Texas women’s head coach Carol Capitani sat down with the media at the conclusion of NCAA’s to breakdown the Longhorn’s 6th place performance.
We ranked Stanford’s class #1 back in the summer of 2014, and guess what? They delivered. Top-10 prospects Simone Manuel, Janet Hu (pictured), Ally Howe and Lindsey Engel averaged 100 individual NCAA points just between the four of them. That means without even considering relays, that quartet could have placed inside the top 15 at NCAAs every year of their career.
Stanford looks like the favorite, but the interesting strategy to watch Saturday will be where teams use their star sprinters – both Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil could anchor or lead off. And where they swim just might be the difference-maker if the race gets tight.
The NCAA Championships will pit the American Record holder, Abbey Weitzeil, against the reigning NCAA champion and NCAA Record holder, Stanford’s Simone Manuel, in the 50 free.
Defending champ Simone Manuel will look to go 3-for-3 in the 100 free at her final NCAA Championships.
Texas freshman Evie Pfeifer is seeking her 3rd title of the meet in the 1650 free.
Texas’ Brett Ringgold will challenge teammates Tate Jackson and Joseph Schooling for the 50 free title tonight.
That split by schooling was the 3rd fastest fly split in history, behind only his own 19.36 from the 2016 NCAA Championships and 19.45 from last season’s NCAAs.
Texas is poised to win their 6th Big 12 title in a row.
Texas and Arizona State split at ASU’s home pool Friday afternoon.
Day 2 of the Pro Series will feature the 100 back, 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 free, 200 IM, and 800 free.
Texas freshman standout Austin Katz was a key player in helping the Horns secure their NCAA spot. Despite their A relay being disqualified, Katz came up big with a 45.34 backstroke split to help the B relay to victory.
Joseph Schooling qualified 1st in the 50 free, but a swimmer from a lower division of NCAA swimming wasn’t far behind.
The Texas A team won it in 6:14.62, with Jonathan Roberts leading off in 1:35.29. Teammates Jeff Newkirk (1:33.60), Joseph Schooling (1:33.17), and Townley Haas (1:32.56) finished the job as they won in 6:14.62.
Brett Ringgold and Jonathan Roberts each rallied for a winning double in the Horns’ victory of the season on the men’s side.