Michael Brinegar (IU) dominated here, posting a 14:40.38 to win by 20 seconds.
The field in this morning’s final event was pretty tight, with Andreas Vazaios (NC State) leading the way, and 8th place finisher Cory Gambardella (IU) coming in only 2.26 seconds behind Vazaios.
Indiana’s Lilly King will take on NC State’s Sophie Hansson in tonight’s women’s 100 breast final at the IU Invite.
NC State’s Ky-lee Perry swam the fastest women’s 50 free in the NCAA so far this season in the prelims at the IU Invite, clocking 21.80.
Louisville made sure things weren’t close, after coming within a point of winning each of the past two years.
Senior Mallory Comerford leads a Louisville squad that returns every single swimmer from all five of last year’s NCAA relays.
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.
Katie McLaughlin has taken over for the now-graduated Farida Osman on Cal’s 200 free relay.
Day 2 prelims featured the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free.
The team scores for college men and women, club men and women, and combined for both show Louisville and Nation’s Capital to be the big team winners form the meet.
Swimmers are set to compete in finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 4×100 free relay. The fastest heat of the women’s and men’s 1650 free will also be contested tonight and will open the session.
On the men’s side, Zane Grothe (200 free) is back in action after taking down the 500 free American Record last night.
Louisville standout Mallory Comerford will show off her range tonight in both the 50 free and 500 free. Comerford’s challengers in the 50 include fellow Louisville-based star Kelsi Worrell and former U.S. National teamer Margo Geer, who both broke 22 this morning.
Chase Kalisz will headline the men’s 200 IM on day 2 of U.S. Winter Nats.