Stanford will look to defend their 2013 title against very strong Cal and USC teams.
Arizona State hosted desert rival Arizona in a dual Saturday, the last meet for both Pac-12 foes before the conference championships. The visiting Wildcats picked up two resounding wins – the women triumphed 171.5-105.5, while the men, swimming for a second straight week without star butterflyer Giles Smith, won 158.5-116.5.
Texas’ Ellen Lobb pulled off a big win in the 50 free over the defending NCAA Champion Margo Geer,
Cal was nothing short of dominant at home, winning 206-92 on the men’s side and 190-109 for the women. Missy Franklin and Ryan Murphy each won four races, putting up huge relay splits along the way.
Maya DiRado won twice for Stanford, as did breaststroker Katie Olsen, who put up a season-best 1:00.4 in the 100. Danny Thomson led a pair of 1-2-3 finishes for the Cardinal on the men’s side.
Bonnie Brandon (above) and Elizabeth Pepper led the Arizona Wildcats to a resounding victory. The meet will be televised on Saturday.
Katie Ledecky proved over the weekend that she is a once-in-a-generation distance swimmer, which could be a big win financially (if she wants it).
Kasey Carlson won an extremely tight race over Arizona’s Margo Geer in the 100 free.
Bonnie Brandon closes in on three titles for Arizona in what’s been a banner weekend for the sophomore.
Kevin Cordes shaved four one-hundredths off his own American record in the 100 breast for Arizona on Day 2 at the Texas Invite.
Kevin Cordes was just a tenth off his own American record at prelims of the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational.
Margo Geer and the Arizona Wildcats tore up day one of the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational.
Arizona’s Giles Smith had an unbelievable prelims swim on day 1 of the 2013 Texas Hall of Fame Invitational.
One storyline to watch: Nathan Adrian leads a loaded field in the sprint freestyles at U.S. Winter Nationals in Knoxville.
Austin van Overdam and Cameron McHugh both signed National Letters of Intent to swim for the Arizona Wildcats.