Hali Flickinger comes into Friday night as the big favorite in the women’s 400 IM after a strong 4:42.61 prelim swim.
Regan Smith is scheduled to take on a daunting 200 back/100 fly double on Day 3 of the Indianapolis Pro Swim.
Virginia will have at least one A-finalist in each of the five individual events while Texas, NC State, and Cal will see 4 swimmers in the A-final.
Michigan junior Olivia Carter dropped the 200 IM on Day 2 of NCAAs as the 20th seed.
Virginia enters the meet as the top seed in all 5 relays, although it’s tight in the 400 free relay.
At 1:45.03, Lillie Hosack was the field’s best lead-off leg in the 800 free relay. She’ll take on a tightly bunched field in the 200 free tonight.
Michigan had a big morning after picking up 248 points/13 morning swims, including a potential 100 fly 1-2 finish led by Maggie MacNeil and Olivia Carter.
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?
With just a few weeks of dual meets left, things should start to get clearer in some corners of the country coming up, while other corners become murkier.
Ann Arbor Pioneer, who finished 2nd in last year’s team standings, looks to be in excellent position heading into this weekend
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.
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.
This is perhaps the best recruiting class we’ve ever ranked, with instant-impact swimmers in back, breast and fly. World record-holder Regan Smith sits #1.