Tess Cieplucha had a big swim in the 400 IM to achieve her NCAA ‘A’ cut for Tennessee. She came into the meet with a best time of 4:05.43 from last season, but blew that away tonight with a 4:03.81.
The Vols has 4 women under the 2017 NCAA invited time in finals with Brown (21.65), Bailey Grinter (22.08), Maddy Banic (22.15), and Stanzi Moseley (22.20).
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.
Maddy Banic, at the heart of Tennessee’s sprint group, will compete this weekend as the Vols host the Tennessee Invitational.
The Tennessee men split their meet with Texas and Auburn on Saturday, dropping a close meet to the defending national champion Longhorns and coming out with a win over the SEC rival Tigers. On the women’s side, Tennessee beat Auburn as well.
Mallory Comerford won two individual events as the Louisville Cardinals topped Tennesee on the road.
Tennessee has one of the nation’s most loaded sprint groups (complete with dominant relays), but graduated its best backstroker and breaststroker, leaving a roster with a high ceiling but a few key question marks.
Michael Andrew qualified for the 2018-2019 US National Team in all 4 strokes.
After winning 2 of the stroke 50s so far to qualify for Worlds and qualifying for Pan Pacs as he won the 100 breast, Michael Andrew will battle World champ Caeleb Dressel in the 50 free.
After setting the 100 back World Record last night, Kathleen Baker is slated to take on the 200 IM today against Olympic medalist Melanie Margalis.
The race for 2nd in the 200 IM has been blown open in light of recent events, but Olympic medalist Melanie Margalis remains the heavy favorite.
Reilman’s PR of 1:58.87 was a best time, moving him right behind Clark Beach in the U.S. rankings.
Erika Brown threw down some very impressive swims over the weekend in Tennessee.
The women’s 200y IM on Day 2 of the 2018 NCAA D1 finals was set to be an exciting race, as the field was comprised of a faster heat than last year – a 1:55.59 guaranteed a spot in last year’s final, but it took a 1:54.78 to qualify for the A-final this year.
Stanford’s Simone Manuel (50 free) and Katie Ledecky (500 free) look to defend their titles tonight and are chasing their own NCAA Records. Cal’s Kathleen Baker, the reigning 200 IM champion, will battle Stanford’s NCAA Record holder Ella Eastin.