USA Swimming tweeted out the four starting SwimSquad rosters during this morning’s prelims sessions, with a couple of key changes from our predictions earlier this week. That includes #4 overall pick Leah Smith not starting for Team Sandeno.
Team Natalie Coughlin has some tough choices to make before Austin, including whether to start #7 overall pick Melanie Margalis as an IMer, breaststroker or in the flex spot.
Katie Ledecky and Mallory Comerford are tied for most NCAA ‘A’ cuts with 4 each.
We’re now through the second round of NCAA midseason invites and it’s time to take a look at where the division 1 teams stand. SwimSwam has put together a list of the top 16 times in each event up to this point.
Just two women’s teams hold the top time this month in 14 different NCAA events. It’s no secret that Stanford, owner of 8 of those events, is a powerhouse. But the team with 6 top rankings is far less hyped: coach Steve Bultman’s Texas A&M Aggies.
Through the first round of mid-season college invites, there has been 40 individual NCAA ‘A’ cuts achieved, as well as 41 relay ‘A’ cuts.
Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton had an impressive performance in the 200 back, rolling to a personal best 1:50.10
Drabot turned heads earlier this month when she threw down a personal best 1:54.49 in a dual meet against NC State. She demolished that time today, taking down reigning NCAA champ Ella Eastin as she touched in 1:51.74 to Eastin’s 1:52.03.
One of the highlight swims of the session came in the 400 IM, where Ledecky battled reigning NCAA champ and teammate Ella Eastin.
Pickrem took off on the breaststroke leg and continued to push ahead as she finished in 1:53.38. That was just 8 hundredths shy of her lifetime best.
Siobhan Haughey’s Michigan Wolverines are one of two teams making big leaps into our top 5.
The Aggies did something they haven’t done in 55 years when they faced the reigning NCAA champion Longhorns in dual meet action: They came out on top.
The Aggies won all of the individual freestyle races on the women’s side, with freshman standout Haley Yelle impressing in the distance events.
Beryl Gastaldello picked up two individual wins as Texas A&M completed their sweep of Notre Dame on Saturday.
Bethany Galat had two individual wins as Texas A&M dominated day 1 against Notre Dame and MSU.