It was all outside smoke in the men’s 200 free final. Texas’ Townley Haas, who squeaked into the top 8 this morning, and Stanford’s Grant Shoults, who got scratched in after taking 9th in prelims, were the fastest 2 swimmers tonight.
The Stanford men were on a roll this morning, putting 4 swimmers into the final of the 500 free and 5 swimmers into the final of the 200 IM.
Among the notable races to watch is the men’s 200 yard free, which will feature U.S. Olympic gold medalists Clark Smith and Townley Haas, as well as Stanford freshman standout Grant Shoults and Olympic champ Ous Mellouli.
All-Americans Dylan Carter and Patrick Mulcare were among the top performers for the Trojans on the men’s side, picking up 2 individual event wins.
Santo Condorelli had a win in the 50 free for USC, as the men battled to what was initially a tie with ASU on Friday. A later re-score gave the meet to Bob Bowman’s crew. The Trojan women were victorious over the Sun Devils.
The Trojans have brought in more than enough talent to keep their relays intact, and could easily find themselves matching or improving on their 6th place finish from last season.
This morning’s prelims are going to be short and sweet, at least for the first half of the morning.
Olivia Smoliga’s gutsy 100 free title helped Georgia win its third NCAA title in the last four years.
The Tennessee women enter the A-Final as the top seed in the 200 free relay.
This season, the Golden Bears have a good chance at repeating as champions in this event and making another run at the record. They’re the only team that’s been under 1:27 so far in 2016, entering the meet with their 1:26.77 from Pac-12s.
Stanford enters the 2016 NCAA Championships as the defending champions in the 400 freestyle relay and the top seed with a 3:11.44. If they want to defend that title, they’ll have to fend off some tough competition from Cal, USC, and NC State.
Watch USC’s Coach Dave Salo, Chelsea Chenault and Kristen Vose talk about winning the Trojans’ first-ever Pac-12 swimming championship title.
USC was successful in capturing their first Pac-12 Championship as a team this weekend. The Trojans finished 1st after a hard fought battle with the Stanford women, who were 2nd overall.
Stanford freshman Ella Eastin torched the field’s best 200 free split on the 800 free relay last night, and she’ll have her hand at the 200 IM this morning, where she comes in as the top seed.
A number of stars have cleared out of the Pac-12 since last year, but Olympian Lia Neal leads a loaded Stanford crew looking to knock off defending NCAA champs Cal.