Up until this morning, Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin held the fastest time in the NCAA with a 21.64, and only Ky-Lee Perry and Mallory Comerford had also been under 22 seconds so far.
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The field in this morning’s final event was pretty tight, with Andreas Vazaios (NC State) leading the way, and 8th place finisher Cory Gambardella (IU) coming in only 2.26 seconds behind Vazaios.
Indiana’s Lilly King will take on NC State’s Sophie Hansson in tonight’s women’s 100 breast final at the IU Invite.
Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin swam a nation-leading 21.64 in the women’s 50 free at the Mizzou Invite.
NC State’s Ky-lee Perry swam the fastest women’s 50 free in the NCAA so far this season in the prelims at the IU Invite, clocking 21.80.
Annie Ochitwa swam the 3rd-fastest 100 fly in the NCAA this morning in 51.37.
Coleman Stewart was one of four NC State men to break 20.0 in the 50 free this morning.
After winning the 200 breast, Lilly King will look to give the Big Ten some more big points today in the women’s 100 breast.
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….
He leads the NCAA this year with that swim by nearly a full second.
Austin Katz and the Texas Longhorns will host Indiana and Florida for a two-day brawl this weekend.
The NC State swimming and diving teams will match up against their first conference opponent of the season Saturday as they make the short trip to Durham, N.C. to take on Duke.
Andreas Vazaios tripled and Ky-Lee Perry and Nyls Korstanje swept the sprint freestyles as the NC State men and women both defeated South Carolina Friday.
Mack is a key pickup for NC State, a pure sprint freestyler with impactful talent across every other stroke/discipline but breaststroke.