This weekend marks the final few dual meets of the 2010-11 season as well as the first of the conference championships.
There are a few big Division I dual meets on the schedule, highlighted by a trio of Pac-10 Conference dual meets. The eighth-ranked Southern California men travel north for the monumental task of dual meets against the top two teams in the current CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA poll, No. 1 California and No. 2 Stanford.
In the Big 12 Conference, the Aggies and Longhorns will meet up in Austin, Texas. No. 19 Texas A&M is undefeated in dual meets this season (5-0), while No. 4 Texas stands at 5-1 on the season. The Aggies haven’t finished a dual season undefeated since 1955-56. Texas won the dual by a 141-100 score last season.
The Big Ten Conference schedule features a dual meet between No. 13 Indiana and their neighbor to the north, No. 23 Purdue. The diving portion of this dual meet was contested on Jan. 21, so Indiana begins Saturday’s dual trailing 30-8.
The USA Diving Winter Nationals take place this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, featuring a number of the top divers across the country.
The Division II Northeast-10 Conference duals begin Friday, Feb. 4, and will run through Sunday at the Hutchinson Natatorium, on the campus of Southern Connecticut State.
Need to Know
• Florida’s Conor Dwyer earned SEC Swimmer of the Week and Counsilman-Hunsaker National Collegiate Male Swimmer of the Week for Jan. 25-31. It was the fifth weekly award for Dwyer this season, a new league record. Dwyer swam the fastest time in NCAA Division I this season in the men’s 400 IM (3:44.73) on his own Senior Day vs. Tennessee on Jan. 29. The personal-best time was the eighth-fastest time in school history. Later in the day, the U.S. National Team member swam a season-best 1:34.33 in the 200 free, the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA and fastest in the SEC this year. Dwyer was also part of a UF season-best tying 1:28.84 in the 200 medley relay. Dwyer’s three wins helped Florida to the most lopsided win over UT in school history. The following day against Indian River State College, Dwyer swam a personal-best 15:05.97 in the 1,650 free, the 11th-fastest time in Division I this season. He also swam a 19.89 split in Florida’s best 200 free relay time of the season (1:20.26).
• Isaac Breen-Franklin of Babson College won four individual events and a relay last week. In a Jan. 27, 109-71 win against Bridgewater State, he won the 200 free (1:46.83) and 500 free (4:57.00) and on Jan. 29, added 1,000 free (10:25.06) and 500 free (4:55.41) wins as well as the 400 free relay swim in a 122-110 win at Springfield.
• Saint John’s junior Wes Schlichting won three of his four events last week and hitting the NCAA qualifying standard in all four. On Friday, Jan. 28, Schlichting won both of his events at the St. Thomas diving invitational, posting a 497.05 on the 1-meter and a 477.90 on 3-meter. At the St. Catherine University Invitational on Saturday, Schlichting won the 3-meter (422.00) and finished second on the 1-meter (440.10). He was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
• Sophomore Kenny Pancoast of Springfield College won NEWMAC Diver of the Week honors on the strength of his performances in a Saturday (Jan. 29) dual against Babson. Pancoast won the 1-meter with a score of 302.5 and placed second on the 3-meter board with a 307.02.
• Westminster junior Mike Barringer posted four meet-best times and three event wins in a President’s Athletic Conference dual win against Saint Vincent. He swam on the winning 400 medley relay team, followed by individual event wins in the 200 fly (2:05.69), 100 free (48.93) and touching first in the 200 IM (2:06.04) while swimming exhibition.
• Tyler O’Neill of Knox College won two events for the Prairie Fire on Saturday against Illinois College and Eureka College in Jacksonville, Ill. He won the 100 breast (1:07.75) and the 100 fly (58.84) and anchored the Knox 200 free relay team (1:41.31).