Luke Hobson Swims 1:32.50 200 Free at Texas Intrasquad, Breaking Kibler’s Meet Record

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Luke Hobson -- Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Luke Hobson Swims 1:32.50 200 Free at Texas Intrasquad, Breaking Kibler’s Meet Record

The Texas men’s swim team kicked off the new college season at an annual intrasquad meet. The Orange-White meet boasts an impressive collection of meet records, with Texas typically wearing racing suits at this meet and so many big names having come through the program, and two marks went down in Thursday afternoon’s competition.

First off, sophomore Luke Hobson took down former teammate and 2021 U.S. Olympian Drew Kibler’s record in the 200 freestyle. Hobson swam a time of 1:32.50, just off his own personal-best mark of 1:32.31 from last year’s NCAA Championships, although Hobson has split 1:30.84 in an 800 free relay. The Reno, Nev., native had a breakout performance at U.S. Nationals in late July when he won the 200-meter free in 1:46.14 to become the fourth-fastest American this year, and he looks poised to build on his recent success this year.

Later on in the intrasquad meet, Hobson also won the 500 free in 4:16.48, and the other meet record went to junior David Johnston, who swam a mark of 8:49.13 in the 1000 free to break Alex Zettle’s record set last season.

Hobson and Johnston both represented Team White in this meet, but it was the Orange squad that emerged with a 143-140 win with Peter Larson, Aleksej Filipovic, Coby Carrozza and Caspar Corbeau capping off the meet with a 200 free relay triumph in 1:18.90. Elite individual medley performer Carson Foster took three wins for Orange in the 200 IM (1:42.94, just off his 2021 meet record of 1:42.37), 100 backstroke (46.07) and 200 back (1:41.76).

Also for Orange, NCAA 100 breaststroke runnerup Caspar Corbeau swept the 100 breast (52.56) and 200 breast (1:54.72), while diver Noah Duperre won 1-meter (340.95) and 3-meter (357.00). For the White team, Danny Krueger won the 50 free (19.54) and 100 free (42.78), and Cole Crane touched first in the 100 butterfly (46.85) and 200 fly (1:45.46).

This year, the Texas intrasquad was renamed the Sam Kendricks Memorial Orange and White Classic in honor of Sam Kendricks, the public address announcer at so many elite competitions at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center and around the country as well as a former student manager for the Longhorn men’s team and coach for the Texas women. Kendricks passed away in July after a battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma, and Texas will continue to recognize him this season, with a celebration of life event scheduled for right after the Texas-Virginia dual meet in November.

Read the full press release from Texas here.

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