In Smith’s absence, Mariah Deningan will enter the final as second seed to Hali Flickinger while Ally McHugh moves to the #3 spot.
Maggie MacNeil, meanwhile, hit 51’s in the 100 fly and back and led off the medley relay with a very quick 23.72.
Ohio State won its first women’s Big Ten swimming & diving title in two decades last year, and a deep group of returners make them the favorites to repeat.
We go Big Ten heavy in our next set of NCAA swimming & diving recruiting class ranks, but we also run across #8 overall recruit Abby Arens.
The Sacred Heart girls were dominant at the 2020 Kentucky High School State Championships as they won their 8th-straight title.
23.0 sprinter Claire Newman of Freeland, Michigan will remain in state to swim for the Wolverines in 2020-21.
Claire Tuttle, a two-sport All-American from Hudsonville, Michigan, has opted to swim for the University of Michigan in 2020-21.
State records fell to Gabi Albiero, Will Cole, Hunter Tapp and Lexington Catholic’s 200 free relay in a tough Kentucky high school state meet.
Last high school season, as a sophomore with Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Donan won the 2018 KHSAA title in the 200 IM.
14-year old Claire Tuggle (above) was one of three high-point award winners at Junior Nationals.
Brothers Jake and Carson Foster return in the 200 IM after going 1-2 at this meet last summer.
The fifth and final day of prelims will feature the 200 IM, 50 free, women’s 1500, and men’s 800.
Will Grant is the top seed heading into the men’s 100 back final in Irvine.
Sacred Heart and St. Xavier both extended their mega-state-title winning streaks, although there were head-turning performances across the board, including a 19-point men’s 50 freestyle.
The last prelims session of the meet will feature the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly.