College of Virginia 2020 Season-Opening Intrasquad
For the primary time in historical past, SwimSwam is live-recapping an intrasquad meet.
You learn that proper.
We’re so determined for high-level swimming within the US amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, that we’re going full live-recap for tonight’s College of Virginia intrasquad season opener.
With no stay outcomes for the meet, we’re hoping this could function your hyperlink to what’s taking place, particularly with the Virginia ladies – who enter the season as favorites to win the NCAA Championship (if there’s an NCAA Championship).
We’ll do our greatest to publish outcomes all through the session, with recaps of the spotlight swims beneath.
The meet is being damaged up into Three periods by “days” of the NCAA Championship meet, with no relays.
Notice that the groups are carrying racing fits for the occasion, although they’ve solely formally been again in coaching on campus for just a few weeks.
Paige Madden Swims 4:39 within the 500 Free
Virginia senior Paige Madden swam a 4:39.20 within the 500 free. It was swum as a mixed-gender race, with each girls and boys within the pool collectively (the highest boy finisher was Jack Walker in 4:27.53).
Madden ranked 2nd within the NCAA final season within the 500 free in 4:34.64. The one swimmer sooner than her, Arizona State’s Emma Nordin, is redshirting this season (along with the rest of her team).
Final season, Madden’s season-opening time on the Trojan Invite in early October was 4:38.67, so she’s no stranger to early-season velocity.
Sean Conway Breaks Pool File within the 200 IM
Rising Virginia sophomore Sean Conway kicked off the boys’s facet of the meet with a 1:45.83 within the 200 yard IM. That broke the outdated report of 1:46.58 set by Pat Mellors in 2008. Mellors entered that season because the defending World College Video games champion within the 400 IM.
Catie DeLoof Swims 22.18 within the 50 Yard Free
Catie DeLoof introduced that she was becoming a member of the Virginia post-grad/professional group in early August, and early returns are positive. She swam a 22.18 within the 50 yard free on Friday night. Whereas she exhausted her NCAA eligibility within the spring of 2019, that’s the most effective “in-season” time she’s ever had, and solely three-tenths slower than her lifetime better of 21.88 from the 2019 Large Ten Championships.
The Pool File in that occasion is 22.13, set in 2018 by Caitlin Cooper.
DeLoof is registered to swim with the Tokyo Frog Kings this season within the ISL. The 2020 ISL season begins in Three weeks in Budapest, Hungary.
Matthew Brownstead Exhibits His Rank in First Collegiate Swim
A lot of the focus with Virginia, and rightly so, has been on their ladies’s staff, which was seeded to attain essentially the most swimming factors, by far, on the 2020 NCAA Championships, earlier than that meet was canceled.
However the males introduced within the prime 50 freestyler within the freshman class nationally, and #6 recruit general, in Matthew Brownstead.
He kicked off his ‘Hoos profession on Friday with a 19.89 within the 50 yard freestyle. That’s the 4th-best time of his profession, trailing the 19.24 that he swam on the 2020 Pennsylvania Excessive Faculty State Championship meet.
It additionally strikes him shortly up the varsity’s all-time rankings: he’s now tied with Joe Clark for 10th all-time in program historical past.
If issues go in accordance with plan, that college report ought to be damaged this 12 months. The quickest swimmer in UVA historical past is Ryan Baker, who swam a 19.42 on the finish of final season as a senior. Brownstead’s greatest time is already sooner than that.
Session 1 Outcomes
Catie DeLoof, the post-grad, received her 2nd occasion of the evening with a 1:43.35 within the 200 yard freestyle. That’s eight-tenths of a second away from her greatest time of 1:42.55, which she swam on the 2019 Large Ten Championships.
In 2nd was Kate Douglass, one of many stars of the collegiate staff, who made her season debut with a 1:44.51 for 2nd place. For the versatile Douglass, this was an occasion that she didn’t swim a lot of final season. The time is a brand new private greatest, clearing the 1:45.16 that she did as a senior in highschool on the Ithaca Sectionals.
These instances each broke the outdated Pool File of 1:44.66 set by the aforementioned Paige Madden earlier this 12 months.
Alex Walsh Wins 100 Breaststroke in Collegiate Debut
The highest-ranked freshman who is definitely going to swim the 2020-2021 collegiate season, Alex Walsh made her debut within the 100 breaststroke on Friday night.
