Lilly King blasted a 25.55 50 breast split tonight to help propel her team to a Big Ten silver and post the fastest relay split in history.
Dave Salo’s USC Trojans look to build on their 5th-place finish a year ago, losing breast/free star Kasey Carlson but adding transfer butterflyer Lucy Worrall.
Cristian Quintero is back for the Trojans, who end their men’s season with three straight road meets against defending NCAA champs Cal, the Stanford Cardinal and the Utah Utes.
It was Laura Sogar in the final of the women’s 100 breaststroke. After a decent morning swim, she really made a statement tonight, dropping over a second and half to win the event with a 1:09.15.
In finals, though, Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson closed the door on her second 50 with a total time of 57.23, splitting 27.0/30.2 en route to her 3rd-straight title in this event.
Three of the top contenders will look to star freshmen to power their programs to the top of the podium at the final event of the NCAA Championships.
The very first event of the 2014 NCAA Championships will go a long way in telling who showed up to swim and who doesn’t look ready for the bright lights and intense pressure of a national championship final. Look for top-seeded Georgia to set the tone early.
The women’s fifty free hasn’t seen this much speed in a while and it could by anybody’s race Thursday night.
Half of the top eight in the 100 free are freshmen, the entire top eight is seated under 48.00, which makes for one very fast event.
Arizona’s Margo Geer leads a loaded 100 free field that includes Cal star Missy Franklin and 50 free champion Kasey Carlson.
Thanks in part to some untimely Cal DQ’s, Felicia Lee and the Stanford Cardinal enter day 3’s finals session with a lead at the Pac-12 Championships. She’s the top seed headed into the 100 fly early in the meet and will look to help Stanford maintain their lead.
USC has two of the three individual top seeds for tonight. We will see if the Trojans can hold their places amongst a deep PAC-12 field.
USC’s Stina Gardell leads a strong group of 200 IM’ers into tonight’s Pac-12 final.
Stanford will look to defend their 2013 title against very strong Cal and USC teams.
USC’s Kendyl Stewart split a 22.8 on the fly leg of the Trojans’ medley relay as they posted the fastest time in the country this season.