PHOENIX, Arizona, February 22. LET'S start today's Streamlined News with a quick re-cap of several college championship meets happening across the county.
On the second night of finals at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, Virginia women crowded the finals heats, taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 8th in the 500 freestyle and 1st through 4th and 6th in the 200 IM. Those two races alone earned Virginia enough points to remain comfortably in the lead in the team points standings going into day three, 132 points ahead of second-place Florida State.
North Carolina's Stephanie Peacock, perhaps the only swimmer that could have stopped Virginia's points accumulation in the 500, is not competing in the ACC championship meet. Many are wondering why the reigning NCAA mile champion and NCAA 500 free record holder has withdrawn. UNC head coach Rich Deselm remained elusive about the cause of the withdrawal, telling Swimming World that “She is simply not able to swim in this meet.” Some speculate that Peacock fell ill before the competition.
Swimmers from Georgia and Florida took the majority of the individual titles on the third day of the Southeastern Conference meet. Some of the top swims came in the medley events. Georgia freshman Chase Kalisz won the 400 IM to sweep the men's IM events, while Florida's Elizabeth Beisel, the London 400 IM silver medalist, handily won the event three seconds ahead of her Olympic teammate Cammille Adams, of Texas A&M. Going into day four, Georgia top's the women's side at 790 points, ahead of Florida and Texas A&M at 676 and 659, respectively. Florida has a big lead ahead of Auburn on the men's side, at 748 to 630.5.
Up in Minneapolis, the women's Big Ten Championship meet is going strong. Host team Minnesota took a number of events, starting the night with a win in the 200 freestyle relay, and earning individual titles in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle. Minnesota has a large lead in team points over Indiana, 303.5 to 211.5.
In age group swimming news, Redland's Kyle Gornay became the first 16 year old to break the 1:35 barrier in the 200 yard freestyle, with a 1:34.99 in his 800 freestyle relay lead-off split at the Southern California Swimming Club Championships. The previous 15-16 age group record was a 1:35.29 set by Dylan Carter several months ago at the US Winter Junior National Championships.