2015 Women’s NCAA DI Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


After a big morning, the California Golden Bears have nearly secured their national championship team title. As of yesterday, California lead by 84 points over Georgia with 383.5 points. Georgia ended day 2 with 299.5 points. If all of the swimmers finish exactly as they finished this morning, Cal is expected to earn 133 points and Georgia is expected to earn 159 points.

Stanford will be locked into third place as a team, and the most competitive team battle will be for fourth.

Virginia is currently in fourth with 168 points and Texas A&M in fifth at 153.5. Again, if everyone finishes exactly as they did this morning, Virginia will earn 61 points and Texas A&M will earn 68. We know that swimmers will shift around today, so every point will matter for both teams if they want to finish in fourth as a team.

Tonight will also be Missy Franklin’s final races as an NCAA athlete. She is planning on turning pro after this meet and ending her college career.


  • NCAA – 15:27.84 – Brittany MacLean, Georgia – 2014
  • Championship – 15:27.84 – Brittany MacLean, Georgia – 2014
  • American – 15:13.30 – Katie Ledecky – 2014
  • US Open – 15:13.30 – Katie Ledecky – 2014
  • 2014 Champion – Brittany MacLean, Georgia – 15:27.84

Virginia’s Leah Smith completes the distance sweep, winning the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:34.46. That time moves her to 6th on the list of top all-time performers.

California’s Cierra Runge held off charging swimmers from Florida and Texas A&M to finish second at 15:46.46. Forida’s Jessica Thielmann almost ran her down but fell just short with her third place time of  15:46.48. Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry had the fastest final 50 in the field and almost ran down Runge and Thielmann but ran out of room, finishing fourth at 15:46.83.

Georgia’s Amber McDermott finished fifth with her time of 15:53.19 and her teammate, Rachel Zilinskas, earned All-American honors from the early heats with a sixth place finish of 15:55.69.

The seventh place finisher also came from the early heats. Oregon State’s Sammy Harrison finished second in the early heats and seventh overall with her time of 15:56.01.

Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon finished 8th with her time of 15:56.60.

Top 5 Times From Early Heats

  1. 15:55.22 – Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia
  2. 15:56.01 – Sammy Harrison, Oregon St
  3. 15:59.31 – Gillian Ryan, Michigan
  4. 15:59.59 – Becky Stoughton, Iowa
  5. 16:00.22 – Kaitlin Pawlowicz, Texas


  • NCAA – 1:47.84 – Liz Pelton, California – 2013
  • Championship – 1:47.84 – Liz Pelton, California – 2013
  • American – 1:47.84 – Liz Pelton, California – 2013
  • US Open – 1:47.84 – Liz Pelton, California – 2013
  • 2014 Champion – Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana – 1:50.52

Missy Franklin posted the second fastest time in history to win her third NCAA championship of the meet and final individual race as an NCAA athlete with her time of 1:47.91.

Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew broke 1:50 to finish second with her time of 1:49.35, dropping two seconds from her morning swim. She had the most dominant under-waters of the swimmers in the A final, which helped her carry her momentum. Denver’s Sam Corea picked up a third place finish with her time of 1:50.87.

Danielle Galyer from Kentucky finished fourth with her time of 1:51.68, and Kylie Stewart for Georgia was just behind her at 1:51.70.

California’s Melanie Klaren and Liz Pelton finished sixth and seventh at 1:51.83 and 1:52.08, respectively.

Brooklynn Snodgrass from Indiana rounded out the A final with her time of 1:52.23.

Michigan’s Clara Smiddy dropped a second and a half from her morning swim to win the B final of the 200 back with her time of 1:51.88. Florida’s Ashlee Linn finished second in the heat at 1:52.01.


  • NCAA – 46.61 – Simone Manuel, Texas A&M – 2014
  • Championship – 46.69 – Simone Manuel, Texas A&M – 2015
  • American – 46.29 – Abbey Weitzeil – 2014
  • US Open – 46.29 – Abbey Weitzeil – 2014
  • 2014 Champion – Margo Geer, Arizona – 47.10

With a new American, US Open, 17-18 NAG record, and NCAA record, Simone Manuel reached in for the wall to win her second individual race of the meet with her time of 46.09. Her teammate, Lia Neal, finished second with a 47.13.

Florida’s Natalie Hinds finished third with a 47.19, just ahead of Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin at 47.24.

Georgia’s Chantal Van Landeghem finished fifth at 47.48 and Texas A&M’s Beryl Gastaldello was sixth at 47.73.

There was tie for seventh between Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga and Cal’s Farida Osman at 47.88.

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga snuck in to win the B final with her time of 48.23, just ahead of USC’s Kasia Wilk at 48.24.


