Foster Brothers Sweep Top Spots in 400 IM at Texas Invitational


Foster Brothers Sweep Top Spots in 400 IM at Texas Invitational

The Foster Brothers – Carson and Jake – continued to flourish for the University of Texas on Friday, as the freshman-sophomore tandem finished first and second in the 400-yard individual medley at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational. The finish by the Foster siblings replicated the placement they posted in the 200 I.M. on Thursday night.

Carson Foster took a slight lead on the opening butterfly leg and gained command of the race on the backstroke leg, eventually stopping the clock in 3:38.89. The time was under the NCAA “A” qualifying standard, but Foster was three seconds faster last month when he set a National Age Group (17-18) record of 3:35.27. Jake Foster’s runnerup time was 3:41.49, and Texas watched Ethan Heasley (3:43.35) and David Johnston (3:43.98) also check in with strong showings.

The Longhorns’ Alvin Jiang had the fastest time of the evening in the 100 butterfly, despite racing in the consolation final. Jiang cracked the 45-second barrier, going 44.97, which was quicker than the 45.65 effort that Sam Pomajevich posted in the championship final to beat Texas teammate Zac Van Zandt (45.84).

Jake Sannem finished on top in the 200 freestyle, thanks to a winning time of 1:32.98. He was followed by Coby Carrozza (1:33.67). Drew Kibler went 1:33.32 in prelims but scratched out of the final. Chris Staka won the 100 backstroke in 46.67, although Jiang was fastest on the day behind a 45.12 time from prelims. In the 100 breaststroke, Charlie Scheinfeld edged Texas teammate Andrew Couchon, 52.48 to 52.67. The 200 freestyle relay featured an “A” qualifying mark by the Texas foursome of Kibler (19.16), Daniel Krueger, Jiang and Sannem.

Freshman Olivia Bray continued to star for the Texas women. Bray opened the night by placing first in the 100 butterfly in 50.37 and followed by finishing second in the 100 backstroke, as her mark of 51.41 trailed only Julia Cook (51.14). Kelly Pash completed her sweep of the individual medley events when she covered the 400 I.M. in 4:06.16 and Anna Elendt zipped to a 58.06 clocking in the 100 breaststroke.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the combination of Grace Cooper, Bray, Cook and Pash went 1:29.01. Longhorn Aquatics’ Remedy Rule was quickest in the 200 freestyle, going 1:44.86.


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