2021 Big 12 Swimming & Diving Championships: Carson Foster Hits 1:41 200 IM; Longhorn Men Lead Nation in Medley Relay

Carson Foster
Photo Courtesy: Angela Wang / Texas Athletics

The 2021 Big 12 swimming and diving championships continued Thursday from Austin, Texas as the Longhorns continued their winning ways in their home pool. With three weeks until women’s NCAAs and four weeks until the men’s meet, the Texas team is using this as a tune-up meet before the national championships.

Freshmen Carson Foster and Coby Carrozza took wins in the 200 IM and 500 respectively as this Texas team doesn’t seem to have a weakness.

Carrozza ran down junior Drew Kibler in the 500 with a 24.30 on his last 50 to catch him at 4:14.98 to Kibler’s 4:15.00. Kibler was a 4:08 already this season and will have a chance to race the SEC duo of Kieran Smith and Jake Magahey at NCAAs in four weeks from today in Greensboro. John Thomas Larson also factored into the finish with a 4:15.04 for third place.

Kibler went out well but was reeled in by the other two on the final 100 as that shows Kibler is not all the way polished with his swim

 Event 8  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
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         4:11.82  A Ncaa Auto
         4:16.49  I 2020 Invited
         4:23.34  B Ncaa Cons
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Coby Carrozza    19 Texas             4:19.78    4:14.98 I       20  
    r:+0.76  23.31        48.86 (25.55)
        1:14.84 (25.98)     1:40.83 (25.99)
        2:07.08 (26.25)     2:33.40 (26.32)
        2:59.47 (26.07)     3:25.86 (26.39)
        3:50.68 (24.82)     4:14.98 (24.30)
  2 Drew Kibler      20 Texas             4:19.91    4:15.00 I       17  
    r:+0.61  22.29        47.16 (24.87)
        1:12.75 (25.59)     1:38.76 (26.01)
        2:04.81 (26.05)     2:31.26 (26.45)
        2:57.58 (26.32)     3:23.84 (26.26)
        3:50.04 (26.20)     4:15.00 (24.96)
  3 JohnThomas Lars  22 Texas             4:15.46    4:15.04 I       16  
    r:+0.65  23.06        48.41 (25.35)
        1:14.23 (25.82)     1:40.26 (26.03)
        2:06.62 (26.36)     2:32.85 (26.23)
        2:59.06 (26.21)     3:25.14 (26.08)
        3:50.77 (25.63)     4:15.04 (24.27)
  4 David Johnston   19 Texas             4:18.45    4:16.63 B       15  
    r:+0.71  23.60        49.01 (25.41)
        1:14.80 (25.79)     1:40.75 (25.95)
        2:06.87 (26.12)     2:33.04 (26.17)
        2:59.28 (26.24)     3:25.51 (26.23)
        3:51.61 (26.10)     4:16.63 (25.02)
  5 Brendan William  19 West Virginia     4:30.34    4:28.17         14  
    r:+0.73  24.14        50.59 (26.45)
        1:17.66 (27.07)     1:45.11 (27.45)
        2:12.20 (27.09)     2:39.81 (27.61)
        3:07.09 (27.28)     3:34.92 (27.83)
        4:02.14 (27.22)     4:28.17 (26.03)
  6 Max Gustafson    21 West Virginia     4:27.95    4:28.31         13  
    r:+0.68  24.02        50.50 (26.48)
        1:17.45 (26.95)     1:44.53 (27.08)
        2:11.97 (27.44)     2:39.43 (27.46)
        3:06.90 (27.47)     3:34.74 (27.84)
        4:03.33 (28.59)     4:28.31 (24.98)
  7 Logan McFadden   19 West Virginia     4:30.48    4:28.76         12  
    r:+0.74  24.89        52.30 (27.41)
        1:20.12 (27.82)     1:47.67 (27.55)
        2:14.83 (27.16)     2:41.97 (27.14)
        3:08.81 (26.84)     3:35.96 (27.15)
        4:03.41 (27.45)     4:28.76 (25.35)
  8 Zach Boley       20 West Virginia     4:30.17    4:28.77         11  
    r:+0.69  24.76        52.10 (27.34)
        1:19.75 (27.65)     1:47.64 (27.89)
        2:15.02 (27.38)     2:42.53 (27.51)
        3:09.57 (27.04)     3:36.45 (26.88)
        4:02.96 (26.51)     4:28.77 (25.81)

