tenney (3:56.88), who went 1-2 in that heat.

Women’s 200 Free

Joanna Evans and Quinn Carrozza put together a 1-2 punch for the Lady Longhorns by posting times of 1:44.82 and 1:45.09, respectively.

Top seed from this morning’s heats, Jenny Nusbaum, put together a 1:46.70 for third overall, while her teammate Claire Campbell (1:48.57) touched in sixth for the Jayhawks.

Iowa State had Anna Anderson touched fifth for the Cyclones in a time of 1:48.39.

WVU had a B final win tonight with Giselle Gursoy touching first in a 1:48.46. Getting 16th there was her teammate Lauryn Kallay (1:52.16).

Texas freshman Kendall Shield nabbed a C final victory for the Longhorns with her 1:49.61. TCU’s Katelyn Kenchel (1:53.09) rounded out that C final in 24th for the Horned Frogs.

Men’s 200 Free

Townley Haas got it done once again by sneaking by his teammate Drew Kibler (1:33.02) for the win in a time of 1:32.42.

Daniel Krueger touched third in a 1:34.73 while his teammates Jeff Newkirk (1:34.99), Alex Zettle (1:35.29) and Matthew Willenbe (1:36.48) took the next three spots in the A final.

TCU had Joao Andrade (1:38.16) and Noah Cumby (1:38.38) take seventh and eighth for the Horned Frogs.

Winning the B final was Texas stud Parker Neri with his production of a 1:35.32.

WVU’s Brandon Christian took 16th for the Mountaineers in a 1:41.88.

Women’s 100 Breast

Longhorn go-to breaststroker Kennedy Lohman posted the only sub-1:00 time of the meet by just dipping under that barrier in a 59.99.

Kansas stud Hayley Downey touched just behind in 1:00.51 while a duo of Longhorns comprised of Holly Jansen (1:00.66) and Olivia Anderson (1:00.75) touched behind in third and fourth, respectively.

Iowa State’s Lehr Thorson took eighth for the Cyclones with her 1:02.45.

Fellow Cyclone Martha Haas took the A final win in a 1:02.76.

Rounding out that B final was WVU Mountaineer Lauren Beckish in a 1:09.55.

The lone swimmer in the C final, Lauren Mabie, lowered her prelim time of 1:03.74 to a 1:03.06 to earn 17th overall.

Men’s 100 Breast

Charlie Scheinfeld blasted a 51.96 to earn his A final victory and surely secure his big for the NCAA meet.

After Scheinfeld came a heard of Mountaineers with Jake Armstrong (52.35) leading the charge. Behind Armstrong was Tristen Disibio (53.35, 3rd) and Fausto Huerta (53.79, 4th).

Rounding out the A final was another Mountaineer; Ben Brooks who touched in 56.49.

WVU continued to show their breaststroke depth with Matthew Marsh (55.07) winning the B final and Jack Portmann (55.60, 10th) and Jake Preaskorn (58.46, 11th).

Women’s 100 Back

The Lady Longhorns produced a 1-2-3 sweep of the A final with Claire Adams (51.17), Julia Cook (51.84) and Grace Ariola (52.99). The marks Adams and Cook made should be enough to get them invited to the NCAA meet in just a few weeks.

Kansas had a trio of swimmers in that A final with Elizabeth Amato (53.77) getting fourth and Manon Manning (53.96) touching sixth. Jayhawk freshman Dewi Blose touched eighth with her 55.35.

Men’s 100 Back

Texas senior Ryan Harty broke the meet record on his way to winning the A final in a time of 45.19. His teammates John Shebat (45.44) and Austin Katz (46.02) touched second and third, respectively. All three of those marks should get invited to the NCAA meet.

Tying for seventh in the A final was TCU’s Brendan Barry (49.17) and Merwane Elmerini (49.17).

Texas freshman Jason Park won the B final in a 46.91 while his teammate Josh Artmann touched second there with 47.09.

Notably, Texas senior Preston Varozza would have been second in the B final had he not been disqualified for breaking the 15m rule.

3-Meter Diving

Kansas senior Vicky Vu surprised all by defeating a herd of Longhorns in the A final. Vu scored a total of 380.00, which was enough to pass Alison Gibson (377.40) and Meghan O’Brien (367.0).

Winning the consolation final was WVU senior Maddie Woods. Iowa State’s Sydney Ronald nabbed 10th for the Cyclones with her score of 288.90.

Texas duo of Grayson Campbell (461.0) and Jordan Windle (454.65) created a 1-2 win for the Longhorns on the men’s 3-meter board.

Women’s 200 Free Relay

The Lady Longhorns A team including Grace Ariola (22.38), Julia Cook (21.90), Anelise Diener (22.29) and Claire Adams (21.89) were the only team to secure an NCAA ‘A’ standard by swimming a 1:28.46. The Longhorns won the final ahead of Kansas who turned in a time of 1:31.38.

WVU’s A squad turned in a time of 1:31.45 to earn third overall while TCU (1:31.54) and Iowa State (1:32.06) followed in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Men’s 200 Free Relay

Texas squad of Drew Kibler (19.47), John Shebat (19.15), Townley Haas (19.25) and Daniel Krueger (19.10) put together a time of 1:17.00 which cruised them to a victory over TCU.

WVU’s A team would have placed second had it not been for a false start from junior Christopher O’Shea.

The Horned Frogs ended up second overall with their production of a 1:20.69.

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Lance Holter
4 years ago

Holter was in the B-final because he is on the Texas non-scoring team. His morning swim ranked him second overall.