After swimming her way to an NCAA B standard time in the 500 yard freestyle in the first two days of the University of Texas Invite which ran from Dec 2-5 Joanna Evans stroked her way to NCAA B marks in the 200 and 1650 yard freestyle events. In the 200 yard freestyle the Bahamian freshman moved her season and personal best from 1:50.49 to 1:48.67 in the morning heats. She would move past the 1:48 barrier to finish 2nd in the B final in a time of 1:47.30. It also moves her under the NCAA B mark of 1:47.79.
In a thrilling battle in the 1650 yard freestyle Evans took out the race fast. Joining her in wearing down the field was Danielle Valley of University of Wisconsin. The duo battled hard for 600 yards until Evans started to pull away. But also making a move was Elizabeth Stinson of the University of Southern California. Stinson shadowed Evans until 1600 yard where she finally got an advantage at the turn 15:39.32 to the Bahamian’s 15:39.90. Despite outplitting her rival from California 27.88 to 28.02 the move made at the 1600 turn was decisive. Evans touched in 16:07.78 and in second place in her first competitive 1650 yard freestyle race. Stinson won in 16:07.34. The pair was well under the NCAA Division 1 B standard time of 16:30.59.
In the long course time trials held on Sunday December 6 Evans posted the fastest 800 metre freestyle time of the day registering 8:51.93.It betters the 8:54.12 she recorded in October.