2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 14th – Saturday, March 17th
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion — Columbus, OH
- Prelims 9AM/Finals 5PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Stanford (results)
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPNU
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Swimmers are gearing up for the second prelims session of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Today’s races include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay. Stanford’s Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin will set up a showdown in the 400 IM tonight, while Ally Howe, Beata Nelson, Kathleen Baker, and Janet Hu will challenge the :50 barrier in the 100 back. Mallory Comerford will try for sub-1:40 after going 1:39.14 on her relay Wednesday night. We’ll also see Lilly King in her individual 100 breast after going the fastest relay split ever last night. Erika Brown will shoot for another sub-:50 in the 100 fly.
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WOMEN’S 400 IM:
- NCAA Record: Katie Ledecky (Stanford), 2018, 3:56.53
- American Record: Katie Ledecky (Stanford), 2018, 3:56.53
- Championship Record: Katinka Hosszu (USC), 2012, 3:56.54
- 2017 Champion: Ella Eastin (Stanford), 4:57.57
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 4:01.49
- Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 4:01.72
- Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M)- 4:03.09
- Meg Bailey (Ohio State)- 4:03.95
- Brooke Forde (Stanford)- 4:04.95
- Sharli Brady (Missouri)- 4:04.96
- Bethany Galat (Texas A&M)- 4:04.98
- Sarah Darcel (Cal)- 4:05.09
Stanford’s Ella Eastin held a commanding lead in the penultimate heat, swimming a smooth 4:01.49. She was 3 seconds ahead, with Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat touching 2nd in 4:04.98. Eastin’s teammate Katie Ledecky was just a few tenths shy of her with a 4:01.72 to win the last heat, setting them up to battle side-by-side in the final. Another Cardinal swimmer, Brooke Forde, came in 2nd in that heat with a 4:04.95, coming from behind to out-touch Mizzou’s Sharli Brady by a hundredth.
Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem led the first circle seeded heat in 4:03.09, followed by Ohio State’s Meg Bailey (4:03.95). That was a best by almost a second for Bailey. Cal’s Sarah Darcel was 3rd in that heat with a 4:05.09.
Texas’ Evie Pfeifer rolled to a 4:06.37 in heat 3, knocking 2 seconds off her former best.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY:
- NCAA Record: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 2016, 49.43
- American Record: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 2016, 49.43
- Championship Record: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 2016, 49.43
- 2017 Champion: Farida Osman (Cal), 50.05
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Louise Hansson (USC)- 49.90
- Noemie Thomas (Cal)- 50.76
- Erika Brown (Tennessee)- 50.83
- Grace Oglesby (Louisville)- 51.07
- Janet Hu (Stanford)- 51.09
- Katie McLaughlin (Cal)- 51.24
- Liz Li (Ohio State)- 51.25
- Ann Ochitwa (Missouri)- 51.57
USC’s Louise Hansson joined the sub-50 club this morning, winning heat 6 in 49.90. She’ll battle with Tennessee’s Erika Brown in the final, making it the first time we’ve seen 2 women with lifetime bests in the 49-range going head-to-head. Brown won the final heat this morning in 50.83, followed by Auburn’s Haley Black (51.61). Though Black was 2nd in the heat, she came up short of the top 8 at 9th.
Cal’s Noemie Thomas is the 2nd seed, finishing behind Hansson in her heat with a 50.76. Teammate Katie McLaughlin qualified 6th, a hundredth ahead of Ohio State’s Liz Li. Missouri’s Ann Ochitwa clipped her season best to qualify for the final in 51.57. That’s the fastest she’s been in this event since 2015.
Stanford’s Janet Hu took the early lead in heat 5, but Louisville’s Grace Oglesby ran her down, out-touching Hu 51.07 to 51.09 at the finish. They each earned a top 5 spot.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE:
- NCAA Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015, 1:39.10
- American Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015, 1:39.10
- Championship Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015, 1:39.10
- 2017 Champion: Katie Ledecky (Stanford)/Mallory Comerford (Louisville), 1:40.36
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Mallory Comerford (Louisville)- 1:41.61
- Siobhan Haughey (Michigan)- 1:43.04
- Simone Manuel (Stanford)- 1:43.08
- Robin Neumann (Cal)- 1:43.38
- Claire Rasmus (Texas A&M)- 1:43.49
- (T-6) Megan Moroney (Virginia)- 1:43.68
- (T-6) Katie Drabot (Stanford)- 1:43.68
- Katie McLaughlin (Cal)- 1:43.71
Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey set the pace in heat 5, winning in 1:43.04. Cal’s Robin Neumann started to close in on her on the final 50, but came up short in 1:43.38. Virginia’s Jenn Marrkand was 3rd there in 1:43.96.
Louisville’s Mallory Comerford took over the leaderboard in heat 6. She led from start to finish, but really distanced herself from the field on the back half as she touched in 1:41.61. Texas A&M’s Claire Rasmus (1:43.49) clipped Stanford’s Katie Drabot (1:43.68) for 2nd in that heat.
