March 26, 2014

Sophomore Hogan Ready for NCAA Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Yale's fate at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships rests on the shoulders of one swimmer. Sophomore Brian Hogan is Yale's sole competitor at the championships this year, and the first since Alex Righi '09 swam three events at the meet in his senior year. Hogan will also swim three races; he will compete in the 200, 500 and 1,650-yard freestyle events. The Championships begin on Mar. 27 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

This season, Hogan established himself as one of the nation's elite long distance freestylers. His personal best time of 14:53.36 in the 1,650-yard freestyle is the 10th fastest in Division I this season. Seven of the top 10 mile swimmers this season are freshmen or sophomores, so Hogan could easily face many of his 2014 competitors again at future NCAA Championships. Michigan senior Connor Jaeger, a bronze medalist at the 2013 FINA World Championships, is seeded first in the mile with a time of 14:34.19.

Hogan is seeded 42nd in the 200-yard freestyle and 38th in the 500-yard freestyle. He finished second in the 500 at the Ivy League Championships behind Penn sophomore Christopher Swanson, whom he will race against this week in the 500 and the 1,650. He received first-team All-Ivy League honors in the 1,000-yard freestyle, but that event is not included in the NCAA Championships schedule.

 
Hogan said that he looks forward to competing at the highest level of college swimming.
 
"I'm excited about the opportunity to race the fastest guys in the country, especially in the mile. It should be a great atmosphere to swim fast," Hogan said.
 
With 57 teams vying for the glory and prestige of a high finish, the NCAA Championships will be a thrilling spectacle. But the atmosphere on deck can sometimes be intimidating or distracting. To counter this, Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving, has stuck to his usual coaching routine while helping Hogan prepare in the final days before racing begins.
 
"His advice hasn't been much different from what he would give for any other meet. The races aren't going to be any different than they've always been," he said.
 
Video of the NCAA Championships will be streamed live at TexasSports.com and on ESPN3. A viewing schedule is listed below:
Thursday prelims
http://texassports.com/showcase/?Live=231
Thursday finals
http://texassports.com/showcase/?Live=232
Friday prelims
http://texassports.com/showcase/?Live=233
Friday finals

http://es.pn/1gGkUZF

Saturday prelims
http://texassports.com/showcase/?Live=234
Saturday finals
http://es.pn/1gGkToy
Extensive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Championships will be available at the official web page for Division I swimming. A full list of competitors and their times can be viewed on the USA Swimming website by clicking here. Those who wish to see Hogan's swim and the rest of the championship meet in person can purchase tickets here.

-Report by Josh Mandell '16


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