Fellow freshman Carson Foster swam the opposite race strategy to Carrozza as he led the 200 IM from start to finish with a 1:41.46 which puts him third nationally with four weeks until NCAAs as he also lowered his season best of 1:41.9.

Jake Foster finished in second at 1:43.43 as he had been a second quicker already this season.

 Event 10  Men 200 Yard IM
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         1:41.34  A Ncaa Auto
         1:43.79  I 2020 Invited
         1:46.77  B Ncaa Cons
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Carson Foster    19 Texas             1:43.13    1:41.46 I       20  
    r:+0.65  21.77        46.64 (24.87)
        1:16.22 (29.58)     1:41.46 (25.24)
  2 Jake Foster      20 Texas             1:43.12    1:43.43 I       17  
    r:+0.66  22.39        48.70 (26.31)
        1:18.08 (29.38)     1:43.43 (25.35)
  3 Andrew Koustik   21 Texas             1:45.78    1:44.78 B       16  
    r:+0.63  22.58        49.05 (26.47)
        1:19.43 (30.38)     1:44.78 (25.35)
  4 Caspar Corbeau   19 Texas             1:44.66    1:45.16 B       15  
    r:+0.72  22.94        49.62 (26.68)
        1:20.46 (30.84)     1:45.16 (24.70)
  5 David Dixon      22 West Virginia     1:50.21    1:45.58 B       14  
    r:+0.74  22.50        50.07 (27.57)
        1:20.12 (30.05)     1:45.58 (25.46)
  6 Dusan Babic      20 TCU               1:49.17    1:47.79         13  
    r:+0.65  23.55        50.49 (26.94)
        1:22.27 (31.78)     1:47.79 (25.52)
  7 Vitauts Silins   20 TCU               1:51.12    1:49.50         12  
    r:+0.68  23.96        52.10 (28.14)
        1:22.62 (30.52)     1:49.50 (26.88)
  8 Philip Kay       21 West Virginia     1:50.39    1:49.60         11  
    r:+0.67  23.96        51.44 (27.48)
        1:23.08 (31.64)     1:49.60 (26.52)

In the 50 free, junior Daniel Krueger swam a 19.10 to win the Big 12 title as he set a new best time and nearly cracked 19 seconds in the process. Krueger is one of the top sprinters in the country as his 100 free will be his best shot at an individual national title in four weeks. Luke Bowman was second at 19.67.

 Event 12  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
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           18.96  A Ncaa Auto
           19.32  I 2020 Invited
           19.96  B Ncaa Cons
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Daniel Krueger   21 Texas               19.33      19.10 I       20  
     r:+0.73  9.39         19.10 (9.71)
  2 Luke Bowman      21 Texas               19.74      19.67 B       17  
     r:+0.65  9.60        19.67 (10.07)
  3 Zac Van Zandt    18 Texas               19.99      19.71 B       16  
     r:+0.63  9.54        19.71 (10.17)
  4 Ryen Van Wyk     22 West Virginia       20.01      19.92 B       15  
     r:+0.63  9.71        19.92 (10.21)
  5 Roberts Zemturi  20 West Virginia       20.17      20.09         14  
     r:+0.57  9.62        20.09 (10.47)
  6 Jake Sannem      22 Texas               20.14      20.14         13  
     r:+0.72  9.72        20.14 (10.42)
  7 Noah Cumby       20 TCU                 20.26      20.20         12  
     r:+0.63  9.68        20.20 (10.52)
  8 Stefan Varga     20 TCU                 20.33      20.21         11  
     r:+0.63  9.75        20.21 (10.46)

The Longhorns closed out the night with a season best in the 400 medley relay, touching with the top time in the nation with a 3:02.11, as the team of Chris Staka (45.20), Caspar Corbeau (51.49), Alvin Jiang (44.24) and Daniel Krueger (41.18) sit at the top of the national rankings, ahead of Florida’s 3:02.6 from earlier tonight at SECs.

