NCAA Preview – W1650FS

As a freshman, Caroline Wilson made the 1650 look easy. She won by almost 27 seconds and set the record by nearly 5. Even over the 4950 feet, those are massive numbers. Don’t get scared but Wilson actually comes in faster (albeit by only 3 seconds) this time around.

The former record holder, prior to Wilson, Liz Horvat had an off-year last year. She is back and better this season, but this event is the exception. Her midseason time is actually slower than last year. The 1650 is a tricky event and she’ll need her 2009 form to even have a shot at keeping up with Wilson.

The top times in the 1650 changed very little from last year. Obviously we saw movement here and there but a look at the top 16 and a look at the top swims are very similar. This isn’t really a surprise in an event like this, but is noteworthy considering how much faster the women are across the board this year. We do see a couple freshmen enter this year who will help the future of the event, along with Wilson, which is clutch, since 3 of the top 5 seeds graduate.

Sleeper: Anne Culpepper. Ms. Culpepper was seeded with “just” a 17:20 last year and was able to drop 22 seconds to dip below 17 and finish 6th. While another drop of that size is unlikely, she does come in 15 seconds faster so another decent drop would put her in contention for the 2nd or 3rd position.

Winner: Caroline Wilson. I don’t foresee this being close and I don’t foresee her record standing. Will she break 16:20? That’s the only question remaining here and I believe the answer is yes.

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  1. Josh: Your selection of Ms. Culpepper is a very solid one, but I do not think she is swimming the 1650 per the Official Psych Sheet. She is the defending champion in the 200 backstroke which occurs during the same session as the 1650. Look for good things from her in the 500FR, 200FR, 200BK and another ace on the 800FREE RELAY for Emory. Think about her efforts last year: 6th in the 1650 and 200 back champ all in one day!

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