Stanford’s Taylor Ruck will race Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson for the 200 back title.
In the 200 fly, we’ll see Stanford’s defending champ and NCAA Record holder Ella Eastin go up against USC’s Louise Hansson, who took down the 100 fly NCAA Record last night.
Cal saved Abbey Weitzeil for the other four relays, and an NC State scratch could speed up their 200 medley relay. Meanwhile USC will have to keep Louise Hansson off a different relay and Tennessee used Erika Brown only to miss scoring entirely.
Stanford has won this event 4 of the last 5 years, but they do not appear to be a favorite to win this time around.
This year’s field of 100 freestylers includes 4 of the top 10 fastest performers of all time, and 6 of the top 20 performers all-time.
The fastest risers on our final power rankings: the Auburn women, who are thriving under a new coaching staff and are seeded inside the top 10 at NCAAs.
Multi-distance freestyler Grace Cooper from Illinois has verbally committed to Texas starting in the fall of 2020. Cooper was ranked #16 in the high school class of 2020 when we ranked them out last spring.
Defending NCAA Champion Austin Katz will swim the 200 back on Saturday evening at Big 12s.
Texas’ Sam Pomajevich will try and lock down his NCAA invite status in the men’s 200 fly on Saturday.
Aly Tetzloff came up big for Auburn, winning the 50 free and 100 fly, as well as providing a quick split on the 400 fre relay.
Remedy Rule had what could be considered the meet of her life, posting lifetime bests in the 100 fly (51.71), 200 fly (1:53.65), and 500 free (4:42.58)
Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson impressed with a 1:53.0 in the 200 IM on the first morning of the 2018 Texas Hall of Fame Invite.
Drew Kibler came up big in his first Texas Hall of Fame Invite swim, throwing down the fastest 200 free time in the NCAA while leading off Texas’s 800 free relay.
On your average Wednesday, you can find the Texas women doing pace work. Luckily for us, it was a typical Wednesday in Austin.
As in previous years, SwimSwam’s Power Rankings are somewhere between the CSCAA-style dual meet rankings and a pure prediction of NCAA finish order….