Because the date was so unique, I thought I would check the Top Times list for 1/11/11 and see how this year’s swimmers were doing relative to last year’s selection times. Here is the executive summary: D3 men have exploded in the 2Fly this year while the women are just flat out faster across the board.
(Data format below: Event – #swims faster than 2010 selection time)
Men Free: 50-12; 100-11; 200-8; 500-5; 1650-8
Women Free: 50-14; 100-16; 200-9; 500-13; 1650-8
I don’t have the Top Times list from 1/11/10 (last year) so I don’t know how this year might differ from previous years but the women seem to be working harder in season.
The rest of the strokes (except the 2Fly) again have roughly 40% more women than men exceeding last year’s selection time.
For Men: 1Bk-8; 2Bk-5; 1Br-8; 2Br-5; 1Fly-8; 2Fly-17; 2IM-6; 4IM-9
Women: 1Bk-12; 2Bk-12; 1Br-11; 2Br-9; 1Fly-8; 2Fly-8; 2IM11; 4IM-11
And what has gotten into the men’s 2Flyers?? The 17 swimmers include 4 frosh, 5 sophomores, 3 juniors and 5 seniors. Either everyone is a stud this year or last years’ flyers were real wimps. In any case if you want to qualify for Nats in this event you best man up!