2017 Women’s NCAA Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


The 2017 Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships continue this morning at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis with prelims of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 medley relay, and 3-meter diving.

One of the most anticipated races of the meet is the 200 free, which will feature Stanford teammates Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, as well as Louisville standout Mallory Comerford. Stanford’s Ella Eastin will be chasing Ledecky’s American Record in the 400 IM while looking to defend her title against Texas’ Madisyn Cox. In the 100 back, Cal’s Kathleen Baker and Stanford’s Ally Howe, who became just the 2nd and 3rd swimmers to ever break 50 seconds in the event, will battle a loaded field for the title.


  • NCAA record: Katinka Hosszu (2012)- 3:56.54
  • American record: Katie Ledecky (2017)- 3:57.68
  • U.S. Open record: Katinka Hosszu (2012)- 3:56.54
  • Championship Record: Katinka Hosszu (2012)- 3:56.54
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 3:58.40
  1. Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 4:03.47
  2. Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M)- 4:03.63
  3. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 4:04.03
  4. Bethany Galat (Texas A&M)- 4:04.65
  5. Bailey Andison (Denver)- 4:04.84
  6. Lindsey Clary (Ohio State)-
  7. Reka Gyorgy (Virginia Tech)- 4:05.87
  8. Sharli Brady (Missouri)- 4:06.00

Top seed Ella Eastin (Stanford), the defending champion in this race, cruised through prelims ahead of Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem, as the two finished in a pair of 4:03s. The Aggies will have 2 in the final, as Bethany Galat touched with the 4th fastest time. Texas’ Madisyn Cox also looked very smooth this morning to pick up 3rd.

Summit League champ Bailey Andison will represent Denver in the final after putting up a personal best 4:04.84. Ohio State’s Lindsey Clary, who finished 2nd in this race last season, came in at 6th behind her.

Last season’s 3rd place finisher, Georgia’s Emily Cameron, just missed out with a 4:06.59 for 9th place. 2016 All-Americans Lisa Bratton (4:09.71) and Brooke Zeiger (4:11.99) will also be missing from the final after placing 2nd and 31st respectively.


  • NCAA record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • American record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • U.S. Open record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • Championship Record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 49.43
  1. Noemie Thomas (Cal)- 50.71
  2. Louise Hansson (USC)- 50.74
  3. (T-3) Hellen Moffitt (UNC)- 50.77
  4. (T-3) Farida Osman (Cal)- 50.77
  5. (T-5) Janet Hu (Stanford)- 51.09
  6. (T-5) Sarah Gibson (Texas A&M)- 51.09
  7. Gia Dalesandro (Indiana)- 51.27
  8. Liz Li (Ohio State) 51.45

It looks to be anyone’s race tonight in the 100 fly, as 4 women were bunched together in the 50.7-range and it took a 51-low to qualify 8th. Leading the way was Cal’s Noemie Thomas, but Pac-12 champ Louise Hansson, a USC freshman, was just a nail behind. Cal will have 2 in the final, as Farida Osman, who placed 3rd last season, tied with UNC All-American Hellen Moffitt for 3rd.

Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson, the defending runner-up, tied with Stanford’s Janet Hu, the fastest swimmer in the nation this year, for 5th place.

Georgia’s Chelsea Britt and Auburn’s Haley Black tied with a pair of 51.47s for 9th, just missin the championship final by 2 hundredths. A trio of freshman came in behind them to qualify for the B final: Cal’s Maddie Murphy (51.74), Georgia’s Veronica Burchill (51.87), and Louisville’s Grace Oglesby (51.97).


  • NCAA record: Missy Franklin (2015)- 1:39.10
  • American record: Missy Franklin (2015)- 1:39.10
  • U.S. Open record: Missy Franklin (2015)- 1:39.10
  • Championship Record: Missy Franklin (2015)- 1:39.10
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Brittany MacLean (Georgia)- 1:42.42
  1. Simone Manuel (Stanford)- 1:41.81
  2. Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 1:42.02
  3. Leah Smith (Virginia)- 1:42.86
  4. Mallory Comerford (Louisville)- 1:42.99
  5. Siobhan Haughey (Michigan)- 1:43.03
  6. Jackie Keire (Cincinatti)- 1:43.27
  7. Gabby DeLoof (Michigan)- 1:43.50
  8. Claire Rasmus (Texas A&M)- 1:43.73

The battle between Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky will take place in the center of the pool tonight, but Virginia’s Leah Smith and Louisville’s Mallory Comerford will look to shake things up at their sides. Manuel was the only swimmer sub-1:42 this morning, but nobody looked to be anywhere near 100% effort in the heats.

Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey, a 2016 All-American in this race, will return to the final this season, qualifying 5th just ahead of Cincinatti’s Jackie Keire.

Cal’s Katie McLaughlin just missed the championship final, turning in a 1:43.75 for 9th place. Georgia’s Meaghan Raab (1:43.78) cleared the 1:44-barrier for the first time to qualify 10th. Also swimming in the B final will be Stanford’s Lia Neal (1:44.17) and Katie Drabot (1:44.60).


  1. Lilly King (Indiana)- 57.38
  2. Lindsey Horejsi (Minnesota)- 58.23
  3. Natalie Pierce (Florida State)- 58.38
  4. Kayla Brumbaum (NC State)- 58.54
  5. Laura Simon (Virginia)- 58.58
  6. Andee Cottrell (Louisville)- 58.65
  7. Katharine Ross (Missouri)- 59.00
  8. Emma Sougstad (Iowa)- 59.06

Lilly King looks untouchable in this race, and will look to break her own American Record after cruising to a 57.38 this morning and topping the field by nearly a full second. The battle for 2nd should be a close one. Minnesota’s Lindsey Horejsi and Florida State’s Natalie Pierce were both 58-low, while NC State’s Kayla Brumbaum, Virginia’s Laura Simon, and Louisville’s Andee Cottrell came in a couple of tenths back in the 58-mid range.

Minnesota’s Kierra Smith was just hundredths shy of making the top 8, touching with the 9th fastest time in 59.09 ahead of UMBC’s Emily Escobedo (59.15) and Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta (59.16).


  • NCAA record: Ally Howe (2017)- 49.69
  • American record: Ally Howe (2017)- 49.69
  • U.S. Open record: Ally Howe (2017)- 49.69
  • Championship Record: Kathleen Baker (2017)- 49.80
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Rachel Bootsma (Cal)- 50.28
  1. Olivia Smoliga (Georgia)- 50.31
  2. Hannah Stevens (Missouri)- 50.61
  3. Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 50.63
  4. Janet Hu (Stanford)- 50.75
  5. Ally Howe (Stanford)- 50.80
  6. Hellen Moffitt (North Carolina)- 50.94
  7. Nadine Laemmler (Missouri)- 50.96
  8. Claire Adams (Texas)- 51.10

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga roared to a personal best 50.31 to lead prelims, knocking a couple of tenths off her former best time of 50.58 from last month’s SEC Championships. Tonight, she’ll be challenged by Cal’s Kathleen Baker, who, despite Cal’s relay DQ, set a Pool Record of 49.80 on the 100 back leadoff split. American Record holder Ally Howe, who blazed to a 49.69 at the Pac-12 Championships, will also be in the mix after qualifying 5th.

Missouri’s Hannah Stevens will look to pull off the upset after blasting a lifetime best 50.61 in prelims. That knocked 2 tenths off her former best 50.81 from SECs. Texas’ Claire Adams will be the only freshman in the field after qualifying 8th, dropping a few hundredths to post a best time in 51.10.

The B final in this race is also loaded with big names, including Cal’s Amy Bilquist (51.35), Texas’ Tasija Karosas (51.41), NC State’s Alexia Zevnik (51.43), Tennessee’s Kira Toussaint (51.54), and Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer (51.68).


