Sprint News 9/1/12: Huge Recruiting Trips in Cal, Ervin Not Done Yet, A&M To Face 3 SEC Opponents

  53 Braden Keith | September 01st, 2012 | College, Featured, In Briefs, National, News

…Missy Franklin and several other major recruits are taking in a Cal football game this weekend. 2012 Junior Pan Pac Champion Leah Smith Tweeted the above picture earlier of 5 top-25 recruits in Cal colors: Missy FranklinLeah SmithLinnea MackCelina Li, and Kristen Vredeveld. The Cal football team will take on Nevada today at noon west coast time…

…Thanks to one of our readers for pointing this out, but Anthony Ervin has confirmed that he’s not retiring again; at least immediately. In a video on his facebook page (see here), Ervin has confirmed that he plans to participate in the World Cup series this fall and in the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul in December. Ervin was 2nd in the 50 free at the U.S. Olympic Trials after nearly a decade away from the sport, and ended up 5th in the same event at the Olympics…

…The Texas A&M Aggies have revealed their schedules for the 2012-2013, and just like their football team, the Aggies’ will get an early taste of the SEC in a dual meet against the Florida Gators. Unlike football, though, the swim team will have to travel to Gainesville for the matchup on November 2nd. The Aggies’ first meet will be against another SEC foe, South Carolina, in a tri with North Carolina. As a part of this new SEC schedule, the Aggies are both facing unfamiliar opponents, and much more frequently travelling with men and women together (the two teams are separately administered). Other SEC matchups in year 1 include welcoming Auburn and LSU to College Station in January. Just like about every other sport, the A&M men and women will not have a dual meet this season with the University of Texas after A&M left the Big 12 Conference…

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swimfan50
3 years 8 months ago

Ryan Murphy is visiting Cal this weekend too.

Eve
3 years 8 months ago

I feel like Missy will go to Cal. I have no insider info, professional insight to back this up : just a feeling.

Pete
3 years 8 months ago

I feel that Missy would be more successful at U of M, and I’m not even a huge fan of them. Very solid program that she could take advantage of.

beachmouse
3 years 8 months ago

As much as I’d love to see Missy be a Wolverine, I feel like Cal probably has the best pairing of academics + swim program for her needs. Georgia just isn’t a public Ivy like Cal is.

WHOKNOWS
3 years 8 months ago

The Bears are looking bad against the Wolfpack!

duckduckgoose
3 years 8 months ago

If Missy goes pro as a swimmer, she can still play quarterback for the Bears and finally take us back to the promised land-The Rose Bowl!

WHOKNOWS
3 years 8 months ago

The Bears blew it! They lost to Nevada of all teams! Who want to go to a school that looses an “easy” game on their football schedule. At least they had sunshine during the weekend! Maybe that will make up for the loss.

peachcobbler
3 years 8 months ago

y’all are too funny. cal football knows how to choke big time, I can’t believe people actually expected them to win this won. if you watched the cal-nevada game in 2010…now that was bad!!!

cynthia curran
3 years 8 months ago

Not certain about Georgia but unless your a really good student, the University of California uses a lot of teaching assistants unlike schools that take more average Joes or Jills in college.

FREEBEE
3 years 8 months ago

Stanford maybe a sleeper here but at the undergraduate level no school can compete (Berkeley is great but it is too big to compete with Princeton, Stanford, Duke, Harvard at the undergrad level) so if Missy wants academics and athletics there really is no competition with the Cards–Stanford sells itself –but the big question is with so little time can Greg Meehan get it done?

Jcoach
3 years 8 months ago

Do we really think she’s going to swim in College?

Pete
3 years 8 months ago

yes she has already declared that she wasn’t going pro yet because she always wanted to swim in college

John Sampson
3 years 8 months ago

emily cameron, olivia smoliga, olivia barker, and heather lundstrom are all in texas this weekend according to twitter…any of those would be huge pick ups for carols first year( esp emily cameron)

that is one huge group at cal, as they say the rich get richer….everyone wants to be apartvof the dynasty. missy ->cal ,along with celina li and kristen vredeveld.

cynthia curran
3 years 8 months ago

Celine il is from northern Calif so she probably pcik it.

