2019 Speedo Sectionals Austin Day 3: Drew Kibler, Julia Cook Win Second Titles

Julia Cook has won two titles so far; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Night three of the 2019 Speedo Sectionals stop in Austin, Texas saw heated battles in the pool, close finishes and nail-biting excitement. Julia Cook of Longhorn Aquatics picked up her second title of the meet, as did Drew Kibler. 

The events contested were the 100 back, 400 free, 100 fly and 400 free relay. This meet is taking place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas from July 11-14. At the end of the third day of competition, Longhorn Aquatics are comfortably atop the score chart leading by over 60 points.

The top 5 overall team scores on the penultimate day are:

  1. Longhorn Aquatics (645.5)
  2. Aggie Swim Club (585)
  3. Austin Swim Club (353)
  4. Unattached South Texas (265)
  5. Rockwall Aquatic Center (249)

Check out Day 1 and Day 2 coverage. Live results can be found here.

Women’s 100 Back

Longhorns’ Julia Cook won her second title of the meet after taking the 100 free on Thursday, clocking in at 1:02.20. In second place was Felicia Anderson of Southern Methodist who touched the wall at 1:02.93, while unattached Grace Wey won the battle for third in a time of 1:03.24.

Emma Carlton grabbed fourth-place honors for the Aggies in a time of 1:03.26, with Longhorn’s Kendall Shields (1:03.98) and Aggie’s Samantha Siebenaller (1:04.01) took fifth and sixth place respectively. Unattached swimmer Laura Laderoute finished seventh (1:05.12), and unattached Kathryn Power was disqualified.


Men’s 100 Back

William Grant, swimming for Heart of Texas, emerged victorious in a time of 55.09. Winning the battle for second place was Braxton Moore of Longhorn Aquatics clocking in at 55.64, while Elliott Jones of Premier Aquatics was a second back at 56.67 to touch third.

In fourth place was Longhorn’s Luke Bowman with a time of 57.14, while unattached Nicholas Milikich (57.55) out-touched Eric Stelmar (57.56) of Mansfield Aquatics by 0.01 to nab fifth place. Greyson Alarcon of Nitro Swimming (57.90) and Noah Henry of Tigershark Swim Team (58.75) rounded out the championship final.


Women’s 400 Free

13 year old Jillian Cox of Austin Trinity Aquatic Club dropped almost four seconds to take home the win in a time of 4:16.51. In second place was Camryn Toney of Aggie Swim Club (4:17.66) while teammate Karling Hemstreet was also under the 4:20 mark with a time of 4:19.71 to grab third place.

Touching fourth was Riley Francis of Lakeside Aquatics with a time of 4:21.74, while teammates Laci Black (4:22.81) and Rebecca Simpson (4:23.38) of Rockwall Aquatics nabbed fifth and sixth place respectively. Ella Collins of Austin Swim Club finished seventh (4:24.19) and Emma Monson of Texas Ford Aquatics (4:25.38) closed out the final.


Men’s 400 Free

Swimming unattached, Drew Kibler picked up his second title of the meet after winning the 200 free yesterday in a time of 3:52.75, almost two seconds ahead of second place finisher Clark Smith of Longhorn Aquatics (3:54.52). Taking third-place honors for North Texas Nadadores was David Hallaron who snuck in under four minutes at 3:59.96.

David Johnston of Rockwall Aquatics finished fourth with a time of 4:02.35, while unattached Alex Zettle nabbed fifth in a time of 4:03.01. Unattached Clark Wakeland came sixth by a narrow margin (4:03.13) while Dusan Babic of Texas Christian (4:03.55) and Jack Dunworth of Navy Swimming (4:05.54) rounded out the championship final.


Women’s 100 Fly

Future Stanford Cardinal Lillie Nordmann of Magnolia Aquatics dropped almost a second to take home the title in a time of 58.56. Taking runner-up honors for Aggie Swim Club was Sarah Gibson with a time of 59.37 while Longhorn’s Madisyn Cox also went under the minute mark to finish third in 59.59.

Aggie’s Taylor Pike took fourth place in a time of 1:00.32, narrowly beating out Longhorn’s Lauren Case who touched the wall fifth at 1:00.35. Olivia Theal of Aquastar came sixth (1:01.70), while Austin Swim Club’s Sarah Kutz (1:01.94) and Western Hills’ Emma Wheal (1:02.71) finished seventh and eighth respectively.


Men’s 100 Fly

This race was tightly contested with less than a second between all eight finalists. 18 year old Coby Carrozza of Longhorn Aquatics was the only swimmer under 54 to take the title with a time of 53.93. In second place was Grant Reed of the University of Missouri in a time of 54.06, while Bryce Bohman of Pulling Water took third-place honors a tenth back at 54.16.

Taking fourth place by 0.02 was Piotr Sadlowski of Texas Christian (54.18), while unattached Alvin Jiang came fifth (54.38). Longhorn’s Jacob Huerta finished sixth (54.68) while Jace Brown of Rockwall Aquatics and Sam Pomajevich of Nation’s Capital tied for seventh (54.86).


Women’s 400 Free Relay

Austin Swim Club took the title with their quartet of Ella Collins, Rylie Lopez, Kendall Hall and Isabelle Guerra who touched in a time of 3:54.24. Taking runner-up honors was the team from Magnolia Aquatics while the Western Hills team took third place.


Men’s 400 Free Relay

The team from Longhorn Aquatics (Luke Bowman, Will Licon, Jeff Newkirk, Andrew Koustik) won the final event of the evening in a dominant fashion in a time of 3:22.62. The team from Texas Christian came second (3:27.76) while Houston Bridge came in third (3:30.88).



The 2019 Speedo Sectionals Austin concludes tomorrow with the 200 IM, women’s 800 free, men’s 1500 free, 50 free and 400 medley relay. The prelims begin at 9 a.m. CDT, while the finals begin at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

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    The Longhorn 4×100 relay entered with no time and swam alone after all other heats were completed, and wasn’t even on the psych sheet. Should’ve been considered a Time Trial and not counted toward the meet results.