NCAA Preview – W800FR

It’s tough to miss a record over the course of 800 yards by less than a second. Unfortunately that happened to the Denison women last season. What makes this easier to swallow is the two-fold combination of still winning an NCAA title and having no one older than a sophomore on your squad. That full group of 4 ladies is back and ready to attack the Emory record set during the year of the suit. Oh, and they’re faster than they were last year coming into the meet.

Denison is about the only top team coming back faster than last year. This includes teams like Amherst, Williams, Kenyon and Emory who come back around the same time or slower. This really shouldn’t surprise anyone though. For a while, the 800 record was making time drops that would put an 8 year old to shame. It would be broken every year, by multiple teams. The depth may not be there this year, but the record could still go down at least.

For multiple reasons, it’s too bad Middlebury had some disciplinary issues prior to the NESCAC Championships. One of the less serious, but still disappointing reasons is this event. 3 freshmen and a sophomore comprised this All-American (7th place) relay. Returning 3 freshmen on any relay is impressive but it’s even more of a feat when that relay finishes so well at nationals. With another year under their respective belts, they could have really been a contender.

Sleeper: Grove City. That last paragraph could have been written about Grove City but replacing 7th with 5th. That’s right, Grove City had 3 freshmen and a sophomore and still finished 5th. Combine that with a seed time 4 seconds faster than last year and you have a top 3 potential team. They don’t have a weak link and will need that to continue to move up.

Winner: Denison. Emory jumped in ahead of Denison last year but couldn’t hold off Hilary Callen. Since 100% of the Denison squad returns and Alyssa Swanson is swimming even faster this year, Emory will have a tough time grabbing the lead.

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  1. At Denison, students have to step up—there’s no hiding in the back of a 300-seat lecture hall, no anonymity, no flying under the radar. They matter as individuals, and they are prepared for lives of consequence by the best faculty—professors who know their stuff, know their students’ names, and know how to inspire great things. And learning reaches outside the classrooms, labs, and studios, into the halls where students live, because this is a residential campus community, where students live and learn together, and where they embrace ideals of integrity, intellect, diversity, and respect for each other and the environment.

    It is no wonder that they are excelling in the water sports as well. Good job out there!

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