New pool record highlights first day of American Short Course Championships
AUSTIN, Texas -- A new pool record set by a quartet from Longhorn Aquatics highlighted the first day of action at the American Short Course Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The Longhorn Aquatics 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ian Crocker, Dale Rogers, David Cromwell and Neil Walker clocked a first-place time of 1:16.74, breaking the previous pool-record time of 1:16.85 held by Stanford University. The mark was one-fourth of a second off the American record time of 1:16.49.
Crocker, the 100-meter butterfly world-record holder, was dominant in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 44.90 and topping his nearest competitor by over three seconds. UT junior Chris Seitz (Taylor Mill, Ky.) placed fifth in 48.66, and freshman Hill Taylor (Birmingham, Ala.) took sixth in 48.84.
Freshman Trey Hoover (Winston-Salem, N.C.) took fourth in the 500 freestyle in 4:29.33, and junior Jeremy Harris (St. Paul, Minn.) added a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 20.53. Jason Lezak, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, won the latter event in 19.40. Former Longhorn All-American Neil Walker placed third in 19.69.
Day two of the American Short Course Championships begins Friday at 9:30 a.m.