shinjii
3 years 8 months ago

sorry folks, potential pro athlete after 2 years only goes to one school…USC. Los Angeles is the 2nd largest TV market in the US and if you are a pro athlete based there life is awesome. USC has academics equal to Cal and is a private university which means small class sizes and state budgets don’t matter. USC finsihed 3rd last 2 seasons and a Franklin immediately makes them the instant favorite.. admit it, none of us had USC top 3 last year and they are as good this year. LA loves winners- that’s why Dwight Howard and steve nash just signed up for the Lake Show and MIssy is that kind of Talent. Look at the type of pro swimmers who go to Salo every four years and oh btw, this is what McKeever had to say about Hersey going pro:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/swimming/story/2012-07-24/Kathleen-Hersey-Texas-Longhorns/56466682/1

look, you go to school to prepare you for your professional goals and future, some places are better for engineers than others, but at the end of the day you want to be an engineer… if you want to be a major brand and be a pro athlete it seems like a no brainer to go to SC. take a step back and think about it..

don
3 years 8 months ago

Did Hersey go pro two years ago? I thought she just didn’t want to swim for Brackin so started swimming with the men’s team.

akk
3 years 7 months ago

“USC has academics equal to Cal”

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

DAWGFAN
3 years 8 months ago

Braden…Your comments are spot on. Both schools are strong in a number of areas, I do understand why Cal fans want to talk up their school. Georgia is very difficult to get into now due to the Hope Scholarship. This provides free tuition to in-state students with 3.5 or greater GPA in high school funded by the GA Lottery. They keep the brightest students who live in Georgia and it’s driving up admissions scores. I’m sure it was a tough loss today for Cal football losing to Nevada with Missy watching in the stands. She won’t be disappointed with football Saturday in Athens when she visits on her recruiting trip. She will love the chant “Georgia Sick Em’ Woof..Woof..Woof”!

Nancy Drew
3 years 8 months ago

Do you know which weekend Missy is going to UGA to visit?

DAWGFAN
3 years 8 months ago

I have not heard when Missy is going to Georgia for her recruiting trip. Their first recruits visit in two weeks. Cal does a nice job of bringing all the top kids in the same weekend early in the recruiting process. However, it’s not where you start visits it’s where you feel you’ll fit in best.

Dasher
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure having a great football team is a huge priority for Missy.

cynthia curran
3 years 8 months ago

Usc has a good swimming program. Hollywood and Basketball are really different from La County which is 48 percent Hispanic and there are more folks that play soccer out there. More folks in Los Angeles looked more like Brenda Villa, the water polo player Granted there are cities which don’t have that many Hispanics.

bobo gigi
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not a specialist of NCAA but it seems Cal is already unbeatable with Elizabeth Pelton, Rachel Bootsma and other recruits. If next year you also put the 5 girls who are on the photo in Cal you can stop the competition during a long moment. The battle would only be for the second place.
I think if Missy wants to improve her backstroke and especially her starts and her underwaters she has to go to Cal. After one year in the backstroke industry she would probably swim under 58.00 in the 100 back and around 2.02 in the 200 back. She could put the world records on backstroke at a giant level.
If she wants to become the best in the 100 free and in the 200 free she has to go to UGA in the freestyle industry with Megan Romano, Brittany McLean and other great freestylers.
And if she wants to become a great IM swimmer she has to go to USC in the breaststroke industry. It would be useful for her IM races.
I think her love is backstroke and there’s Terry McKeever so Cal has an advantage.

bobo gigi
3 years 8 months ago

I think her love is backstroke and there’s Teri McKeever so Cal has an advantage.

bobo gigi
3 years 8 months ago

In Georgia with Brittany MacLean there’s also Chantal Van Landeghem. These 2 young swimmers are big hopes for Canada on freestyle. Missy has some canadian origins. I don’t know what she will pick but I wish her the best. Will she tell her choice on ESPN with “The Decision” like LeBron James? No I don’t think. I imagine more the scene with an exclusive interview with Braden Keith on swimswam.

DAWGFAN
3 years 8 months ago

Bobo….Cal can’t afford all five of those girls. But I do agree with you that they continue to recruit well and have the advantage with Missy related to backstroke. I’m worried that the East and West coast powerhouses battle for Missy and Texas swoops in and takes her away. Carol is a master at recruiting and has the tools at Texas and a great city like Austin to make a great sales pitch. Only disadvantage is rebuilding mode versus championship mode. If Missy only stays 2 years she will want to win now.

cynthia curran
3 years 8 months ago

Its true that Austin could get Missy. Texas is a fast growing state and could developed their swim prowess more since there are some wealthy suburban counties in Texas where you can developed swimmers coming up thru the age group programs.

cynthia curran
3 years 8 months ago

California needs a breaststroker badly have this year Catlin L is a senior.

