The first session of the 2016 D3 NCAAs is in the books!
Greenhalgh will be looking to hold onto his top seed and break his own record. There’s significant pressure from Baker who goes into tonight’s finals a mere .18 seconds behind Greenhalgh. The rest of the field is a going into tonight seeded a fair distance back, but keep an eye on Conover: he dropped quite a bit of time between sessions last year and has been a 4:20 before.
Upton kicked off her week with a swim that is just a shade off of her PB. Look for her to hold onto that top spot despite a strong push from Kenyon freshman Arce. The rest of the top 8 should be pretty tightly contested between Newlong, Wyer, Costly, Johns, and Williamson with Jones squeaking in.
Men’s 200 IM
Not only did Jackson Lindell swim a lifetime best by 1.86 seconds, but his 1:46.07 was also fast enough to break Andrew Wilson’s NCAA record in the event set last year! Holder was not far behind and will look to make a push tonight. Reardon had a great swim in prelims dropping over 2 seconds from his seed time, but it will be interesting to see if he can hold off Manz who will likely make a big push in tonight’s finals. It’s going to be an exciting fight for position tonight in the top 4, will we see the record brought down even further?
Women’s 200 IM
The top 7 here are all within about a second of each other so it will be very interesting to see how things shake out. Expect Hyde and Wadell to come on strong this evening. Katie Kaestner deserves a shout-out for a lifetime best swim that vaulted her from 19th seed to 7th.
Men’s 50 Free
The men’s 50 free saw 4 sets of ties as Novak and Thetford tied for 2nd, Dougherty, Dunn, and Duronio tied for 10th, Gates and Poltash tied for 14th, and Hardwick and Youngstrom tied for 17th. Tonight promises to be a tight and exciting race.
Women’s 50 Free
Not to be outdone, the women’s 50 also saw a tie for 4th between Bergh and Hable. Paulson and Muir looked strong going into tonight’s finals, but keep a close eye on veterans Kane and Bartlett.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
Williams was the only relay to break 1:29 in the prelims and had over a second lead on their next closest competitor. Beyond them, this race looks tighter than ever with less than a half a second separating seeds 2-8. This is going to be a good one to watch.
Women’s 200 Medley Relay
Though not quite as close across the board as the men’s event, the women look to have a tightly contested top and bottom 4 within the top 8. Look for Williams, Denison, Emory, and Kenyon to jockey for position tonight while keeping a close eye on Amherst to make an attempt to sneak into the top 4.