2018 Women’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


We’re back with day 4 finals of the 2018 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington. Swimmers are set to compete for individual titles in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly. We’ll also see finals of the 400 free relay and women’s platform diving. We’ll see 3 reigning NCAA champions compete in their events tonight between Stanford’s Simone Manuel (100 free), Cal’s Kathleen Baker (200 back), and Stanford’s Ella Eastin (200 fly).


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 15:40.17, Cierra Runge (Cal), 2015
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 15:53.50
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 16:16.41
  1. GOLD: Megan Byrnes, Stanford, 15:49.38
  2. SILVER: Leah Stevens, Stanford, 15:52.54
  3. BRONZE: Kirsten Jacobsen, Arizona, 16:04.01

Stanford’s Byrnes successfully defended her title as she led a 1-2 finish with teammate Stevens. Through the first 500, Stevens held a slight lead, but Byrnes had taken over by half a second at the 1000-yard mark and continued to pull ahead. Arizona’s Jacobsen knocked 2 and a half seconds off her best to take bronze, coming from behind on the back half to finish ahead of USC’s Becca Mann (16:06.96).


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 1:48.33, Kathleen Baker (Cal), 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:50.99
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:54.00
  1. GOLD: Kathleen Baker, Cal, 1:48.27
  2. SILVER: Janet Hu, Stanford, 1:49.49
  3. BRONZE: Ally Howe, Stanford, 1:50.05

Cal’s Baker picked up another gold, putting up a lifetime best in Meet Record fashion. Baker flipped in 52.52, leading from start to finish as she touched in 1:48.27 to clip her record from last season’s conference meet. That time was the 3rd fastest performance in history. Howe had the edge on Hu and Cal’s Amy Bilquist through the front half, but they were able to close on her. Hu had the fastest back half of the field, flipping in 54.32 and coming home in 55.17. Hu swam past Howe, but Bilquist came up just short as she touched 4th in 1:50.23 and Howe grabbed bronze.


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 46.36, Simone Manuel (Stanford), 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 47.53
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 48.62
  1. GOLD: Simone Manuel, Stanford, 46.43
  2. SILVER: Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 46.63
  3. BRONZE: Robin Neumann, Cal, 48.09

Stanford’s Manuel and Cal’s Weitzeil had another head-to-head battle. It was a close race, but Manuel’s closing speed gave her the edge as she touched 2 tenths ahead. That was just hundredths shy of her own Meet Record. That swim by Manuel was the 9th fastest performance in history. The Bears got another swimmer on the podium as Neumann clocked in at 48.09 to earn her 2nd individual medal of the meet as a freshman.


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 2:04.75, Rebecca Soni (USC), 2009
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:07.18
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 2:10.55
  1. GOLD: Maggie Aroesty, USC, 2:06.85
  2. SILVER: Riley Scott, USC, 2:07.29
  3. BRONZE: Brooke Forde, Stanford, 2:07.43

USC swept the breaststroke events at this meet as freshman Aroesty grabbed the gold. Teammate Scott had the lead halfway in 1:00.65, followed closely by ASU’s Silja Kansakoski. Aroesty held steady through the back half, making her move with a 32.58 on the final 50 to move ahead of them and clip a few hundredths off her lifetime best. Scott held off Stanford’s Forde for the silver, while Forde out-touched Kansakoski (2:07.48) by hundredths at the finish. UCLA’s Emma Schanz also broke 2:08, knocking a second off her lifetime best to place 5th in 2:07.90.


