Florida’s Kieran Smith enters as the fastest man ever in the 500 free, but will be challenged by defending NCAA champ Jake Magahey of Georgia.
He didn’t win the 400 IM, but Carson Foster broke the World Junior Record. Torri Huske and Claire Curzan both broke Mary T.’s 15-16 girls NAG in the 100 fly.
SwimSwam’s Jack Spitser was on deck to capture all of the Thursday morning action.
Haas looks to be the front-runner for the title, but Felix Auboeck could challenge.
Stanford will be off to a strong start with three swimmers in the ‘A’ final of the 1650, but Cal has more overall firepower throughout tonight’s finals.
Last year’s 500 freestyle showed considerably more depth than the prelims at the 2018 NCAA Championships did this morning.
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.
Day 3 finals at the 2016 U.S. Winter Nationals will see several Olympians and NCAA champions go head-to-head in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back.
Ryan Hoffer continues to set the pace at the Speedo Juniors West
Courtney Harnish won gold as part of the U.S. senior team at the Pan Am Games, and now she’ll lead a junior squad to the Middle East for the last two stops of the FINA World Cup Series.
Katie McLaughlin secured a big win over a tough field in the women’s 200m freestyle final, sporting a 1:57.55 at the touch to give her the win by over a second and a half.