Six Big 12 bests were added to the record book during the third day of the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship while seven races ranked within the nation’s top 10 season performances, including a nation’s best by Joseph Schooling in the 100-yard Butterfly.
Schooling notched the NCAA’s fastest time and Big 12 championship record by touching in at 44.06. He fell just .05 seconds shy of tying his self-made NCAA Division I all-time record.
The day’s events were also highlighted by West Virginia walk-on Jake Armstrong being crowned the 100-yard breaststroke champion. His 53.09 time led to the first Mountaineer gold medal during the meet. Armstrong bested UT’s Casey Melzer (53.67) and Austin Temple (53.97) for the victory.
In the women’s 400-yard individual medley, Madisyn Cox (UT) bested the league’s meet and all-time record with 4:01.15. The time beat out the league’s eight year-old record and set the nation’s third-best performance on the year.
Jonathan Roberts (UT) followed Cox by setting the championship record (3:40.26) in the 400-yard individual medley, also good for the fifth fastest time in the country. Longhorns Tasija Karosas and Townley Haas each registered with the seventh-highest NCAA times this season. Karosas competed in the 100-yard backstroke, which also torched league records with her time of 50.06. Haas placed first in the 200-yard freestyle earning a time of 1:32.17.
Meghan O’Brien of Texas earned her first Big 12 individual title with her meet-breaking 346.80-point performance while West Virginia’s Julia Calcutt tallied 328.45 points for second place. On the men’s side, Grayson Campbell of Texas received first place honors for tallying 451.85 points.
The men’s 100 yard backstroke gold medal went to John Shebat (UT), who carded the sixth-fastest time in the nation (45.72). Merwane Elmerini of WVU received third in the event.
The night concluded with the 200-yard freestyle relays. On the women’s side, the Longhorn team lowered the meet record by .10 seconds with a time of 1:28.04. Coming in second was Iowa State, who made program history by lowering its time by 1.42 seconds. The men’s team raced the seventh fastest NCAA time this season to be named the men’s champions (1:17.10).
Texas currently leads the team standings with 748 points on the men's side and 601 on the women's.
The championship wraps up on Saturday, with the preliminary round starting at 10:00 a.m. CT and finals starting at 4:40 p.m. CT.