Who volunteered to make the biggest leap in our first Power Rankings after mid-season invites? Hint: they’ve got 4 sophomores in major NCAA scoring range, including the fastest 100 flyer in the nation.
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.
Gonzalez’s time was not only the fastest time in the NCAA thus far by 2 seconds, but also the fastest time done by any swimmer this year, topping Chase Kalisz’s 3:39.45 from Winter Nationals.
Cal, Michigan, and Georgia continue to duke it out at the UGA Invite, giving swim fans a preview of what’s to come at the NCAA Championships.
Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey is still on fire. She dropped a full second from her best time to win the 200 IM, meeting the NCAA ‘A’ standard with a 1:53.48.
Powerhouses Cal, Michigan, and Georgia begin 3-day battle at the UGA Invite.
Cal’s Kathleen Baker and Amy Bilquist put on a show in the 100 back, flipping in almost identical splits at the 50 before Baker pulled ahead for the win.
Following her win in the 100 breast, we saw Weitzeil in an event we don’t see her in too often: the 500 free.
With Marina Garcia gone, Cal is looking for a new breaststroker in the 400 medley relay. Among the breaststroke specialists, Ali Harrison appears to be the early front runner.
No. 2 California finished off the two-day Chick-Fil-A Invitational with another strong set of events Saturday, as the Golden Bears claimed five of seven races and won the five-team event.
On November 4, the Bears face their first top 1 team of the season as they’ll host the NC State Wolfpack.
Josa won the crown in his first-ever King of the Pool appearance, while the defending CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year Baker won for the 2nd-straight season.
They may not have the depth to challenge Stanford for a title, but with their sprint talent, they should be challenging for several relay titles and should get multiple individual titles with Baker alone.
Katie McLaughlin will race the women’s 200 fly on day 6 at the World University Games.
Ryan Held will swim the 100 free on day 4 of the World University Games in Taipei.