Aaron Cole’s 100 fly record is up there with the greatest of them all in D3. It was set in 2000 and last year, it almost went down. John Dillon of Middlebury gave it a great run and came up just shy. He returns, but doubts have swirled about his performances this year. The questioned raised weren’t answered at NESCACs either. He comes in with the 5th fastest time, sure, but at 49.3, he’s in the middle of a thick pack all in that 49-mid area. To note, last year he was seeded at 48.8, so this time is off of that pace.
Despite 2nd and 20th (of the best times, not necessarily who is swimming it or making nats) being separated by just a second, the top seed is a half second ahead of the rest. It’s Jimmy Chapman of Kenyon and he is turning heads as a sophomore. Last year he added time in prelims, then added slightly more in finals. This is unusual for Kenyon swimmers but it’s probable that Steen is working on changing that this time around.
When 5 finalists graduate (3 more from consols!), it’s hard to follow up on a very deep field. Freshmen Jason Adams of Dickinson and Ian MacKay, plus transfer Pat Augustyn, all seeded in the top 8, will help to fill those gaps. Like every event this year, depth seems to be abundant. While the top end may or may not feature a 47 and 2 48s, The number of potential 48s is impressive, but can they come through?
Sleeper: Michael Mpitsos. Michael is actually the 2nd highest placing returning swimmer, despite finishing 5th. He’s only been a 51.49 this year but I think they’ve changed the strategy on him and are looking for a big senior meet.
Winner: Wyatt Ubellacker. He’s seeded at a 49, which is around the same time he went at their alumni meet. I think the senior is due for a big swim and will represent MIT well.