2019 Pac-12 Women’s Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


The 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, as well as the men’s diving events, are underway this weekend in Federal Way, Washington. This morning’s opening prelims session features the 500 freestyle, 200IM, and 50 freestyle.

Women’s 500 freestyle

The 500 swimmers brought their A-game this morning – last year, it took 4:42.8 to make the A-final in this event, and this year, under 4:40.

Stanford sophomore Lauren Pitzer leads the way in 4:36.18. Teammate Ella Eastin, swimming the 500 instead of her signature 200 IM today, is the second seed for finals in 4:36.91. Pitzer’s time just bests her own PR, while Eastin was 2.24 seconds off. Rounding out what’s sure to be a great race for the podium tonight is Cierra Runge, who went 4:36.28 but holds a lifetime best of 4:31.90.

The University of Arizona’s Kirsten Jacobsen and Stanford teammates  Morgan Tankersley and Erin Voss (who dropped 2 seconds) are the fourth, fifth, and sixth seeds. In the seven-spot is ASU’s Emma Nordin, who came up huge for the Sun Devils, dropping nearly five seconds off her previously lifetime best. Rounding out the A-final in Cal’s Robin Neumann, improving on her best time by .06 this morning.

A finalists:

  1. Lauren Pitzer, STAN, 4:36.18
  2. Ella Eastin, STAN, 4:36.28
  3. Cierra Runge, ASU, 4:36.91
  4. Kirsten Jacobsen, UA, 4:38.37
  5. Morgan Tankersley, STAN, 4:38.58
  6. Erin Voss, STAN, 4:38.69
  7. Emma Nordin, ASU, 4:39.81
  8. Robin Neumann, CAL, 4:39.84

Women’s 200 IM

  • Pac-12 record: 1:50.67, Ella Eastin, 2018
  • Championship record: 1:52.26, Katinka Hosszu, 2012
  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:54.31

USC junior Louise Hansson led the Ella Eastin-less field this morning, clocking in as top seed with a 1:54.97. Stanford freshman Allie Raab threw down huge swim for the second seed, dropping about 2.5 seconds off her previous lifetime best for a 1:55.75. Her teammate Brooke Forde was the final swimmer to sneak under 1:56, touching at 1:55.93

Cal teammates Sarah Darcel and Isabel Ivey (a mid-year addition swimming in her first individual Pac-12 race), are the four and five seeds in 1:56.09 and 1:56.19, respectively.

Rounding out the A-final will be Stanford’s Katie Drabot in 1:56.69, Cal’s Keaton Blovad in 1:56.70, and USC’s Kirsten Vose in 1:56.79.

A finalists:

  1. Louise Hansson, USC, 1:54.97
  2. Allie Raab, STAN, 1:55.75
  3. Brooke Forde, STAN, 1:55.93
  4. Sarah Darcel, CAL, 1:56.09
  5. Isabel Ivey, CAL, 1:56.14
  6. Katie Drabot, STAN, 1:56.69
  7. Keaton Blovad, CAL, 1:56.70
  8. Kirsten Vose, USC, 1:56.79

Women’s 50 freestyle

After running down the field with a 20.56 relay split – the second fastest of all-time – last night, Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil led the prelims field by a wide margin, taking the top seed for tonight in 21.36.

Alongside her will be teammate Amy Bilquist and USC’s Marta Ciesla, both under :22 this morning. Claire Grover went 22.09 to become UCLA’s lone A-finalist on the day. Freshman Taylor Ruck was Stanford’s only swimmer to make the 50 free A-final and will be the No. 5 seed tonight with her 22.10.

Rounding out the big final will be Cal’s Maddie Murphy (22.11), Arizona’s Katrina Konopka (22.13), and Arizona State’s Fanny Teijonsalo (22.19).

A finalists:

  1. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL, 21.36
  2. Amy Bilquist, CAL, 21.77
  3. Marta Ciesla, USC, 21.98
  4. Claire Grover, UCLA, 22.09
  5. Taylor Ruck, STAN, 22.10
  6. Maddie Murphy, CAL, 22.11
  7. Katrina Konopka, UA, 22.13
  8. Fanny Teijonsalo, ASU, 22.19

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3 years ago

Ummm… live results (http://results.teamunify.com/pnws2/) has Claire Grover down in 10th, not 4th in the 50 Free.

Reply to  Frank
3 years ago

….I see 4th place too. Are you on the updated meet? Ctrl + Shift + R to make sure you’re on the right meet.

3 years ago

Lauren Pitzer with a 4:36 500 and a 22.0 50. That’s some range.

The Ready Room
Reply to  dmswim
3 years ago

One of the most underrated female swimmers in the NCAA.

3 years ago

nice two second drop for Erin Voss

3 years ago

A quick correction, Kirsten Jacobsen swims for Arizona, I believe.

3 years ago

Under a 4:40 to make the A final in the 500 is unreal!!

John Paul
Reply to  FloridaSwammer2009
3 years ago

There’s a really good chance it will take a sub 40 to make NCAA’s, which is even more unreal considering that a sub 40 scored points at NCAA’s 2 years ago.

Reply to  John Paul
3 years ago

Honestly not all that shocking….that event and the 100back have gotten really fast

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