2018 Women’s NCAA Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The swimming world turns its focus to Columbus, Ohio tonight as some of the best swimmers in the nation are set to compete in the opening night of the women’s NCAA Championships. We’ll have a quick session tonight, as they’ll only compete in the 800 free relay. After smashing the American Record last season, Stanford looks to defend their title, but there’s a chance they’ll be leaving 200 free top seed Simone Manuel off this relay tonight in order to save her for the sprint free and medley relays. If that’s the case, they’ve still got Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin headlining their lineup. Pac-12 champion Cal will be in the mix with the likes of Kathleen Baker and Amy Bilquist. Michigan is looking dangerous this year with Siobhan Haughey in good form and Gabby Deloof now sub-1:43 individually. Another swimmer to keep an eye on tonight is Louisville’s reigning 200 free champion Mallory Comerford.

For a full preview of tonight’s race, click here.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE RELAY:

  • NCAA Record: Stanford, 2017, 6:45.91
  • American Record: Stanford, 2017, 6:45.91
  • Championship Record: Stanford, 2017, 6:45.91
  • 2017 Champion: Stanford, 6:45.91
  1. GOLD: Stanford, 6:46.93
  2. SILVER: Michigan, 6:50.03
  3. BRONZE: Cal, 6:50.83

Erika Brown is already on fire with a 1:42.39 leadoff split for Tennessee in heat 2. That’s over a second faster than her previous best from the leadoff at SECs. The Vols went on to smash the Pool Record in 6:52.12. Meghan Small was also sub-1:43 in 1:42.45 on the anchor leg.

The Pool Record went down again in the final heat. USC’s Louise Hansson got the Trojans the early lead in 1:42.71, with Stanford’s Katie Drabot narrowly behind in a lifetime best 1:42.99. The Cardinal’s Ella Eastin roared to a 1:41.13 on the 2nd leg, while freshman teammate Brooke Forde put up a 1:42.94 on the 3rd leg. Katie Ledecky dominated the anchor leg for Stanford in 1:39.87, but it was Louisville’s Mallory Comerford who put up the fastest split of the field with a 1:39.14 on the 2nd leg.

  • Ledecky’s Splits: 23.26/25.12 (48.38)/25.77/25.72 (1:39.87)
  • Comerford’s Splits: 22.95/25.45 (48.40)/25.33/25.41 (1:39.14)

Michigan wound up 2nd with a speedy 1:40.49 from Siobhan Haughey on the 2nd leg and a 1:42.31 anchor from Gabby Deloof. Cal rounded out the top 3 with a 1:41.64 from Katie McLaughlin on the 3rd leg. The Bears also had sub-1:43 splits from Kathleen Baker (2nd leg- 1:42.78) and Amy Bilquist (anchor leg- 1:42.63).

Tennessee’s time from heat 2 landed them 4th overall. Texas was 5th with a 1:41.71 from Claire Adams on the 2nd leg.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 1:

  1. Stanford- 40
  2. Michigan- 34
  3. Cal- 32
  4. Tennessee- 30
  5. Texas- 28
  6. Louisville- 26
  7. Virginia- 24
  8. Minnesota- 22
  9. Texas A&M- 18
  10. Georgia- 14
  11. Kentucky- 12
  12. Arizona- 10
  13. USC- 8
  14. UCLA- 6
  15. Auburn- 4
  16. Indiana- 2

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SeanSwimmer
3 years ago

relay lineups?

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
3 years ago

Hi! Working on it. Flight landed a bit late so I’ll check it out when I get to the pool and update the post as soon as I can.

Admin
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
3 years ago

The NCAA used to hand out relay lineups. A few years back at Georgia Tech, some coach got pissed because we reported his lineup and then he changed it going up to the block (I guess they can change the lineup at any time before take your marks is called). Since then, they haven’t shared lineups until the race starts, effectively.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Please tell me the relay did worse due to the changes.

Sccoach
3 years ago

Ledecky needs to lead off!

SeanSwimmer
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

agreed!

USA USA USA
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

That was the only thing I was disappointed with.

HOYA13
3 years ago

Is the livestream up yet? Doesn’t seem to be working for me. Just the OSU logo.

HOYA13
Reply to  HOYA13
3 years ago

Note: I had to switch to Internet Explorer for some reason. Video didn’t launch on Chrome.

joe
Reply to  HOYA13
3 years ago

I’m just seeing a black screen

Silent Observer
Reply to  HOYA13
3 years ago

If you have any sort of Ad blocker on chrome, you need to disable it and then refresh the page. The stream will then work.

Brian M
3 years ago

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”?

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  Brian M
3 years ago

Can’t like enough.

SeanSwimmer
3 years ago

Looks like no Manuel on Stanford’s relay.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
3 years ago

How do you know? Lineup? Order?

SeanSwimmer
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
3 years ago

Before heat 1 started Manuel was sitting in the Stanford cheering section with the rest of her teammates not participating on this relay. Ledecky and Eastin were not there so this must mean she is not on the relay.

HOYA13
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
3 years ago

Looks like that was the right move. Definitely their safest bet to leave her off and still win.

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  HOYA13
3 years ago

Yea, Stanford needs Manuel to anchor on all the other relays.

Sccoach
3 years ago

lol at the audio. Maybe if they sell enough beer we’ll get better audio one of these days.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

A hot mess. We deserve better. Swimming deserves better.

Swimmer1
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
3 years ago

Last time I was at a meet at this place the announcer and audio were absolutely awful. No excuse.

HOYA13
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

So bad.

Coach Mike
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

Awful.

Hint of Lime
3 years ago

Is the sound cutting in and out for others on the live stream? Not sure if intentional or not.

Phillymark
Reply to  Hint of Lime
3 years ago

Yes, its quite annoying

Ervin
Reply to  Hint of Lime
3 years ago

I think its intentional…but its super annoying, especially with the buzzing in the background

Silent Observer
3 years ago

WOW! Erika Brown killing it for TN!

Looks like she might have an amazing NCs

joe
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

what was her split?

Silent Observer
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

If I heard the announcer correctly, was either a 1:41 high or 1:42 low…

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

1:42+

Kate
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

1:42.3 for Erika Brown. Also of note, 1:39.1 for Comerford and 1:39.8 for Ledecky ?

caleb
Reply to  Silent Observer
3 years ago

Seriously that Worrell record could be in trouble

Swim chick
Reply to  caleb
3 years ago

GO VOLS! Go Erika!

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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