2017 Women’s NCAAs Race Video: Comerford Ties Ledecky for 200 FR Title

2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Lauren Neidigh

WOMEN’S 200 FREE

  • 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. (*T-1*) Mallory Comerford (Louisville)- 1:40.36
  2. (*T-1*) Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 1:40.36
  3. Simone Manuel (Stanford)- 1:40.70

How many swimmers can say they successfully ran down Katie Ledecky? Louisville’s Mallory Comerford can. Despite taking it out over half a second slower, Comerford unleashed a monster back half split to tie Ledecky for NCAA gold in the 200 free, as the 2 swimmers touched in 1:40.36.

With the tie, both swimmers demolished the former Pool Record of 1:41.41 done by Stanford’s Simone Manuel on the 800 free relay leadoff at this meet. Manuel had the early lead in tonight’s final, but faded to 3rd in 1:40.70.

Splits Comparison: Mallory Comerford vs. Katie Ledecky vs. Simone Manuel by 50

SWIMMER 1ST 50 SPLIT 2ND 50 SPLIT 3RD 50 SPLIT 4TH 50 SPLIT FINAL TIME
Mallory Comerford  23.95  25.51  25.37  25.53 1:40.36
Katie Ledecky  23.71  25.19  25.84  25.62 1:40.36
Simone Manuel(2017)  23.28  25.18  25.80  26.44 1:40.70

Splits Comparison: Mallory Comerford vs. Katie Ledecky vs. Simone Manuel by 100

SWIMMER 1ST 100 SPLIT 2ND 100 SPLIT FINAL TIME
Mallory Comerford 49.46 50.90 1:40.36
Katie Ledecky 48.90 51.46 1:40.36
Simone Manuel 48.46 52.24 1:40.70

Comerford and Ledecky are now tied as the 2nd fastest performers in history behind only Missy Franklin, who set the American Record at 1:39.10 at the 2015 NCAA Championship meet.

All Time Top Performers: Women’s 200 Free

  1. Missy Franklin- 1:39.10
  2. (T-2) Mallory Comerford– 1:40.36
  3. (T-2) Katie Ledecky– 1:40.36
  4. Simone Manuel– 1:40.37
  5. Allison Schmitt- 1:40.62

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Thanks for the video! Is it possible to post the race videos to the other events as well?

Wow!

Mallory – what turns and stroke efficiency!

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