2015 WOMEN’S NCAA DI CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, March 21
- Greensboro Aquatic Center – Greensboro, NC
- Prelims 11AM/Finals 7PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Georgia (2x) – results
- NCAA Championship Central
- Live stream: All prelims & Thursday finals (Other sessions will be on ESPN3)
- Live results
The final day of the 2015 Women’s NCAA D1 Championships features the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, platform diving, and the 400 freestyle relay.
With a loaded field of backstrokers including Missy Franklin, American record holder Liz Pelton, 2014 NCAA Champion Brooklyn Snodgrass, and Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew, we are going to see a great race in that event. Liz Pelton holds the American record in this event in short course yards while Missy Franklin holds the American record for this event in long course meters.
After splitting 45.45 anchoring the 400 medley relay, Simone Manuel will be trying to get the American record back from Abbey Weitzeil. Weitzeil posted a 46.29 leading off a relay after coming home from the FINA SCM World Championships in December.
Emma Reaney will also be chasing her American record from last year. She broke it twice last year at her conference championship meet and then again at the NCAA Championships.
The 200 fly is wide open this year. We’ve seen two generations of great 200 butterfliers come and go with Katinka Hosszu and Cammile Adams. Kelsi Worrell has been swimming well all weekend. Breaking the American record yesterday may have given her the confidence she needs to win the 200 as well today.
200 Backstroke – Prelims
- 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
Liz Pelton posted the fastest time of the morning in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.31. Her teammate, Missy Franklin, finished second at 1:50.32. Both of their times were under last year’s winning time. A third Cal swimmer snuck into finals. Melanie Klaren qualified eighth at 1:52.25.
Denver’s Sam Corea had a big drop to qualify third with her time of 1:50.56. Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer dropped slightly from her seed to qualify fourth with a time of 1:50.56. Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew cruised through her morning swim, easily qualifying for the final with her time of 1:51.16.
Georgia’s Kylie Stewart finished with the sixth fastest time of the morning at 1:51.76, and Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass was 1:51.96 with the seventh fastest time of the morning.
It took a 1:52.25 to make the A final and a 1:53.45 to make the B final.
100 Freestyle – Prelims
- NCAA – 46.61 – Simone Manuel, Texas A&M – 2014
- Championship –
46.82 – Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace, Auburn – 2011
- American – 46.29 – Abbey Weitzeil – 2014
- US Open – 46.29 – Abbey Weitzeil – 2014
- 2014 Champion – Margo Geer, Arizona – 47.10
Simone Manuel was just off her time from earlier in the season to qualify first with her time of 46.68. She just missed her NCAA record, but she did break Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace’s meet record from 2011 of 46.82. Her teammate, Lia Neal, also qualified for the final with a 47.62 for fifth.
Natalie Hinds from Florida had a stong prelim swim this morning after missing the final in the 50 freestyle earlier in the meet. She qualified second with a time of 47.28. Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin was third at 47.53.
Georgia will be two up in tonight’s final with Chantal Van Landeghem in fourth at 47.58 and Madeline Locus in sixth at 47.74.
California’s Farida Osman posted a 47.79 to qualify and seventh and Texas A&M’s Beryl Gastaldello claimed the last spot in the final with a 47.81.
Ten swimmers in total were under 48 seconds this morning. It took a 47.81 to qualify for the A final and a 48.59 to make the B final.
200 Breaststroke – Prelims
- 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 Kiera Smith claimed the top seed in the 200 breaststroke with the ninth fastest swim in history at 2:04.95. The American record holder from Notre Dame, Emma Reaney, tied for second with her time of 2:07.18. Virginia’s Laura Simon also finished with a 2:07.18.
Even though Smith is ahead by more than two seconds after prelims, they should have a great race tonight. Last year, Reaney had a big drop between prelims and finals to win the NCAA title. She should do the same again tonight. Also, Kiera Smith had a similar swim at the Commonwealth games over the summer. She was the top qualifier out of prelims, but wasn’t in fast that night in finals. She will need to hold on tonight if she wants to hold off Reaney. Laura Smith has also been faster this season, so she could be a factor as well.
Stanford’s Katie Olsen qualified fourth with her time of 2:07.38, dropping two seconds from her seed time. She won the B final of the 100 breaststroke last night.
Virginia Tech’s Weronica Paluszek qualified fifth at 2:07.83 as the last swimmer to break 2:08. Kaylin Burchell from Alabama was sixth with her time of 2:08.56.
Tennessee’s Molly Hannis posted the seventh fastest time of the morning at 2:08.66 and Texas A&M’s Ashley McGregor claimed the last spot in the A final with her time of 2:08.79.
It took a 2:08.79 to make the A final and a 2:09.92 to make the B final.
200 Butterfly – Prelims
- 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
Hali Flickinger from Georgia posted the fastest time of the morning with her time of 1:52.97. Her teammate, Lauren Harrington, also qualified for the A final with the fourth fastest time of 1:53.76.
Louisville also put two into the A final with a second place 1:53.24 from Kelsi Worrell and a fifth place 1:54.18 from Tanja Kylliainen.
Kentucky’s Tina Bechtel qualified third with her time of 1:53.49. Florida State’s Chelsea Britt was sixth at 1:54.49.
Noemie Thomas from California qualified seventh with her time of 1:54.80 and Indiana’s Gia Dalesandro secured the last spot in the A final with her time 1:54.93.
It took a 1:54.43 to make the A final and a 1:55.62 to make the B final.
400 Freestyle Relay – Prelims
- 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
After missing the A final in the 200 medley relay yesterday, Stanford made sure they would make it in this morning. They had the fastest time of the morning at 3:11.96. Georgia is sitting in second with a 3:12.76.
California is sitting in third with a 3:12.98 and Wisconsin is fourth at 3:13.00.
Florida, NC State, Texas A&M, and Auburn will be joining them in the A final tonight.
It took a 3:15.56 to make the A final and a 3:16.16 to make the B final.
1650 Freestyle – Early Heats
- 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