Minnesota Invitational Day 4 Prelims: Daniel Krueger, Isabel Ivey Lead Looming 100 Free Showdowns

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The 2021 Minnesota Invitational began its final day with a prelims session on Saturday from Minneapolis.

Some extremely fast performances have been turned in so far in the meet by swimmers from Texas, Cal, Michigan, Minnesota, and more.

That continued on Friday with several Olympians and NCAA title contenders putting together strong swims.

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Minnesota Invitational: Women’s 200 Backstroke

Wisconsin Olympian Phoebe Bacon was the first strong performance of the day. She dropped more than four seconds from her seed time to take the top spot in finals at 1:52.72.

The swim was about five seconds off the NCAA record set by Beata Nelson (1:47.24), but Bacon could be in a position to get closer to that mark in finals and aim for it at the NCAA Championships.

Cal’s Isabelle Stadden was just behind Bacon, taking the second seed in 1:53.14, followed by teammate Ayla Spitz (1:54.75).

Event 31  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Bacon, Phoebe          SO Wisconsin         1:57.17    1:52.72  
  2 Stadden, Isabelle      SO California        1:55.55    1:53.14  
  3 Spitz, Ayla            JR California        2:01.05    1:54.75  
  4 Cook, Julia            SR Texas             1:56.58    1:54.92  
  5 McEnroe, Annika        FR California        2:00.93    1:55.18  
  6 Venter, Mariella       JR Michigan          1:57.55    1:55.20  
  7 Schoof, Kaylyn         SO Wisconsin         1:59.15    1:55.82  
  8 Bernal, Aria              Arizona           2:03.10    1:56.39  
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  9 Newman, Mara           SR Wisconsin         1:59.72    1:56.73  
 10 Pasadyn, Felicia       SR Harvard           1:59.59    1:56.74  
 11 Passon, Felicity       SR Arizona           1:56.97    1:56.97  
 12 Ackerman, Kathryn      SO Michigan          1:58.79    1:56.98  
 13 Wilson, Alicia         SR California        1:56.61    1:57.11  
 14 Laughlin, Tea          SO California        2:03.02    1:57.67  
 15 Runeman, Sadie         FR Texas             2:01.94    1:57.71  
 16 Chung, Casey           SO Michigan          1:59.70    1:57.74  

Minnesota Invitational: Men’s 200 Backstroke

Michigan sophomore Wyatt Davis dropped three seconds from his seed time to hold off a pair of Cal swimmers for the top seed heading into finals.

Davis touched the wall in 1:41.59, just ahead of Cal’s Destin Lasco (1:41.73) and Daniel Carr (1:41.93), setting up what looks to be a pretty fast and close final.

Event 32  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Davis, Wyatt           SO Michigan          1:44.33    1:41.59  
  2 Lasco, Destin          SO California        1:43.25    1:41.73  
  3 Carr, Daniel           SR California        1:48.21    1:41.93  
  4 Park, Jason            SR Texas             1:47.51    1:42.78  
  5 Jekel, Wes             JR Wisconsin         1:46.54    1:42.89  
  6 Grant, Gunner          SO Harvard           1:45.41    1:43.10  
  7 O'Connor, Chris        SO Texas             1:48.73    1:43.58  
  8 Daigle, Jared          SR Michigan          1:47.57    1:43.81  
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  9 Coen, Ty                  Arizona           1:56.17    1:43.84  
 10 Harder, Ethan          JR Texas             1:46.71    1:44.35  
 11 Larson, Peter          JR Texas             1:50.40    1:44.41  
 12 Newmark, Jake          SO Wisconsin         1:47.49    1:44.63  
 13 Quarterman, Nathan     FR Texas             1:47.57    1:44.97  
 14 Unalmis, Bora          SR Michigan          1:48.33    1:44.99  
 15 Purdy, Ryan            SO Arizona           1:52.13    1:45.27  
 16 Somerset, Sebastian    JR California             NT    1:45.41  

Minnesota Invitational: Women’s 100 Freestyle

Cal’s Isabel Ivey had an extremely fast prelims swim in the 100 free, dropping a second from her seed time and touching the wall in 48.11.

Meanwhile, Michigan senior Maggie MacNeil was just behind at 48.50, though was a little slower than her seed time. If she was holding back for finals, she could throw down a pretty quick time.

Cal senior Elise Garcia also put together a strong race at 48.86, while Michigan sophomore Claire Newman was at 48.92.

