GAINESVILLE, Florida, March 10. WITH 10 days until the start of the women’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships, Florida head coach Gregg Troy talked about his team’s preparation and the outlook for the meet.
With many of the swimmers coming from the Southeastern Conference championships, Troy said he’s happy to know that his swimmers have raced a good number of the athletes in a rested situation already this season. He emphasized the importance of relays at the meet and how much he and his coaching staff are working with relay swimmers to help maximize on the double points opportunities there.
One of the top storylines of the upcoming championships is Elizabeth Beisel competing in the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly on the third day of competition. Troy talked about the reasons why he put his star senior in this tough double.
“While on paper, she’s very good in the 500 and 1650 (freestyles), we felt there was a bigger window of opportunity for our team” to put Beisel in the 200 butterfly, Troy said. “The (200) butterfly is a wide open field … and while it’s a unique double for her, it’s the same double Teresa Crippen made every year she was here and did real successful at it. We feel Elizabeth will be real successful in that area.”
Diving is also a key component of the meet, and Troy analyzed this week’s zone diving championships and the odds of getting a couple of divers qualified for NCAAs.