Top Eight Times From First Night of November Mid-Season Invitationals: Virginia Women, Texas A&M Men On Fire

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Paige Madden secured an A-Cut in the 500 free at the Tennessee Invitational. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

With all of the craziness of NCAA invitational season, we at Swimming World know it is difficult to keep up with seven meets at once. So we have done the hard work for you in compiling the top times from each night of the November Invitationals. We have you covered from the Missouri (which started on Wednesday night), Tennessee, Texas A&M, NC State, Purdue, Ohio State and Georgia Tech (which start on Friday) Invites and have posted the eight fastest times from each meet below.

There were seven individual A Cuts achieved on the first night with Virginia’s Paige Madden leading the 500 free and Kate Douglass scorching the 200 IM to sit only behind Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson. The Virginia women have looked great all season and continued that at the Tennessee Invite as they also posted the nation’s top 400 medley relay with a 3:27.58.

Another team that has impressed has been the Texas A&M men, who were led by the insane 200 IM of Shaine Casas (1:40.16). The Aggies were also led by Mark Theall, who posted the nation’s top time in the 500 with a 4:12.19, and by their 200 free relay team which is second in the nation at 1:17.21 behind Florida State,  who won the relay at Georgia Tech.

The swimmer of the weekend has probably been either Anna Hopkin of Arkansas or Erika Brown of Tennessee. Both swimmers swam a 21.19 in the individual 50 free on separate nights as they have shown they are on a mission this season. Hopkin was able to drag along Sarah Thompson of Missouri to an NCAA Automatic cut with a 21.53.

Read below the eight fastest times from the first nights of the 2019 November Invitationals. Missouri started its invite a day early but their times from Wednesday night are included below.

Update: The results from the Georgia Tech Invitational are now included below after they started a day later than the others.

Women’s 200 Free Relay

A Cut: 1:28.43

1 Tennessee                     1:27.20A
     1) Grinter, Bailey               2) Brown, Erika
     3) Sichterman, Megan             4) Moseley, Stanzi
             22.26            43.36 (21.10)
        1:05.29 (21.93)     1:27.20 (21.91)
2 Missouri                      1:27.39A
     1) Hynes, Haley                  2) Keil, Megan
     3) Feddersen, Amy                4) Thompson, Sarah
              22.04           44.08 (22.04)
        1:06.13 (22.05)     1:27.39 (21.26)
3 Southern California           1:27.41A
     1) Laticia Transom SO            2) r:+0.11 Jemma Schlicht JR    
     3) r:+0.32 Tatum Wade SR         4) r:+0.49 Louise Hansson SR    
    r:+0.76  22.31 (22.31)    43.90 (21.59)
           1:05.74 (21.84)  1:27.41 (21.67)
4 Auburn                        1:28.09A 
     1) Meynen, Julie SR              2) Fisch, Claire SR 
     3) Kutsch, AJ FR                 4) Clevenger, Robyn SR
             22.13            43.74 (21.61)
           1:05.79 (22.05)  1:28.09 (22.30) 
5 NC State                      1:28.21A 
     1) Perry, Ky-lee SR              2) Alons, Kylee SO 
     3) Rowe, Sirena JR               4) Hansson, Sophie SO 
              22.34           44.09 (21.75)
           1:05.90 (21.81)  1:28.21 (22.31) 
6 Louisville                    1:28.35A 
     1) Visscher, Lainey L 21         2) r:+0.13 Fanz, Casey 21 
     3) r:+0.13 Braunecker, Avery 21  4) r:-0.01 Regenauer, Chriana 18
              22.72           44.31 (21.59) 
           1:06.62 (22.31)  1:28.35 (21.73)
7 Florida                       1:28.36A
     1) Garofalo, Isabella            2) Ball, Emma
     3) Dressel, Sherridon            4) Bates, Talia
              22.45 (22.45)   44.50 (22.05)
            1:06.48 (21.98) 1:28.36 (21.88)
8 Arkansas                      1:28.39A
     1) Melton, Kobie                 2) Hopkin, Anna
     3) Moore, Molly                  4) Pike, Brittney
              22.63 (22.63)   43.52 (20.89)
            1:05.72 (22.20) 1:28.39 (22.67)

