2022 SMU Invitation
- 17-19 November 2022
- Robson & Lindley Water Sports Center, Dallas, Texas (SMU)
- Short course yards (25 yards), prelims/finals
- Full meeting results (PDF)
The SMU Mustangs hosted the 2022 SMU Invitational this weekend. Not to be confused with the pre-season highlight SMU Classic, this gathering is taking on a more traditional invitational format.
The SMU men defended their home stadium against a field of four swim and dive teams, as well as the divers of their neighbors and historic rivals TCU.
In the women’s, San Diego State took the team title, finishing nearly 200 points ahead of second-place Hawaii.
- SMU – 1,272
- Drury (D2) – 809
- Hawaii – 690
- TCU (diving only) – 138
The Mustangs were led by three singles wins from their senior and two-time NCAA qualifiers Colin Fehery. The 6’7″ Dallas native won all three of his singles competitions.
These included the 200m breaststroke (1:53.17), the 400m (3:43.82) and the 200m (1:43.45).
Of those swims, both the 200m breaststroke and the 200m IM were new personal bests for him. The 200m breaststroke beat his previous best of 1:54.15, still leaving him 2nd all-time in program history, while his swim in the 200m beat his own school record of 1:44.01 in the 200m broke earlier this year.
Those times are all within a few tenths of last year’s NCAA championship invites.
The 200m swim took place on the opening day of the competition in a historic day for the SMU men. The team broke three school records together. In addition to Feehery’s individual swim, the school also broke records in the 200 free relay and 400 individual medley relay to open the meet.
200 Free Season Splits:
This swim also broke a pool record set by Texas in February 2022, trimming 0.01 seconds. This season included Anthony Grimm, Caspar Corbeau, Drew Kibler and Daniel Krueger.
400 Medley Relay Divisions:
SMU won three of the weekend’s five relays, including a pool record of 2:52.95 in the 400 free relay, but it was Division II power Drury who won the other two.
The Panthers dominated the 800 free relay in 6:27.32, almost five seconds ahead of second-placed Wyoming. They won a much narrower victory in the 200 medley relay, touching in 1:26.03, 0.12 seconds ahead of SMU. The deciding factor in this season was a 20:15 butterfly split by a Croatian-born senior Dominik Karacic. He propelled SMU to the top and Kham Glass held on to victory.
That time for Drury is the fastest* yet in NCAA D2 this season. This is particularly impressive after the team lost the best sprinter in D2 history, Karol Ostrowski, after last season.
*Editor’s note: We’ve done our best to check all meetings for the fastest times this weekend, but with so much competition it’s possible that one hasn’t made it into the leaderboard and has been missed.
Among the swimmers in this victorious medley relay was the leading backstroke swimmer Nathan Bigetti. He won the 100 back in 47.01, just under his personal best, as part of a 1-2 drury finish Kham glass (47.76). He then won the 200 back in 1:52.82, part of another Drury 1-2 finish, this time with Andreas Rodriguez (1:44.62). Bighetti placed 3rd in the 200 back at last year’s NCAA Division II National Championship meet.
SMU and Drury shared the wins. Another among Drury’s 8 event wins was a 100 freestyle win Cameron Craig in 43.54, just 0.02 seconds ahead of SMUs Cole Bruns.
Craig was the 2018 Arizona State Pac-12 champion as a freshman. He eventually moved to the state of Ohio, where legal troubles derailed his career. He’s now back at Drury for his final season, where he told SwimSwam earlier this season that he’s “just hoping to get it right” because he owes it to himself.
This time for Craig is his fastest since November 2019.
The Hawaii men’s only win came on the platform where diver Mackaby Pennington scored 338.05 points. Mario Surkovic had the fastest 200 free time of the meet of 1:35.92, although it came in the heats.
In the final Wyoming Quinn Cynor swam 1:36.62 to beat Surkovic by a tenth. The Cowboys clinched a second win in the timed finals of the 1650 Free, where Charlie Clark won in 15:26.35.
The TCU men, who only sent divers to compete, swept the springboards. David Ekdahl won at 1 meter (370.80) while Max Burman won the 3-meter (364.05).
