2022 Women’s NCAAs: Under 16:00 to be Top 8 (9) in Mile


To kick off the last night of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Championships, it took under 16 minutes to be top eight (and to be exact, ninth). Last year, it took a time of 16:04 to be in the top eight.

Last season, COVID-19 shortened most NCAA teams’ seasons, and on top of that, teams frequently had disruptions due to the virus making it harder to consistently train. As with a majority of the NCAA meet so far, this year’s meet has been significantly faster and that trend continued tonight in the mile.

Last year, it took a 16:04.11 to be in the top eight of the event. This year it took a 15:59.49. To be more exact, last year ninth place finished in a 16:07.36 and ninth place finisher Maya Geringer of Ohio State this year was also under 16 minutes swimming a 15:59.82.

Tonight’s winner, Paige McKenna of Wisconsin swam a 15:40.84. This was not as large of a gap as Paige Madden of Virginia won last year in a 15:41.86.

Although this year was significantly faster than last year, it took a time of 15:53.72 in 2019, 15:54.44 in 2018, and 15:54.88 in 2017 to be in the top eight.

Top 8 (9) Tonight

  1. Paige McKenna, Wisconsin, 15:40.84
  2. Erica Sullivan, Texas, 15:45.94
  3. Kensey McMahon, Alabama, 15:47.60
  4. Evie Pfeifer, Texas, 15:48.34
  5. Abigail McCulloh, Georgia, 15:49.87
  6. Madelyn Donohoe, Virginia, 15:55.14
  7. Lola Mull, Northwestern, 15:55.96
  8. Kristen Stege, Tennessee, 15:59.49
  9. Maya Geringer, Ohio St, 15:59.82

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10 months ago

Congratulations, Paige! Wisconsin crew putting up some great swims this week.

10 months ago

Once I saw her success in the 500, I knew she was going to do something special in the 1650! So proud of you Paige!

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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