2018 W. NCAAs: Ally Howe Pops 2nd Fastest 100 Back Ever with 49.7 for NCAA Title

2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 4 fastest 100 yard backstrokers in history stepped up to compete in the women’s 100 back final on night 3 of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Stanford’s Ally Howe and Janet Hu, Cal’s Kathleen Baker, and Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson were all in the hunt for the NCAA title.

2017 champion Baker was out with the lead in 24.02, clearing American Record pace, but Stanford’s Howe shot off the final wall with a huge underwater to blow by her, pulling into the wall just ahead of Wisconsin’s Nelson as Baker faded to 3rd. Howe touched in 49.70, while Nelson hit the wall in 49.92. Baker wound up 3rd in 50.18. 4th place finisher Elise Haan of NC State swam her way into the all-time top 10 with a 50.42.

SPLITS COMPARISON: ALLY HOWE 2017 VS. 2018

Swimmer 1st 50 Split 2nd 50 Split Final Time
Ally Howe (2017) 24.12 25.57 49.69
 Ally Howe (2018)  24.14  25.56  49.70

With that, Howe notched the 2nd fastest performance in history, behind only her American Record swim of 49.69 from the 2017 Pac-12 Championships. It was also a new Championship Record, clearing the former mark of 49.80 set by Cal’s Baker. Nelson’s swim was the 7th fastest ever. Howe owns 2 of the top 10 performances, while Nelson now owns 3.

ALL-TIME TOP PERFORMERS – WOMEN’S 100 BACK:

Place Swimmer Time
1 Ally Howe 49.69
2 Beata Nelson 49.78
3 Kathleen Baker 49.80
4 Janet Hu 49.93
5 Natalie Coughlin 49.97
6 Courtney Bartholomew 50.01
7 Rachel Bootsma 50.03
8 Olivia Smoliga 50.04
9 Cindy Tran 50.31
10 Elise Haan 50.42

ALL-TIME TOP PERFORMANCES – WOMEN’S 100 BACK:

Place Swimmer Time
1 Ally Howe 49.69
2 Ally Howe 49.70
3 Beata Nelson 49.78
4 Kathleen Baker 49.80
5 Beata Nelson 49.83
6 Kathleen Baker 49.84
7 Beata Nelson 49.92
8 Janet Hu 49.93
9 Natalie Coughlin 49.97
10 Courtney Bartholomew 50.01

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AvidSwimFan

I’m so happy for Ally. All her hardwork came together for this national title. It is so well deserved.

EX QUAKER

Her interviews make it seem like she’s done with the sport. I wish she’d stick around for a long course season.

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