The final day of the 2019 Purdue Invite saw a pair of milers and a 200 backstroker with some big time drops to claim wins.
Louisville is currently holding substantial leads in the team battles, with host Purdue sitting 2nd in both.
Kelly Pash and Maxime Rooney each doubled for Texas, as both the Longhorn men and women defeated Indiana and Louisville in LCM action in Bloomington.
Graduated star Mallory Comerford’s relay production will be tough to replace, but Louisville still has a deep sprint group and some butterfly stars.
Louisville’s Mallory Comerford will decide between the 500 free and the 50 free, and 2017 ACC 50 free champ Ky-Lee Perry looks to rebound after injuries limited her in 2018.
Riverside Aquatics Association’s Liberty Williams has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Louisville for 2020-21.
Alina Kendzior won twice as Louisville’s men and women defeated Missouri.
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.