Events on Day 2 of World Champ Trials:
Here are a few thoughts…
- All eyes will be on Mallory Comerford. If she can tie Katie Ledecky again as she did at NCAA’s, the USA 800 Free Relay is going to be nearly unstoppable. Leah Smith and Simone Manuel will both be in the mix — in fact, they are locks IMO. The remaining two spots are up for grabs. These last relay spots are some of my favorite battles.
- Heading into Rio last year, Conor Dwyer was looking super confident and swimming fast (1:46 in Charlotte and again in Orlando). This year, he’s only recently swum 1:49.4. The long course version of this event plays into Townley Haas’ strengths. Nobody gives better interviews than him — he’s hilarious — so lets hope he wins (he will). I’m excited to watch Drew Kibler, the young gun from Carmel Swim Club who is headed to Texas (go figure). Also, I think Blake Pieroni will be Top 2.
- I think this event will be dominated by older swimmers who are big names in college swimming though Margaret Aroesty of Long Island Aquatic Club is someone I’ll be keeping my eye on.
- Josh Prenot reminds me of a water bug. Plus, he’s always got a smile on his face and happy swimmers swim fast. What Will Licon might be able to put together is tantalizing. If I was the World Record, I’d be shaking in my britches. I really want to see 15 year old Ethan Dang’s stroke in high definition.
- Unlike the Women’s 2 Breast, the Women’s 2 Back is going to be full of teenagers, led by Regan Smith who continues to improve both her 100 and 200. Ditto for Alex Sumner of the Suburban Seahawks.
- Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley are like Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. Michael Taylor, sadly, won’t be competing.
- I watched Kelsi Worrell swim the 50 Fly on a relay at SC World Champs and my mouth dropped to the floor. I also got to see Hellen Moffitt (2 L’s, 2 F’s, 2 T’s for you spelling nerds) both in Canada and against NC State. She had an outstanding year at UNC this past year and I think she’s going to continue to knock it out of the park.
- Caeleb Dressel won the 100 Fly at NCAA’s and this is half as long. Cullen Jones just went a PB in the 100 LCM Fly going 53.2. It certainly shows that he’s back in shape and half the distance will bode well for him, too. Seth Stubblefield moved across the country to go to med school and trains with NCAP now. He took a long break but it’s just a 50, right, Rowdy?