2021 Art Adamson Invitational
The opening session of the 2021 Art Adamson Invitational got underway this morning at Texas A&M, with a pair of nation-leading performances coming in the men’s events from Brooks Curry and Victor Johansson.
Curry, a junior with the LSU Tigers, dropped a time of 19.14 in the men’s 50 free prelims, leapfrogging Grand Canyon’s Jack Armstrong (19.47) for the fastest time in the NCAA while improving his previous season-best of 19.51.
Curry, who owns an official best time of 18.97, had an unofficial 18.7 clocking in practice earlier this season.
Also showing out for the Trojans was Johansson, a junior, who recorded the fastest time in the nation this season with a 4:16.08 in the 500 free.
Johansson overtakes the 4:16.95 done by Jake Magahey of Georgia in their dual against Florida at the end of October. Johansson had previously been 4:19.38 this season at the USC Invite, and owns a lifetime best of 4:13.30 from the 2019 Pac-12s.
USC freshman Daniel Matheson qualified second for the ‘A’ final in 4:21.13, more than five seconds back of Johansson. TCU’s Geremia Freri, who has been 4:17.71 this year, qualified fourth in 4:22.62, while USC’s Alexei Sancov lurks back in fifth in 4:22.99.
The Trojans also picked up the top times of the morning in two of the women’s events, with fifth-year Calypso Sheridan pacing the 200 IM in 1:57.45 and Kaitlyn Dobler qualifying first in the 50 free (22.26).
Sheridan currently ranks first in the country this season with her 1:55.76 from the USC Invite, while teammate Isabelle Odgers qualified second in 1:58.20, holding the NCAA’s #2 time at 1:57.04.
In the 50 free it was a 1-2-3-4 finish for USC in the heats, with Dobler leading Anicka Delgado (22.35), Laticia-Leigh Transom (22.41) and Marta Ciesla (22.67). Dobler chops two-tenths off her previous season-best of 22.45.
Texas A&M’s Chloe Stepanek, who also advanced in fifth in the 50 free, had the fastest time of the session in the women’s 500 free in 4:46.24. USC’s Marlene Kahler, who has been 4:43.94 this year, sits second in 4:48.17.
In the men’s 200 IM it was the Aggie duo of Koko Bratanov (1:45.09) and Anze Fers Erzen (1:45.19) qualifying 1-2, with Bratanov moving into fourth in the NCAA for the season (following Mizzou’s Danny Kovac and Ben Patton hitting 1:44s at their invite this morning).
Swimming unattached, former Texas A&M swimmer Shaine Casas (who is still training in College Station for the time being) raced to times of 1:42.96 in the 200 IM and 19.51 in the 50 free swimming exhibition.
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