Prepared to Repeat
PHOENIX-California and Texas appear ready to renew their rivalry from last year’s championships as the top two teams.
A few misfires here and there can spell disaster for a team at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The University of Michigan found out the hard way a year ago.
As the defending team champions, the Wolverines were expected to win another team title. But California and Texas had other plans. As Michigan slipped up in a couple of races on the meet’s first day, the Golden Bears and Longhorns moved in for the kill, and changed the team race dynamic significantly.
This month on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, the Golden Bears and Longhorns will renew their rivalry, with the team battle likely to be decided by fewer than 40 points. Cal won last year by 51 over Texas, thanks in part to a monster third day. Will the Cal Golden bears be prepared to repeat?
Diving could play a huge role in determining the team champion. Texas is likely to score big points in at least one diving event, which would negate Cal’s strong presence in backstroke. Among the rest of the teams fighting for a spot in the top 10, relays will be the key.
You can view all of Swimming World Magazines Men’s NCAA Div. I top 10 predictions in the March 2015 Issue on page 21. (Story by Jeff Commings)
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MARCH TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR NCAA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
ON THE COVER:
The March 2015 Issue of Swimming World Magazine previews the NCAA Swimming Championships. On the Cover: Stanford’s Simone Manuel has continued her reign as sprint queen throughout her first college season. Her teammates, coaches and the swimming world may not articulate what her performances forebode, but everyone anticipates greatness from the freshman at her first NCAAs to be held later this month in Greensboro, N.C. “My parents always say ‘DYB’ before my races,” says Simone. The acronym stands for DO YOUR BEST. She adds, “Weather my best is good or bad, it’s all anyone can ask for.”
There’s no denying that Stanford’s Simone Manuel is an amazing athlete. Her accomplishments alone—including setting an American record last year in the 100 yard free three times—support that fact. But her coaches, teammates, family and friends also know that she is… so much More! (See story, page 14, and related story, page 18.)
014 So Much More!
by Annie Grevers
There’s no denying that Stanford’s Simone Manuel is an amazing athlete. Her accomplishments alone—including setting an American record last year in the 100 yard free three times—support that fact, But her coaches, teammates, family and friends also know that she is… so much more!
018 Two –Team Tussle
by Jeff Commings
Defending champion Georgia and the University of California should contend for this year’s women’s NCAA Division I team title, with Cal claiming the trophy it was expected to win last year.
026 Top Team Remain In The Hunt
by Jason Marsteller
Last year’s champions and contenders at the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are also among this year’s favorites.
007 Technique: Backstroke Breakout
008 Lessons With the Legends: Richard Quick
040 Q & A With Coach Mike Koleber
by Michael J. Stott
042 How They Train Taylor Abbott and Tate Jackson
by Michael J. Stott
013 Dryside Training: On-Land Swim Stroke Movements–Freestyle
by J.R. Rosania
028 Goldminds: Swimming 101—Back to the Basics
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here are the seven basic swimming skills that are at the core of all great swimming performances. The accompanying Do’s and Don’t’s will guide you to faster swimming.
044 Up & Comers
006 A Voice For The Sport
030 2015 Swim Camp Directory
045 Gutter Talk
046 Parting Shot