Following a well-recognized sample, the place final season’s prime Cavalier freshman Kate Douglass swam a whole lot of breaststroke, the versatile Walsh received her first race in 59.85. That beat junior Alexis Wenger, who was final 12 months’s ACC runner-up – she touched 2nd in 1:00.42. One other freshman, Anna Keating, positioned third in 1:01.66 – she has a greatest time of 59.04.
Walsh now ranks fifth in UVA college historical past within the 100 breaststroke.
Walsh is a supremely-versatile swimmer and a member of the US Nationwide Workforce – within the 200 again and 200 IM. Very similar to Douglass, who wound up because the quickest 200 IM’er within the NCAA final season, Walsh’s profession might run in virtually any course.
Her youthful sister Gretchen, a dash freestyler, is dedicated to hitch the Cavaliers within the fall of 2021.
Keefer Barnum Opens Up with 53.00
Virginia senior Keefer Barnum, who final season broke the Virginia college report within the 100 breaststroke in 52.38, opened his 2020-2021 marketing campaign with a 53.00.
Final 12 months, on the early-October Trojan Invite, he swam a 53.07 to open the 12 months.
After his record-breaking 200 IM earlier within the meet, Sean Conway swam 54.82 within the 100 breaststroke for 2nd place. That improved his earlier greatest time of 55.13 that he set in highschool.
Brownstead, after his 50 free earlier within the session, swam 57.49 within the 100 breaststroke. He’s been as quick as 55.5 in that occasion.
Caroline Gmelich Swims 52.68 in 100 Again
Virginia senior Caroline Gmelich swam a 52.68 in her greatest occasion, the 100 again, on Friday. She was the ACC runner-up in that occasion final season and ranked 19th within the NCAA general.
That’s simply her greatest time exterior of a Championship meet or mid-season invite – final 12 months she opened up the season with a 53.91 on the Trojan Invite.
Session 2 Outcomes
Jack Conger Breaks a Pool File
Virginia’s different post-grad, Jack Conger, swam a 1:41.61 within the 200 yard fly. Conger, who has been training in Charlottesville since 2018, swam a 1:41.78 at Virginia’s residence pool in 2019. The earlier report was a 1:43.76 carried out by Stefan Hirniak in 2008.
Conger is the Amercian and U.S. Open File holder within the 200 yard fly. His 1:37.35 carried out on the 2017 NCAA Championships is the quickest time ever carried out in that occasion.
Conger is just not listed on an ISL roster for the 2020 season, although he swam for the LA Present final 12 months.
100 Fly – Half 2?
The meet went off-script with a second spherical of 100 yard butterflies within the third session of the day.
In that race, the freshman Alex Walsh picked up one other win, swimming a 52.1. Her greatest time in that occasion is 51.31.
The swim pushes Walsh into eighth place all-time in program historical past. The highest Three performers at school historical past all did their greatest instances final season: rising sophomore Kate Douglass (50.30), now-graduated Morgan Hill (51.12), and rising sophomore Lexi Cuomo (51.51).
The Quickest Ever
Virginia sophomore Kate Douglass is now the quickest feminine swimmer ever within the 100 yard IM.
Her time of 52.48 on Saturday makes her the primary identified lady to ever go beneath 53 seconds within the occasion. The earlier greatest time was carried out by US Olympian and Olympic medalist Katie Meili on the 2014 OKC Professional-Am Basic, the place she swam 53.02.
Whereas not a standard race within the U.S. the occasion is an official NCAA race, although not an NCAA Championship occasion but. World Championships are awarded within the 100 IM in brief course meters as properly.
The very best-profile championship meet that normally affords a 100 yard IM is the NCSA Junior Nationwide Championships.
Neither the NCAA nor USA Swimming has revealed an official report in that race.
Quickest Occasions within the USA Swimming Database:
- Katie Meili – 53.02
- Karlee Bispo – 53.82
- Alia Atkinson – 54.01
- Torri Huske – 54.20
- Phoebe Bacon – 54.34
- Isabelle Stadden – 54.43
- Madison Myers – 54.50
- Whitney Myers – 54.53
- Rachel Bootsma – 54.62
- Tatum Wade – 54.75
Sean Conway additionally swam that 100 IM in a 49.39.