As was chronicled earlier with the women qualifiers with local ties, here are the men that have qualified for the NCAA championships.
There are five locals who will compete, and the highest seed goes to 2008 All-Met Swimmer of the Year Eric Friedland, who is seeded third in the 200 breaststroke.
Matt McLean, Virginia – 500 freestyle (12th, 4:17.21), 200 freestyle (12th, 1:34.76), 1650 freestyle (10th, 14:56.91)
Michael Flach, South Carolina – 500 freestyle (21st, 4:19.37), 200 freestyle (36th, 1:36.62), 200 butterfly (32nd, 1:47.11)
Stephen Sakaris, Ohio State – 500 freestyle (46th, 2:24.27), 200 freestyle (32nd, 1:36.42)
Adam Meyer, Navy – 200 IM (30th, 1:45.82), 200 breaststroke (32nd, 1:57.49), 200 butterfly (18th, 1:44.36)
Eric Friedland, Texas – 200 IM (37th, 1:46.72), 100 breaststroke (16th, 53.44), 200 breaststroke (3rd, 1:54.32)
In addition to the local swimmers, the local universities are also sending several athletes to compete:
Virginia Tech (1), Virginia (7) and Navy (1).
Expect several local divers to qualify as well following the completions of zones, which started Thursday and run through the end of the week.
The PVS Senior short course championships will be held this weekend at George Mason University and several locals will be taking part, including Olympian Kate Ziegler.
Ziegler is seeded first in the 1650 freestyle (16:19.12), 200 freestyle (1:46.94), 500 freestyle (4:41.52), 100 freestyle (51.72) and 1000 freestyle (9:34.12). Ziegler is also seeded third in the 200 butterfly (56.63) and 5th in the 50 freestyle (24.31).
There should be some interesting match-ups between some of the area’s top young swimmers and Ziegler in some races, including the 200 fly in which she is seeded 1.61 seconds behind former All-Met Gabrielle Mizerak and .13 seconds behind West Potomac freshman Hellen Moffitt.
In the 50 freestyle, 14-year-old Janet Hu is seeded first, while West Potomac sophomore Reanna Dona is third, ahead of Ziegler. Former Heritage standout Valerie McMullan and 15-year-old Kendall Hough also are seeded above Ziegler in that event.
Holy Cross’s Katie Rogers sits just .16 behind Ziegler in the 100 freestyle.
Other former local swimmers returning with top seeds include Zach Hayden (Stonewall Jackson), Mizerak, Kaitlin Mills (Good Counsel) and Doug Mackenzie (Gonzaga).
See the full psych sheet here.
While many of those younger swimmers are seeded at the top of events at Senior Champs this weekend, there is no guarantee they will participate at Senior Champs this weekend.
Instead, many swimmers will rest in preparation for the week ahead at the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals in Orlando.
The psych sheet has not yet been posted, but check reachforthewall.com for updates from the meet next week.