Our #1-ranking votes are no longer unanimous after a fast fall season for several top programs. The uncertainty after the top two also continues.
17-year-old Gabriella Peiniger continued her impressive swimming at Aussie SC Championships, taking the women’s 200m IM national title.
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling is entered in the Australian Short Course Championships taking place the weekend of October 24th.
Mack Horton was set to race the 800 free but wound up not swimming the event at the Vic Open. Gabriella Peiniger did more damage to Aussie Age Records.
One big graduation leaves holes in the relays, but the Arizona men have a young core of returning swimmers, including fast-rising freestyler Brooks Fail.
Kyle Chalmers already secured his World Championships qualification in the 200m free, but the 20-year-old now has his sights set on the 100m.
Last spring, the debate was Reece Whitley vs. Drew Kibler for the #1-ranked recruit in the nation. Turns out, neither of them were the highest-scoring freshman at NCAAs. Say hello to Minnesota’s Max McHugh.
It’s a tale of two classes for the men: the current junior class has been pretty lackluster, especially among our top-20 ranked recruits. But the current sophomores, led by #1 recruit Ryan Hoffer of Cal, have been outstanding through two years.
Another interesting aspect of today is the brewing team battle between USC and Utah for 5th place. The Utes only are lagging behind the Trojans by 38 points going into today, and with that margin, anything is poosible.
ASU’s Grant House is one of the top medal threats in the 200 free tonight, but he’ll be competing with the likes of Cal’s Andrew Seliskar and Stanford’s Jack LeVant.
The Biggest news coming into this morning is that Andrew Seliskar will not be swimming the 400 IM, and rather is opting for the 200 free today.
The 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Championships continue tonight with finals of the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relay.
Pawel Sendyk comes in as the top seed for this morning’s preliminary heats of the 50 freestyle and is searching for his first Pac-12 individual title.
The Arizona women rolled, while the Arizona State men won a close battle on Saturday, but all 4 squads had noteworthy times to close their regular seasons.
The Arizona Wildcats have picked up Australian breaststroker David Schlicht mid-year.