  • NCAA record: Stanford (2016)- 1:34.15
  • American record: Stanford (2016)- 1:34.15
  • U.S. Open record: Stanford (2016)- 1:34.15
  • Championship Record: Cal (2012)- 1:34.24
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Stanford (Howe, Haase, Hu, Neal)-1:34.81
  1. Texas A&M- 1:35.59
  2. NC State- 1:35.77
  3. Cal- 1:35.93
  4. Arizona- 1:36.02
  5. Indiana- 1:36.06
  6. Missouri- 1:36.17
  7. USC- 1:36.18
  8. Stanford- 1:36.24

Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson popped a 22.97 fly split to help her team take top seed for finals. NC State was narrowly behind, getting a blistering 26.06 breast split from Kayla Brumbaum and a 21.32 anchor from freshman Ky-Lee Perry.

Cal was also under 1:36 this morning, with Noemie Thomas posting a 22.56 on the fly split. The Bears will likely change things up tonight, as they have the option of using Farida Osman on the free leg and Kathleen Baker on the back leg.

Stanford just squeaked into the final at 8th, 5 hundredths ahead of Texas’ 1:36.29 for 9th place.

Fastest splits of the field:

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4 years ago

Is the live stream working? It didn’t seem to work. No VDO. Just a black screen.

Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago

I’m getting the same thing.

outside smoke
Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago

just refreshed and now getting the regular “event not started yet” countdown

Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago

The prelims start at 10:00. Hopefully they’ll manage to get it up in the next 3 minutes…

Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago

Still NO VDO! ugh!

Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago

Is anyone’s working now? It’s “live now” but I have a black screen. :/

Reply to  xyz
4 years ago

I got it now. It’s here.

Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago
outside smoke
Reply to  ADSF
4 years ago

continued to refresh, started working!

Reply to  outside smoke
4 years ago

Thought there was no audio for a second but everything’s back to normal!

Wild Bill
4 years ago

Katie Ledecky under 1:40.00 for the 200 SC Yards Free tonight, close to 1:40:00 in the prelims.
After seeing her rocket start in the 500 (1st 100 – 50.65 ) and closing speed the last 100 ( 52.9 ),
I believe Missy Franklin’s fantastic 1:39.1 200 from the 2015 NCAAs is under threat.
Katie has always been dangerous, however as she has picked up speed over the years.
Note: Simon may break 1:40.00 too. Mallory – 1:40.00 +
Quite a race tonight.
Go Katie Go!

4 years ago

How can Kathleen Baker have the championship record when her relay was DQed? I thought a lead off record only counted if the relay finished legally?

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh
4 years ago

From my understanding NCAA follows different rules

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh
4 years ago

Art – you can read more here, including the exact verbiage of the rule: https://swimswam.com/baker-goes-2nd-fastest-100-back-all-time-time-stands-despite-dq/

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh
4 years ago

If you think about it, it makes sense. Baker swam a perfectly legal 100y backstroke. The fact that Weitzeil jumped early nearly 2 minutes later doesn’t really change that. Plus, it’s not like any of us are going to forget that 49.80. Every subsequent list of top 100y backstroke times would just be: 49.69, 49.80*, 49.97, 50.01, … (* Schrodinger’s DQ)

Reply to  Barry
4 years ago

I thought you were writing “Weitzell jumped nearly 2 minutes early.” Which is about how it felt.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh
4 years ago

I must admit, a 20 down-vote shut-out is a bit harsh for a legit question.

Swim Chicka
4 years ago

Does anyone know how to get the livestream unfrozen? I have audio, but the screen is frozen

4 years ago

Where’s the video it’s not working

4 years ago

Is there any place I can find the heat sheet?

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

Thank you so much!

Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

I wonder if Stanford IMer ALLIE SZEKELY is related to the comedian Louie CK. Skekely is Louie’s real last name but he changed his stage name to “CK” because he found that people had problems pronouncing Szekely correctly.

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

Anyone know if her Stanford teammates call her Allie CK? 🙂
When Allie wins her first national title, it’d be cool if Louie CK could be on site to present her medal.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

I somehow had the impression Allie was Jewish . ( maybe her old swim club ) . CK is Catholic so it is unlikely .

Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Allie Szekely is not related to CK. Very common name in Hungary. Grandfather from Transylvania.

Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

Ah yes, another morning with the soothing yet enthusiastic voice of SAM KENDRICKS!

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

He is the real deal ….

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