2014 WOMEN’S PACIFIC-12 (PAC-12) CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS FAN GUIDE
- Dates: Wednesday February 26th – Saturday March 1st; Prelims at 11AM, Finals 6PM
- Location: Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center (Pacific Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Stanford (Results.)
- Live Results: Available.
- Live Video (If available): Not at the moment
- Championship Central (sort of)
The meat of the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships got underway on this morning in Federal Way, Washington with the women’s 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 3-meter springboard diving events. The finals of those events will be contested tonight, in addition to the 200 freestyle relay.
This meet didn’t really have a clear tone in the first two sessions like some of the other meets this weekend (Big Ten, ACC), and so we’ll look for that in tonight’s finals. Partially, that’s been because of how balanced this meet was on the first night, and was again on Thursday in the early session.
Cal and Stanford are tied as of last night at 120 points for first. USC is in third at 108 points.
Missy Franklin was the winner here tonight, finishing well ahead of the field at 4:35.73. That is a new PAC-12 Meet Record, but just off the 4:34.48 PAC-12 Record. Missy cut nearly seven seconds from her time this morning, and is just off her 4:34.63 performance from earlier this season.
Her teammate Melanie Klaren was sixth, 4:42.09.
Bonnie Brandon was second for Arizona at 4:38.45. Chelsea Chenault making her freshman debut in the PAC-12 for USC was third, 4:39.30.
Oregon State’s Samantha Harrison made a big drop today, seeded at 4:46, dropped at the way down to 4:40.30 after tonight. That will definitely secure her a spot at NCAAs in March.
Tristin Baxter was fifth at 4:41.95 for the Sundevils. Sami Zuch was seventh of the Utes, 4:44.75.
Maya DiRado won her first 200 IM Pac-12 title tonight, fourth individual overall, in a time of 1:54.67. She just edged out freshman Celina Li of Cal, who was a close second at 1:54.89. Cal also captured the third spot with Liz Pelton finishing at 1:55.65.
Stina Gardell was fourth for Southern California at 1:55.71. All four of these women have been marginally faster earlier this season, so I expect some even better swims in the next month at NCAAs.
USC had the fifth spot with Jasmine Tosky’s 1:56.39 – much better fit for her after swimming the 500 freestyle at last years PAC-12s. DiRado had teammate Felicia Lee in the final as well; Lee was sixth, 1:57.00.
In addition to the 2-3 finish from Cal, they also nabbed 7-8 from Kelly Naze, 1:57.52, and Caroline Piehl, 1:58.38.
Kasey Carlson is poised to have a great final season at Southern California. She made yet another statement winning the 50 tonight, over Arizona’s Margo Geer, the defending NCAA Champion in the event.
Carlson finished in 21.74, a personal best and new team record for SC. Katarzyna Wilk, Carlson’s teammate, was sixth, at 22.33. Geer was second at 21.90; Geer has been 21.78 this season already.
Stanford’s sprinter Maddy Schaefer rounded out the podium in 22.10 for third. Her Olympian teammate Lia Neal was fifth, 22.25.
Farida Osman from Cal dropped a 22.11 for fourth. Linnea Mack, UCLA, and Traycie Swartz, Utah, rounded out the heat with final times of 22.34 and 22.39.
200 Freestyle Relay
In a big change of momentum, the Cal Bears were DQ’ed in the 200 freestyle relay. Initially they came up as the winners in the event (1:27.71), but time passed and they were disqualified on meet mobile.
That moved the Arizona Wildcats into first place. This was the first relay for Arizona to even get onto the podium. Brandon, 22.50, Geer, 21.32, Alana Pazevic, 22.05, and Gracie Finnegan, 21.89, teamed up to win in a final time of 1:27.76. That was just shy of the 1:27.47 PAC-12 Meet Record from Arizona in 2009.
The Trojans were second with Carlson, 21.93, Wilk, 22.02, Kendyl Stewart, 22.18, and Evan Swensen, 21.90, finishing in 1:28.03. Stanford was third with Schaefer, 22.12, Neal, 21.87, Katie Olsen, 22.46, and Lee 21.62, in a total time of 1:28.07.
Outside those three teams, Linnea Mack on UCLA’s fourth place relay had a very good split of 21.85.
Stanford’s Stephanie Phipps won the 1m event today, and three more Cardinal made it into the top eight for valuable team points – 4th, 6th and 8th. Micah Bower from Arizona was second. USC’s Haley Ishimatsu was third, plus another Trojan finished fifth.
Before the relay, Stanford had a marginal lead on the Bears of about 50 points. And the Trojans were less than ten points away from the Bears in third. With the disqualification things have shaken up a bit. Stanford maintains the lead, with USC in second and Cal in third – all three beginning to distance themselves from one another, but definitely still within striking distance.
Another big development is UCLA in fourth over Arizona. That relay win was big for Arizona and now just 8 points separate the two teams in the standings.
Scores – From Meet Mobile
1. Stanford, 507
2. USC, 448
3. Cal, 400
4. UCLA, 328
5. Arizona, 320
6. Utah, 264
7. OSU, 158
8. WSU, 155
9. ASU, 150