NCAA Preview – W50FS

Yet another 2010 champion returns to defend her title. Last year, Amanda Croix of Carthage upset Ruth Westby of Emory. This year she comes in as the top seed and the favorite. Standing in her way will be a combination of new faces and returning talent. The top of that list is a freshman from Springfield named Kellie. Kellie Pennington. She was a fast high schooler with a 23.8 but dropping to 23.1 is ridiculous. Can she go further?

23.74 swum in prelims last year was good for 9th place, less a tenth out of the big heat. This year, that same time will likely be the last time taken (4 way tie!). It’s not a youth revolution either. There are only 3 freshmen in this group. What does that mean? It means the coaches, at least in the sprints, are worthy of their big salaries.

Sleeper: Mary Bank. Her time is one of the few from midseason and she swims for Kenyon. Granted, we haven’t seen what this new coach can do and NCAC’s was a slight disappointment, but this is the big show… this is where Kenyon shines.

Winner: Amanda Croix. Beth DeLaRosby was a standout sprinter at Gustavus and picked up a few tips from Coach Carlson along the way. She is passing those along to her star pupil. Amanda is clearly taking note too and will look to once again dip below 23. I don’t know if she’ll be alone, but I do think it will be her hand touching the wall first in the ladies’ splash and dash.

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