Texas junior Clark Smith will return to the 500 freestyle as the defending NCAA champion. Smith, who won the event in 4:09.72, is the heavy favorite to win the 500 again this year. He’s already been faster than that this season, posting a 4:08.82 at Texas Invite.
Michigan’s Anders Nielsen was oh-so-close to a title last year– he might have what it takes to take it all this season.
With the coming Olympic season, the NCAA added long course meter conversions into its NCAA invite process for 2016 – but the result had very little impact on the NCAA psych sheets in either gender.
Taylor Worrell and several Division I Championship hopefuls improved their chances for an invite to NCAA’s coming in March.
Georgia’s Brittany MacLean (pictured) and Hali Flickinger could each win their third individual title of the 2016 SEC meet as Georgia aims to track down Texas A&M and Tennessee on the final night of action.
Georgia’s Matias Koski successfully defended his 2015 title in the men’s 200 free and gave the Bulldogs a sweep of the 200 freestyles this year.
Back-to-back sweeps of the top three 400 IM spots and top two 100 fly spots have pushed the Texas A&M Aggie women into the SEC lead.
Brittany MacLean (pictured) nabbed the top 200 free seed to go with her 500 free title from day 2.
Michigan’s Paul Powers is among those men with a LCM-converted time sitting well-above last year’s NCAA Championships invite mark.
Brittany MacLean won three events, including the 1000 free and 200 free back-to-back, as the Georgia women won their 100th consecutive home meet with a rout of Wisconsin. The Georgia men also topped Wisconsin by a similar margin.
Georgia men and women defeat Tennessee at their home pool.
Georgia’s Hali Flickinger won three events for the Bulldogs on Friday.
Koski recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying standard during the UGA Fall Invitational. He led off the 800-yard freestyle relay with an A-cut time of 1:33.07.
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