We kick off our expanded rankings of the incoming freshman classes for NCAA swimming & diving with our 13th- through 16th-ranked programs.
This is perhaps the best recruiting class we’ve ever ranked, with instant-impact swimmers in back, breast and fly. World record-holder Regan Smith sits #1.
Arlington Aquatic Club’s Torri Huske and NCAP’s Phoebe Bacon continued to put up big swims on the last day of the 2019 NCAP Invitational in College Park.
Tonight’s session was highlighted by 17-year-old Torri Huske’s 100 fly win, a best time of 50.49 to move her to #4 all-time in the 17-18 age group.
Deuel’s highlight swim came in the 100 butterfly, where she dropped a lifetime best 52.95 to erase Kristen Romano’s state record from 2016.
Breast/IM specialist Emme Nelson of SwimMAC Carolina has verbally committed to Texas A&M University for 2020-21.
Abigail Ahrens from Blue Tide Aquatics in Kingwood, Texas has elected to remain in-state to swim for the Aggies in 2020-21.
Desirae Mangaoang, the Philippine national record-holder in the 50/100/200m breaststroke, has announced her verbal commitment to Texas A&M.
Dynamo and Long Island Aquatic Club shared the women’s title while SwimMAC Carolina took home the top prize in the men’s meet at 2019 Speedo Juniors.
Friday morning will consist of heats of women’s and men’s 200 free, 200 breast, and 100 back.
The meet concluded with the 1500 free, 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 free, bringing many lifetime bests and even a first time Olympic Trials cut.
NCAA mile champion Felix Auboeck will race at the meet, though he’ll step a little outside of his comfort zone 2 weeks before the World Championships begin.
LIAC freestyler Chloe Stepanek has announced she will be an Aggie in 2020-21.
Anthony Grimm is making a name for himself as a versatile sprinter – he took the top spot in the 50 fly this morning in a blazing 21.01. That’s seven tenths better than anyone in the field.
16-year-old Phoebe Bacon moved up to #8 all-time in the U.S. 15-16 age group, putting up a 1:51.79 in the 200 back. She’s liable to move up a little more tonight, just .05 behind Meghan Small for 7th, though the NAG record is way down at 1:48.30 from Regan Smith.