2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 18
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Georgia (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Saturday Prelims Heat Sheet
- Live Results
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:
- Katie Ledecky (Stanford)
- Leah Smith (Virginia)
- G Ryan (Michigan)
- Megan Byrnes (Stanford)
- Rose Bi (Michigan)
- Becca Mann (USC)
- Danielle Valley (Wisconsin)
- Ashley Neidigh (Auburn)
Editor’s Note: Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh is the sister of author Lauren Neidigh