Men’s 200 Free Relay

A Cut: 1:17.17

 1 Florida State                1:16.98A 
     1) Varjasi, Peter FR             2) r:0.33 Ksiazek, Kuba SO      
     3) r:0.17 Alaniz, Griffin SR     4) r:0.25 McCusker, Max SO      
    r:+0.69  19.45        38.83 (19.38)
          57.72 (18.89)     1:16.98 (19.26)
2 TEXAS A&M                     1:17.21 
     1) Shaine Casas SO               2) r:+0.16 Adam Koster SR       
     3) r:+0.29 Clayton Bobo SO       4) r:+0.21 Mike Thibert SR      
     r:+1.72  19.54 (19.54)   38.47 (18.93)
              57.96 (19.49) 1:17.21 (19.25)
3 Arizona State                 1:17.67  
     1) Swift, Carter JR              2) Carlson, Evan JR             
     3) Dolan, Jack FR                4) Luc, Ethan SO
              19.86 (19.86)   38.99 (19.13)
              58.22 (19.23) 1:17.67 (19.45)
4 Indiana                       1:17.41
     1) Fantoni, Gabriel              2) Blaskvoic, Bruno
     3) Franzman, Jack                4) Samy, Mohamed
               19.81 (19.81)   38.97 (19.16)
               58.32 (19.35) 1:17.41 (19.09)
5 NC State                      1:17.95  
     1) Korstanje, Nyls SO            2) Tapp, Hunter FR              
     3) Hensley, Noah SR              4) Stewart, Coleman SR 
               19.75 (19.75)   39.29 (19.54)
               58.76 (19.47) 1:17.95 (19.19)         
6 Yale                          1:17.96  
     1) Marcoux, Philippe JR          2) Gaissert, Henry A SR         
     3) Blank, Michael D SO           4) Page, Joseph FR
               19.83 (19.83)   39.09 (19.26)
               58.63 (19.54) 1:17.96 (19.33) 
7 USC                           1:18.12  
     1) Nikola Miljenic JR            2) Thomas Finello SO            
     3) r:+0.24 Jan Collazo Torres FR 4) r:+0.35 Alexei Sancov SO     
     r:+0.70  20.30 (20.30)   39.12 (18.82)
              58.89 (19.77) 1:18.12 (19.23)
8 Missouri                      1:18.14
     1) Kovac, Danny                  2) Leach, Kyle
     3) Hein, Daniel                  4) Reed, Grant
               19.60 (19.60)   39.07 (19.47)
               58.52 (19.45) 1:18.14 (19.62)

Women’s 500 Free

A Cut: 4:35.76

  1. Paige Madden, Virginia, 4:34.64A (Tennessee)
  2. Katie Drabot, Stanford, 4:35.84 (Texas A&M)
  3. Brooke Forde, Stanford, 4:36.31 (Texas A&M)
  4. Courtney Harnish, Georgia, 4:37.16 (Tennessee)
  5. Kathrin Demler, Ohio State, 4:37.22 (Ohio State)
  6. Leah Braswell, Florida, 4:37.25 (Georgia Tech)
  7. Cierra Runge, Arizona State, 4:37.26 (NC State)
  8. Lauren Pitzer, Stanford, 4:38.57 (Texas A&M)

Men’s 500 Free

A Cut: 4:11.82

  1. Mark Theall, Texas A&M, 4:12.19 (Texas A&M)
  2. Grant Shoults, Stanford, 4:12.74 (Texas A&M)
  3. Walker Higgins, Georgia, 4:13.05 (Tennessee)
  4. Zach Yeadon, Notre Dame, 4:14.31 (Ohio State)
  5. Jack Walker, Virginia, 4:15.27 (Tennessee)
  6. Kevin Miller, Georgia, 4:15.70 (Tennessee)
  7. Mikey Calvillo, Indiana,  4:15.94 (Tennessee)
  8. Eric Knowles, NC State, 4:16.36 (NC State)

Women’s 200 IM

A Cut: 1:53.66

  1. Beata Nelson, Wisconsin, 1:52.27A (NC State)
  2. Kate Douglass, Virginia, 1:52.84A (Tennessee)
  3. Zoie Hartman, Georgia, 1:53.69 (Tennessee)
  4. Meghan Small, Tennessee, 1:54.49 (Tennessee)
  5. Julia Poole, NC State, 1:55.33 (NC State)
  6. Asia Seidt, Kentucky, 1:55.62 (Ohio State)
  7. Louise Hansson, Southern Cal, 1:56.17 (Texas A&M)
  8. Kelly Fertel, Florida, 1:56.29 (Georgia Tech)

