2017 Women’s NCAAs Race Video: Baker Wins 200 IM, Just off U.S. Record


Reported by Lauren Neidigh. Video Courtesy tamuswim Youtube Channel.


  1. Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 1:51.69
  2. Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 1:52.27
  3. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 1:52.58

Kathleen Baker built on Cal’s momentum from the 200 free relay, taking down Stanford’s defending champ Ella Eastin in the 200 IM. Baker’s 1:51.69 makes her the 2nd fastest performer in history, and she was just 4 hundredths shy of Eastin’s NCAA and American Records of 1:51.65 from last season’s NCAA meet. Eastin wound up in 2nd, clocking a 1:52.27 to hold off Texas’ Madisyn Cox (1:52.58).

Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem (1:53.30) and Bethany Galat (1:54.16) turned in a pair of personal best times to round out the top 5 for the Aggies. USC freshman Louise Hansson (1:54.79) and Kentucky freshman Asia Seidt (1:55.19) came in at 7th and 8th behind NC State All-American Alexia Zevnik (1:54.74).

Tennessee freshman Meghan Small had a big swim in the B final, clocking in at a personal best 1:53.31 for 9th place.

Lane Assignments:

  1. Alexia Zevnik, NCS
  2. Kathleen Baker, CAL
  3. Bethany Galat, TA&M
  4. Madisyn Cox, TEX
  5. Sydney Pickrem, TA&M
  6. Ella Eastin, STAN
  7. Louise Hansson, USC
  8. Asia Seidt, UKY

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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