  • NCAA – 2:04.06 – Emma Reaney, Notre Dame – 2014
  • Championship – 2:04.06 – Emma Reaney, Notre Dame – 2014
  • American – 2:04.06 – Emma Reaney, Notre Dame – 2014
  • US Open – 2:04.06 – Emma Reaney, Notre Dame – 2014
  • 2014 Champion – Emma Reaney, Notre Dame – 2:04.06

Minnesota’s Kierra Smith won the 200 breaststroke, becoming the third fastest performer of all time with a 2:04.56. She cleared more than a body length between herself and the second place finisher from Virginia, Laura Simon. Simon finished with a 2:06.65.

Stanford’s Katie Olsen moved into third with a small drop to 2:07.06. Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney finished fourth with her time of 2:07.10.

Alabama’s Kaylin Burchell picked up a fifth place finish at 2:07.75, dropping close to a second from her prelim swim. Molly Hannis was the final swimmer under 2:08 with a 2:07.90 for sixth.

Ashley McGregor finished seventh for Texas A&M at 2:08.67 and Weronika Paluszek rounded out the A final with a 2:08.95.

Another B final goes to Michigan with a 2:07.88 from Emily Kopas. Auburn’s Annie Lazor finished second in the heat at 2:08.41.


  • NCAA – 1:49.92 – Elaine Breeden, Stanford – 2009
  • Championship – 1:49.92 – Elaine Breeden, Stanford – 2009
  • American – 1:49.92 – Elaine Breeden, Stanford – 2009
  • US Open – 1:49.92 – Elaine Breeden, Stanford – 2009
  • 2014 Champion – Cammile Adams, Texas A&M – 1:52.25

Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell swept the butterfly events, winning the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.11. She was out .6 slower than she was this morning during prelims, but it paid off. She dropped more than 2 seconds to win the final tonight.

Kentucky’s Christina Bechtel picked up a second place finish with a 1:52.08, dropping close to a second and a half from her morning swim.

Georgia teammates Hali Flickinger and Lauren Harrington finished third and fourth at 1:52.73 and 1:53.92, respectively.

Worrell’s teammate from Louisville, Tanja Kylliainen, finished fifth at 1:54.62 barely touching out Indiana’s sixth place finisher Gia Dalesandro with a 1:54.66.

Cal’s Noemie Thomas finished seventh with a 1:54.94 and Florida State’s Chelsea Britt rounded out the top 8 with a 1:55.98.

USC’s Chelsea Chenault dropped more than two seconds to win the B final of the 200 butterfly with a 1:53.17. UCLA’s Noelle Tarazona finished second in the heat at 1:54.65, dropping close to a half second.

Platform Diving – FINALS

Indiana’s Jessica Parratto posted the highest score of the day to win platform diving with a score of 367.00 earning 20 points for the Hoosiers. USC’s Haley Ishimatsu was second with 339.65 points.

Miami (FL) added 16 points with a third place finish from Cheyenne Cousineau at 318.05. Arizona State’s Mara Aiacoboae was fourth with 313.5, Minnesota’s Yu Zhou was fifth at 301.70, and Samantha Bromberg was sixth for Texas at 297.55.

Rebecca Hamperian picked up seventh place points with 296.40, and Carey Chen was 8th for Michigan at 251.05.

Virginia Tech’s Kaylea Arnett won the b final with 296.25.


  • NCAA – 3:09.40 – Georgia – 2013
  • Championship – 3:09.40 – Georgia – 2013
  • American – 3:10.63 – Arizona – 2013
  • US Open – 3:09.40 – Georgia – 2013
  • 2014 Champion – Stanford – 3:10.83

With a new American, US Open, and NCAA record, Stanford wins the final event of the day with a 3:08.54. Lia Neal lead off with a 46.84, followed by a 47.98 from Janet Hu, a 47.93 from Lindsey Engel, and a 45.79 anchor split from Simone Manuel. California was also under the previous record with a 3:09.76. Missy Franklin lead off with a 46.66 100 freestyle.

Georgia was third with a 3:12.08 and Texas A&M finsihed fourth at 3:13.20. They needed a fourth place relay finish to pass Virginia in the team race for fouth place overall. A fifth place finish in the relay would have resulted in a tie for fourth place.

NC State finished fifth at 3:13.21, Wisconsin was sixth at 3:13.84, Florida finished seventh at 3:14.27, and Auburn was eighth at 3:15.49.


  1. California  – 513
  2. Georgia – 452
  3. Stanford – 363
  4. Texas A&M – 231
  5. Virginia – 229
  6. Louisville – 197
  7. Texas – 164
  8. USC – 163
  9. Florida – 129
  10. Indiana – 126

Congrats to the California Golden Bears!

