2017 Women’s NCAA Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana come to close tonight with day 4 finals. Swimmers are set to vie for the national titles in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay, while divers will compete in the platform finals.

Stanford’s Katie Ledecky will look to become this first woman in history to swim below 15:00 in the 1650 free. Her teammate, Simone Manuel, will also be looking for a historic result, as we could see the first ever sub-46 swim in the women’s 100 free. Cal’s Kathleen Baker has the 200 back on record watch, as she came within half a second of Liz Pelton’s American Record at Pac-12s last month and has been on fire at this meet.

WOMEN’S 1650 FREE

  • NCAA record: Katie Ledecky (2016)- 15:03.92
  • American record: Katie Ledecky (2016)- 15:03.92
  • U.S. Open record: Katie Ledecky (2016)- 15:03.92
  • Championship Record: Brittany MacLean (2014)- 15:27.84
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Leah Smith, Virginia, 15:32.72
  1. Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 15:07.70
  2. Leah Smith (Virginia)- 15:28.89
  3. Megan Byrnes (Stanford)- 15:50.87

Katie Ledecky broke away from the pack from start to finish, setting a new Championship Record in 15:07.70, while teammates Megan Byrnes and Leah Stevens finished 3rd and 4th respectively to show off Stanford’s distance dominance. Virginia’s Leah Smith touched in 2nd, finishing over 20 seconds ahead of the 3rd through 8th swimmers.

Virginia’s Leah Smith (15:52.36), NC State’s Hannah Moore (15:52.75), and Texas’ Joanna Evans all earned a top 8 finish with their times from the earlier heats. Wisconsin’s Danielle Valley (15:53.22) was 6th overall, while Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh (15:54.88) rounded out the top 8.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK

  • NCAA record: Elizabeth Pelton (2013)- 1:47.84
  • American record: Elizabeth Pelton (2013)- 1:47.84
  • U.S. Open record: Elizabeth Pelton (2013)- 1:47.84
  • Championship Record: Elizabeth Pelton (2013)- 1:47.84
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Danielle Galyer, Kentucky, 1:49.71
  1. Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 1:48.44
  2. Alexia Zevnik (NC State)- 1:49.09
  3. Asia Seidt (Kentucky)- 1:49.63

Cal’s Kathleen Baker and NC State’s Alexia Zevnik battled down the stretch, but Baker broke away with a big underwater on the final wall to win the race in 1:48.44. Kentucky freshman Asia Seidt had a huge swim to take 3rd in 1:49.63, while teammate and 2016 champion Danielle Galyer (1:50.49) took 5th and fellow Kentucky freshman Ali Galyer (1:51.05) took 8th.

Texas’ Tasija Karosas finished just outside of the top 3, cranking out a personal best 1:49.91 to take 4th and break 1:50 for the first time in her career. Missouri’s Nadine Laemmler also came up with a big personal best, clocking in at 1:50.79 to win the B final.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE

  1. Simone Manuel (Stanford)- 45.56
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Georgia)- 46.30
  3. Mallory Comerford (Louisville)- 46.35

Stanford’s Simone Manuel scorched her way to a 21.90 to the feet at the 50 en route to becoming the first woman to ever break 46 seconds. Manuel, the Olympic gold medalist in the long course version of this race, tore through the water to post a 45.56, leaving an incredible pair of 46-lows by Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga and Louisville’s Mallory Comerford in the dust.

Stanford’s Lia Neal roared to a personal best 46.76 to out-touch Cal’s Farida Osman (47.07), as the 2 swimmers placed 4th and 5th respectively in the final individual swims of their NCAA career.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  1. Lilly King (Indiana)- 2:03.19
  2. Kierra Smith (Minnesota)- 2:03.55
  3. Emily Escobedo (UMBC)- 2:05.20

Indiana’s Lilly King charged to the early lead in 58.32 and held on for the gold in a new American Record time of 2:03.19. Minnesota’s Kierra Smith came home hard with a 1:03.76 on the back half, taking 2nd in 2:03.55 as she also cleared the former NCAA Record.

UMBC’s Emily Escobedo and Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem battled down the stretch, but it was Escobedo who got her hands on the wall a nail faster to take 4th in 2:05.20 to Pickrem’s 2:05.23. NC State’s Kayla Brumbaum (2:05.55) and Texas’ Madisyn Cox (2:05.77) each broke 2:06 for the first time to take 5th and 6th respectively.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

  • NCAA record: Elaine Breeden (2009), 1:49.92
  • American record: Elaine Breeden (2009), 1:49.92
  • U.S. Open record: Elaine Breeden (2009), 1:49.92
  • Championship Record: Kelsi Worrell, Louisville, 1:50.61
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Kelsi Worrell, Louisville, 1:50.96
  1. Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 1:51.35
  2. Katie McLaughlin (Cal)- 1:52.37
  3. Jenn Marrkand (Virginia)- 1:53.15

Stanford’s Ella Eastin put up a convincing win in the 200 fly, winning her 2nd NCAA title of the meet. Cal’s Katie McLaughlin knocked a second off her best time to place 2nd in 1:52.37. Texas’ Remedy Rule initially touched 3rd in 1:52.92, but was disqualified for a 15-meter violation, bumping Virginia’s Jenn Marrkand up into the top 3.

