Coach Dave Durden’s Cal-based swimmers put up some great swims this month, mostly at the long course dual meet between Cal and Stanford.
Though May has been marked by major staff turnover in Bloomington (with assistant coaches Coley Stickels and Caitlin Hamilton both leaving for head coaching gigs and Kirk Grand moving to a different state), the month was also a banner one for IU-trained athletes, particularly the breaststroke group.
The Sarasota Sharks won this year’s combined YMCA Nationals points title by 25.5 over Greater Spartansburg, including some key age group swims.
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Coach Anthony Nesty’s Florida Gators still found a way to win their 7th-straight SEC title. That was thanks in large part to a 375.5-point freshman class, more than double what any other freshman class in the SEC scored.
The Iowa State Cyclones went 4-0 over the month of January, including a thrilling four-point win over conference rival West Virginia, avenging a 20-point loss from last season.
After scoring just 11 points at NCAAs in 2018 (and zero the year before), the Florida Gator women are projected to score nearly 200 this year in our current Swimulator rankings, good for 8th nationwide.
In three October competitions, Mike Litzinger’s Fighting Irish women are 5-0-1 with three legitimate blowouts.
September was a very light month in terms of major NCAA dual meets – until its final days.
The American team of juniors had a dominant showing at Junior Pan Pacs, winning 27 of 35 golds medals and more than half of all medals awarded. Nashville Aquatic Club swimmers accounted for 9 total medals, 7 of them gold.
California Aquatics brought 23 men to the U.S. National Championships. And coach Dave Durden helped 18 of them earn finals swims and 13 Cal swimmers make some sort of major international travel team for Team USA.
Gregg Troy guided three major standout swimmers at the Mel Zajac International and the Santa Clara Pro Swim Series.
Greg Meehan’s past, present and future Stanford women won half the events at the Indy Pro Swim Series, including a sweep of all the freestyle events.
Georgia Bulldog-affiliated swimmers crossed the country to dominate the Mesa stop of the Pro Swim Series, with 5 of the Athens Bulldog postgrads winning 9 events.
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