NCAA Men's Weekend Preview -- November 10, 2005
ASTON, Pennsylvania, November 10. KEEPING with our weekly agenda, SwimmingWorldMagazine.com takes a look at the schedules of the top-10 ranked men’s teams in the country. Here’s a glance at the weekend slate.
THE MEN’S TOP-10
1. Auburn: The Tigers, who have claimed the last three NCAA titles on the male side, had a bye last week. This week, Auburn will compete in a quad meet at the University of Virginia. The competition will feature the host school, along with Purdue and Penn State. Distance ace Fran Crippen is one of the headliners for Virginia.
2. Stanford: Inarguably the premier program in the PAC-10 Conference for the past three decades, Stanford clashed with California-Berkeley in a non-scoring matchup on Wednesday. The Cardinal will not compete this weekend, but will return to action from Nov. 17-19 at the Speedo Cup in Long Beach, Calif.
3. California-Berkeley: Early-season dual-meet victories over Texas and Florida vaulted the Golden Bears from sixth to third in the latest poll of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Cal competed against Stanford on Wednesday and will host Pacific University on Friday. Michael Cavic is among the top sprinters in the nation.
4. Michigan: Following a decisive victory over Georgia last week, the Wolverines will not be in action this weekend, but will return to the pool next week against Michigan State. Chris DeJong is expected to carry Michigan in the dorsal events throughout the season. Several freshmen should bolster the Wolverines’ lineup.
5. Arizona: The Wildcats opened the season with a commanding decision of Wisconsin and will return to dual-meet action next week for a clash with the University of Southern California. Lyndon Ferns, a member of South Africa’s gold-medal winning 400 free relay at the 2004 Olympics, powers the sprint group along with Simon Burnett.
6. Texas: The Longhorns have not been in action since late October, when they defeated Florida but fell to Cal-Berkeley. That will change this weekend when Texas races against Southern California in Los Angeles. Freshman Michael Klueh was recently named Big Twelve Conference Swimmer of the Month for October.
7. Florida: One of the busiest programs in the nation during the early portion of the season, Florida has won three of its five outings. The Gators are scheduled to face Florida Atlantic on Friday in Gainesville. Bradley Ally is one of the top freshman in the country, an individual medley and breaststroke standout.
8. Southern California: The Trojans competed at the Pacific Tiger Invitational, but have yet to go at it in a dual meet. Southern Cal is scheduled to meet Texas on Nov. 11-12, a meet that will gauge the early-season progress of the power programs. Mihaly Flaskay is a superb breaststroker for the Trojans.
9. Minnesota: Last weekend, the Golden Gophers claimed dual-meet triumphs over North Carolina and North Dakota, thanks to wins in the 200 and 400 individual medley events from Adam Mitchell. On Saturday, Minnesota will travel to Georgia Tech for a meeting with the Yellow Jackets.
10. Indiana: After starting the season with back-to-back losses to Auburn and Minnesota, the Hoosiers captured a trio of wins last week with verdicts over Wisconsin, Louisville and Southern Illinois. Indiana will not race this weekend but will host the Indiana University Invitational from Nov. 18-20.