 Event 14  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
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         3:05.95  A Ncaa Auto
         3:07.74  B Ncaa Cons
    Team                             Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Texas                         3:02.53    3:02.11 A       40  
     1) Chris Staka 22                2) r:+0.24 Caspar Corbeau 19    
     3) r:+0.36 Alvin Jiang 22        4) r:+0.15 Daniel Krueger 21    
             21.91        45.20 (45.20)
        1:09.16 (23.96)     1:36.69 (51.49)
        1:56.99 (20.30)     2:20.93 (44.24)
        2:40.30 (19.37)     3:02.11 (41.18)
  2 TCU                           3:10.90    3:09.44         34  
     1) Stefan Varga 20               2) r:+0.15 Vitauts Silins 20    
     3) r:+0.11 Piotr Sadlowski 21    4) r:+0.30 Noah Cumby 20        
             22.94        47.75 (47.75)
        1:12.00 (24.25)     1:40.18 (52.43)
        2:01.24 (21.06)     2:25.98 (45.80)
        2:46.66 (20.68)     3:09.44 (43.46)
  3 West Virginia                 3:19.20    3:13.84         32  
     1) Justin Heimes 18              2) r:+0.41 Fausto Huerta 21     
     3) r:+0.17 David Dixon 22        4) r:+0.39 Ryen Van Wyk 22      
             23.39        49.26 (49.26)
        1:14.25 (24.99)     1:43.38 (54.12)
        2:04.95 (21.57)     2:30.25 (46.87)
        2:50.72 (20.47)     3:13.84 (43.59)

In the women’s meet, Evie Pfeifer won the 500 free with a solid time of 4:36.35, leading from start to finish as she was already a 4:35 this season, solidifying her spot in the national championships and using this meet as a tune-up. She won ahead of Mary Smutny (4:45.67).

 Event 7  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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         4:35.76  A Ncaa Auto
         4:41.20  I 2020 Invited
         4:47.20  B Ncaa Cons
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Evie Pfeifer     21 Texas             4:41.91    4:36.35 I       20  
    r:+0.76  25.88        53.23 (27.35)
        1:20.71 (27.48)     1:48.46 (27.75)
        2:16.26 (27.80)     2:44.27 (28.01)
        3:12.41 (28.14)     3:40.69 (28.28)
        4:08.79 (28.10)     4:36.35 (27.56)
  2 Mary Smutny      20 Texas             4:52.05    4:45.67 B       17  
    r:+0.70  26.02        54.02 (28.00)
        1:22.42 (28.40)     1:50.89 (28.47)
        2:19.54 (28.65)     2:48.31 (28.77)
        3:17.41 (29.10)     3:46.86 (29.45)
        4:16.52 (29.66)     4:45.67 (29.15)
  3 Ella Tierney     21 Texas             4:49.82    4:46.18 B       16  
    r:+0.78  26.22        54.36 (28.14)
        1:22.75 (28.39)     1:51.49 (28.74)
        2:20.43 (28.94)     2:49.54 (29.11)
        3:18.53 (28.99)     3:47.83 (29.30)
        4:17.14 (29.31)     4:46.18 (29.04)
  4 Kara Church      18 Kansas            4:51.85    4:48.27         15  
    r:+0.78  26.37        55.18 (28.81)
        1:24.37 (29.19)     1:53.61 (29.24)
        2:22.97 (29.36)     2:52.40 (29.43)
        3:21.63 (29.23)     3:50.73 (29.10)
        4:19.89 (29.16)     4:48.27 (28.38)
  5 Grace Ritch      22 Texas             4:51.32    4:48.67         14  
    r:+0.67  26.74        55.01 (28.27)
        1:23.95 (28.94)     1:52.99 (29.04)
        2:22.23 (29.24)     2:51.60 (29.37)
        3:21.00 (29.40)     3:50.56 (29.56)
        4:19.88 (29.32)     4:48.67 (28.79)
  6 Luisa Winkler    22 West Virginia     4:53.78    4:51.88         13  
    r:+0.80  27.53        56.51 (28.98)
        1:26.15 (29.64)     1:55.94 (29.79)
        2:25.71 (29.77)     2:55.45 (29.74)
        3:25.09 (29.64)     3:54.38 (29.29)
        4:23.56 (29.18)     4:51.88 (28.32)
  7 Brinley Horras   18 Iowa State        4:50.86    4:53.08         12  
    r:+0.70  26.33        54.92 (28.59)
        1:24.08 (29.16)     1:53.51 (29.43)
        2:23.16 (29.65)     2:52.94 (29.78)
        3:23.07 (30.13)     3:53.41 (30.34)
        4:23.69 (30.28)     4:53.08 (29.39)
  8 Abby Reardon     18 West Virginia     4:53.17    4:54.70         11  
    r:+0.73  26.60        55.65 (29.05)
        1:24.98 (29.33)     1:54.54 (29.56)
        2:24.44 (29.90)     2:54.60 (30.16)
        3:24.82 (30.22)     3:55.13 (30.31)
        4:25.44 (30.31)     4:54.70 (29.26)

