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men’s cHampiOnsHips When: March 24-26, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, Minneapolis 2010 Recap: Despite a virus that delayed the meet and affected several participating Longhorns, Texas persevered, surging ahead of California on very last day of competition and overcoming an 18.5 point deficit to claim its 10th national title. Highlights included Cincinnati’s Josh Schneider’s defeat of favorite Nathan Adrian in the 50 freestyle, the NCAA record-breaking 100 breaststroke by California’s Damir Dugonjic, and Tyler Clary of Michigan taking top honors in the 400 IM for the second year in a row. California’s David Durden was awarded Coach of the Year, and the University of Florida’s Conor Dwyer was celebrated as Swimmer of the Year. team bReaK-DOwn caLiFORnia Strengths: One word: Relays. Like last year, there’s no doubt the Golden Bears will be a force to be reckoned with, as they defend their wins in both medleys and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The Golden Bears return with three 2010 champions: Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast, Thomas Shields in the 100 fly and Nathan Adrian in the 100 free. Last year’s second place finish was California’s best since 1986. Can coach David Durden do one better? Weakness: California’s divers aren’t as strong as other teams, which makes them vulnerable to Texas and Auburn. stanFORD Strengths: Diving and a well-rounded roster puts Stanford in a contending position going into NCAAs. Chad LaTourette will likely repeat his win in the mile, and Bobby Bollier will final in the 200 fly. Additionally, the Cardinal welcomes back Austin Staab, 2009’s 100 fly winner, from a brief hiatus. Weakness: Stanford lacks the sprinting prowess to catch those enviable freestyle relay points. aUbURn Strengths: After toppling Texas and Florida in two late-season dual meets, Auburn has solid momentum for their championship season. Quality sprinters like Karl Krug and Adam Brown, alongside senior breaststroker Adam Klein make them strong contenders in the relays. On the boards, diver Dan Mazzaferro will likely score high. Weakness: While Auburn has a well-rounded team, they have far fewer individual champion contenders than others. texas Strengths: The defending national champions head into NCAAs with a deep team, held up by veterans like Olympian Scott Spann and sprinter Jimmy Feigen, and one of the nation’s best divers, Drew Livingston. Their victory would make Eddie Reese the winningest coach in college history. Weakness: Much of Texas’s team is made up of less-experienced underclassmen like Cole Cragin and Nick D’Innocenzo. FLORiDa Strengths: Florida has always been known for its quality middle distance swimmers, and this year is no different. Conor Dwyer will earn big points in his individual events and factor heavily in the relays. Strong veterans and a top diving team make the Gators a top-five contender. Weakness: Florida’s bid for a win depends overmuch on Conor Dwyer’s success. spLasH’s cRYstaL baLL California will take the win, ahead of Auburn, then Stanford.
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nlike other sports’ NCAA championships, swimming doesn’t winnow teams through a series of tournaments. Instead, the grand finale of the collegiate season represents a phenomenal mash-up of the elite, most of them resting and shaving for the first time all season. And, as last year proved, with both men and women’s champions going into the final session behind and coming out on top, it’s the team that can perform strongly through all three days that takes the title.
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2010 FINAL 2011
TEXAS (500) CALIFORNIA (469.5) ARIZONA (387) STANFORD (369) FLORIDA (364)
caLiFORnia stanFORD aUbURn texas FLORiDa
based on CSCAA coaches’ poll at time of print
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March / April 2011
Splash - March / April 2011
Swim Briefs/sound Waves
Grand Prix/justin Case
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
Why College Swimming?
So You Want to Swim in College?
2011 NCAA Preview
Top Ten Lists - Long Course Meters
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
On the Ipod
Splash - March / April 2011