2017 Women’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2017 WOMEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers are preparing for day 2 finals of the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Washington, with the action kicking off at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Tonight, we’ll crown the Pac-12 champions in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay, and women’s 1-meter diving.

Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky will be chasing her own NCAA and American Record in the 500 free tonight after breaking the Pac-12 Meet Record with a quick 4:28.37 this morning. Stanford’s Ella Eastin and Cal’s Kathleen Baker will square off with USC’s Kirsten Vose and Louise Hansson in the 200 IM. Finally, a highly anticipated showdown between Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Cal teammates Abbey Weitzeil and Farida Osman will take place in the 50 free.

WOMEN’S 1-METER DIVING

  1. Kassidy Cook, Stanford, 338.35
  2. Maria Polyakova, UCLA, 335.75
  3. Naomi Gowlett, USC, 328.15

Stanford’s Kassidy Cook edged out UCLA’s Maria Polyakova by less than 3 points to win a close contest for gold. Not far behind was USC’s Naomi Gowlett, who took 3rd with 328.15 points. Arizona got a huge boost from diving, with Karolyn Loftus (6th), Kaitlyn Costello (7th), and Sally Hackett (8th) all scoring in the final.

WOMEN’S 500 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 4:36.30
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 4:47.79
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 4:26.46
  • Pac-12 Meet Record: Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 4:28.37
  1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford, 4:25.15
  2. Katie Drabot, Stanford, 4:35.69
  3. Katie McLaughlin, Cal, 4:36.04

Stanford’s Katie Ledecky tore through the water, setting a new NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Record to win gold in 4:25.15. That took over a second off her previous record of 4:26.46 from the Ohio State Invite. Fellow Cardinal freshman Katie Drabot (4:35.69) had a fantastic swim to take silver, as did bronze mealist Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (4:36.04) as both swimmers dropped seconds from their best times.

A tight race for 4th saw Stanford freshman Megan Byrnes and Arizona freshman Hannah Cox battle down the stretch. Byrnes got to the wall in 4:39.14, just ahead of Cox’s 4:39.66.

WOMEN’S 200 IM

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:55.35
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:01.59
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 1:51.65
  • Pac-12 Meet Record: Julia Smit (Stanford)- 1:52.31
  1. Ella Eastin, Stanford, 1:52.34
  2. Kathleen Baker, Cal, 1:52.74
  3. Louise Hansson, USC, 1:53.72

Stanford’s Ella Eastin kept the streak going for the Cardinal, coming within 3 hundredths of the Meet Record to win back-to-back titles in 1:52.34. Cal’s Kathleen Baker was just a few tenths back, coming in t 1:52.74 for silver. USC freshman Louise Hansson continues to impress, as she picked up bronze in 1:53.72.

Stanford’s Ally Howe and USC’s Kirsten Vose battled down the stretch for 4th place.Vose had the slight edge after breaststroke, but Howe rocketed home to out-touch her with a 1:55.74 to Vose’s 1:55.91.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 21.80
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 22.99
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: Lara Jackson (Arizona)- 21.27
  • Pac-12 Meet Record: Farida Osman (Cal)- 21.32
  1. Simone Manuel, Stanford, 21.29
  2. Farida Osman, Cal, 21.49
  3. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 21.50

Stanford has yet to lose a race at this meet, as Simone Manuel came in clutch to win gold in a new Pac-12 Meet Record time of 21.29. Defending champ Farida Osman wound up 2nd in 21.49, just a hundredth ahead of teammate Abbey Weitzeil (21.50).

UCLA’s Linnea Mack blazed to a 21.67 to finish just off the podium, followed closely by Stanford’s Lia Neal (21.70) and Arizona’s Katrina Konopka (21.71). USC’s Anika Apostalon also cleared 22 seconds, posting a 21.91 for 7th place. Rounding out the top 8 was Cal’s Amy Bilquist (22.13).

Notably, Cal freshman Maddie Murphy had a big swim in the B-final, turning in a personal best 21.96.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:28.98
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:29.75
  • Pac-12 Conference Record: Arizona (2009)- 1:26.20
  • Pac-12 Meet Record: Stanford (2016)- 1:26.77
  1. Stanford- 1:26.44
  2. Cal- 1:26.49
  3. Arizona- 1:27.95

The Stanford 200 free relay squad of Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, Janet Hu, and Ally Howe took down the Pac-12 Meet Record in a fingernail finish against Cal. The Cardinal touched just 5 hundredths ahead of the Bears. Manuel got the Cardinal off to an early lead with her 21.44, while Howe clocked a 21.49 on the anchor leg to hold off a hard-charging Farida Osman (21.21). Notably, Cal’s Kristen Vredeveld split a 21.70 on the B-relay, which made her the team’s 3rd fastest performer overall.

 

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Pvdh
4 years ago

4:25:1 ledecky

N P
4 years ago

4:25.15 from Ledecky; absolutely stunning! Final 50 of 25.69.

lsswim
4 years ago

Based on that 500, I am pretty sure we won’t have to wait for March to sub 15 in the 1650!

AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

Standford is taking names at this meet. They have won every event tonight so far with only the 200 free relay to go.

Markster
4 years ago

Really excited to see what Katie McLaughlin can do this summer. She has real potential to win 200 fly gold at worlds.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Markster
4 years ago

and potentially to make the 800 free relay as well – remember how she handled that third leg in Kazan ?

Sir Swimsalot
4 years ago

I just don’t understand how Ledecky does it. She goes insanely fast. Then she goes even faster. And she doesn’t improve by just hundredths or tenths, but by seconds! Legendary

Wild Bill
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
4 years ago

First thing her 500 yards time is about equal to her olympic gold Rio 400 meter time ( 0.2 ) slower according to the converter. Every summer she improves in meters so naturally it cares over to yards.
At the same time she has swum yards faster than meters at times. Her 15:03 1650 is,equal to 14:21 for the 1500 while her WR is 15:25. Still an amazing swimmer.

Wild Bill
Reply to  Wild Bill
4 years ago

Oops – correction – 15:21 conversion for her 1650 time

irviner
4 years ago

1:52.3 Eastin 1:52.7 Baker

North
4 years ago

This meet is exceptionally fast in every event so far ! So happy for Katie McLaughlin

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