The current junior group has a heated battle for top scorer. Kieran Smith leads scoring, but Shaine Casas leads with 3 individual NCAA titles.
The Cal Bears returned 8 up and 2 down swims Saturday morning, yet the Texas Longhorns look strong to hold onto their lead from yesterday.
The Texas Longhorns have set themselves up for an explosive Friday night finals session in Greensboro, snagging 10 up and 4 down swims, four in the 4IM alone.
Iowa’s only swimmer, Will Myhre, was seeded 14th in the 100 breast, and was the only top 16 scratch from this morning’s prelims,
While it was easier to make the finals of the 50 free this morning than it had been in year, Cal and Florida rocked it and the 200 free relay tonight,.
Catch top seeds UGA’s Jake Magahey (500 FR), Cal’s Destin Lasco (200 IM), Cal’s Ryan Hoffer (50 FR), and the 200 free and 400 medley relays on night two.
The Louisville Cardinals have a strong quartet that should be in the mix with recent 400 medley champs Cal, Indiana, and Texas.
Things are very much still up in the air between Cal and Texas, two teams with consistent NCAA track records and plenty of time left to drop this season.
Trenton Julian (above) is the 3rd-fastest 200 butterflier in history but Nic Albiero will be fighting to deny him the title at this year’s NCAA Championships.
Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas is almost a full second faster than anyone else this season in the 100 back after becoming just the fourth man sub-44 in November.
The extended Big Ten meet allowed Indiana’s Brendan Burns to swim and win both the 200 fly and 200 back. But at NCAAs, he’ll return to his traditional events.
Indiana University sophomore Brendan Burns was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championship, adding to his Freshman of the Year honor from last season.
The Michigan men successfully defended their Big Ten team title, earning their 42nd title in program history, the most in Big Ten history.
Instead of the fly/back double in 100s, he was able to do the 200 of each stroke on separate days, and he broke 1:40 in both for the first time.
Zane Backes (above) is racing in tonight’s 200 breast A-final for IU, as the Hoosiers are gunning for a B1G title in an extremely close race with Michigan.