2022 Women’s NCAAs: Day 3 Finals Preview

2022 NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Scores Thru Day 2

  1. Virginia  210
  2. Texas  128
  3. Stanford  123
  4. Alabama 120
  5. NC State  99
  6. Louisville  95
  7. California 89
  8. Ohio St 83
  9. Michigan  66
  10. Florida   62
  11. Georgia  57
  12. Tennessee / UNC  53
  13. Tie
  14. Wisconsin / Indiana  34
  15. Tie
  16. Miami (Florida) / Southern California 27
  17. Tie
  18. Duke 26
  19. Missouri / Kentucky  24
  20. Tie
  21. Penn  20
  22. Arizona St 19
  23. Minnesota 17
  24. Arizona 16
  25. Northwestern 15
  26. South Carolina 9
  27. Arkansas 6
  28. LSU  / UCLA  4
  29. Tie
  30. Notre Dame  3
  31. Virginia Tech  2
  32. Yale  1

Virginia took a lead heading into day 3. Texas, Stanford, and Alabama were all in a tight race for second place. NC State, Louisville, Cal, and Ohio State all seem to be in a tight battle for fifth through eighth place.

Opening the night will be the 400 IM where Virginia holds the top two seeds. Alex Walsh swam a 4:01.74 this morning and will be next to teammate Emma Weyant tonight as Weyant swam a 4:03.46. Ella Nelson will also be in the A final of the race for the Hoos as she swam a 4:05.47 to be eighth heading into tonight.

The 100 butterfly should be a tight battle tonight as the A final is separated by less than a second. Virginia’s Kate Douglass is the top seed after swimming a 50.06 this morning. Stanford’s Torri Huske swam a 50.62 and will be next to Douglass in lane five. Tennesee’s Ellen Walshe completed a tough double of back to back events this morning. Walshe will be in the A final of the 400 IM after swimming a 4:03.60 to be seeded third tonight as well as the A final of the 100 butterfly after swimming a 50.65 this morning. Although we cannot be certain, this double is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, double performed by a swimmer at such a high level meet. Defending champion and NCAA record holder Maggie MacNeil of Michigan is seeded fifth going into tonight after swimming a 50.76 in prelims.

Stanford junior Taylor Ruck dropped over two and a half seconds from her seed time to be the top qualifier heading into tonight in the 200 freestyle as she swam a 1:41.89 this morning. Lia Thomas of Penn is seeded second heading into tonight after swimming a 1:42.09 in prelims. Cal’s Isabel Ivey opted for the event this year and is the third seed heading into finals after swimming a 1:42.24 in prelims. Last year’s third place finisher Kelly Pash of Texas will be in lane six tonight after swimming a 1:42.78 in prelims.

Anna Elendt of Texas set a new personal best this morning breaking the Texas school record in the process to be the top seed heading into the 100 breaststroke final. Elendt swam a time of 56.88 and was the only swimmer under 57 seconds this morning. USC’s Kaitlyn Dobler was the runner up in the event last year and is second heading into tonight (57.55). Alexis Wenger of Virginia was third last year and is third heading into tonight after swimming a 57.67 this morning. Last year’s champion Sophie Hansson will be in lane six tonight after swimming a 57.71 this morning.

Stanford freshman Regan Smith swam the top time this morning in the 100 backstroke as she swam a 49.66. Smith is the American Record holder in the event as she swam a 49.16 in 2021. Last year’s champion and unofficial American Record holder in the 50 backstroke, Katharine Berkoff of NC State tied with Virginia’s Gretchen Walsh for the second fastest time of the morning. Both swam a time of 49.93.

The 400 medley relay will conclude the night. NC State won the event last year in a 3:24.59 which was a new NCAA record. Virginia was second in a 3:25.13. NC State’s NCAA record did not stand long though as Virginia has the fastest time in the country this year after swimming a 3:22.34 at the ACC Championships. NC State holds the #2 time in the NCAA this season as they swam a 3:24.78 at ACCs.

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RMS
8 months ago

TAYLOR RUCK!!! Slay queen! Well deserved national title.

Joel Li
8 months ago

let’s go Izzy Ivey

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
8 months ago

Reminder that MacNeil won an Olympic final out of lane 7, girl knows how to shift through the gears.

HES BREATHING TO HIS RIGHT

Yes

.6 ON THE REACTION TIME

MacNeil 48 incoming?

Calvin
8 months ago

TAYLOR RUCK WILL WIN.

Dave
Reply to  Calvin
8 months ago

What’s that song – I am Women, Hear me ROAR! Go Taylor!

Swimfan
Reply to  Calvin
8 months ago

I hope so! My biggest worry is Thomas bust out a 1:39.09 and beats franklins record 😒

Hswimmer
8 months ago

I hope Taylor gets the win in 200, she looked great and deserves it.

Tomek
8 months ago

I wonder if Virginia will use the same 400 medley relay lineup like in ACC. Earlier 400 IM will take quite a bit from Alex Walsh. I would go with Tiltmann, Wenger, Douglass, and Gretchen

UVA hoo
Reply to  Tomek
8 months ago

Walsh is swimming the first event and with diving there will be plenty of time to cool down. Don’t think tiltman is the smart call

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Tomek
8 months ago

Tillman has 200 free, 100 back double. I’m pretty sure Alex will be in the relay.

USA
Reply to  Tomek
8 months ago

Tiltmann has the 200 free/100 back double, so I doubt they would put her on it over Walsh who will have much more rest before the relay

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