Sarah Henry is a returning All-American in three individual races for the Aggies, who look to overcome the graduations of three different NCAA champions this season.
Both Texas A&M teams lost a lot to graduation, but both return a solid nucleus around which to build for the future.
Missy Franklin, one of the greatest female athletes on the planet, set Minneapolis on fire with a blistering new NCAA Record, American Record, U.S. Open Record, and fastest of all-time swim in the 200 yard free, posting a 1:40.31 to win.
Missy Franklin is a scary sight for opposing teams in this relay, but Georgia has their own dominant line-up, led by Shannon Vreeland, to help counter Cal’s Bears.
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.
Texas A&M’s Lili Ibanez swam, and won, her first 500 free of the season on Thursday.
TCU’s Sebastien Arispe and Tyler Crosson used rock-paper-scissors to decide the outcome of a swim-off.
Nobody was coasting through the morning prelims at the 2013 Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas.
Laura Sogar now holds the two fastest 200 meter breaststroke times by an American in 2013. (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
USC’s Stina Gardell was the highest individual scorer internationally at the women’s NCAA Championships, but overall the ladies tended to be much more homegrown than the men. (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Lili Ibanez finished a solid Olimpiada Nacional with two Meet Records, and nearly a third. (Photo Courtesy: Liz Dittmer)
Texas A&M’s Erica Dittmer is the first Mexican with qualifications earned in two events at this week’s Olimpiada Nacional. (File Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Cal has a lot of options in this 200 medley relay, including using Cindy Tran on either the backstroke or butterfly legs. (Photo: Tim BInning/TheSwimPictures.com)
The Georgia women run deep in 200 freestylers, and should have no trouble taking the 800 free relay title at NCAA’s. (Photo Credit: Janna Schulze/SwimSwam.com)