Stanford had a big night, sweeping the relays to leapfrog Cal for second place. Tomorrow looks like Cal’s biggest day, though, so Georgia and Stanford will have to keep their guards up.
Lia Neal’s huge anchor leg pushed Stanford past Texas A&M to break American and NCAA records.
Brittany MacLean won a hard-fought NCAA title in the 500 free, and it came with the NCAA record in 4:32.53.
Georgia already has 11 point-scoring swims and dive slots tonight and has moved up 4 points from its seeds.
Gunnar Bentz has arrived at NCSA Junior Nationals, and he hold a pair of top-2 seeds. Janet Hu, Simone Manuel and Francis Haas all look primed to repeat after night 2 wins.
Simone Manuel dropped a 47.09 to win the 100 free, just one of 5 National Age Group records to go down on the second night of NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando.
Future Stanford Cardinal Janet Hu broke former Stanford Cardinal Elaine Breeden’s National Age Group record in what’s been a devastating night for the record books at NCSA Junior Nationals.
Carsten Vissering went 52.83 to win NCSA Juniors and break Andrew Seliskar’s National Age Group record for 15-16s.
Grosse Point Gators (Michigan) 13-year-old Alexis Wenger took down the second National Age Group record of 2014 NCSA Juniors, winning the “B” final of the 100 breast in 1:00.98.
When Simone Manuel went a lifetime-best in prelims of the 100 free at NCSA juniors, it seemed like she might have been going after her prelims swim a little harder than some of the other top seeds. Turns out that 47.67 was just a walk in the park for the 17-year-old.
First Colony’s Simone Manuel is the runaway top seed in the 100 free. Meanwhile Sam McHugh and Michael Andrew nabbed a pair of high seeds and will meet in the 200 fly.
Missy Franklin is a scary sight for opposing teams in this relay, but Georgia has their own dominant line-up, led by Shannon Vreeland, to help counter Cal’s Bears.
RACE VIDEO: Touchout of .01 for Britain-based 14-year-old in yards debut at Pleasant Prairie Sectional
14-year-old Emma Cain (third from the top in the pink cap) took home a touchout win in her first-ever yards swim after flying in from Britain to compete at the Pleasant Prairie Sectional Meet. (Video courtesy of Steve Cain).
Three of the top contenders will look to star freshmen to power their programs to the top of the podium at the final event of the NCAA Championships.
The very first event of the 2014 NCAA Championships will go a long way in telling who showed up to swim and who doesn’t look ready for the bright lights and intense pressure of a national championship final. Look for top-seeded Georgia to set the tone early.