There’s a showdown happening at high noon this Saturday in San Antonio, and you won’t want to miss it.
Swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis is hosting the second biennial Texas Shootout—a 50-yard sprint to the finish, showcasing some of the fastest swimmers in the world. At stake? The title of Fastest Man in Texas, and $10,001—the largest prize purse ever for such an event (“Because everything is bigger in Texas,” joked Davis.).
The battle for glory will likely come down to a standoff between Texas Longhorn Jimmy “The Sheriff” Feigen—Olympic and World silver medalist and the event’s reigning champion—and Olympic, World, and National champion Nathan Adrian.
“It’s bragging rights,” said Davis. “To go around and say you’re fastest man in Texas…Nathan and Jimmy went head to head and, in London [at the Olympic Games], Nathan won, and in Barcelona [at the World Championships], Jimmy won. They go back and forth. These two guys are the biggest, baddest, fastest dudes on the planet.”
Waiting in the wings for an upset, however, is an impressive line-up of champions and record holders, including Josh Schneider, David Walters, Ian Crocker, and Dax Hill, among others. Davis himself will also be competing, with the goal of “not finishing last.”
The shootout is part of the Battle for the Crown/Joan Davis Memorial Invite, the only swimming invitational for Texas parochial and private schools. The event honors Davis’ mother—who passed away from cancer in 2012—as well as swim moms all over the world.
“There’s no doubt that swim moms are just saints and work hard, as do all athlete moms,” said Davis. “Those swim moms…they deserve a meet in their honor.”
Editor’s note: The Fastest Man in Texas shootout will take place at the Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio on Saturday, November 9. Doors open at 10 a.m. The first elimination round will take place at 10:45 a.m., and the final will be held at high noon.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Cancer Therapy and Research Center.