Gretchen Walsh and Jordan Crooks quit Tenn. Invite with 100 free prizes

Gretchen Walsh and Jordan Crooks finish Tennessee Invite with 100 freestyle wins

On the final night of the Tennessee Invitational, Virginia’s Kate Douglas lowered her own American and NCAA records in the 200-meter breaststroke, and impressive performances highlighted the sprint freestyle events. Defending NCAA champion Gretchen Walsch came out just short of the fastest time in the women’s 100m free race Jordan Crooks continued his breakout weekend with a win in the men’s 100 free.

1650 women’s freestyle

In the opening event of the day, Virginia’s Sophia Knapp achieved the best time in the overall classification with 16:12.11. She opened a lead over Tennessee Aly Breslin and pulled away to victory with a six-second lead. Michigan’s Kathryn Ackerman finished second in 16:16.18 while Breslin dropped to third in 16:18.86.

1650 Men’s Freestyle

The Tennessee men took a 2-1 lead in the 66-lap race Jake Narvid was the only swimmer under 15:00 with his time of 14:58.21 and Joe Tepper finished second in 15:02.99. Michigan landed in third place, about six seconds behind Jared Daigle (15:08.67).

200 women’s backstroke

tennessee Josephine Fuller, who finished 38th in the 200 class at last year’s NCAA championships, put on a tremendous performance midseason as she moved up to second place nationally. Fuller beat the field by more than three seconds and she finished in 1:50.12, just behind her Claire Curzan (1:48.50) in the previous national ranking. The event is one of the strongest in the country, but Fuller’s time would have been good for seventh place in last year’s NCAA Finals.

Second place went to North Carolina Sophie Lindner in 1:53.46, while Virginias Ella Bathurst finished third in 1:54.40.

200 men’s backstroke

tennessee Harrison Lierz got the better of Virginia Jack Aikins by three tenths on target. In a back and forth, Aikins went a tenth ahead of Lierz with 50 yards to go, but Lierz finished in 1:42.05. Aikins, winner of the B-finals at the NCAAs last year and winner of the US Nationals in the 200-meter dash in July, finished second in 1:42.37 while Tennessee’s Landon Driggers finished third in 1:43.20.

100 women’s freestyle

Virginias Gretchen Walsch, last year’s NCAA champion of the event, won the event by more than a second, but she’s just shy of the country’s best time so far. Walsh finished with a 46.89, just under a second off her best time (46.05), which is her fourth all-time, and just under Stanford’s 46.85 mark Torri Huske taken at the NC State Invitational. Huske is probably the biggest threat to Walsh’s title defense hopes.

Michigan’s Lindsay Flynn Second in 48.13, just ahead of Walsh’s Virginia teammate Max Parker (48.33).

100 men’s freestyle

A great race weekend for Tennessee’s Jordan Crooks continued as he swam the nation’s best time in the country in a third event, having previously done so in the 50 Free and 100 Fly. After swimming a time of 41.17 in the heats, just under his lifetime best of 41.16, which ranks 14th all-time, Crooks clocked a 41.29 in the finals to hold off his freshman teammate Gui Caribe.

Caribe was second in 41.44, good for second national place behind Crooks. Those times are ahead of Florida’s Josh Liendo (41.70) and LSUs Brooks curry (41.86), although there is still a long way to go this college season. Virginias Matt King also went under 42 when she placed third in 41.93, good for the No. 5 nationally.

Men 200 Breaststroke

A close race in the men’s 200+ breaststroke went to the fifth-year swimmer from Tennessee Lyubomir Epitropovwho came home in 29.49 to move ahead of the Virginia duo Noah Nichols and Max Iida. Epitropov finished the race in 1:53.18, while Nichols was second in 1:53.57 and Iida was third in 1:53.81.

Ladies 200 butterfly

Virginias Abby Harter moved away from North Carolina Ellie Vannote on the last 50 for a 200 fly win in 1:54.45. Harter finished eleventh in the NCAA championships last year, and she was only a second off her championship time, finishing in 1:54.45. Vannote finished second in 1:55.16, and then there was a wide gap to the rest of the field. Michigan’s Katie Crom came on strong in the end to tie Tennessee Sara Stoetler Third in 1:57.44.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

Michigan’s Gal Cohen Groumi rode to a dominant win in the 200 fly, and he swam a 1:41.40 mark for the third fastest time in the country this season, behind Arizona State swimmers Leon Marchand and Alexander Kolson. tennessee Martin Espernberger Second in 1:42.56 and North Carolina Patrick Husey finished third in 1:43.60.

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay

The Virginia women finished more than four seconds behind the American and NCAA records they set last year, but they had no trouble claiming a 400 freestyle relay win as their main stars came through again. The team of Kate Douglas, Gretchen Walsch, Alex Walsch and Max Parker finished in 3:11.18. The younger Walsh sister separated 46.62 for the best time in the race, while Douglass led at 47.67 and Alex Walsh clocked her split time of 47.70.

Michigan’s Lindsay Flynn, Christey Liang, Claire Neuman and Katie Crom finished second in 3:14.98 and North Carolina Greer Pattison, Olivia Nele, Sophie Lindner and Ellie Vannote finished third in 3:15.22.

Men’s 400m freestyle relay

Just like the women from Virginia, the men from Tennessee closed the meeting in style Gui Caribe, Jordan Crooks, Bjorn Kammann and Alexei Tarasenko combined for a time of 2:47.27. That time would have been good enough for fifth place at last year’s NCAA championships (a race Tennessee actually finished 16th in) and the improvements are thanks to Caribe, who posted a 41.55 lead-off split blew up, just under his best time of 41.44 from earlier in the night. and Crooks with a second leg of 40.87.

Virginia finished second with Jack Aikins, Matt Brownstead, Tim Conner and Matt King Arrive at 2:49.88. King hit the water nine-tenths behind Michigan, but he finished in 40.91 for second place. Michigan’s Gal Cohen Gromi, Bence Szabados, Nikola Azin and Eitan Ben Shitrit finished third in 2:52.16.

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