Stanford has won this event 4 of the last 5 years, but they do not appear to be a favorite to win this time around.
Stanford looks like the favorite, but the interesting strategy to watch Saturday will be where teams use their star sprinters – both Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil could anchor or lead off. And where they swim just might be the difference-maker if the race gets tight.
Rose Bi and G Ryan both had “off” swims in the 500 on Thursday, and Beryl Gastaldello placed 5th in the 50 free and anchored Texas’ 400 medley relay.
Stanford’s Simone Manuel (50 free) and Katie Ledecky (500 free) look to defend their titles tonight and are chasing their own NCAA Records. Cal’s Kathleen Baker, the reigning 200 IM champion, will battle Stanford’s NCAA Record holder Ella Eastin.
Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (500 free), Simone Manuel (50 free), and Ella Eastin (200 IM) are chasing their own records today as the Cardinal swimmers hold the NCAA Records in all 3 individual races.
The NCAA Championships will pit the American Record holder, Abbey Weitzeil, against the reigning NCAA champion and NCAA Record holder, Stanford’s Simone Manuel, in the 50 free.
Katie McLaughlin has taken over for the now-graduated Farida Osman on Cal’s 200 free relay.
For the second time this year, the Tennessee women are our biggest risers in the Power Ranks.
Caeleb Dressel wasn’t the only versatile sprinter to explode at SECs. Say hello to Tennessee’s Erika Brown.
A deep freestyle group is a tried and true formula for success, and that’s exactly what Virginia has on its roster.
Virginia put up dominating performances in the free events at the ACCs, resulting in 3 relay meet records, 2 relay ACC records, and 1 individual meet record.
Virginia had a monster anchor split from Caitlin Cooper, leading UVA to break the ACC record by over half a second.
Tonight’s final session includes the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relay.
Day 2 prelims featured the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free.
The fastest splits in each of the strokes on night 1 of the first week of Division 1 conference meets.