Art Adamson Invitational: Maggie Mac Neil Nears NCAA Record in 100 Butterfly, Also Wins 100 Backstroke

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The 2022 Art Adamson Invitational continued at Texas A&M on Thursday with the Day 2 finals.

Several colleges from around the country are participating in the invitational, one of several around the country this week.

LSU’s Maggie Mac Neil took center stage again with a stellar swim in the 100-yard butterfly. She won the race on the front end of a double that saw her claime the 100 backstroke as well.

Day 1 recap

In the women’s meet, Alabama leads with 553.5 points, followed by USC (530.5), Texas A&M (438), LSU (378), Arkansas (305), Washington State (169) and TCU (106).

In the men’s meet, Texas A&M leads with 804.5 points, followed by Alabama (593), USC (415.5), LSU (286), TCU (256) and  Air Force (113).

There is one day of the meet to go.

Here is a look at the Day 2 events:


Women’s 200 Medley Relay

Alabama won the women’s 200 medley relay to kick off the second night of finals at the Art Adamson Invitational.

Rhyan White led off in 24.07, followed by Avery Wiseman (26.87), Morgan Scott (22.50) and Kailia Antoniou (21.66) as the Crimson Tide finished in 1:35.10, dropping two seconds from prelims.

USC’s Aria Bernal, Kaitlyn Dobler, Anicka Delgado and Hanna Henderson took second in 1:35.52.

LSU’s Michaela De Villiers, Hannah Womer, Maggie Mac Neil and Katarina Milutinovich took third in 1:37.78. Mac Neil’s butterfly split was 21.85.


Men’s 200 Medley Relay

Texas A&M took 1-2 in the men’s 200 medley relay after Alabama was disqualified.

The A team won in 1:23.45 as Ethan Gagulski (21.08), Andres Puente Bustamente (23.27), Connor Foote (20.18) and Baylor Nelson (18.92) teamed up

The B team of Thomas Shomper, Alex Sanchez, Jace Brown and Kaloyan Bratanov took second in 1:25.16.

USC was third in 1:25.62.


Women’s 400 IM

Texas A&M’s Giulia Goerigk put together a dominating swim in the women’s 400 IM. The freshman dropped nearly five seconds from prelims and won the race in 4:05.75.

The time was nearly three seconds ahead of the field. USC’s Isabelle Odgers, who won the 200 IM on Wednesday, was second in 4:08.64, dropping more than a second from her prelim time, in another strong swim.

USC’s Ella Flowers took third in 4:14.05, just ahead of Arkansas’ Luciana Thomas (4:14.14).


Men’s 400 IM

Texas A&M went 1-2-3-4 in the men’s 400 IM, putting together several fast swims at the home Art Adamson Invitational.

Baylor Nelson won the event in 3:38.39, dropping eight seconds from his prelims time.

Teammate Anze Fers Erzen took second in 3:39.05, followed by Andrea Puente Bustamente (3:41.22) and Max Vega Cuevas (3:46.19).


Women’s 100 Butterfly

LSU’s Maggie Mac Neil was a half second off of her NCAA record in the 100 butterfly.

Mac Neil dropped three seconds from her prelims time to throw down a 49.40 to win.

She holds the NCAA record at 48.89 set at NCAAs two years ago. Her time Thursday at the Art Adamson Invitational was nearly two seconds ahead of the field.

Texas A&M’s Olivia Theall was second in 51.25, followed by Alabama’s Rhyan White (51.89), Morgan Scott (52.26) and USC’s Anicka Delgado (52.46).


Men’s 100 Butterfly

Texas A&M went 1-2 to continue it strong showing in the men’s meet.

Connor Foote won the 100 butterfly in 46.24, ahead of teammate Jace Brown (46.29).

Alabama’s Mateo Miceli was third (46.79), followed by teammate Bernardo De Almeida (46.95).


Women’s 200 Free

Texas A&M’s Chloe Stepanek put together a strong swim to win the women’s 200 free by nearly two seconds. The junior touched the wall in 1:43.83.

LSU’s Megan Barnes finished second in 1:45.67, dropping two seconds from prelims.

Alabama’s Kalia Antoniou took third in 1:45.98.


Men’s 200 Free

Alabama’s Charlie Hawke dropped three tenths of a second in his 200 free to touch the wall first in 1:31.92.

Air Force’s Wen Zhang was just seven hundredths behind at 1:31.99 to take second.

Texas A&M’s Kaloyan Bratanov took third in 1:32.49, while LSU’s Brooks Curry was fourth in 1:33.56.


Women’s 100 Breaststroke

Defending NCAA champion Kaitlyn Dobler crushed the field at the Art Adamson Invitational on Thursday night, putting together a 56.94 swim in the 100 breaststroke.

The USC junior was more than three seconds ahead of the rest of the field and just over a second off the NCAA record.

Alabama’s Avery Wiseman took second in 1:00.15, followed by Arkansas’ Vanessa Herrmann (100.27).


Men’s 100 Breaststroke

In one of the closest races of the meet so far, two swimmers were within five hundredths of a second of each other in the men’s 100 breaststroke.

Texas A&M’s Alex Sanchez won the race in 51.90, followed by Alabama All-American Derek Maas, who finished in 51.95.

If that wasn’t close enough, there was a tie for third with USC’s Chris O’Grady and Texas A&M’s Andreas Puente Bustamente both touching the wall in 52.09, not very far off the pace of the top two.


Women’s 100 Backstroke

In an impressive double, LSU’s Maggie Mac Neil also claimed the 100 backstroke.

Mac Neil dropped nearly 2.5 seconds from prelims and won the race in 50.70, holding off Alabama Olympian Rhyan White (50.84) by less than two tenths.

Arkansas’ Andrea Sansores and Alabama’s Morgan Scott tied for third at 52.39.


Men’s 100 Backstroke

Texas A&M’s Ethan Gogulski continued his strong midseason performance with a win in the 100 backstroke. He touched the wall in 45.64, winning by seven tenths of a second.

Alabama’s Matthew Menke finished second, touching in 45.71.

Texas A&M’s Thomas Schomper took third, finishing just under 47 seconds in 46.96.


Women’s 800 Free Relay

USC closed the women’s portion of Day 2 of the Art Adamson Invitational with a win in the 800 free relay.

Justina Kozan led off in 1:45.35, followed by Marlene Kahler (1:47.65), Genevieve Sasseville (1:48.46) and Anicka Delgado (1:45.54) as the Trojans won in 7:07.00.

Texas A&M’s Chloe Stepanek, Giulia Goerigk, Mollie Wright and Jordan Buechler finished second in 7:08.24.

LSU’s Reagan Osborne, Katarina Milutinovich, Megan Barnes and Hannah Bellina took third in 7:11.44.


Men’s 800 Free Relay

Alabama closed the session with a win in the men’s 800 free relay.

Charlie Hawke led off in 1:31.89, followed by Kacper Piotrowski (1:34.60), Cam Auerbach (1:34.80) and Kaique Alves (1:15.13) as the Crimson Tide finished in 6:16.42.

Texas A&M finished second with Baylor Nelson, Kaloyan Bratanov, Connor Foote and Carter Nelson touching the wall in 6:21.71.

USC’s Chris O’Grady, Max Saunders, Evangelos Makrygiannis and Paul Netterer took third in 6:27.94.

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