2018 Monday Preview #5: Which NCAA Meets to Pay Attention to This Week

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 5

November 05th, 2018 News

Sometimes, there are too many meets to focus on in one week of the NCAA season. With all of the racing going on across the country this week, zone in on a few big ones that should produce fast swimming, great races, and more intrigue.

We’ll be previewing each week with at least a few great meets, typically on Mondays, through the rest of the fall semester and then again on through January. Let us know in the comments about other meets we didn’t talk about here, and why we should pay attention to them! Note that these are just several meets that piqued our interest, and this is not a comprehensive preview for every single meet happening this week.

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

  • Date – 11/10 – 11/11
  • Hosts – Purdue

Why you should pay attention: The best of the ACC will clash with the best of the Big Ten in what should be a fantastic power conference match-up. Mallory ComerfordBeata NelsonLilly KingSiobhan Haughey, and Maggie Macneil are among the top talents on the women’s side, with Zach AppleJustin RessBowen BeckerColeman StewartAndreas Vazaios, and Felix Auboeck included on the men’s side. That’s a ton of firepower, and if everyone’s suited up, we can see people gunning for NCAA cuts which should produce fantastic racing in a conference v. conference format we don’t see often.

AUBURN V. TEXAS V. TENNESSEE

  • Date – 11/9
  • Hosts – Tennessee

Why you should pay attention: SEC foes Auburn and Tennessee will do battle with one another as well as with Texas in one of the biggest tri meets of the year. The Texas men have been strong, but did fall to Indiana and Florida at the always-exciting meet between those three teams. John Shebat came through big this past weekend against A&M, so look for him to keep building on that.

BIG AL OPEN

  • Date – 11/10 – 11/11
  • Hosts – Princeton

Why you should pay attention: The Princeton Tigers, one of the top teams in the Ivy League, will play host to a two-day invite in New Jersey. Duke and Northwestern are two teams visiting for the meet, and the Wildcats will be hungry to swim well after an encouraging start to their season with a completely new-look staff led by Jeremy Kipp. Some of Duke’s and Northwestern’s best will be at the ACC/B1G challenge, though, so Princeton will look to steal some wins away from two disadvantaged programs.

TEXAS WOMEN V. STANFORD, V. CAL

  • Dates – 11/9 and 11/10
  • Hosts – Stanford and Cal

Why you should pay attention: The Texas women have been lights out this year, and were named the #1 team in the country in the CSCAA rankings. The Longhorn women have perhaps the toughest weekend of the regular season ahead of them, though, as they’ll travel to the Bay Area to take on both Stanford and Cal on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Texas has been red hot, though, and Cal has been missing key swimmers here and there, including All-American Amy Bilquist, while Stanford’s women have been mostly flat so far in the year. Perhaps the Longhorns coming into town will be the perfect wake-up call — these meets should be electric.

TRIPLE DISTANCE MEET

  • Date – 11/8
  • Hosts – Stanford

Why you should pay attention: This is always a fun rivalry meet between Stanford and Cal. The Cardinal plays host this time around, after Cal hosted last year and won the vast majority of events. The event schedule starts with 50’s of each stroke and the 100 IM, then the 200 free, then 100’s of each stroke and the 200 IM, then the 500 free, then 200’s of each stroke and the 400 IM, then the 1000 free, and then finally 200 medley and free relays.

HARVARD V. CORNELL V. DARTMOUTH

  • Date – 11/9
  • Hosts – Cornell

Why you should pay attention: We’ll finally get to see Dean Farris and co. compete this season, and they’ll take on two Ivy League opponents in Cornell and Dartmouth in a meet at Cornell. Harvard has a highly-touted freshman class (both men and women), so we’ll get to see the strongest team in the Ivy League get their season started.

Penn @ La Salle 11/7
Rhode Island @ Providence 11/7
California U. of Penn. @ St. Francis 11/7
Cal/StanfordTriple Distance Meet 11/8
Michigan State @ Bowling Green 11/9
Iona @ Monmouth 11/9
Auburn, Texas @ Tennessee 11/9
Fairfield @ Fordham 11/9
Kenyon @ Ohio State 11/9
St. Francis Brooklyn @ NJIT 11/9
Stanford @ Texas 11/9
Northern Arizona @ Seattle 11/9
LIU Brooklyn @ West Point 11/9
Columbia @ Yale 11/9
Wyoming @ Washington State 11/9
LIU Brooklyn @ Army 11/9
Penn @ Villanova 11/9
Fresno Pacific @ USC 11/9
Youngstown State @ Bowling Green 11/10
Loyola @ Fairfield 11/10
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati 11/10
Monmouth @ St. Francis Brooklyn 11/10
Waterloo @ Niagra 11/10
Eastern Michigan @ Oakland 11/10
Vermont @ Stony Brook 11/10
Howard @ George Washington 11/10
La Salle, Rider @ Delaware 11/10
Trinity @ TCU 11/10
Assumption College @ Sacred Heart 11/10
UIC @ Milwaukee 11/10
Siena @ Wagner 11/10
Florida Atlantic Alumni 11/10
Seattle Alumni Meet 11/10
Texas @ Cal 11/10
UC Santa Barbara, UCSD @ UCLA 11/10
Wyoming @ Idaho 11/10
Lafayette College @ LIU Brooklyn 11/10
Valparaiso, Davenport @ Saginaw Valley State 11/10
St. Bonaventure @ Canisius 11/10
Columbia @ Yale 11/10
Vermont @ Bryant 11/11
Bryant @ Harvard 11/11
Big Ten-ACC Meet 11/10-11/11
Dartmouth, Harvard @ Cornell 11/9-10
Marshall @ Liberty 11/9-11/10
Northwestern, Duke @ Princeton (Big Al Invite) 11/9-11/10

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swimmerTX

Dean!!

Socrateshatesoliveoil

II agree Harvard is the meet which should be televised on ESPN featuring a 2 hour pre-meet interview with many of the fans in the Dean Club and an oration on the greatness of Dean.

Socrateshatesoliveoil

The Vols are sneaky good even against TX in the dual meet. AU is going down hard. With the VDC (Vol Diving Corp), Decoursey and the supporting cast Texas will be upset in Big Orange Country. Upvote agrees/Downvote disagrees

Hswimmer

Auburn women have been pretty solid so far this season… it’ll be close

DeanLover

Can’t wait to see the best swimmer in the world compete this weekend, and it looks he has rubbed off on the texas team!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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