PHOENIX, Arizona, February 28. THE first night of competition at the four Division I college conference championships featured lots of drama. Let's start at the men's ACC championships, where North Carolina State pulled off a major upset in the men's 800 free relay over Virginia. The Wolfpack pulled ahead of Virginia in the final 50 yards to swim a 6:19.92, which would have been a school record and an NCAA automatic qualifying time. But one of the swimmers entered the pool to celebrate at the end of the race, not knowing there was still a relay team competing. The NC State relay was disqualified, but it's likely they'll step up again in a last chance meet and post the time they need to make it to the meet.
Michigan is making a big statement at the Big 10 men's championships. The Wolverines swam a 6:13.70, the fastest collegiate time of the season by a second ahead of Florida, as well as a 1:23.25 in the 200 medley relay, another top time of the year.
Texas, the defending NCAA champion in the 800 free relay, posted a 6:17.33 last night at the Big 12 championships, putting themselves third in the country so far and in a position to defend their title next month. The Texas women also put up respectable times in the relays last night in the start of what could be a dominating meet for them. With only three men's teams in the Big 12 conference meet, it's West Virginia that's leading so far thanks to 56 points scored in the men's 1-meter diving.
The Pac 12 women's meet has Stanford leading after the first day after winning the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. Recent Morning Swim Show guests Andi Murez and Felicia Lee swam on both relays, which are now ranked in the top eight nationally.
You can read our recaps from the conference meets at swimmingworld.com. The meets continue today with individual races, as well as the 400 medley relay, and the team standings are likely to change.
Speaking of change, Utah's head coach Greg Winslow is not on the deck at the women's Pac 12 meet, as an investigation has begun concerning allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former swimmer. The name of the swimmer has not been made public, and we at Swimming World do not release names of sexual abuse victims unless they come forward. The allegations come from a time when Winslow was age group coach at Sun Devil Aquatics in Arizona. Be sure to stay with Swimming World for the latest developments.