Rematch! Erika Brown won two races against Kate Douglass in a dual meet earlier this year. They could meet up to three more times at the Tennessee Invite.
The top two teams are clear. Everything after that… completely unpredictable. Our five voters take an opening shot at preseason Power Rankings.
The NCAA swim season is upon us, and it’s time for a time-honored tradition: SwimSwam’s staff predicting NCAA event champions half a year out.
While the Cardinals lose the spark plug that was Zach Harting, they return most of the core that propelled them to a program-best 5th place NCAA in 2019.
Tonight’s session features finals of the 400 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
Aussie Elijah Winnington will contest in the 400 free prelims while 200 breast champ Reece Whitley and WUGs champ Ian Finnerty will meet in the 100 breast.
Tonight’s session will be brief with only 5 races: the 400 IM (men’s and women’s), 100 fly (men’s and women’s), and the women’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
We’ll see a Worlds team member in the men’s 200 fly as Justin Wright will be in the mix, but teenage star Luca Urlando looks like the man to beat in this one.
The men’s 100 free will be a dogfight among many athletes to secure their top 6 spot for the national team roster.
Today’s morning session begins with heats of the 200 fly and 100 free, and timed finals of the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free.
Now the 9th-fastest performer all-time, Smith is a mere 0.22 away from Missy Franklin’s National Age Group Record of 58.33.
Regan Smith will contest both the 50 fly and 200 back on night three in Bloomington.
The highlight might be the 200 breast, where 200 IM/200 free champ Andrew Seliskar goes up against 100 breast champ (and defending 200 breast champ) Ian Finnerty of Indiana.
SwimSwam’s Jack Spitser was on deck to capture all of the prelims excitement on the final day of competition.
Tonight’s explosive relay session yielded some big results. But it also gives us a hint at what we can expect for other relay lineups moving forward.