2017 W. NCAAs: Stevens, Moore Throw Down 15:52 in Afternoon Mile Heats

2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The first 5 heats of the 1650 free ath the 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships are now complete, with the 6th and final heat to swim at the beginning of day 4 finals. Because this is a timed final event, swimmers don’t have to be swimming with finals in order to earn a top 8 finish. That means we may see some of our swimmers from this afternoon’s heats earn a spot on the podium tonight.

Based on seed times, it was projected to take a 15:56.95 to place in the top 8, but it’ll likely be faster than that based on this afternoon’s results. Stanford’s Leah Stevens (15:52.36) and NC State’s Hannah Moore (15:52.75) led the way with a pair of 15:52s. Also under the projected top 8 mark were Texas’ Joanna Evans (15:54.46) and Northwestern’s Valerie Gruest-Slowing (15:55.01).

Penn State’s Allyson McHugh dropped down to a 15:58.92, while Arizona’s Tjasa Oder rounded out the sub-16:00s in 15:59.23.

Tonight’s final heat will include American Record holder Katie Ledecky and Olympic distance teammate Leah Smith (Virginia).

Still to swim with the championship final heat:

Editor’s Note: Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh is the sister of author Lauren Neidigh

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Yeah HANNAH! Great job helping NC State to a 7th place team finish!

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Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She is now coaching for Loggerhead Aquatics in her hometown …

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