2023 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- March 15-18, 2023
- Allan Jones Aquatic Center–Knoxville, Tennessee
- SCY (25 yards)
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
- Live Stream
- SwimSwam Preview Index
- Pick ’em Contest
- Day 1 Finals Live Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Live Recap|Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Live Recap
- Day 3 Finals Live Recap
Kicking off the night in a swim you might have missed was Miami-OH Nicole Maier who swam a 4:05.84 to win the B final of the 400 IM. Maier became the first mid-major swimmer to qualify for any final at these championships as she qualified 16th out of this morning’s prelims session. That was a huge best time for Maier as her previous best stood at a 4:08.94 which she swam in February 2022.
Abbey Webb had a solid swim in the 200 free, winning the B final in a 1:43.48, a time that would have tied for fifth if she were in the A final. That was also a personal best for Webb who came into the meet with a best time of 1:43.84 which she swam at ACCs a month ago. Webb has now dropped over a second in the event over the last year, as her time from last year stood at a 1:44.65.
A swim you might have missed in the 100 fly is Northwestern’s Miriam Guevara who swam a 50.91 during the B final to finish 10th. That was a best time for the fifth year as her previous best stood at a 51.38 from 2022 Big Tens. That also was a season best by over half a second. Guevara also broke her own Northwestern school record.
Duke freshman Kaelyn Gridley had a solid swim in the 100 breast swimming a 58.76 to finish 10th. Gridley was under the 59 second mark for the first time in her career as her previous best stood at a 59.12 from a dual meet.
Also having a good 100 breast swim was Ohio State’s Josie Panitz who swam a 57.88 in prelims. That was a best time for the Buckeye senior. Panitz has progressed well in the event over the last year as her best coming into this season stood at a 59.05.
After swimming a 59.30 this morning in the 100 breast placing 17th, Florida fifth year Nina Kucheran swam a 57.47 on the Gator’s 400 medley relay tonight. Considering that she had a 0.21 lead off in the relay and a 0.67 reaction time this morning, it’s safe to estimate that swim to be around the 58-low/57-high mark if it were a flat start, which is much faster than her prelims swim.
Good note on Maier. What I found especially interesting was not her overall time, which was very nice, but it was her pacing. She was 7th in the consol at 300. At the 350 she had only moved up to 6th, before cruising ahead for a heat victory by 0.46.
Her freestyle 50s were 27.90 and :26.20 for a total of :54.10. All three measures were the fastest in both the consol heat and the final..
The next fastest in the consol 50s were 29.05 by Pasadyn, 27.93 by Dixon and total of :57.02 by Pasadyn. Maier gained at least 2.92 on everyone in the Consol.
In the A final, the fastest first 50 free was 28.52 by Weyant,… Read more »