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 1:49.92, Elaine Breeden (Stanford), 2009
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:53.80
  • 2017 NCAA Invite Time: 1:56.60
  1. GOLD: Ella Eastin, Stanford, 1:49.51
  2. SILVER: Louise Hansson, USC, 1:51.13
  3. BRONZE: Katie Drabot, Stanford, 1:52.07

USC’s Hansson had a bold strategy, taking it out in a blistering 51.81 as Stanford’s Eastin trailed in 53.51. Eastin closed the gap to put herself within a second of Hansson with 50 yards to go. Hansson started to fade, while Eastin outsplit her by 2.5 seconds down the stretch to take the win in 1:49.51. That was a new NCAA and American Record, as well as the first ever textile swim below 1:50. Hansson held on for the silver, putting up the 9th fastest performance in history with her 1:51.13. Her opening 100 (51.81) would’ve placed 13th and scored at last season’s NCAA Championships.


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 368.75, Haley Ishimatsu (USC), 2015
  1. GOLD: Mara Aiacoboae, ASU, 327.25
  2. SILVER: Delaney Schnell, Arizona, 285.60
  3. BRONZE: Naomi Gowlett, USC, 260.80

ASU picked up another diving title as senior Mara Aiacoboae made her way to the top of the podium in her final Pac-12 appearance. With USC’s Naomi Gowlett (3rd) and Madison Witt (5th) both finishing in the top 8, the Trojans have secured 4th place ahead of Arizona barring a relay disqualification.


  • Pac-12 Meet Record: 3:08.51, Stanford, 2017
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:15.43
  1. GOLD: Cal, 3:09.07
  2. SILVER: Stanford, 3:09.76
  3. BRONZE: USC, 3:13.36

USC’s Louise Hansson was the fastest off the start in 47.41. Stanford’s Janet Hu knocked a couple of tenths off her best time to give the Cardinal the early edge over Cal in 47.57, while Cal’s Amy Bilquist lead off in 47.79. The 2nd leg was a game changer, as Katie McLaughlin outsplit Katie Ledecky, 47.43 to 48.08, to give Cal the lead over Stanford as USC moved back to 3rd. Kathleen Baker pulled the Bears further ahead with a 47.47 to Alex Meyers‘ 47.98. Simone Manuel put up a 46.13 anchor to slightly outsplit Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil (46.35), but the Bears still won the race by over half a second.


  1. Stanford University            1776.5   2. University of California- Berk   1487
  3. Arizona State University          996   4. University of Southern Calif    948.5
  5. University of Arizona           932.5   6. University of California - LA   847.5
  7. Utah, University of               441   8. Washington State University       307
  9. Oregon State University           199

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3 years ago

woW ella eastin

3 years ago

Never thought the 200 fly record would go! Amazing swim by Ella Eastin

wild Bill
Reply to  James
3 years ago

Yes – unexpected

Chill Bill
Reply to  wild Bill
3 years ago

Honestly it was pretty predictable

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  wild Bill
3 years ago

Fantastic, unexpected – at least at this meet, & a wonderful milestone – first textile under 1:50. Congratulations Ella.

3 years ago

1:49.51 WOW

Double Arm Freestyle
3 years ago


Go See Cal
3 years ago

Ella’s closing 50 was amazing to watch!

Double Arm Freestyle
Reply to  Go See Cal
3 years ago

Anyone got a video? Would love to watch it

Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
3 years ago

Hansson went out in 51. Impressed that she finished second. That piano is no joke.

samuel huntington
3 years ago

going out in 51, geez…

Reply to  Go See Cal
3 years ago

There is a lot of female talent at CAL; excited about the future

3 years ago

WOAH Ella!

3 years ago

Hope Ella can at least get to 206 in meters.

Reply to  anonymous
3 years ago

As soon as I saw the record, I googled her LCM time since I didn’t remember her being in the discussion at Nationals last summer and was confused. Hopefully she crushes that 2:09 this summer!

Reply to  Swimswimswim
3 years ago

Ella swam 200 LCM fly in 2:08.21

3 years ago

Hope she will be a great force by the time Tokyo Olympic is in around……

3 years ago

Maggie Aroesty looked so good in that final. I think her having Scott right there really pushed her. She should most likely finish within the top three at NCAA.

3 years ago

Interesting to see the 200 Fly Record to stay Stanford!

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