WOMEN’S PLATFORM DIVING

  1. Olivia Rosendahl (Northwestern)- 335.30
  2. Jessica Parrato (Indiana)- 314.45
  3. Rebecca Quesnel (FIU)- 302.35

Northwestern sophomore Olivia Rosendahl became the first diver in Northwestern history to win an NCAA title, winning the event with a score of 335.30 ahead of Indiana standout Jessica Parrato. Florida International’s Rebecca Quesnel picked up big points for her team with a 3rd place finish.

Nebraska freshman Abigail Knapton finished 4th in this event at her first ever NCAAs with a score of 297.30, just ahead of Purdue’s Alexis Vincent, who rounded out the top 5 with 289.75 points.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE RELAY

  • NCAA record: Stanford (2017)- 3:08.51
  • American record: Stanford (2017)- 3:08.51
  • U.S. Open record: Stanford (2017)- 3:08.51
  • Championship Record: Stanford (2015)- 3:08.54
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: USC- 3:09.69

Simone Manuel rocketed to a 46.02 leadoff to post the 2nd fastest 100 free ever as Stanford took down the American Record in 3:07.61. With a 4th place finish on the line after Texas took 9th in the 400 free relay, the Georgia Bulldogs knew they had to finish at least 2nd t0 beat the Longhorns. They did just that, as Chantal Van Landeghem (46.73) ran down Cal’s Farida Osman (46.88) to give the Bulldogs a runner-up finish.

AWARD WINNERS:

  • Swimmer of the Year- Kathleen Baker (Cal)
  • Swim Coach of the Year- Greg Meehan (Stanford)
  • Diver of the Year- Lexi Tennenbaum (Minnesota)
  • Diving Coach of the Year- Wenbo Chen (Minnesota)

FINAL TEAM SCORES:

  1. Stanford                        526.5   2. California                        366
  3. Texas A&M                       292.5   4. Georgia                         252.5
  5. Texas                             252   6. Louisville                      194.5
  7. NC State                          194   8. Indiana                           185
  9. Southern Cali                     176  10. Minnesota                         168
 11. Michigan                          159  12. Virginia                          149
 13. Missouri                          135  14. Kentucky                          106
 15. Wisconsin                          98  16. Arizona                          89.5
 17. UNC                                73  18. Auburn                             55
 19. Ohio St                            52  20. UCLA                               48
 21. Northwestern                       40  22. Tennessee                          35
 23. Purdue                             33  24. Umbc (W)                           30
 25. Miami (Oh)                         29  26. Iowa                               26
 27. Nevada                             25  28. Florida St                         24
 29. Arizona St                         22  30. Denver                             20
 31. Virginia Tech                      18  32. Florida Int'l                      16
 33. Nebraska                           15  34. Lsu                                14
 35. Cincinnati                         12  36. Boise St                           10
 36. Penn St                            10  38. South Carolina                      8
 39. Miami (Fl)                          5  39. Air Force (W)                       5
 41. Pittsburgh                          4  41. Florida Gulf                        4
 43. Alabama                           3.5  44. Notre Dame                          2
 44. San Diego State University          2  44. Massachusetts                       2
 47. Duke                                1  47. Drexel                              1
 47. Rutgers                             1

*EDITORS NOTE: Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh is the sister of author Lauren Neidigh*

 

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Attila the Runt

Great picture of Simone, in what must be a relay takeoff.

Wait, the article cover photo? Definitely looks to be a flat start. Her elbows wouldn’t be in that position from a relay exchange. It also looks like the field is leaving at the same time.

Swimclh, the photo has changed. The first one was Simone in a relay exchange. We could see Janet Hu just behind her.

It was that one.
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Wow. I didn’t know the photo would appear. 🙂
I thought there would be only the link.
Cool.

Aha! Makes sense. I was very confused. Thanks for clarification. I like that one better!

Discrimination

Damn she’s kinda jacked!

Peter Davis

Ledecky’s 15:03 splits:
25.97 53.60 (27.63) 1:21.64 (28.04) 1:49.51 (27.87)
2:17.57 (28.06) 2:45.40 (27.83) 3:13.14 (27.74) 3:40.75 (27.61)
4:08.34 (27.59) 4:35.85 (27.51) 5:03.10 (27.25) 5:30.59 (27.49)
5:58.01 (27.42) 6:25.19 (27.18) 6:52.71 (27.52) 7:20.00 (27.29)
7:47.30 (27.30) 8:14.60 (27.30) 8:41.77 (27.17) 9:08.94 (27.17)
9:36.34 (27.40) 10:03.57 (27.23) 10:31.08 (27.51) 10:58.36 (27.28)
11:25.83 (27.47) 11:53.35 (27.52) 12:20.94 (27.59) 12:48.72 (27.78)
13:16.30 (27.58) 13:43.74 (27.44) 14:10.87 (27.13) 14:37.96 (27.09) 15:03.92 (25.96)

Katie was in 4.32.10 yesterday at the 500 free. Probably a little bit too fast. She’s human. 🙂

She knows pace… and to break 15, she probably had to be out in 4:32 or better… I’m guessing she took it out exactly the way she’s been practicing for it. Unfortunately, on this day she just didn’t have enough in the tank.

Any live link working?

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