When the final race was completed at the 2016 Big 12 Championships on Saturday Feb 27 at the Lee and Jamail Texas Swimming Center Bahamian freshman Joanna Evans had made a fantastic debut for the Longhorns.
Having already collected Gold in the 500 yard freestyle and Silver in the 200 yard freestyle she was aiming for yet another medal in the 1650 yard freestyle. When she contested it would be yet another emphatic win from one of the CARIFTA region’s best distance freestyle. From the first 100 yards that she covered in 54.83 she was already more than 2 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor .Joanna would continue to build her advantage on each lap .She would stop the clock 16:13.39 more than 15 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. That performance was under the NCAA Division 1 B cut of 16:30.59 .It was also under the 16:17.36 cut off time for invitees for the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Championships. She left the Conference Championships with Two Gold and One Silver.
Her University of Texas Longhorns won the women’s competition with 1043 points. Second went University of Kansas with 650.5 and third to Iowa State University with 570.5 points.