 Event 33  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Ivey, Isabel           SR California          49.13      48.11  
  2 MacNeil, Maggie        SR Michigan            48.28      48.50  
  3 Garcia, Elise          SR California          49.37      48.86  
  4 Newman, Claire         SO Michigan            51.25      48.92  
  5 Davidson, Emma         JR California          50.87      48.96  
  6 Cornish, Hannah        FR Minnesota           49.96      49.00  
  7 Flynn, Lindsay         FR Michigan            50.21      49.03  
  8 Gantriis, Emily        SO California          50.00      49.07  
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  9 Hosack, Lillie         SR Wisconsin           50.51      49.08  
 10 Fiske, Sophie          FR Wisconsin           50.07      49.22  
 11 Mazurek, Ella          FR California          49.60      49.24  
 12 Leibel, Kyla           JR Texas               50.83      49.33  
 13 Semenuk, Bridget       JR Texas               49.21      49.41  
 14 Palmer, Alana          SR Wisconsin           50.32      49.55  
 15 McGinty, Jordan        JR Minnesota           51.86      49.61  
 16 Neumann, Robin            California          50.77      49.68  

Minnesota Invitational: Men’s 100 Freestyle

The men’s 100 freestyle finals will be an elite showdown. How fast was it? So fast that Olympian Drew Kibler swam a 43.25 and didn’t even make the final, taking the ninth seed.

Texas did put three in the finals, however.

Senior Daniel Krueger took the top seed in 41.49, while teammate Cameron Achinachie took the second spot at 41.92, the one swimmers in the field to break 42 seconds.

Harvard senior Dean Farris was third at 42.57, ahead of Michigan sophomore Bence Szabados (42.81) and Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger (42.93).

Event 34  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Krueger, Danny         SR Texas               43.04      41.49  
  2 Auchinachie, Cameron   SR Texas               43.94      41.92  
  3 Farris, Dean           SR Harvard             44.00      42.57  
  4 Szabados, Bence        SO Michigan            44.99      42.81  
  5 Seeliger, Bjorn        SO California          43.29      42.93  
  6 Ingram, Hunter         SR Arizona             44.77      43.07  
  7 Jiang, Alvin           SR Texas               47.41      43.12  
  8 Peel, Cam              JR Michigan            44.14      43.14  
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  9 Kibler, Drew           SR Texas               43.36      43.25  
 10 Jett, Gabriel          FR California          45.80      43.33  
 11 Alexy, Jack            FR California          44.85      43.35  
 12 Ercegovic, Marin          Arizona             46.49      43.38  
 13 Reihman, Mahlon        SR Harvard             44.93      43.48  
 13 Jensen, Matt           SO California          47.09      43.48  
 15 Hanson, Robin          FR California          44.03      43.50  
 16 Callan, Patrick        SR Michigan            44.94      43.61 


Minnesota Invitational: Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Texas sophomore Anna Elendt dropped more than two seconds from her seed time and took the top seed in the 200 breaststroke at 2:07.96. It was nearly five seconds faster than the rest of the field.

Cal took three of the next four spots with Alicia Wilson second (2:12.27), Annika McEnroe third (2:12.42) and Emma Rajic fifth (2:12.58) just behind Wisconsin’s Elizabeth Moore (2:12.45). Michigan’s Letitia Sim has had a strong meet and could make some noise from the sixth seed (2:12.96).

Event 35  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Elendt, Anna           SO Texas             2:10.12    2:07.96  
  2 Wilson, Alicia         SR California        2:16.10    2:12.27  
  3 McEnroe, Annika        FR California        2:18.82    2:12.42  
  4 Moore, Elizabeth       JR Wisconsin         2:15.90    2:12.45  
  5 Rajic, Ema             SR California        2:13.34    2:12.58  
  6 Sim, Letitia           FR Michigan          2:10.06    2:12.96  
  7 Silvestri, Jenna       SR Wisconsin         2:19.12    2:13.46  
  8 Lezer, Emma            JR Minnesota         2:16.84    2:13.73  
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  9 Polonsky, Leah         FR California        2:13.49    2:13.80  
 10 Hanley, Channing       FR Texas             2:17.24    2:14.49  
 11 Urkiel, Molly          SO Minnesota         2:20.41    2:14.52  
 12 McClintock, Katie      FR Wisconsin         2:17.18    2:14.98  
 13 Ward, Maddie              California        2:17.67    2:15.01  
 14 Dennis, Holley         SO Minnesota         2:23.06    2:15.24  
 15 Neser, Jade            SR Arizona           2:19.41    2:15.96  
 16 Henry, Alicia          FR California        2:16.10    2:16.02


Minnesota Invitationals: Men’s 200 Breaststroke

After surging to victory in the 100 breaststroke, Texas junior Caspar Corbeau put together a strong race in the 200. He dropped nearly four seconds from his seed time and touched the wall in 1:52.75 to earn the top seed in finals.

It should be a pretty close race with several other contenders within striking distance, led by Cal’s Reece Whitley, who took the second seed in 1:53.71.

Texas senior Brandon Vines was next at 1:54.84, followed by NCAA champion Max McHugh (1:55.09) of Minnesota, and Texas junior Jake Foster (1:56.15).

