2023 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- March 15-18, 2023
- Allan Jones Aquatic Center–Knoxville, Tennessee
- SCY (25 yards)
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Tonight, the finals of the women’s 400 medley relay at the 2023 NCAA Championships ensued, where Virginia won by over two seconds in a time of 3:22.39. They were slightly off their NCAA and US Open record time of 3:21.80 from ACCs.
Gretchen Walsh had the fastest backstroke leadoff time of 49.39, being the only woman in the field under 50 seconds. She was over a second slower than her time of 48.26 that was clocked in her individual 100 back race. Kate Douglass swam the fastest fly split of the field at 48.94, but she was also slower than her flat start time of 48.46 from earlier in the session. On breast, it was newly-crowned NCAA champ Lydia Jacoby who clocked the fastest split in the field at 56.78, while Taylor Ruck‘s 46.50 was the fastest freestyle split.
Alex Walsh had a very strong breast split of 56.79, just 0.01 slower than Jacoby and considerably faster than the 57.47 she clocked at ACCs. In fact, she was the only swimmer on UVA’s relay that improved from ACCs, despite the fact that she swam the most yardage out of any of her teammates today (having swum two 400 IMs). Meanwhile, G. Walsh raced two 100 backs and went from 49.25 at ACCs to 49.39 at NCAAs, Douglass raced two 100 flys and went from 48.25 to 48.94, and Aimee Canny raced two 200 frees and went from 46.86 to 47.27.
Another notable split was from Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer, who anchored in a 46.75 to clock the second sub-46 split of the field. In a race where the majority of the swimmers were slower than their individual races, Florida’s Nina Kucheran stood out, splitting 57.55 on breast after going 59.30 individually to finish 17th in prelims this morning.
|NC State||Katharine Berkoff||50.1|
|Ohio State||Nyah Funderburke||52.79|
|Texas A&M||Jordan Buechler||53.28|
|NC State||Heather MacCausland||57.3|
|Ohio State||Josie Panitz||58.06|
|Texas A&M||Bobbi Kennett||59.17|
|NC State||Kylee Alons||49.96|
|Ohio State||Katherine Zenick||50.58|
|Texas A&M||Olivia Theall||52.24|
|Ohio State||Amy Fulmer||46.75|
|NC State||Abby Arens||47.21|
|Texas A&M||Chloe Stepanek||47.6|
Just think if Gretchen and Kate swam relay splits below their earlier record-breaking individual swims and if Canny swam closer to her split from ACCs (46.85). They would’ve broken 3:20. Yikes! That 400 MR must be so difficult to swim after giving it all earlier in the individual events though.
Alex Walsh’s split is impressive after swimming the 400 IM earlier in the session.
As for the freestyle leg, Lexi Cuomo was robbed a relay spot.
She can always prove it in the 100free on Saturday. Canny has been impressive this meet