Four women's swimmers make A final at Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite
June 2, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Two current Longhorns and two former UT women’s swimmers competed in the A finals on the second day of the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite.
Sophomore Ellen Lobb swam in the A final of the 50 freestyle, ending up eighth with a time of 26.21. For Lobb the race helped her work on a flaw her coaches noticed during the morning prelims.
“Supposedly my head was going wild this morning during my 50 free prelims,” said Lobb. “I really wanted to focus on keeping my head still. I really tried to keep it statuesque and my coaches said I did better. I was a tenth faster so hopefully it was my head.”
These few meets between the NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials come as an opportunity for swimmers like Lobb to see where they are at in their training and concentrate on certain technical aspects of their swims.
“Because there are so few meets, it is working on a lot of technical stuff,” said Lobb. “This is the time to focus on that because when it comes time for trials and the times do matter you want your racing to be as fast as it can be. It is important to get those technical issues solved right now.”
Freshman Kaitlin Pawlowicz swam in the 400 IM to start the evening. She clocked a 4:57.87 to end up nearly four seconds better than her prelims time for fifth place.
Recent senior Karlee Bispo had an impressive evening as well, winning the B final in two events. She finished first in her race in both the 200 freestyle (2:00.01) and the 50 freestyle (25.79).
Two former UT swimmers, Kathleen Hersey and Adrienne Woods, were in the 200 meter freestyle. Hersey came in fourth with a time of 1:59.64 while Woods was eighth with a 2:02.54.
The meet will wrap up on Sunday with the 200 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 800 freestyle, 1,500 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 IM. Prelims begin at 9:30 a.m. and the finals at 5:30 p.m.