Men’s 200 IM

A Cut: 1:41.34

  1. Shaine Casas, Texas A&M, 1:40.16A (Texas A&M)
  2. Danny Kovac, Missouri, 1:42.60 (Mizzou)
  3. Nick Alexander, Missouri, 1:43.63 (Mizzou)
  4. Alexei Sancov, Southern Cal, 1:43.92 (Texas A&M)
  5. Mohamed Samy, Indiana, 1:44.00 (Tennessee)
  6. Caio Pumputis, Georgia Tech, 1:44.40 (Georgia Tech)
  7. Matthew Garcia, Tennessee, 1:44.71 (Tennessee)
  8. Trent Pellini, Purdue, 1:44.79 (Purdue)

Women’s 50 Free

A Cut: 21.66

  1. Anna Hopkin, Arkansas, 21.19A (Mizzou)
  2. Erika Brown, Tennessee, 21.19A (Tennessee)
  3. Sarah Thompson, Missouri, 21.53A (Mizzou)
  4. Julie Meynen, Auburn, 21.80 (NC State)
  5. Morgan Hill, Virginia, 21.82 (Tennessee)
  6. Alyssa Marsh, Duke, 21.90 (NC State)
  7. Bailey Grinter, Tennessee, 21.95 (Tennessee)
  8. Haley Hynes, Missouri, 22.04 (Mizzou)

Men’s 50 Free

A Cut: 18.96

  1. Blaise Vera, Pittsburgh, 19.10 (Purdue)
  2. Nyls Korstanje, NC State, 19.11 (NC State)
  3. Zane Waddell, Alabama, 19.15 (Georgia Tech)
  4. Kuba Ksiazek, Florida State, 19.30 (Georgia Tech)
  5. Peter Varjasi, Florida State, 19.45 (Georgia Tech)
  6. Alec Connolly, Tennessee, 19.47 (Tennessee)
  7. Adam Koster, Texas A&M, 19.49 (Texas A&M)
  8. Ryan Hrosik, Purdue,  19.51 (Purdue)

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

A Cut: 3:31.66

1 Virginia                      3:27.58A
     1) Gmelich, Caroline             2) Wenger, Alexis
     3) Douglass, Kate                4) Hill, Morgan
             24.92            51.88 (51.88)
        1:19.41 (27.53)     1:50.79 (58.91)
        2:13.86 (23.07)     2:40.77 (49.98)
        3:03.02 (22.25)     3:27.58 (46.81)
2 Georgia                       3:30.98A
      1) Brown, Portia                2) Hartman, Zoie
      3) Luther, Dakota               4) Burchill, Veronica
             25.84            53.45 (53.45)
        1:20.57 (27.12)     1:51.29 (57.84)
        2:15.38 (24.09)     2:43.23 (51.94)
        3:05.85 (22.62)     3:30.98 (47.75)
3 NC State                      3:31.40A
     1) Berkoff, Katharine            2) Hansson, Sophie
     3) Rowe, Sirena                  4) Alons, Kylee
             25.05            51.85 (51.85)
        1:19.04 (27.19)     1:50.23 (58.38)
        2:13.93 (23.70)     2:43.79 (53.56)
        3:06.24 (22.45)     3:31.40 (47.61)
4 Kentucky                      3:31.67
     1) Brooks, Caitlin               2) Bonnett, Bailey
     3) Seidt, Asia                   4) Galyer, Ali
             24.78            51.62 (51.62)
        1:19.59 (27.97)     1:51.24 (59.62)
        2:14.94 (23.70)     2:42.47 (51.23)
        3:05.92 (23.45)     3:31.67 (49.20)  
5 STANFORD  'A'                 3:31.76  
     1) Alex Crisera FR               2) r:+0.09 Allie Raab SO        
     3) r:+0.02 Amalie Fackenthal SO  4) r:+0.32 Lauren Pitzer JR     
             25.48            52.56 (52.56)
        1:20.17 (27.61)     1:52.02 (59.46)
        2:15.58 (23.56)     2:43.58 (51.56)
        3:06.32 (22.74)     3:31.76 (48.18)
6 USC                          3:32.02  
     1) Louise Hansson SR             2) r:+0.14 Nicole Pavlopoulou FR
     3) r:+0.39 Jemma Schlicht JR     4) r:+0.14 Laticia Transom SO   
             25.10            52.43 (52.43)
        1:20.75 (28.32)   1:52.97 (1:00.54)
        2:16.49 (23.52)     2:44.63 (51.66)
        3:07.09 (22.46)     3:32.02 (47.39)
7 North Carolina                  3:32.11
      1) Countie, Grace               2) Reiter, Allie
      3) Cole, Emma                   4) Hauder, Caroline
              24.95           51.59 (51.59)
        1:19.45 (27.86)     1:51.58 (59.99)
        2:15.52 (23.94)     2:43.79 (52.21)
        3:06.63 (22.84)     3:32.11 (48.32)
8 Tennessee                       3:32.25
      1) Small, Meghan                2) Popov, Nikol
      3) Brown, Erika                 4) Grinter, Bailey
             25.98            53.55 (53.55)
        1:21.29 (27.74)     1:53.34 (59.79)
        2:16.55 (23.21)     2:43.42 (50.08)
        3:06.33 (22.91)     3:32.25 (48.83)