Sophomore Kelly Pash won the 200 IM with a season best of 1:55.13 as she won handily over Kansas’ Kate Steward (1:58.00) and Iowa State’s Lucia Rizzo (2:00.13).

 Event 9  Women 200 Yard IM
=========================================================================
         1:53.66  A Ncaa Auto
         1:57.31  I 2020 Invited
         1:59.94  B Ncaa Cons
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Kelly Pash       19 Texas             1:57.43    1:55.13 I       20  
    r:+0.71  24.69        53.52 (28.83)
        1:27.55 (34.03)     1:55.13 (27.58)
  2 Kate Steward     21 Kansas            1:58.70    1:58.00 B       17  
    r:+0.70  26.40        57.15 (30.75)
        1:29.41 (32.26)     1:58.00 (28.59)
  3 Lucia Rizzo      21 Iowa State        2:01.22    2:00.13         16  
    r:+0.72  26.21        56.74 (30.53)
        1:31.76 (35.02)     2:00.13 (28.37)
  4 Megan Morris     20 TCU               2:01.17    2:00.96         15  
    r:+0.73  25.89        55.71 (29.82)
        1:32.03 (36.32)     2:00.96 (28.93)
  5 Jordan Buechler  18 West Virginia     2:02.49    2:01.15         14  
    r:+0.77  26.00        56.49 (30.49)
        1:32.71 (36.22)     2:01.15 (28.44)
  6 Dannie Dilsaver  22 Kansas            2:02.03    2:01.42         13  
    r:+0.77  27.16        58.57 (31.41)
        1:32.51 (33.94)     2:01.42 (28.91)
  7 Kaeleigh Rice    21 TCU               2:03.30    2:01.98         12  
    r:+0.68  26.71        57.28 (30.57)
        1:33.06 (35.78)     2:01.98 (28.92)
  8 Ellie Wehrmann   19 Kansas            2:02.94    2:03.89         11  
    r:+0.73  26.28        57.25 (30.97)
        1:34.14 (36.89)     2:03.89 (29.75)

In a race that came down to the last stroke, freshman Grace Cooper won the 50 freestyle at 22.50, just a tick ahead of freshmen Olivia Bray (22.55) and Emma Sticklen (22.56) and Bridget Semenuk (22.57). That bodes well for Texas’ 200 free relay tomorrow as the Longhorns will be looking to get its relay inside the top eight for NCAAs in three weeks.

