Stanford teammates Simone Manuel (left) and Lia Neal (right) showed down in the 100 free while Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Rachel Bootsma dominated the 100 back on the final day of the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine.
The Irvine Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge meet will kick off in Irvine, California on Friday, with some national and international stars on the psych sheets.
Saturday night’s action included Simone Manuel’s American record in the 100 free, plus repeat wins from Virginia’s Leah Smith, Cal’s Missy Franklin and Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell as well as a 200 breast that saw Minnesota’s Kierra Smith upset reigning American record-holder Emma Reaney for the title.
The University of California Golden Bears have won their first NCAA Championship title since 2012, taking down both Georgia and Stanford to win with 513 points.
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Rachel Bootsma came up with three huge swims, overcoming a disappointing sophomore year with a stellar junior one.
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Stanford’s Simone Manuel became the second-fastest 50 freestyler in American history, then topped her own feat by blasting the fastest 100 free split of all-time.
Cal’s Rachel Bootsma (left), Missy Franklin (center) and Liz Pelton (right) are each on the hunt for one or more major records. Who else could be smashing history this week?
Three of our top 8 picks in the women’s 200 fly hail from the state of Kentucky, as Christina Bechtel of the Kentucky Wildcats will face Cardinal teammates Tanja Kylliainen and Kelsi Worrell from Louisville.
Courtney Bartholomew nearly broke the American record in the 100 back mid-season. Can she fight off a resurgent Rachel Bootsma among others for a national title?
Cal junior Liz Pelton will have a new day 2 individual event at the 2015 NCAA Championship meet, and it’s an event that she is expected to fare well in.
Cal’s Missy Franklin beat out Simone Manuel of Stanford in the marquee matchup of the meet so far.