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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wow

Odd line-up 800 relay for Stanford – no Drabot, no Pitzer, and no Forde. Really odd….
There medley line-up is Drabot (back) – Pitzer (breast) – Tankersley (fly) – Forde (free)

I think they submitted the opposite relays and they are suppose to be swapped. Since its official I’m not sure they can be changed.

UPDATE – they fixed the heat sheet.

They’ve corrected the relay lineups. Updated lineups are here: https://swimswam.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/revised-weds-pm-heat-sheet.pdf

wow

Just me or is there no sound on the stream?

Beau

USC though!

Bevo

Fight On! Great kick-off to Coach Salo’s last round of championships. Those 800 splits were awesome.

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