 Event 11  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
           21.66  A Ncaa Auto
           22.21  I 2020 Invited
           22.76  B Ncaa Cons
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Grace Cooper     18 Texas               22.61      22.50 B       20  
    r:+0.70  10.93        22.50 (11.57)
  2 Olivia Bray      19 Texas               22.66      22.55 B       17  
    r:+0.70  11.02        22.55 (11.53)
  3 Emma Sticklen    18 Texas               22.62      22.56 B       16  
    r:+0.67  10.73        22.56 (11.83)
  4 Bridget Semenuk  19 Texas               22.44      22.57 B       15  
    r:+0.68  11.06        22.57 (11.51)
  5 Kyla Leibel      19 Texas               22.99      22.99         14  
    r:+0.73  11.05        22.99 (11.94)
  6 Manon Manning    21 Kansas              23.03      23.02         13  
    r:+0.79  11.05        23.02 (11.97)
  7 Harna Minezawa   20 West Virginia       23.03      23.17         12  
    r:+0.63  11.08        23.17 (12.09)
  8 Emily Haimes     19 West Virginia       23.03      23.20         11  
    r:+0.70  11.11        23.20 (12.09)

The Longhorns closed the night with a win in the 400 medley relay with the team of Julia Cook (51.55), Anna Elendt (57.80), Olivia Bray (51.19) and Kelly Pash (47.72) taking the race at 3:28.26 ahead of Kansas (3:37.94) and TCU (3:41.53).

Texas has already been a 3:26 this season.

Event 13  Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
         3:31.66  A Ncaa Auto
         3:33.78  B Ncaa Cons
    Team                             Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Texas                         3:26.86    3:28.26 A       40  
     1) Julia Cook 20                 2) r:+0.28 Anna Elendt 19       
     3) r:+0.23 Olivia Bray 19        4) r:+0.13 Kelly Pash 19        
             24.71        51.55 (51.55)
        1:18.30 (26.75)     1:49.35 (57.80)
        2:12.72 (23.37)     2:40.54 (51.19)
        3:03.40 (22.86)     3:28.26 (47.72)
  2 Kansas                        3:41.50    3:37.94         34  
     1) Manon Manning 21              2) r:+0.34 Kate Steward 21      
     3) r:+0.41 Autumn Looney 19      4) r:+0.60 Dewi Blose 20        
             25.62        52.71 (52.71)
        1:21.32 (28.61)   1:53.55 (1:00.84)
        2:18.53 (24.98)     2:47.47 (53.92)
        3:11.37 (23.90)     3:37.94 (50.47)
  3 TCU                           3:42.06    3:41.53         32  
     1) Ashleen O'Brien 20            2) r:+0.26 Lauren Halliburton 22
     3) r:+0.09 Megan Morris 20       4) r:+0.15 Katelyn Kenchel 22   
             26.38        54.45 (54.45)
        1:23.36 (28.91)   1:57.05 (1:02.60)
        2:22.16 (25.11)     2:51.77 (54.72)
        3:15.09 (23.32)     3:41.53 (49.76)
  4 Iowa State                    3:46.50    3:42.82         30  
     1) Emily Haan 21                 2) r:+0.37 Lehr Thorson 22      
     3) r:+0.18 Lucia Rizzo 21        4) r:+0.20 Martha Haas 22       
             26.64        56.46 (56.46)
        1:25.06 (28.60)   1:57.82 (1:01.36)
        2:23.43 (25.61)     2:52.35 (54.53)
        3:16.24 (23.89)     3:42.82 (50.47)
  5 West Virginia                 3:45.42    3:42.92         28  
     1) Jordan Buechler 18            2) r:+0.18 Shelby Gerving 19    
     3) r:+0.29 Harna Minezawa 20     4) r:+0.55 Emily Haimes 19      
             26.55        54.97 (54.97)
        1:24.84 (29.87)   1:59.54 (1:04.57)
        2:24.91 (25.37)     2:53.58 (54.04)
        3:17.17 (23.59)     3:42.92 (49.34)