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.
The 100 fly could go any number of ways over the top 16 – Ellese Zalewski and Dani Barbiea come in tied for the top seed after big November performances.
The men’s invites were much more centralized in the 5 biggest conferences, with the SEC once again leading all conferences in invited swimmers.
Arkady Vyatchanin put together a giant back-half to take home the 200 back in the final event of the Speedo Champions Series Sectional in Plantation, Florida.
Ryan Lochte broke through with a sprint freestyle win and also put up a sub-1:40 in the 200 yard backstroke to cap off the Charlotte Sectional Meet.
Cullen Jones beat his longtime friend and new training partner Ryan Lochte in a 50 free. Meanwhile their SwimMAC teammate Kathleen Baker put up a wildly-impressive 51.5 to win the 100 back.
Club Wolverine swept three of the four men’s events on the third night of racing in Plantation, Florida, and incoming Michigan freshman Clara Smiddy had three high finishes on a busy night.
In the first event of Saturday finals, the 14-year-old Andrew went 56.83 in the 100 back to re-break the NAG he set just over a month ago in Orlando.
Florida’s German freshman, who just joined the program a few months ago, won the 100 fly and 400 IM at the Plantation Sectional meet.
SwimMAC’s junior stars Kathleen Baker and Nora McCullagh and new pro addition Ryan Lochte each won a pair of events on the second night of the Speedo Champions Series sectional event in Charlotte.
12-year-old backstroker Destin Lasco has taken down another National Age Group record, this time wiping Ryan Murphy’s name off the record books at the Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics meet in Sewell, New Jersey.
Quintero is the combination of a splashy sprinter and a beastly distance man, all rolled up into one USC Trojan.