Review of the women
- State of San Diego 907
- Hawaiian 713
- Miami 677
- SMU 666
- Wyoming 364
- Durry 358
- TCU (divers only) – 65
- Arkansas (divers only) – 44
While Hawaii Women had the most wins over the weekend with 8, it was San Diego State that used depth to win the team by nearly 200 points.
The Aztecs were led by AlexRoberts, who swept the backstroke events over the weekend. She swam 52.90 in the 100 backstroke and 1:55.26 in the 200 backstroke for her wins. Her heats of 1:54.91 in the 200 backstroke and her heats and final times in the 100 backstroke were both new lifetime times.
She placed 5th in the 200 IM for her third event in another personal best of 2:01.39.
Roberts, a junior, is a four-time All-Mountain West artist. Her time in the 100 back from this weekend would have qualified for the 2021 NCAA Championships but not the 2022 meet.
Her other two wins came from Christina Murphy in the 400 IM at 4:13.56 and Wilma Johannson in the 200 fly in 1: 59.13. Johansson’s time was a new personal best, as was Murphy’s heat swim of 4:13.24. Remarkably, Murphy’s swimming would have also won the Mountain West Conference title last season.
While Hawaii won 8 of the 21 events on offer, more than any other team, it had just four other top-three podiums. In comparison, San Diego State had just four wins but 16 more podiums. This gave the Aztecs a +8 advantage to the first three placements in the match.
Hawaii’s success at the top of the table was spearheaded by Australians Laticia Leigh mirror, a 5th-year transfer and former Pac-12 champion at USC. She won the 50 Free (22.47), 100 Free (48.28), and 200 Free (1:45.49) and finished second in the 100 Fly (53.22). Her 200 free swim is 0.07 seconds off what it took her to qualify for last year’s NCAA championships.
While those times all fell just short of school records, she rose in the school’s all-time top 10 lists in five events (including the 100 back) and contributed to two school record relays.
Holly Nelson (22.98), transom (21.54), Frederick (22.92) and Gabby Williams Scudamore (22.19) combined for a 1:29.63 in the 200 free relay on the first day of the meet.
The same group booked the meet in the same order with a record 400 free relay. In this case, Nelson (49.90), Transom (47.31), Friedrich (49.69) and Williams-Scudamore (49.55) combined in 3:16.45. That broke the pool record of 3:17.94 set by SMU at the UK Championships in February.
Hawaii also won the 400 medley relay by four and a half seconds in 3:36.43 – including a personal best of 52.74 for Transom; and the 800 free relay in 7:15.43.
The team’s only relay loss at that meeting came from Miami in the 200-medley relay. There, the Hurricanes touched in 1:38.34, which was 0.22 seconds ahead of the Rainbow Wahine. After Transom gave Hawaii an early lead, Tara Vovk (27.03), Giulia Carvalho (23.87) and Jacey Hinton (22.39) Miami retired to victory.
Overall, Hawaii set four individual school records and one relay record (200 free) over the weekend.
Vovk, the breaststroker, set new school records in the 100 breaststroke (58.89), 200 breaststroke (2:10.24), and 200 IM (1:57.22), winning all three events. That 100 breaststroke time should easily qualify her for a return to the NCAA championships after the Slovenian finished 8th last season driving for Northwestern.
While the breaststroke times are her fastest swim times since joining SMU, the 200 IM is the only one of the three that is a personal best.
Co-Captain of Miami Zory Mason was also under her old school record in the 200 IM, finishing 2nd behind Vovk in 1:58.69. Mason underwent hip surgery during the off-season and did not compete from February through October, but still managed to set a personal best in that 200 IM.
Miami’s 3rd place 200 free relay by Carvalho, Vovk, Mason and Hinton also broke the school record, swimming 1:20.16.
Miami was without their vaunted dive crew at this gathering. TCUs Anna Kwong won the women’s 1 meter dash (320.90), SMU’s Nicole Stambo won the women’s 3-meter dash (305.45) and the Hawaii run Elma Luna platform won (258.35).
The Wyoming women picked up two wins Maisyn Klimczak won the mile in 16:24.24 and the 500 free in 4:47.13. Both times are new personal bests by a wide margin for the sophomore. Her previous best in the 500 was 4:51.02 and her previous best in the 1650 was 16:37.14.
Her time of 1650 would have won last year’s Mountain West title by six seconds.