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

A Cut: 3:05.95

1 NC State                      3:06.43
     1) Stewart, Coleman              2) Kusto, Rafal
     3) Hensley, Noah                 4) Korstanje, Nyls
             21.71            44.82 (44.82)
        1:09.50 (24.68)     1:38.26 (53.44)
        1:59.27 (21.01)     2:24.15 (45.89)
        2:44.08 (19.93)     3:06.43 (42.28)
2 Missouri                      3:06.48
     1) Hein, Daniel                  2) Staver, Nick
     3) Kovac, Danny                  4) Lima, Giovanny
             22.01            45.77 (45.77)
        1:09.75 (23.98)     1:37.93 (52.16)
        1:58.58 (20.65)     2:23.39 (45.46)
        2:43.66 (20.27)     3:06.48 (43.09)
3 TEXAS A&M                     3:06.68  
     1) Shaine Casas SO               2) r:+0.08 Benjamin Walker SR   
     3) r:+0.29 Adam Koster SR        4) r:+0.22 Mark Theall JR       
    r:+1.65  21.82            45.57 (45.57)
        1:09.26 (23.69)     1:38.01 (52.44)
        1:59.03 (21.02)     2:24.53 (46.52)
        2:38.94 (14.41)     3:06.68 (42.15)
4 Virginia                      3:06.69
     1) Clark, Joe                   2) Barnum, Keefer
     3) Wozencraft, Cooper           4) Baker, Ryan
            22.18             46.01 (46.01)
       1:09.71 (23.70)      1:37.67 (51.66)
       1:59.19 (21.52)      2:23.71 (46.04)
       2:44.20 (20.49)      3:06.69 (42.98)
5 Tennessee                     3:07.20
     1) Garcia, Matthew              2) Houlie, Michael
     3) Verhage, Braga               4) Connolly, Alec
            22.72             46.54 (46.54)
       1:10.20 (23.66)      1:38.13 (51.59)
       1:59.32 (21.19)      2:24.79 (46.66)
       2:44.90 (20.11)      3:07.20 (42.41)
6 Alabama                       3:07.51
     1) Waddell, Zane                2) Bell, Liam
     3) Sesvold, Tyler               4) Berneburg, Jonathan
             21.96            45.46 (45.46)
        1:09.50 (24.04)     1:38.70 (53.24)
        1:59.56 (20.86)     2:24.89 (46.19)
        2:44.89 (20.00)     3:07.51 (42.62)
7 Arizona State                 3:07.62
     1) Poti, Zachary                2) Warren, Elijah
     3) Bybee, Cody                  4) Carlson, Evan
             22.07            46.09 (46.09)
        1:10.44 (24.35)     1:39.82 (53.73)
        2:00.67 (20.85)     2:25.28 (45.46)
        2:44.78 (19.50)     3:07.62 (42.34)
8 Louisville                    3:08.26  
     1) Whyte, Mitchell D 19          2) r:-0.11 Somov, Evgenii 20    
     3) r:+0.03 Albiero, Nicolas 20   4) r:+0.07 Eastman, Michael 19  
             22.19            46.25 (46.25)
        1:10.55 (24.30)     1:38.81 (52.56)
        1:59.73 (20.92)     2:25.01 (46.20)
        2:45.35 (20.34)     3:08.26 (43.25)

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