Stanford’s Simone Manuel came up with the early lead, holding steady down the stretch in 1:43.08. Virginia’s Megan Moroney reached in at 1:43.68 to out-touch Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (1:43.71) for 2nd. McLaughlin had a quick turnaround after the 100 fly, but snuck into the final at 8th overall.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST:
- NCAA Record: Lilly King (Indiana), 2017, 56.30
- American Record: Lilly King (Indiana), 2017, 56.30
- Championship Record: Lilly King (Indiana), 2017, 56.46
- 2017 Champion: Lilly King (Indiana), 56.46
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Lilly King (Indiana)- 57.35
- Delaney Duncan (EMU)- 58.36
- Lindsey Kozelsky (Minnesota)- 58.41
- Anna Belousova (Texas A&M)- 59.07
- Miranda Tucker (Michigan)- 59.25
- Jinq En Phee (Purdue)- 59.32
- Silja Kansakoski (ASU)- 59.34
- Franziska Weidner (Hawaii)- 59.35
Minnesota’s Lindsey Kozelsky took over the leaderboard in heat 5, followed by Texas A&M freshman Anna Belousova (59.07). Purdue’s Jinq En Phee (59.32) and Hawaii’s Franziska Weidner(59.35) clipped their bests in that heat to earn spots in the final.
Indiana’s Lilly King answered back, blowing that time away in the next heat. She trailed Eastern Michigan’s Delaney Duncan through the front half, but surged ahead on the last lap to win it in 57.35. Duncan wound up 2nd in a personal best 58.36.
Michigan’s Miranda Tucker reached in to win heat 4, using her front-end speed to edge out USC’s Riley Scott (59.41).
WOMEN’S 100 BACK:
- NCAA Record: Ally Howe (Stanford), 2017, 49.69
- American Record: Ally Howe (Stanford), 2017, 49.69
- Championship Record: Kathleen Baker (Cal), 2017, 49.80
- 2017 Champion: Kathleen Baker (Cal), 49.84
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Beata Nelson (Wisconsin)- 50.61
- Ally Howe (Stanford)- 50.64
- Elise Haan (NC State)- 50.75
- Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 50.77
- Janet Hu (Stanford)- 50.82
- Hannah Stevens (Missouri)- 51.23
- Ally Rockett (Indiana)- 51.25
- Claire Adams (Texas)- 51.27
Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson and Stanford’s American Record holder Ally Howe battled in the final heat, with Nelson Holding off Howe into the finish, 50.61 to 50.64.Missouri’s Hannah Stevens reached in 3rd, while Indiana’s Ally Rockett matched her best for a close 4th.
Cal’s Kathleen Baker, the defending NCAA Champion, topped her heat by half a second in 50.77. Texas’ Claire Adams was a 51.27 behind her, sneaking into the final at 8th overall.
NC State’s Elise Haan was slightly faster than Baker as she won heat 6, tying her lifetime best in 50.75 to out-touch Stanford’s Janet Hu (50.82). Hu, who was on the back end of her 100 fly/100 back double, qualified 5th for tonight. Cal’s Amy Bilquist touched behind them in 51.36, just missing the final at 9th place.
WOMEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY:
- NCAA Record: Cal, 2017, 1:34.10
- American Record: Stanford, 2016, 1:34.15
- Championship Record: Cal, 2017, 1:34.10
- 2017 Champion: Cal, 1:34.10
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Indiana- 1:35.12
- Cal- 1:35.55
- Stanford- 1:36.02
- Minnesota- 1:36.05
- USC- 1:36.20
- Texas A&M- 1:36.28
- Louisville- 1:37.01
- Texas- 1:37.04
Indiana qualified as top seed for the final, with backstroker Ally Rockett (23.64) and breaststroker Lilly King (26.08) giving the Hoosiers the fastest splits of the field in their respective strokes. Cal was the only other team to crack 1:36 this morning, with Kathleen Baker tying Rockett for the fastest back split. The fastest fly split of the field came from USC’s Louise Hansson (22.36). Texas A&M’s Béryl Gastaldello (21.36) had the fastest anchor leg.
At the conclusion of the event, Virginia Tech was given a re-swim. No details were given, but the Hokies improved their time and qualified 9th for the final. They went from a 1:37.95 in their heat to a 1:37.13 on the re-swim, narrowly missing the top 8.
Women’s 3-Meter Diving:
- NCAA Record: Christina Loukas (Indiana), 2009, 437.75
- Championship Record: Christina Loukas (Indiana), 2009, 437.75
- Brooke Schultz (Arkansas) – 384.60
- Sarah Bacon (Minnesota) – 369.90
- Sharae Zheng (Nevada) – 363.60
- Samantha Bromberg (Texas) – 359.40
- Pei Lin (Miami) – 350.85
- Julia Vincent (South Carolina) – 350.50
- Jessica Parratto (Indiana) – 342.30
- Kassidy Cook (Stanford) – 337.75