2020 Women’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2020 PAC-12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2020 women’s Pac-12 Championships begin tonight in Federal Way, Washington. We’re seeing a slight schedule change this year. Swimmers will still compete in the 800 free relay tonight. However, the 400 medley relay was moved to day 1 in place of the 200 medley relay.

Though the men’s swimming championships don’t take place until next week, we will see the men’s divers competing. They’ll kick things off tonight with the 1-meter.

Cal is the reigning champion in both of tonight’s relays, while Stanford still holds the Meet Record and NCAA Record in those events. The lead off swimmers will also get their first chance to qualify for NCAAs in the 200 free and 100 back, provided they haven’t already done so with their season best times.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE RELAY

  • Pac-12 Record: Stanford (2017) – 6:45.91
  • Meet Record: Stanford (2017) – 6:49.42
  • NCAA Record: Stanford (2017) – 6:45.91
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 7:00.86
  • 200 Free 2019 NCAA Invite: 1:45.12
  • 200 Free ‘A’ Cut: 1:42.98
  • 2019 Champion: Cal – 6:50.63
  1. GOLD: USC, 6:54.91
  2. SILVER: Cal, 6:56.68
  3. BRONZE: Stanford, 6:56.88

USC took the title, with Louise Hansson leading off in 1:43.01. Jemma Schlict then put up a 1:47.02 on the 2nd leg, handing off to Tatum Wade (1:43.08). Laticia Transom anchored them to victory with a 1:41.80. They finished in a winning time of 6:54.91.

It came down to the wire between Cal (6:56.68) and Stanford (6:56.88) for 2nd place. Freshman Ayla Spitz clipped her best on the leadoff for Cal with a 1:45.02. Izzy Ivey (1:43.55) and Robin Neumann (1:43.39) came through with a pair of 1:43s on the middle legs. Alicia Wilson anchored in 1:44.74.

The Cardinal got a 1:45.39 leadoff from Katie Drabot. Lauren Pitzer (1:44.43), Morgan Tankersley (1:43.25), and Brooke Forde (1:43.81) followed for the bronze. Notably, Lucie Nordmann (1:44.05) and Erin Voss (1:44.57) swam a pair of 1:44s on the B relay.

USC, Cal, Stanford, and Arizona State were all under the NCAA A cut. There were 5 teams with leadoffs faster than the 2019 NCAA invited time. It took a 1:45.12 to make the meet last season.

Arizona State placed 4th in 6:58.09 with a lifetime best 1:44.10 leadoff by Emma Nordin. Cierra Runge anchored for the Sun Devils in 1:43.21. Taking 5th was Arizona (7:03.46) with a 1:44.80 leadoff from Kirsten Jacobsen and a 1:45.92 by Hannah Cox on the 2nd leg.

Kenisha Liu put up a lifetime best 1:44.37 to lead off for UCLA (7:04.67). Their 2nd fastest split of the night came from the B relay, however, as Delaney Smith posted a 1:45.67 on the 3rd leg.

WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • Pac-12 Record: Stanford (2018) – 3:25.09
  • Meet Record: Stanford (2018) – 3:25.15
  • NCAA Record: Stanford (2018) – 3:25.09
  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 3:31.66
  • 100 Back 2019 NCAA Invite: 52.46
  • 100 Back ‘A’ Cut: 50.93
  • 2019 Champion: Cal – 3:26.41
  1. GOLD: Cal, 3:27.26
  2. SILVER: USC, 3:30.73
  3. BRONZE: Stanford, 3:31.58

Cal, USC, and Stanford all cleared the NCAA A cut again. This time the Bears ran away with the race to repeat as champions in 3:27.26. Keaton Blovad led them off in 52.03, followed by a 59.18 breast split from Ema Rajic. Izzy Ivey blazed to a 50.28 on the fly, while Abbey Weitzeil took on the anchor leg, blasting a 45.77.

USC (3:30.73) took the silver in 3:30.73. Laticia Transom (back- 53.77) and Isa Odgers (breast- 59.77). Louise Hansson blazed a 49.95 on the fly, handing off to Marta Ciesla for a 47.64 anchor split. They were behind Stanford at the halfway mark, as freshman Alexandra Crisera clipped her best with a 52.48 leadoff and Allie Raab rocked a 58.60 breast split. Hansson out split Amalie Fackenthal (52.27) on the fly, however, and Anya Goeders then anchored in 48.23 as the Cardinal (3:31.58) took bronze.

Arizona State (3:33.76) took another 4th place finish with a 59.48 breast split from Silja Kansakoski. UCLA’s Sophia Kosturos led off in a collegiate best 53.16 as the Bruins (3:33.81) took 5th. Arizona’s Aria Bernal gave the Wildcats a 52.57 leadoff as they took 6th. Utah (3:37.00) was closely behind with a 52.69 lead split from Audrey Reimer.

SwimSwam will report on the men’s 1-meter as results become available.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 1

  1. (TIE 1st) Cal 120
  2. (TIE 1st) USC 120
  3. Stanford 108
  4. ASU 104
  5. (TIE 5th) UCLA 98
  6. (TIE 5th) Arizona 98
  7. (TIE 7th) Washington State 90
  8. (TIE 7th) Utah 90

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RenéDescartes
1 year ago

Arizona St currently winning the twitter war vs Zona.

Foreign Embassy
1 year ago

52.0 back lead-offs? I’m guessing almost no one is rested for this meet despite some nice freshman splits. I also wonder what Runge thinks, after transferring twice, about what could have been had she stayed at Cal….🤔

dmswim
Reply to  Foreign Embassy
1 year ago

I don’t know, from her social media she seems pretty happy at ASU.

toastedcoconut
1 year ago

Also of note: from the Cal B relays Rachel Klinker’s 1:45 free and 51.9 fly split bode well for her 200 fly this meet. Very cool to see her doing so well in her freshman year!

SwimmerTX
Reply to  toastedcoconut
1 year ago

Both are excellent performances. Wonder if she pulls a double on Friday or drops one event to swim the 500 tmrw?

tnp101
1 year ago

Did Stanford rest their swimmers for this meet? They’d better or else they won’t hit the qualifying times. But their times look off for rested swims.

CraigH
Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Maybe they rested some swimmers (who needed cuts) more than others?

Taa
Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Well if you go by projected cut lines they would rest Raab and Goeders but not Crisera and Fackenthal. Nordmann is right on the line so they would need to rest her. their times are all pretty close Im not sure any of them are scoring in March but I know Nordmann did last year in the 2back. Edit Raab did score well last year.

toastedcoconut
1 year ago

Besides Raab those splits for Stanford’s medley were pretty rough

swamfan
1 year ago

wow Ivey really dropped the hammer on the fly leg & of course Abbey had a great anchor.
Who swam fly for Stanford?

Hint of Lime
1 year ago

Excited for Ivey’s meet here and at NCs. Looking strong so far! Go Bears.

Swammer2007
1 year ago

I’m happy to see teams waiting til the Big Show to really show their best hands! Makes for an exciting NCAAs. Also love seeing USC step up!

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