 Event 36  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Corbeau, Caspar        JR Texas             1:56.60    1:52.75  
  2 Whitley, Reece         SR California        1:54.49    1:53.71  
  3 Vines, Braden          SR Texas             1:59.80    1:54.84  
  4 McHugh, Max            SR Minnesota         1:56.14    1:55.09  
  5 Foster, Jake           JR Texas             1:56.51    1:56.15  
  6 Degrado, Paul          JR Texas             2:04.21    1:56.37  
  7 Foote, Ryan            SR Arizona           2:04.35    1:56.55  
  8 Scheinfeld, Charlie    SR Texas             2:01.42    1:56.73  
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  9 Fusti-Molnar, Adam     FR Texas             2:04.07    1:57.37  
 10 Laeuffer, Jacques      JR California        1:59.31    1:57.76  
 11 Louser, Jason          JR California        1:58.82    1:57.83  
 12 Hunter, Mason          SR Michigan          2:08.41    1:57.84  
 13 Hand, Jake             JR Arizona           1:59.94    1:58.11  
 14 Myhre, Will            JR Wisconsin         2:00.94    1:58.69  
 15 Bornstein, AJ          SR Michigan          2:01.05    1:59.34  
 16 Chan, Will             SR Michigan          2:02.31    1:59.67  

Minnesota Invitational: Women’s 200 Butterfly

Another showdown that could mirror an NCAA showdown is brewing in the 200 butterfly.

Texas sophomores Emma Sticklen and Olivia Bray continued their strong performance this week by taking the top two seeds in the 200 fly. Sticklen finished in 1:52.47, while Bray was at 1:52.98.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s NCAA champion in the event, Olivia Carter, took the third seed in 1:54.44. She could have some more in the tank for the finals.

Either way, this race looks to be a gauge for NCAA title challengers, along with Georgia’s Dakota Luther and a couple others.

Event 37  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Sticklen, Emma         SO Texas             1:54.46    1:52.47  
  2 Bray, Olivia           SO Texas             1:58.75    1:52.98  
  3 Carter, Olivia         SR Michigan          1:55.91    1:54.44  
  4 Klinker, Rachel        JR California        1:57.82    1:55.10  
  5 Cook, Lizzy            FR California        1:58.31    1:55.31  
  6 Pash, Kelly            JR Texas             1:54.47    1:55.36  
  7 Van Berkom, Megan      SO Minnesota         1:57.11    1:55.83  
  8 McConagha, Mackenzie   FR Wisconsin         1:57.25    1:57.37  
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  9 Heimstead, Julia       JR Arizona           1:59.26    1:58.05  
 10 Jump, Mallory          JR Wisconsin         2:01.78    1:58.40  
 11 Seigal, Mikayla        JR Wisconsin         1:59.17    1:58.54  
 12 Pasadyn, Felicia       SR Harvard           2:01.79    1:58.96  
 13 Carr, Abigail          FR Harvard           2:01.46    1:59.42  
 14 Kwan, Victoria         SR Michigan          2:01.01    1:59.56  
 15 Kragh, Mia             FR California        2:01.90    1:59.72  
 16 DiMeco, Sarah          JR California        2:07.48    1:59.82  

Minnesota Invitational: Men’s 200 Butterfly

Michigan freshman Gal Cohen Groumi dropped nearly two seconds from his seed time to lead a trio of swimmers who broke 1:43 in the 200 butterfly prelims.

Cohen Groumi has the top seed in finals with a 1:42.52, as he finished just ahead of Arizona’s Brooks Fail (1:42.84) and Texas junior Sam Artmann (1:42.95).

Event 38  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Cohen Groumi, Gal      FR Michigan          1:44.31    1:42.52  
  2 Fail, Brooks              Arizona           1:44.05    1:42.84  
  3 Artmann, Sam           JR Texas             1:50.24    1:42.95  
  4 Johnson, Jake          SR Harvard           1:48.10    1:43.58  
  5 Jett, Gabriel          FR California        1:48.09    1:43.90  
  6 Taner, Brooks          SR Arizona           1:52.17    1:43.95  
  7 Rose, Dare             SO California        1:46.35    1:44.09  
  8 Carrozza, Coby         SO Texas             1:49.73    1:44.22  
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  9 Koustik, Andrew        SR Texas             1:47.62    1:44.31  
 10 Roberts, Will             California        1:47.60    1:44.84  
 11 Nixdorf, Drew          JR Wisconsin         1:47.98    1:45.19  
 12 Crane, Cole            JR Texas             1:48.14    1:45.69  
 13 Heasley, Ethan         SO Texas             1:48.31    1:46.47  
 14 Gures, Umitcan         JR Harvard           1:49.00    1:46.57  
 15 Santana, Brendan          Arizona           1:54.78    1:46.75  
 16 Jhong, Chris           SR California        1:53.95    1:47.28