Pancake Hot Take: Week 1, Day 1 of Conference Championship Season

This is Pancake Hot Take, where we rate racing on a scale of 1-5 pancakes, and give you our highlights. This is week 1 of major NCAA DI Conference championships, and we are taking you through every day of racing with our picks for the top swims

After 2 days of racing at the SEC Championships and 1 day at the Women’s ACC and B1g meets, we’ve seen 1 major record broken and many lights out swims. For that, I give this 1st portion of conference swimming…

4 Pancakes

Let’s get into it.

I’ll say what we’re all thinking… 4:06?! DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN? It happened. Kieran Smith dropped an absolute bomb, smashing the NCAA, US Open, and American records in the 500 free with a 4:06.32, which obviously takes swim of the day, surprise of the day, and most syrup worthy swim. WITH THAT ASIDE…

  • Race of the Day: Erika Brown storming to a 21.03 50 free, solidifying her #2 ranking all-time in the event and inching closer to Abbey Weitzeil’s newly minted 20.9 record.
  • Surprise of the Day: I knew Maggie MacNeil fly fast. I knew she could swim free fast. I knew she could swim backstroke fast… but not this fast. MacNeil swimming 23.05 to lead off Michigan’s 200 medley relay, touching at the fastest 50 back EVER? Did not see this coming. But bodes very well for the next few days.
  • Syrup on Top: The stars are aligning. There are so many swim stars in the pool this weekend: Beata Nelson, Erika Brown, Maggie MacNeil, Shaine Casas, and now Kieran Smith. And so far, they are ALL swimming fast. I’m just so excited for what the next few days have for us swimming fans.

How many pancakes do you think today deserved? Let us know in the comments below

Stay tuned for Pancake Hot Takes every day after finals. And until then… stay hungry.

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11 months ago

4.06 pancakes

11 months ago

Individual swims definitely worthy of the 4 pancakes, but have yet to see a complete relay really pop off. Looking forward to a few more today!

Reply to  UpStream
11 months ago

Auburn women don’t do it for you? 2nd-best 200 free relay ever?

Todd Kramer
11 months ago

Digging the beard and the hair Coleman, but I have to say, those pancakes look a bit small by your standard. They are no Butch Jones!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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