Royale w/Cheese
3 years 8 months ago

This decision by Missy Franklin is FASCINATING for college swim fans. The comparison to LeBron James “Decision” is not far off for people who care about D1 swimming.

Having lived and swam in California my whole life, I am totally biased towards California schools but I have to think that her choice here is between Cal and USC. It’s nice to think Georgia has a chance here, but Cal and SC seem to suit Missy’s bubbly personality (what we are shown seems believable) a little better. She seems like a California girl to me…

It’s always funny to me that so many swimmers choose Cal, the weather is not great all the time there and they do swim outdoors. Also, travel around that campus is somewhat difficult and the surrounding area is filled with some seriously strange people. The swimming here is a dynasty in process and she would make them somewhat unbeatable for 4 years, certainly Terri is an amazing coach and Missy would be the “next Natalie” of Terri’s career.

USC is also in a bad location of LA, but campus is somewhat secluded as long as you stay on it. The weather there is ideal for swimming outdoors year round and getting a nice tan. Speaking of football, I bet Matt Barkley comes over and says hi when she is on her recruiting trip. She could be a star of epic proportions at USC and never be in Natalie Coughlin’s shadow as “maybe” the best swimmer in the school’s history.

Keep it interesting Missy and good luck!

CheeseburgerRoyale
3 years 7 months ago

70 Nobel Prizes, 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 15 Turing Awards, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy Awards and 11 Pulitzers. 16 chemical elements discovered-more than any other university in the world. 84 national titles in 15 sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, crew, tennis, swimming, water polo, track and rugby. 256 individual national champions and 176 Olympic medals. There’s only one Cal and it’s in Berkeley.

WM
3 years 7 months ago

Roll on!!!

DR. EVIL
3 years 8 months ago

Georgia – Good program, but yardage volume based. Not a good fit at all swimming wise from the training you have come from and definately succeeded with.

Cal – Good program

USC – Great program for all strokes and all distances. Absolute best combination of swimming, academics, facilities of any…PERIOD. USC is also the best location if in 2 years you want to go pro…can still train with Coach Salo without moving, but close to all the good media outlets.

Michigan ??? – I think if Ann Arbor was a good location, Bob Bowman would have never left. They are going to be very lucky to keep Bottom very much longer!!!

joeb
3 years 8 months ago

Dr. Evil…keep Mike Bottom?!?!. He has been there 4 years and nothing special has happened compared to the histroy there and Josh coached their only American Olympian, not Mike. The history of Michigan does show that Ann Arbor can produce good swimmers, just not with Bottom. Has he developed anyone who wasn’t already good or anyone who swims anything longer than a 100?

FREEBEE
3 years 8 months ago

I wish we had some money on all this. I would put all my money against USC and Texas for getting Missy. It will either be Georgia, Stanford, or Cal–leaning toward the latter 2.

DR. EVIL
3 years 8 months ago

Your right…Bottom has done nothing but win two consecutive Big 10 Men’s Championships. Really insignificant..”?!?!”

Texas…Stanford…vanilla…no difference.

USC – Olympic championship swimmers past and future…all strokes all distances. Perform well short course..long course…open water! Absolute best fit with previous training from high school. Best media market for future endorsements. Try doing that in Ann Arbor>>>!!!

Missy…if your out there….Listen To DR. EVIL!!

joeb
3 years 7 months ago

winnning Big Tens is not a big deal. Sorry. look what Durden did at Cal after Bottom left. Night and day! he is smoke and mirrors…best thing he has done at Michigan is get Josh there.

WM
3 years 7 months ago

Smoke and mirrors…really? Gary, Tony, Duje, Bart K, Joe B,..just to name a very select few. When we got Mike on board at Cal in ’97/’98 we went from 15th in ’96/’97 to 8th in his first year there, and 4th the following year. Personally, under Mike I went from 20.9 to 20.0 in the 50, 45.7 (high school) to 44.5 in the 100, and 56.7 to 54.7 in the 100m fly. Mike is coaching a team with an identity crisis…he makes no bones about being a sprint coach. He took over a team which historically was branded as a distance program, as well as combining previously separate men’s and women’s teams. Mike is a great coach dealing with a lot of challenges at MI.

