2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 14th – Saturday, March 17th
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion — Columbus, OH
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Stanford (1x) (results)
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPNU
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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.
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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
- GOLD: Stanford, 6:46.93
- SILVER: Michigan, 6:50.03
- 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:
- Stanford- 40
- Michigan- 34
- Cal- 32
- Tennessee- 30
- Texas- 28
- Louisville- 26
- Virginia- 24
- Minnesota- 22
- Texas A&M- 18
- Georgia- 14
- Kentucky- 12
- Arizona- 10
- USC- 8
- UCLA- 6
- Auburn- 4
- Indiana- 2