A couple sprint-heavy teams are rising into the top 10 in our second round of power rankings for NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving.
Three Kentucky women earned two victories each, and Glen Brown won three events, as the Wildcat men and women defeated Ohio and South Carolina at home.
Kentucky freshman Caitlin Brooks won the 100 back, placed second in the 200 back, and led off Kentucky’s winning 200 medley relay as they beat IU and ND.
There’s a lot of agreement among rankers with the top four teams. After that… not so much. Stanford chases four straight NCAA titles this spring.
It’s a young Kentucky roster, though led by two star senior backstrokers in Asia Seidt (pictured) and Ali Galyer. How far can back and breast take one team?
We continue counting down the top 12 women’s recruiting classes in the NCAA, one of them including our #2 overall recruit nationwide.
Tonight’s session features finals of the 400 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
Aussie Elijah Winnington will contest in the 400 free prelims while 200 breast champ Reece Whitley and WUGs champ Ian Finnerty will meet in the 100 breast.
Caitlin Brooks swam a monster lifetime best in the 200 back and is the 11th-fastest US woman this year to close the Gainesville Sectionals.
Dressel, who was tenths shy of her best in the 100 back, came back to win the 50 fly shortly after with a lifetime best 27.06.
Kieran Smith continues his Gainesville dominance with another lifetime best in the 400 IM and entering the top 10 US times.
National champion True Sweetser will be competing at the Gainesville sectionals this weekend alongside an all-star group of Florida HS state champions.
Last year’s #1-ranked recruit graduated early, leaving this class a little thinner than it was. But new #1 Kate Douglass is a tailor-made NCAA prospect with sprint speed across all four strokes – and she’s part of a monster recruiting class for one rising NCAA program.
The meet will feature some top talent from the U.S. juniors and Canada.
While older sister Emma (above) got 3 wins at the meet and finished 2nd in the individual high point standings, Gracie was the winner on the final day.