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


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 is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently a coach at Loggerhead Aquatics …

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