One of the difficult things about being a swim nerd is the immense amount of results. Especially this time of year. So, in no particular order, here are a few things I noticed or thought over the last few days — most of it college swimming related.
- There is nothing harder than being Batman and Brett Ringgold is Batman of Austin. He has progressed ever so slightly year after year (50/100 Free, 100 Fly). Then again, all you’re looking for is 2%, right? Ringgold is one of the best relay swimmers in the country. He can lead off (42.0 this weekend). He can anchor (18.43 this weekend). He’s clutch.
- Siobhan Haughey, the first swimmer from Hong Kong in 64 years to make a semifinal at the Olympics, is only 19 years old and far from reaching her true potential. She, like Ringgold, is an incredible relay swimmer. Time after time she swims much faster than her individual times. She anchored twice this weekend in 21.5 (PB is 22.3). She also dropped a chunk of time in her 200 IM (1:53.4) which is her 3rd event at NCAA’s. She will be looking at the podium this year rather than Consols. 2%!
- Folks who don’t want to see the University of Texas win yet another NCAA title hated to see Austin Katz this weekend. The Freshman posted nothing but big PB’s in the 50 (21.4), 100 (45.3), and 200 (1:38.3) backstrokes. He also split 1:33.7 on the B 800 Free Relay. Yowzas. The rich get richer. Eddie Reese & Co. have many, many relay options.
- What Zane Grothe did this weekend was nothing short of unbelievable. First and only man under 4:08 in the 500 and first and only man under 14:20 in the 1650. She didn’t break any American Records but teammate Ashley Neidigh dropped 5 seconds from her PB in the 500 (4:34) and 15 from her 1650 (15:38). Both swam for Auburn but now swim under Mike Westphal and the post grad squad at Indiana University.
— swimnerd (@SwimNerds) November 30, 2017
- Ashley Neidigh was actually losing the 1650 at the 1000. Erica Sullivan, who will swim for Southern Cal next year, was 9:27 to her feet and ended up shaving another 6 or 7 seconds off her best 1650 time. I’m sure Catherine Vogt is psyched to get to work with her.
- Speaking of Auburn, Hugo Gonzalez showed that he will be in the mix at NCAA’s in the 200 (1:42.0) and 400 IM (3:39) and 200 Back (1:39.0). The Spanish stud is still incredibly young and raw which is why he is so exciting.
- The Stanford Men’s distance crew had 6 guys under 15:10 in the mile this weekend. Which is great. But if they want to win NCAA Championships, they must recruit more sprinters, more 50/100/200 Freestylers.
- This is why I am bullish on Florida State in the near future. Neal Studd and his coaching staff have been signing top tier sprint talent left and right from all over the world on both sides.
- Cal’s depth is looking great. Their B relays have beaten their A relays and they even went 1-2 against Michigan, Georgia, and Auburn relays. Ryan Hoffer is a relay monster. Anytime you have a Freshman that can anchor relays to the tune of 18.5 is pretty damn rare. Daniel Carr is posting best times in his first semester (100 Back 45.9, 200 Back 1:40.6) and beating out his teammates on both the A and B Relays. Good news for Cal Bear Fans.
- Caroline Baldwin of UNC blasted a 47.1 in the 100 Free. Sub 47 is nearly a guaranteed podium spot at NCAA’s.