Old Time Coach
3 years 8 months ago

SwimCoachProblems……

Bring best recruits in the nation to cupcake game in new stadium operner….

Lose to cupcake.

Joking aside, probably doesn’t make a difference.

Royale w/Cheese
3 years 7 months ago

I agree it probably doesn’t matter, but when SC and Georgia take Missy to a real football game with real 90,000 rabid fans watching top 10 teams play it would be something I would consider.

Missy is skipping the cash to have a college experience and part of that is the football atmosphere. Georgia wins hands down on this aspect, when USC is no good in football (very rarely) the fans don’t show. Georgia they live and breathe it and want coaches fired when they go 10-2.

duckduckgoose
3 years 7 months ago

Super Bowl & NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers picked Cal solely because of a Cal women’s swim meet during his recruiting trip…

DutchWomen
3 years 7 months ago

Look people you’re making this too complicated.

Cal training > Georgia training

Cal training = USC training

Cal training > Texas training

Teri > Dave based solely on Teri being Missy’s head coach this summer in London

Done.

Penelope
3 years 7 months ago

look I hate UGA with a passion only granted to someone who grew up a fan of the better state university in Ga..( Ga Tech top 10 public university) and, I am an alumni of the school with the historically strongest overall swim team in the SEC of the last 12 -15 years… Auburn. Too bad they arent in the mix for Missy but something isnt quite right over there in that sport if you ask me these days.
However, you are all dead wrong about the quality of the education at UGA- Athens is a great town, UGA is the quintessential college experience and it is a huge university with great majors especially in business,&broadcast journalism, pre-law etc among other things. The HOPE and ZELL MILLER scholarship has changed the face of UGA especially and it is a great school. Remember, Alison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland both attend there and they were Missy’s Olympic teammates. I am almost positive they need a backstroker of Missy’s caliber. I agree, if Missy experiences a real college atmosphere like we have in the south, it will be hard for her to turn it down. If she is a real fan of the West Coast lifestyle and a city like Berkley or San Francisco, then Id say UGA doesnt have a chance. I think she wants a great team experience from what Ive seen.

duckduckgoose
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve been to dozens of college campuses/towns (Pac 12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Ivy) including every one of Missy’s finalists, and it wasn’t clear to me which college atmospheres were real and which ones were fake/imaginary/inauthentic.

mother
3 years 7 months ago

Since you seem to want to be a nitpicker about the wording- let me make it perfectly clear– many of you are demeaning UGA’s academics out of a misguided sense of superiority we in the south are used to– My point was, Duck, the overall atmosphere is BETTER in terms of a TRADITIONAL college atmosphere or experience. It is a TOP 5 program in a great town at a very good university and I think the sense of team she has spoken about in the past would make UGA a good choice, if that is what is important to her. Is that easier to understand what I was talking about? Berkeley is hardly a traditional place and that is fine, and she may well choose it because of how good the program is there and that would be great. Athens is a big contrast to Berkeley Ca. And hey, I hate UGA. I was just commenting on the thread but clearly you felt it was important to be rather snarky about the wording. Huh. Guess you are one of those superior feeling kind of folks.

duckduckgoose
3 years 7 months ago

I’m perfectly fine with independent third party rankings, as apparently you are too (having cited top 10 public universities and top 5 swimming programs). Where do you think Cal ranks on each of those lists?

anonymous
3 years 7 months ago

Out of curiosity (huge swim fan…but still learning the detailed facets of the sport…) does UGA have a post-grad program? I don’t remember a single swimmer who was training there (in post-grad) who is/was in the olympics. There are certainly a handful of current undergrads of course. I’m curious, why doesn’t Jack have a post-grad group? I guess it might just be too much for him to handle considering he has to coach both the men’s and women’s teams. Anyways, despite how great Jack’s program is at Georgia, I feel like the lack of a post-grad program may deter Missy….which hence ultimately makes her lean to Cal (and possibly USC, Texas…and Stanford if Meehan calls her soon). Unlike other Georgia swimmers who tend to train with their previous club teams during the summer or after college, Missy will most likely stay at the college she chooses for post-grad until at least the 2024 Olympics.

Old Time Coach
3 years 7 months ago

Someone should report about Tulane’s Head Coach stepping down and having an Interim named….

Tulane won C-USA before Katrina, suspended the program, then brought it back post Katrina, although without the same success. Interesting challenge for an Conference that welcomes a bunch of teams next year (and says goodbye to some).

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