Highlights of the Weekend

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, January 22. WITH another weekend in the books, it's time to take a look at the leading developments from the past few days. In Australia, Cate Campbell put on a show in the 50-meter freestyle at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Meanwhile, the American college scene continued to sizzle as a number of quality meets unfolded.

**With the likes of Libby Lenton, Jodie Henry and Alice Mills in the arsenal, Australia is far from in need of another standout sprinter. But, the country's depth in the sprints continues to improve with the emergence of Cate Campbell. At the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, the 14-year-old cooked up a mark of 24.89 in the 50 freestyle.

By producing the sixth-fastest time in the world this year, Campbell instantly made herself a contender for a berth to the Beijing Olympic Games, although she'll face some serious competition just to receive that invitation. Campbell is now the fifth-quickest Aussie of all-time and adds a spark to an already rich contingent of women from Australia.

**Since arriving at Northwestern University, Matt Grevers has been a star in the backstroke disciplines, evident in his ability to become an NCAA champion. More, Grevers has been stellar in the sprint-freestyle events for the Wildcats. But, what he's been doing in the 200 individual medley has been equally impressive, if not a little surprising.

As Northwestern defeated Notre Dame in dual-meet action over the weekend, Grevers prevailed in the 200 IM with a sparkling performance of 1:45.12. Producing that type of swim in dual-meet action suggests that Grevers is capable of winning an NCAA title in the event, provided he puts it on his schedule for March. While Grevers will certainly race the 100 and 200 backstrokes, it will be interesting to see if he tackles the medley over the 50 free.

**In her second season as coach, since replacing Richard Quick on The Farm, Lea Maurer kept Stanford undefeated over the weekend, thanks to a decision of Southern California. Stanford's freshmen have been superb from the get-go, most notably Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden. With those two youngsters, along with a resurgent Caroline Bruce, the Cardinal could make a run at the NCAA championship.

A 2004 Olympian in the 200 breaststroke, Bruce won that event against USC, touching the wall in 2:11.31. Bruce has bounced back from an injury-plagued sophomore season and will be in the mix for crowns at the NCAA championships. As a freshman, Bruce swept the breast events at the NCAA championships and finished third in the 200 IM.

**Less than a week after the passing of Associate Director of Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving
Ralph Crocker, Auburn earned a pair of wins over Florida. Cesar Cielo competed in his first meet of the season and clocked in at 43.19 in the 100 freestyle for the men's team. Cielo's presence in the sprints will go a long way in determining whether Auburn can win another NCAA team crown.

**Like Stanford on the women's side, the men from the University of Texas stayed unbeaten with triumphs over Arizona and Southern Methodist. The Longhorns, who might be the favorites for the NCAA championship, received strong showings from Matt McGinnis (200 free), Ricky Berens (200 butterfly) and Thomas Sacco (100 backstroke), among others.

**On the college scene, here are all the headlines from this past week of collegiate action:
Ohio State Closes Dual-Meet Season with Win
Oregon State Cruises by Idaho
Connecticut Takes Out Rhode Island Teams
Georgetown Splits with American on Senior Day
Maryland-Baltimore County Hands Pair of Losses to East Carolina
Columbia Women Edge Out Bucknell, 190.5-187.5
Columbia Men Down Bucknell, 150-92
Boston College Splits Wins
Eastern Michigan Overtakes Akron, 174-122
West Virginia Tops Cincinnati
Lehigh Teams Split with Army
Syracuse Men Win, Women Fall
Eastern Illinois Sweeps Conference-Rival Valparaiso
Wyoming Cowgirls Remain Undefeated, Cowboys Edged Out
Penguins Split Double Dual Against Radford, Saint Francis
Nebraska, 121, Northern Iowa, 81
Houston Beats Hurricanes, 137-106
Marist Men Improve to 9-0 with 137-90 Win Over Southern Connecticut State
No. 8 Northwestern Conquers No. 16 Notre Dame
St. Bonaventure Splits with Binghamton
Southern Illinois Women Dominate, Men Lose
Utah Advance to 7-0 Record with Win Over New Mexico
Pacific Tops Two California Teams
Miami (Ohio) Sweeps Ohio Teams
Florida Teams Enjoy Successful Day
Aggie Women Defeat LSU for First Undefeated Season
Bakersfield College Getting Back in the Swim
IUPUI Men Notch 4-2 Record at Quad Meet
Bowling Green Tops Buffalo, 181-119
IUPUI Women Takes Six Duals Over Weekend
Florida Atlantic Splits Meets
No. 1 Stanford Continues Winning Streak
Penn State Men and Women Defeat Rutgers
Nebraska Edges Out Iowa State, 153-145
Lady Hoosiers Claim 170-130 Victory Over Missouri
Indiana Men Claim Final Home Victory
Virginia Tech Teams Top Georgia Tech, Maryland
Kentucky Sweeps Louisville
Aggie Men Upset No. 24 LSU
Illinois 174, Iowa 126
Texas Takes Two-Day Tri-Meet
No. 4 Auburn Men Cap No. 11 Florida
Buckeye Men's Swimming and Diving Topples Iowa, 156-82

Wisconsin-Milwaukee Teams Take Home Bill Ritter Invite Titles
MIT Splits Wins with Tuffts
Yale Swims Past Dartmouth, Penn
Denver Women Sweep Meets, Men Fall
Cavalier Teams Split Meets with North Carolina
Georgia Men Hand Vols First Loss on Senior Day
No. 6 Georgia Downs No. 16 Tennessee
Lady Wolverines Top, 162-132, Wildcats in Big Ten Dual
Meet of the Week Recap: Hartwick Women Down St. Lawrence, 144-93
Meet of the Week Recap: Hartwick Men Upend St. Lawrence, 139-97
Meet of the Week Recap: No 17 Indianapolis Women Upset No. 7 Grand Valley State, 119-112
Meet of the Week Recap: No. 5 Grand Valley State Men Down No. 12 Indianapolis, 142-99
Miami (Ohio) at Top of Tri-Meet
San Diego Women Down Howard, 111-70
Eastern Michigan Wins at Home
Oregon State Downs Idaho, 117-75
Colgate Edges Out Lafayette Teams
Buckeye Men's Swimming and Diving Downs Western Illinois, 120-79

Auburn Beats Gators In Marsh's Last Home Dual Meet
Iowa Teams Take Out Western Illinois
Wisconsin Women Lead, Men Trail at Conference Tri-Meet
Brigham Young Downs Colorado State, 195-105
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lead After Day 1 of Bill Ritter Invite
Louisville Teams Out Swim Wright State
UNLV Splits Mountain West Meets
Washington Sweeps Denver on the Road
Ohio Teams Down Xavier
Rice Tops Hurricanes, 159-103
Aggie Women Overtake Houston, 169-116
Texas Men Ahead After Day One of Tri-Meet
Berkeley Women Swim Past Southern Cal, 181-99
Penn State Women Top Ohio State, 141.5-98.5, in Conference Battle
Virginia Picks Up Pair of Wins Over Duke
No. 1 Stanford Women Down No. 14 UCLA, 130-105, to Remain Undefeated
Meet of the Week Recap: Penn State Women Defeat Ohio State, 141.5-98.5
Swimming World Radio Talks to Swimming World Magazine's National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week Matt Grevers
Miami Downs Buffalo, 142-98
Utah Women Beat Colorado State, 180-120
Wyoming Sweeps Washington
Missouri State Splits With Drury

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