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


Swimmers are gearing up for the final preliminary session of the 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. This morning brings competition in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, and platform diving. Timed final heats of the 1650 free will be swum later this afternoon, with the fastest heat swimming in finals.

American Record holders Simone Manuel (100 free) and Lilly King (200 breast) will headline their respective events this morning. Kathleen Baker will look to set herself up for a sweep of the backstrokes. In the 200 fly, Ella Eastin and Sarah Gibson are among the big names racing for the top spot.


  • 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. Alexia Zevnik (NC State)- 1:49.71
  2. Danielle Galyer (Kentucky)- 1:49.73
  3. Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 1:49.96
  4. Ali Galyer (Kentucky)- 1:50.53
  5.  Kennedy Goss (Indiana)- 1:50.62
  6. Tasija Karosas (Texas)- 1:50.85
  7. (T-7) Asia Seidt (Kentucky)- 1:50.86
  8. (T-7) Clara Smiddy (Michigan)- 1:50.86

Last season, it took a 1:51.90 to make the A final in this event, but you had to be over a second faster than that this time around to make the cut.

NC State’s Alexia Zevnik was just a tenth off her best this morning, clocking a 1:49.71 to match the time it took to win the event last season. Kentucky’s defending champion Danielle Galyer was just 2 hundredths shy of that behind her, while teammates Ali Galyer and Asia Seidt qualified 4th and 7th respectively. Also swimming sub-1:50 in prelims was Cal’s Kathleen Baker, who will be chasing Liz Pelton’s American Record tonight after coming within a half second of it at Pac-12s last month.

Once again, the backstroke B final is loaded with star power, including Stanford’s Janet Hu (1:51.19), Cal’s Amy Bilquist (1:51.45), Missouri’s Hannah Stevens (1:51.59), and Texas’ Claire Adams (1:52.09).

A couple of big names will be absent from tonight’s final, including Stanford’s Ally Howe, the 100 back American Record holder, and UNC’s Hellen Moffitt.


  1. Simone Manuel (Stanford)- 46.30
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Georgia)- 46.87
  3. Mallory Comerford (Louisville)- 46.89
  4. Farida Osman (Cal)- 47.18
  5. Lia Neal (Stanford)- 47.22
  6. Abbey Weitzeil (Cal)- 47.28
  7. Beryl Gastaldello (Texas A&M)- 47.34
  8. Chantal Van Landeghem (Georgia)- 47.37

Simone Manuel tore through prelims with the 3rd fastest performance of all time, clocking a 46.30 to finish just 2 tenths shy of her own American Record and take down the Pool Record. Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga, the defending champion, and Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, last night’s 200 free co-champion, rounded out the top 3 with a pair of 46-highs.

After missing out on the championship final in the 50 and 200 freestyles, Stanford’s Lia Neal got the job done this morning with the 5th fastest time between Cal teammates Farida Osman and Abbey Weitzeil.

USC freshman Louise Hansson was a tenth shy of making the A final, finishing 9th in 47.48 ahead of Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey (47.55). Cal’s Kristen Vredeveld had a big swim this morning, breaking 48 for the first time to qualify 14th in 47.95.


  1. Kierra Smith (Minnesota)- 2:05.50
  2. Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M)- 2:05.69
  3. Emily Escobedo (UMBC)- 2:05.72
  4. Lilly King (Indiana)- 2:05.90
  5. Kayla Brumbaum (NC State)- 2:06.23
  6. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 2:06.45
  7. Ashley McGregor (Texas A&M)- 2:06.86
  8. Andee Cottrell (Louisville)- 2:07.45

Minnesota’s Kierra Smith used her back half speed to land the top spot in the 200 breast, coming in at 2:05.50 just ahead of Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem, who dropped a second from her best time to take 2nd seed in 2:05.69. UMBC’s Emily Escobedo cleared 2:06 for the first time, touching in 2:05.72 to qualify ahead of American Record holder Lilly King.

NC State’s Kayla Brumbaum had a big swim, knocking over a second off her best time to take 5th, while Texas’ Madisyn Cox followed in 6th with a new best time of her own.

Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat, who finished 5th in this race last season, was just shy of making the championship final with a 2:07.72 for 9th place ahead of Virginia’s Laura Simon (2:07.81). USC’s Riley Scott (2:09.79), who entered the meet as the 3rd seed, will look to make moves in tonight’s B final after wualifying 16th.


  • 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)- 1:52.58
  2. Kaitlyn Jones (Virginia)- 1:52.93
  3. Sarah Gibson (Texas A&M)- 1:53.32
  4. Lauren Case (Texas)- 1:53.44
  5. Katie McLaughlin (Cal)- 1:53.92
  6. Jen Marrkand (Virginia)- 1:54.12
  7. Remedy Rule (Texas)- 1:54.34
  8. Maddie Wright (USC)- 1:54.41

Stanford’s Ella Eastin clipped the Pool Record, formerly set at 1:52.61 by Cammile Adams, to take top seed for finals in 1:52.58. Virginia’s Kaitlyn Jones posted the only other sub-1:53 of the morning, followed closely by Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson, a returning All-American.

Texas’ Lauren Case put up a personal best 1:53.44 to take 4th, while teammate Remedy Rule qualified 7th. She wasn’t the only freshman to make it in, however, as USC’s Maddie Wright made it in at 8th.

Tonight’s B final will include Georgia’s Chelsea Britt (1:54.44), Cal’s Noemie Thomas (1:54.84), Virginia Tech’s Klaudia Nazieblo (1:55.52), and Georgia’s Megan Kingsley (1:54.58). All 4 of those swimmers have previously earned All-American status in the event, which sets up a good race in tonight’s consolation heat.


  • 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
  1. Georgia- 3:10.54
  2. Stanford- 3:10.83
  3. USC- 3:11.28
  4. NC State- 3:11.56
  5. Cal- 3:11.75
  6. Texas A&M- 3:12.43
  7. Louisville- 3:12.61
  8. Wisconsin- 3:12.91

Olivia Smoliga charged to a 47.28 leadoff split to get the ball rolling for Georgia as they took the top seed in the 400 free relay. So far, Cal and Stanford are the only teams to have won a relay title here, so they’ll look to challenge tonight. Stanford’s Simone Manuel anchored in a blistering 46.18 to help the Cardinal earn 2nd seed, while Cal’s Kristen Vredeveld turned in a 47.45 on the Bears’ 3rd leg to help them qualify 5th behind USC and NC State.

Aside from Manuel, Louisville’s Mallory Comerford had the fastest morning split with a 47.04 on the 2nd leg.

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Wild Bill
4 years ago

Great swimming ahead!

4 years ago

Took a 150.8 to make finals in the 200 back. That seems incredibly fast to me.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Teamwiess
4 years ago

Yes. I noted after the conference meets that the overall level in that event had never looked so strong. The depth is huge.
And I expect an American record from Miss Baker tonight.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Thank you for sharing your notes and expectations….

4 years ago

Ah was hoping Bilquist to do better for the 200 back

Reply to  Zanna
4 years ago

So was I. She missed finals in the 100 and the 200.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago


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