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.
Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel will swim no first day event at this year’s NCAA Championship meet, and instead pull a tough 200 back/200 fly double.
Louisville’s Gisselle Kohoyda swam a 2:09.95 in the 200 breaststroke in Tennessee to drastically improve her NCAA Qualifying chances.
Tennessee’s senior day celebration produced two senior SEC Swimmers of the Week. The Vols’ Lindsay Gendron won for the women while rival Florida got a men’s award for Brad deBorde.
The Vols put on a show against top-ranking opponents Missouri and Virginia Tech in a double dual in Knoxville, TN on Saturday.
Tennessee took advantage of a relay DQ by Florida Gulf Coast to open up a lead while the Yellow Jacket men continued to extend their lead on day two of the Georgia Tech Invite.
After losing by 37 last year, Louisville won by nearly the same margin this year against Tennessee.
Matt Kredich has his Volunteer freshmen and sophomores swimming very well early this season.
Senior Lindsay Gendron and freshman Heather Lundstrom helped the white team dominate the orange on Friday.
Tennessee’s 2013 Women’s NCAA Champions in the 200 Freestyle Relay stand out amongst the field in speed but also in technique.
The Tennessee women were back in action on Friday night for the first time since their program-best 3rd place finish at NCAA’s last year.
Allison Schmitt (above) is the Olympic Champion, but Katie Ledecky is coming on very fast in this 200 free. (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Arizona’s Margo Geer is one of 7 Division I swimmers who were named First Team All-Americans in all 7 of their NCAA events. (Photo Courtesy: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
The lead was Georgia’s, and the expectation was for a title, but you know that Allison Schmitt kept the mood light in Indy as Georgia took #5 (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)