This video was captured by Garrett McCaffrey.
This year’s freshman backstroking class is surely living up to the hype early in their careers. The top three finishers in the A-Final were all rookies, with Cal’s Rachel Bootsma swimming a 50.13 for the victory. She was followed by two Canadians: Florida’s Sinead Russell (51.46) and Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass (51.52) on the medal podium.
Add to that Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew as the B0Final champion, and youth has been most definitely served. What’s scary is we’ve got another killer class of backstrokers coming into college next year, including swimmers like Missy Franklin (Cal) and Olivia Smoliga (Georgia). Georgia will really bea ble to use those points to fight back Cal, as the Bulldogs didn’t score in this 100 backstroke.
Stanford’s Felicia Lee was 4th in 51.58, and the two-time defending champ from Cal Cindy Tran was 5th in 51.92.
Texas A&M’s Paige Miller was 6th in 51.93, followed by MIssouri’s Dominique Bouchard and A&M’s Tess Simpson.
The Top 6 in the A-Final and the top 5 in the B-Final were all underclassmen.