With the conclusion of her BIG 12 career on March 2 at the Lee and Jamail Center in Texas Bahamian Joanna Evans can be conclusively described as a legend in the Conference. The Texas Longhorn has been undefeated in the conference in the 1650 and 500 yard freestyle events. Except for 2018 when she did not compete Evans has turned back all challenges and 2019 was no different.
In the 1650 yard freestyle she maintained her winning margin of at least ten seconds .She took the Gold in a time of 15:57.28 breaking the 2012 meet record of Maureen McLaine of 16:00.70. Joanna already owns the Conference mark with her personal best and school record of 15:51.74 from 2017
|1650 yard freestyle||15:57.28 CR||16:05.11 PB||16:13.39 PB|
In the 500 yard freestyle no swimmer has come within 2 seconds of her.She capped her 500 yard freestyle with second record setting win in a time of 4:36.87. The overall conference record is also the property of Evans and the Texas Longhorns with her personal standard of 4:35.05.
|500 yard freestyle||4:36.87 CR||4:36.97 CR ,PB||4:39.97 PB|
For good measure she also added crowns in the 200 yard freestyle 1:44.82 and the 800 yard freestyle relay .
When she first came to the Conference in 2016 she was awarded Women’s newcomer of the meet and she left it on March 2 as the Swimmer of the Meet to help Texas win easily with 1073.5 points.
Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Evans about her expectations heading into Conference and how it played out from Feb 27 to March 2
“So going into conference we did not rest too much because our conference is not that competitive we got a day or two off from lifting weights and we had one morning practice off but nothing too serious as we are looking forward to Nationals.I think all of my races the morning swims were not fabulous simply because there was not too much work to do and then in the evening obviously the swims were a little better”.
Evans will enter the NCAA Division I Championships at her home pool ranked fourth in the 500 yard freestyle , 11th in the 1650 yard freestyle and 14th in the 200 yard freestyle.