More American and NCAA records fell to the wayside in another big weekend of college conference action, with some of the United States biggest names taking their first run at the record books this championship season. Read about all of the biggest swims from this week and more below in The Week That Was.
The Week That Was #5 – International Stars Slated for Atlanta Pro Series Meet
The psych sheet for next week’s TYR Pro Series meet in Atlanta at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center. The four day meet starts on Thursday, March 1 and will feature many U.S. Olympic stars, including Nathan Adrian, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Murphy and Leah Smith. Making the trip to Atlanta will also be European stars Federica Pellegrini, Sarah Sjostrom and Yulia Efimova. The meet will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network for Friday and Saturday finals and there will be a live webcast of prelims and Thursday finals on the USA Swimming website. You can see the full psych sheet for the TYR Pro Series meet in Atlanta here.
The Week That Was #4 – Drew Kibler, Carmel Boys Dominate Indiana State Meet
University of Texas commit Drew Kibler and the Carmel High School boys team had a record breaking weekend at the Indiana High School State Championships, absolutely dominating the meet and scoring more than double the points of second place Franklin Community High School. The Carmel team started off fast in prelims, with the team of Wyatt Davis (22.39), Stefano Batista (24.83), Kibler (20.64) and Andrew Couchon (20.14) posting a National High School record of 1:28.00 in the 4×50 medley relay in prelims before finishing just off of that in finals (1:28.03). Kibler would go on to post a 19.38 state record (and the fastest high school 50 free not on a relay) in prelims before finishing just outside that with a 19.50 in finals. You can check out the full recap of the meet here.
The Week That Was #3 – Two USA Swimming Officials Resign in Wake of Allegations Against USA Swimming
In the wake of recent reports that USA Swimming failed to properly follow up on reports of sexual abuse among its members, Pat Hogan, the managing director of club development, and Susan Woessner, the director of Safe Sport, both announced their resignations this week. While no specifics were given regarding Hogan’s departure from USA Swimming after serving as managing director for the last 15 years, Woessner resigned given a romantic encounter she had with Sean Hutchison in 2007. Hutchison was recently accused of sexual abuse by former swimmer Ariana Kukors, and Woessner was involved in the investigation into the relation between Hutchison and Kukors back in 2011. On the same day of these resignations USA Swimming released an open letter to its members reaffirming their commitment to Safe Sport and acknowledging past mistakes in handling sexual abuse allegations.
The Week That Was #2 – Wolfpack Men Take Down American Record, Win ACC’s
In another huge week for men’s college swimming, the University of Texas secured their 39th straight Big 12 Conference Championship while NC State repeated as ACC Champions and Indiana won their second straight Big Ten Championship. Tate Jackson was a standout for the Longhorns, breaking the conference record in the 100 free first in prelims (41.42) and then again in finals (41.27). At ACC’s, the Wolfpack erased the American record in the 4×100 free relay en route to winning their fourth consecutive conference championship. Harvard also won their 25th overall and second straight Ivy League Championship, with sophomore Dean Farris posting the top time in the NCAA in the 200 free while also becoming the fourth fastest performer of all-time. Right behind him is Hoosier Blake Pieroni, who won the Big Ten title in the 200 free with a 1:31.14. You can see all of the recaps from the men’s college meets across the country on our college new landing page.
The Week That Was #1 – Ella Eastin, Katie Ledecky Break NCAA Records at Pac-12’s
In women’s college swimming, the Stanford Cardinal continued their dominant season with their second straight and 21st overall Pac-12 team title this weekend. Led by superstars Katie Ledecky, Ella Eastin and Simone Manuel, the Cardinal smashed several record en route to an almost 300 point victory over the second place Cal Bears. Ledecky broke the NCAA and American record in the 400 IM (3:56.53), an event she will swim at NCAA’s next month. Teammate Eastin broke the NCAA and American record in the 200 fly (1:49.51), while the relay team of Ally Howe, Kim Williams, Janet Hu and Manuel broke the NCAA record in the 400 medley relay (3:25.15). The second place Cal Bears kept Stanford on their toes, also going under the former NCAA record in the 400 medley relay while also winning four of the five contested relay events including an American record in the 200 free relay and a 200 medley win that was just .03 off the American and NCAA record. Down in Austin, the University of Texas women won their 16th straight Big 12 Conference Championship. You can see all of the recaps from the women’s college meets across the country on our college new landing page.