Texas wins home invitational
Longhorns’ Bispo just shy of NCAA qualifying time in 100 Free
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas closed out the Texas Invitational in first place with 841.5 points.
Texas was followed by Stanford (695.5 points) and Southern California (683.5 points) who took second and third place, respectively.
"I thought it was a good weekend. We had some ups and downs and we definitely see areas where we need to improve," head coach Kim Brackin said. "Through the meet we saw what we're headed into. The talent across this pool is incredible. So it gives these girls a great look at who they have the potential of racing in March."
The 10-meter diving concluded earlier this afternoon. All three Longhorn divers finished in the top five. Diana Wilcox led the Longhorns by placing second overall with a score of 291.55 points. Shelby Cullinan ended with a score of 266.55, placing third overall. Samantha Holland placed fifth overall with a score of 245.45 points.
Kaitlin Pawlowicz finished out the 1,650-yard freestyle in second place overall with a time of 16:07.57. She was followed by Kelsey LeNeave with a time of 16:25.48 which placed her fourth overall. Lauren Ross posted a time of 16:48.67, taking 10th place in the race.
Ashley Brewer posted a 1:57.93 finish in the 200-yard backstroke A finals, tying for a seventh place. In the C finals, Melanie McClure placed fifth with a time of 1:58.85.
The Longhorns took second and fifth place in the 100-yard freestyle A finals. Karlee Bispo notched second place after her 47.92 swim, just missing the NCAA qualifying time (47.84) by .08 seconds. Kelsey Amundsen placed fifth with a time of 48.80. Samantha Tucker and Bethany Adams tied for sixth place in the B finals, finishing with a time of 49.88. Alex Hooper finished second in the C final with a time of 49.89 followed by Becca Tomlin who finished fifth. Lily Moldenhauer took first place in the D finals with a time of 50.12.
Laura Sogar finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke A finals with a time of 2:10.16. In the B finals, Spindrift Beck placed fourth with a finish of 2:13.90 followed by Gretchen Jaques who placed seventh. Catherine Wagner took first place in the C finals and Kierstin Thornhill placed seventh in the D finals.
Leah Gingrich placed seventh in the 200-yard butterfly A finals with a 1:57.12 finish. Also in the A final, USC's Katinka Hosszu broke the pool record (1:51.69) with her time of 1:51.03. In the B finals, Kaitlin Pawlowicz placed second and Ellen Lobb placed fourth. Skylar Smith and Kelsey LeNeave placed first and second, respectively, in the C finals. In the D finals Marylyn Toledo finished sixth.
The final event of the meet was the 400-yard relay. The Texas A team consisting of Karlee Bispo, Kelsey Amundsen, Bethany Adams, and Samantha Tucker finished third with a time of 3:15.00. The Texas B team, made up of Alex Hooper, Gretchen Jaques, Lily Moldenhauer, and Becca Tomlin, placed eighth with a time of 3:20.54.