2019 Pac-12 Women’s Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2019 PAC-12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women’s 400 IM

  • Pac-12 record: 3:54.60, Ella Eastin, 2018
  • Championship record: 3:56.53, Katie Ledecky, 2018
  • NCAA “A” Cut: 4:04.16

Stanford has a very real shot of sweeping the 400 IM, with the top three swims this morning – by a wide margin – coming from Cardinal swimmers.

Sophomore Brooke Forde led the way with a 4:03.36, with American and NCAA record holder following in 4:03.87. Forde has been 3:59 and Eastin 3:54. In third out of prelims is their junior teammate Allie Szekely in 4:05.93 (best time 4:02.34). Behind the three leading Stanford swimmers was Cal’s Sarah Darcel in 4:08.99 – she’s been 4:03.00.

Stanford has an additional two A-finalists in senior Leah Stevens (4:09.36) and sophomore Hannah Kukurugya (4:11.32), and rounding out the A-final will be Arizona State junior Nora Deleske, who was 4:11.32 in prelims.

Stanford freshman Allie Raab also would have A-finaled with her 4:06.72 swim, but exhibitioned the race to swim the 100 breast.

A-finalists:

  1. Brooke Forde, STAN, 4:03.36
  2. Ella Eastin, STAN, 4:03.87
  3. Allie Szekely, STAN, 4:05.93
  4. Sarah Darcel, 4:08.99
  5. Jordan Anderson, UTAH, 4:09.13
  6. Leah Stevens, STAN, 4:09.36
  7. Hannah Kukurugya, STAN, 4:11.32
  8. Nora Deleske, ASU, 4:12.86

Women’s 100 fly

Louise Hansson wasted no time taking down her own meet record in this event, splitting 23.23/26.67 to go a quick 49.90. Cal’s Katie McLaughlin was the only other swimmer under :51, breaking the mark for the first time with a lifetime best of 50.69.

Cal mid-year addition Isabel Ivey also went a best time for the third-fastest swim of the morning, dropping from 52.11 to 51.47. Arizona senior Mackenzie Rumrill was also under :52, going a best time. She was previously 51.96 and dropped to 51.80.

USC sophomore Caitlin Tycz and Utah freshman Aryanna Fernandes are fifth and sixth, having going 52.19 and 52.48, respectively. USC will have another two A-finalists in senior Madison Wright (52.58) and sophomore Jemma Schlicht (52.61).

A-finalists:

  1. Louise Hansson, USC, 49.90
  2. Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 50.69
  3. Isabel Ivey, CAL, 51.47
  4. Mackenzie Rumrill, UA, 51.80
  5. Caitlin Tycz, USC, 52.19
  6. Aryanna Fernandes, UTAH, 52.48
  7. Madison Wright, USC, 52.58
  8. Jemma Schlicht, USC, 52.61

Women’s 200 free

Coming off her lightning performances in the 50 free yesterday, Abbey Weitzeil continued to impress this morning. She dropped .80 off her previous lifetime best in the 200 free to take the top seed for tonight in 1:42.45. She took her race out well over half a second faster than anyone else in the field, splitting 49.61/52.84.

Cal teammates Robin Neumann (sophomore) and Katie McLaughlin (senior) are the No. 2 and 3 seeds, going 1:43.28 and 1:43.34, respectively, this morning. McLaughlin was just minutes removed from swimming a best time in the 100 fly, and came close to hitting her 200 free best time of 1:43.01, from her senior year of high school.

Stanford’s Lauren Pitzer also dropped a big best time, going 1:43.99 down from 1:44.77. ASU transfer junior Cierra Runge, who was 1:42.73 at this meet in 2015, is the fifth seed tonight in 1:44.20.

Stanford will have two more A-finalists in Morgan Tankersley and Katie Drabot, 1:44.59 and 1:44.58 this morning. Cal’s Isabel Ivey, also fresh off a best time in the 100 fly, will round out the A-final after going 1:44.97 this morning.

Maggie Aroesty, who was the sixth seed headed into the day, notably ended up 12th this morning with a 1:01.31.

A-finalists:

  1. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL, 1:42.45
  2. Robin Neumann, CAL, 1:43.28
  3. Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 1:43.34
  4. Lauren Pitzer, STAN, 1:43.99
  5. Cierra Runge, ASU, 1:44.20
  6. Morgan Tankersley, STAN, 1:44.59
  7. Katie Drabot, STAN, 1:44.83
  8. Isabel Ivey, CAL, 1:44.97

Women’s 100 breast

  • Pac-12 record: 58.02, Sarah Haase, 2018
  • Championship record: 58.02, Sarah Haase, 2018
  • NCAA “A” Cut: 58.79

Arizona State’s Silja Kansakoski was the top qualifier out of prelims, leading the field in 59.41 (28.07/31.34).

UCLA’s Claire Grover was one of two swimmers to take their races out under :28, splitting 27.80/31.74 for the second-fastest time of the morning. Behind her is USC’s Kirsten Vose in 59.89, and in fifth is Riley Scott, who also took her race out under :28 (27.96/31.98). Scott was the top seed heading into the meet, having been the only entrant under 1:00 this year.

Arizona’s Mallory Korenwinder, in the quest to break 1:00, just missed the mark but went a best time of 1:00.02. Behind her was Stanford freshmen Zoe Bartel, who’s been 58.72, in 1:00.07. Rounding out the A-final is her teammate Grace Zhao, who’s been 59.73, in 1:00.29.

A-finalists:

  1. Silja Kansakoski, ASU, 59.41
  2. Claire Grover, UCLA, 59.54
  3. Kirsten Vose, USC, 59.89
  4. Allie Raab, STAN, 59.89
  5. Riley Scott, USC, 59.94
  6. Mallory Korenwinder, UA, 1:00.02
  7. Zoe Bartel, STAN, 1:00.07
  8. Grace Zhao, STAN, 1:00.29

Women’s 100 back

  • Pac-12 record: 49.69, Ally Howe, 2017
  • Championship record: 49.69, Ally Howe, 2017
  • NCAA “A” Cut: 50.99

Cal’s Amy Bilquist led qualifiers this morning with a 51.34 performance, splitting 24.92/26.42. Behind her was Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck with a best time of 51.61. Cal junior Keaton Blovad was the final swimmer under :52, going 51.97.

Ruck’s Stanford classmate Lucie Nordmann is the fourth seed for finals in 52.11, a best time by .05. Stanford junior Erin Voss if the fifth seed in 52.18, a best time by half a second. Cal’s third A-finalist will be Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou, who was 52.52 this morning.

Rounding out the big final will be Arizona freshman Aria Bernal (52.61) and UCLA senior Emma Schanz (53.61).

A-finalists:

  1. Amy Bilquist, CAL, 51.34
  2. Taylor Ruck, STAN, 51.61
  3. Keaton Blovad, CAL, 51.97
  4. Lucie Nordmann, STAN, 52.11
  5. Erin Voss, STAN, 52.18
  6. Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou, CAL, 52.52
  7. Aria Bernal, UA, 52.61
  8. Emma Schanz, UCLA, 53.28

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dave

Was Stanford Raab disqualified with the 4th fastest 400im?
Why?

We’ve asked. Will update if/when we get an answer.

Was not a DQ, just an exhibition swim.

toastedcoconut

It clearly says she exhibitioned it

HBear

Great swim for McLaughlin in that 100 fly in the 50-flat range. Also, Hansson et al making a sub-50 100 fly look almost normal these days!

West Coast Swamner

Amazing 100 breast by Claire Grover!

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