Back in the day, NCAA Champions often went on to win Olympic medals, or at the very least, make the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. That’s not the case anymore, however, there are a some swim stars emerging from the college ranks that have a great shot at capturing the spotlight in Omaha, Ryan Murphy, Jack Conger, David Nolan, Will Licon and Caeleb Dressel.
Cal Golden Bear Ryan Murphy appears to have the best shot in backstroke. Longhorns Jack Conger and Will Licon are moving on butterfly and IM. Stanford’s David Nolan has finally developed into the star swimmer we hoped for since his stunning high school years, and his 1:39.3 200 yard IM was our audience’s top NCAA Record from our A3 Poll. Finally, Caleleb Dressel just keeps getting faster, missing the 50 yard free American Record by a mere point 01.
Of this talented crew, who will make the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha?
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