Schmitt qualified for both the 100 and 400 freestyle A finals but has scratched herself from the 400 in favour of the 100.
The Cavaliers picked up 6 A-finalists this morning, flexing their depth in the 200 breast, led by #2 Alex Walsh, #3 Ella Nelson, and #6 Alexis Wenger.
Arkansas’ Peyton Palsha has scratched out of the 400 IM after coming into the meet seeded 15th overall.
Virginia’s Paige Madden is already the most favored to win the 200/500 FR, yet can she pull another win in the 1650 free to hit a perfect 3-for-3 title sweep?
NC State’s MacCausland, USC’s Delgado, and MIchigan’s Pyshnenko were all crucial 21.8-legs in their respective relays before their scratches.
On paper with scored prelims and 1650 FR seeds, Northwestern could jump Indiana for 3rd by 15 points. However, the Hoosiers have the top 3 seeds in the 2BR.
The Buckeyes dominated this morning’s session, and project to score roughly 150 more points than the next-best team, Indiana.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look sharp with 16 returning swims this evening, worth 342.5 projected points. The next-most points came from Indiana (251 points).
Ohio State’s depth took them to their first Big Ten title in years last season, but Michigan is deeper this time around. Also– what say Northwestern?
Brendan Burns won both butterfly events as the IU men got the job done over Michigan and Northwestern, while Wolverine Maggie MacNeil went a 200 free PR.
The Virginia Cavaliers have assembled a loaded roster that leads the NCAA ranks. The top threats to their title run, though, remain hard to predict.
Ackerman, a freshman, knocked two seconds off of her best to finish in 4:05.58, nearly two seconds ahead of the old Michigan record.
Maggie MacNeil, meanwhile, hit 51’s in the 100 fly and back and led off the medley relay with a very quick 23.72.
Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil was named Big Ten swimmer of the year and Ohio State’s Bill Dorenkott the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 2019-2020 season.
It was shaping up to be a banner year for freshmen, led by #1 recruit Kate Douglass – who was on the cusp of a historic freshman scoring effort.