PSYCH SHEETS: At Art Adamson Invitational, Simone Manuel Won’t Swim 500 Free

Psych sheets for the 2014 Art Adamson Invitational, which runs from Thursday through Saturday at Texas A&M University, have been unveiled. This meet, which will play host to the Stanford Cardinal, Boise State women, LSU Tigers, SMU Mustangs, TCU Horned Frogs, Grand Canyon and Arizona State Sun Devils in addition to the host Aggies, will be one of the highest-profile mid-season invites on the college schedule.

See psych sheets and timeline here.

While mid-season invites are notoriously loose on scratches, each swimmer at Art Adamson is allowed to score in 6 events, and most of the top swimmers are entered in fewer than that, so we can read a little into those entries.

The first will be a sigh of relief for American sprint fans, as Stanford freshman Simone Manuel is entered in the 200 IM, 50 free, the 100 fly, the 200 free, and the 100 free. The notable absence there is that there’s no 500 free on her schedule – a race that she’s swum at two of her four meets this season.

If we take mid-season entries as at least a vague indicator of end-of-season focus events, that’s a sign that Manuel will continue to focus on the sprint events where she has had much international success.

For the Stanford men, David Nolan will swim the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM, which has been his standard NCAA entry for all three years of his college career thus far (and he’s never placed lower than 4th in those events at NCAA’s either).

For the host Aggies, another National level swimmer Sarah Henry is entered in the 500 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, and the 200 free.

One of the best races of the meet will be the women’s 100 fly. There, Amber Carter from LSU, who is currently 2nd in the nation in the event, will take the lead against SMU’s Marne Erasmus, who was 3rd at NCAA’s last year; A&M freshman Beryl Gastaldello; Boise State’s All-conference sophomore Brittany Aoyama; and  one of the fastest junior 100 butterfliers in history Janet Hu.

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5 years ago

Looks like Bobo can rest at ease knowing Stanford isn’t trying to make a distance swimmer out of Emanuel…

bobo gigi
Reply to  coacherik
5 years ago

I’m happy with that news. Yes. 🙂

5 years ago

Greg wouldn’t make the mistake Teri has made with Missy. Here’s to hoping Missy doesn’t swim 500 in championship season this year, and gets back to top form dominance in backstroke and sprint free.

Reply to  Swam
5 years ago

Swam, with the event order over the 3 days at NCAA’s, what do you think Missy should do? If she doesn’t end up swimming the 500 on Day 1, that would mean a double on Day 2 (200 fr & 100 bk, with 100 breast for her rest) or Day 3 (200 bk, no rest, then right into 100 fr). What do you see as Missy’s 3 events this year? For the 500, Missy got 2nd (17 pts) last year…MacLean is back to defend, and Virginia’s Smith should be a factor, as will Amber McDermott. For the 100, Missy got 3rd (16 pts), but Geer is gone. Manuel and Neal might be favored to go 1-2, though there’s a lot… Read more »

Jim C
Reply to  Swam
5 years ago

I don’t see Manuel making the podium in the 500, but she might be able to swim fast enough in the morning to make the A final–but then she shouldn’t exhaust herself trying for a high finish in the evening.

5 years ago

Don’t know where to put this so I’ll leave it here. Braden do you know if Garrett is going to be doing the skype interviews with coaches again like last year? Those were really cool.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

Thank you Braden.

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