The 400 IM American Record changed hands last season between Stanford teammates Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin. Now that Ledecky has dropped the 200 free for the 400 IM at NCAAs, who will capture the title (and possibly the American Record) at the big showdown?
Schooling, the Olympic 100 fly champion, is the top seed heading into the meet with a 44.78 from midseason. Dressel clearly hasn’t shown all of his cards yet since he swapped this event for the 100 breast at SECs, but if his performances in his other events and his fly speed in the 200 IM are any indication, we could be in for something special.
Joseph Schooling and the 3-time defending NCAA Champion Texas Longhorns 2on 4 of the 5 relays at last year’s national championship meet.
Tennessee’s Erika Brown wasn’t even an individual qualifier for NCAAs last season, but now she’s got her eyes on the 100 fly title.
The NCAA Championships will pit the American Record holder, Abbey Weitzeil, against the reigning NCAA champion and NCAA Record holder, Stanford’s Simone Manuel, in the 50 free.
As we tick down the days to the 2018 Women’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
Defending champion Mallory Comerford of Louisville could become the second woman to ever break 1:40. Though Ledecky will be absent this time around, fellow Stanford swimmer Simone Manuel will look to give Comerford a run for her money. We may see another tight battle given that their best times are only a hundredth apart.
Brown’s men’s swim team won’t be allowed to represent the school in athletic competition until 2019.
The NCAA has released its official psych sheets for the men’s NCAA Championships, including the cut lines for each event.
The pre-selection list for the 2018 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships was released this morning.
Holding the third-best time in the country this year, Harvard sophomore Dean Farris did not enter the 100 back, electing not to take on a brutal double with his top-seeded 200 free.
After missing Ella Eastin’s American record by just 4 hundredths last season, Cal’s Kathleen Baker is back to give it another go, but Stanford’s Eastin will be there as well to try and reclaim her title.
The ever-complicated NCAA diving qualification process begins this week with Zone Diving Championships, and it’s time to take a look at how divers qualify for the collegiate national championships.
Wisconsin sophomore Beata Nelson is the top seed in the women’s 100 backstroke.
Stanford projects to have the most invitees with 18, before zone diving begins.