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7 years ago

I just happened upon a tape of Pelton’s 1:47.84 200 back from 2013 NCAA’s. It was effortless, maybe because it was a no-pressure swim.

Franklin showed her freight train finishing momentum I her 1:47.91 200 back. The walls interrupt
it to a certain degree. She doesn’t need to stay down very long off the walls, just a strong pushoff and maybe 2 or 3 dolphins.

Bartholomew may have been staying under too long for a 200, but 1:49 is great.

7 years ago

I viewed a tape of Pelton’s 2013 200 Back. Her 1:47.84 was effortless. I think it was a no-pressure swim for her…I doubt that her cadence today was any different than it was two years ago.

Franklin is a freight train in backstroke, always gathering momentum in the back half. Walls interrupt the momentum, but it’s still there. Amazing racer.

Today was the first time I’d seen Bartholomew. Her strength was walls, but I think she was staying down too long for a 200.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Well, WHAT A MEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎
Best women’s NCAA meet I’ve followed since I’m interested in college swimming, since around 2008.
So many amazing performances!
Hopefully I can watch one day the day 2 and day 3 finals in video.

Day 3 quick thoughts:

– Leah Smith is a machine. Cierra Runge not at her Pac-12 championships level but still a very good first NCAAs for the freshman.
– Missy! Missy! Missy! So happy to see her backstroke on the right track again. 1.47.84! WOW! So close to the American and NCAA records. Too bad but the most important thing was the win and the win was impressive. And she concluded her FABULOUS meet with a new… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Totally agree on the swimmer and performance of the meet.

Missy did exactly what Teri told her to do.

I’m sure POL is thrilled 😀

7 years ago

The 400 free relay in Rio will be stellar:
Swim Swam Converter (-0.5 for relay starts)
Simone Manuel: 52.75
Lia Neal: 53.09
Missy Franklin: 52.79
Abbey Weitzeil: 52.48
Total: 3:31.11

Reply to  Deraj
7 years ago

I’m not normally one to devalue short course performances, but I think it’s worth noting that Neal went 47.17 at this meet last year, but “only” went 54.3 at Summer Nationals. Weitzel also needs her improvements to transfer to long course before I consider her a lock for that relay. Great meet for Neal regardless, and I hope to see both of them continue to improve. But, for now, I’m going to keep beating my Katie “The Assassin” Ledecky on the 4×100 drum.

Reply to  TheTroubleWithX
7 years ago

Since Weitzeil is taking a year off to focus on Olympic Trials, hopefully we will see an improvement in the long course. Looking forward to see all of them perform on an international stage!

Reply to  Deraj
7 years ago

Not only Rio, but Kazan, all 4 of them are on the team, and that time you calculated is just off the world record, and well under the AR. Weitzel has “only” gone 54 low in LCM so far, but she’s improved a lot since last year. Backups/prelims swimmer pool includes Geer who’s already gone 54.2 last month, Ledecky already has a 54.5, and I think Vreeland has a 54 high already. None of them will likely be needed for finals anyway, but the USA is suddenly in great shape for that relay and the top 4 swimmers are 20 or younger!!

The 4×200 also looking great for this summer and next, given the improvements by Manuel, Chenault, Runge… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  Deraj
7 years ago

Please stop these SCY/LCM crazy conversions. That’s so stupid! 😆

Reply to  Deraj
7 years ago

Weitzel dropped from 47.82 (HS record) to 46.29 (American record) from May to December last year. I’m certain she will of 53-low or better in LCM this summer and is a lock for the Rio relay. The Kazan relay will be under 3:31.5 and the Rio relay will be under WR but battling the Aussies for gold. Neal is the possible weak leg, not Weitzel.

7 years ago

Pac 12 conference with the most points, 1039, 1st-3rd-8th team places, SEC close behind with 812, 2nd-4th-9th places.

wild Bill
7 years ago

Thanks all –

Enjoyed the postings / conversations

Next stop – NCAA Men’s Division 1 Championships

Reply to  wild Bill
7 years ago

Can’t wait!!

7 years ago

Going to point out:

Both Texas A&M and Texas moved up one place on the last relay. Texas passed USC by finishing 10th, where 11th wouldn’t have been enough points.

A&M passed Virginia by beating them by ten places, where 8 places wouldn’t have been enough.

Also, Rowdy’s Gibberish at the end certainly did not go unnoticed.

7 years ago

Gotta say, as fun as the meet was, listening to Rowdy speak gibberish at the end there was the highlight for me – Blalagekumlada? Can anyone translate that?

wild Bill
Reply to  Celery
7 years ago

I suspect he thought it was a dead mike

Reply to  Celery
7 years ago

lol! What was the topic supposed to be??!! 😉

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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