Let’s try to prognosticate just a bit what tonight’s only race — the 800 free relay — means for the next three days of racing.
On paper, it’ll be Cal and Texas dueling it out in the 400 free relay while simultaneously aiming to wrap up a team title.
The Louisville Cardinals have a strong quartet that should be in the mix with recent 400 medley champs Cal, Indiana, and Texas.
The first NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships didn’t disappoint, and here’s our take on the moments and people which stood out to us last week.
18 year-old Jack Aikins of SwimAtlanta moved to #4 all-time in the 17-18 age group today with a 1:39.85 in the 200 back.
Alabama swimmer accounted for four of the top sixteen overall splits as the Crimson Tide won their first ever NCAA relay title.
NC State junior Sophie Hansson completed the breaststroke sweep with an ACC record-setting win in the 200 breast tonight.
Wisconsin freshman Phoebe Bacon earned her first NCAA title tonight with a 1:48.32 victory in the 200 back, moving to #2 all-time in the 17-18 age group.
Daniel Krueger and Ryan Hoffer top the 100 free psych sheet, and are the only two returning A-finalists in this event from the 2019 NCAA Championships.
NC State won their second relay title ever with the third-fastest time ever in the 200 medley relay tonight at the 2021 NCAA Championships.
NC State junior Sophie Hansson broke her own ACC record and moved into a tie for #3 all-time, with her 57.23 win in tonight’s 100 breast.
NC State sophomore Katharine Berkoff set the third ACC record of the night, and moved to #4 all-time, with a 49.70 in the back tonight.
Northwestern senior Maddie Smith built on her strong performances over the two months with a lifetime best and 7th place finish in the 50 free tonight.
18 year-old Torri Huske of the Arlington Aquatic broke her own 17-18 NAG record with a 49.70 in the 100 fly tonight at the PV Champs in Manassas, Virginia.
UVA’s Kate Douglass is now tied as the 6th-fastest 50 free performer in history after a 21.21 in prelims on Day 2 of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Championships.