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

2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

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. 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.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE

  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.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  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.

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)- 1:52.58
  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.

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
  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!

Teamwiess
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.

Adam
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Thank you for sharing your notes and expectations….

Zanna
4 years ago

Ah was hoping Bilquist to do better for the 200 back

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  Zanna
4 years ago

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

SWIMFANSSSS
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

☹️

samuel huntington
4 years ago

wow, the Kentucky backstroke group

and Stanford continues to be off

xyz
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Stanford’s endurance is pretty off…

E Gamble
Reply to  xyz
4 years ago

Yes. It must be really hard for Stanford’s endurance to have won SECs and now be leading on the final day at the NCs. How will the get through this? ?

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

You mean PACs.

E Gamble
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

Yes Pac-12s. Thanks ? Let go ?s

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Really this is the first major miss for finals for Stanford(Hu). Bilquist missed both back finals.

samuel huntington
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

Szekely, Howe, Hu, and Neal have all looked a bit off

Caleb
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Howe was great on day 1 but sort of went downhill from there… Neal’s been ok except for that prelims swim yesterday. I think her 50 was a PB. The whole team looks ok, just not really sharp. They were really fast at conference and it’s hard to repeat that with meets so close together. Wonder if PAC-12 would ever change the timing…

SWIMFANSSSS
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Howe missed the final

bobo gigi
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

I noted that this morning in my comment.
That’s a weird impression.
Some Stanford girls look a little bit off and Stanford will easily win the title.
But let’s see that final day. If Katie and Simone break American records. If Ella wins the 200 fly. If they win the relay. It will be hard to say they are off. 🙂

PsychoDad
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Very impressive by Kentucky backstrokers. At any level, backstroke is by far the easiest stroke to master and to swim at a high level. You just need a coach that spends few minutes to do research. USA dominates backstroke because it is thought to be a physical (kung fu) stroke – in Japan and other countries, you are supposed to swim it pretty.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  PsychoDad
4 years ago

Real Kung Fu is glorious & fatally pretty .

Analysis
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Someone actually do the analysis of in-season median time vs. conference/NCAA tapered times to see where tapered times are at this meet. A lot of subjective comments on here. In depth analysis made by SwimSwam staff of over 30000 swimmers showed women drop 3.6% from in-season median to tapered.

Ledecky 500 free, from 4:34 in-season median time to 4:25/4:24 at Pac12/NCAA shows 3.x% drop as predicted by SwimSwam model.

Wild Bill
4 years ago

Looking forward to all races tonight – Will Mallory push Simone below 46?

swimz14
4 years ago

Is there a heat sheet for this session?

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Simone and Katie are angry.

E Gamble
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I hope they can save some of that anger for the 400 free relay tonight because they’re gonna need it. It’s gonna be a tight finish. ?

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

I smell an upset in that relay. . . .

Zanna
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
4 years ago

I hope so

SWIMFANSSSS
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
4 years ago

I smell Cal will win the relay

The Grand Inquisitor
Reply to  SWIMFANSSSS
4 years ago

I smell that Cal loses by more than 100 points

The Grand Inquisitor
Reply to  The Grand Inquisitor
4 years ago

And it smells pretty good too

Spencer
Reply to  The Grand Inquisitor
4 years ago

Yeah good for stanford… it will however be therir first title since 1998. Cal has won a few in that time as well as being top three for the last 10 years or something crazy. Great that stanford is having a resurgence though, really, good for them. If Kathleen breaks the AR tonight in the 200 back then she is the rightful swimmer of the meet. Three wins, an AR, several relay titles, and no ties. Wild that Ledecky isn’t the shoe in for swimmer of the meet at this point. We will just have to see how the 2back and 400 free relay play out tonight.

Digbert
4 years ago

still confused as to why Kierra Smith gets away with her stroke.

Even on her SwimSwam bio it shows the elbow out of the water… https://swimswam.com/bio/kierra-smith/

PsychoDad
Reply to  Digbert
4 years ago

That is not enforced on any level, including age group swimming.

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