2023 Women’s NCAAs: Day 2 Finals Preview


There are no scratches to be reported for night 2 finals of the Women’s NCAA Championships in Knoxville. Virginia holds a 16 point lead through day 1.


  1. Virginia 80
  2. Texas  64
  3. California  56
  4. Stanford 52
  5. NC State  44
  6. Tennessee  40
  7. Louisville  40
  8. Ohio St   38
  9. Indiana 34
  10. Georgia  30
  11. Florida 26
  12. Alabama 24
  13. UNC   22
  14. Wisconsin  18
  15. Kentucky 14
  16. Southern California 14
  17. Virginia Tech 6
  18. Michigan  6
  19. Arkansas   4
  20. UCLA     4
  21. Auburn   2
  22. Duke    2

Kicking off tonight’s final will be the 500 freestyle. Texas will have two A finalists. As the Longhorn women are currently sitting in second behind Virginia, it is very likely that the Longhorn women will jump ahead of the Cavaliers for a quick moment. Notably, Texas is also home to the top seed in the 500 free as Erica Sullivan swam a 4:36.51 this morning. Sullivan is joined by teammate Olivia Bray who swam the fifth fastest time this morning with a 4:38.48.

Although the Longhorn women have the top seed in the 500 free, Virginia has the top seed heading into tonight in the 200 IM as Kate Douglass swam a 1:51.81 this morning. In addition, teammate Alex Walsh swam a 1:52.89 this morning to be the third seed heading into tonight. Walsh and Douglass will be next to each other this evening in lanes three and four. In addition to Walsh and Douglass, Ella Nelson swam the fifth fastest time this morning to make the A final of the 200 IM, meaning the 200 IM is expected to be a huge event for the Cavalier women.

The splash and dash 50 free will conclude the individual swimming for the night. Gretchen Walsh of Virginia led the way this morning going a 21.00. Walsh is the American and NCAA record holder after swimming a 20.83 at ACCs a month ago. Teammate Lexi Cuomo will also be in the A final after swimming a personal best time of 21.61 this morning. Cuomo was seeded 23rd coming into the meet in the event.

Also having multiple finalists in the 50 free is Louisville. Gabi Albiero swam a 21.46 this morning and is the third seed tonight. Christina Regenauer swam a 21.68 and is tied for the sixth seed tonight.

Texas will look to gain some points on diving tonight as they have 1 A finalist and 1 B finalist compared to 0 finalists for Virginia. The only other team with two divers scoring is Texas A&M as they have two B finalist divers.

The 200 free relay will conclude the night. Virginia looks to be the favorite as they also are the American and NCAA record holders after swimming a 1:23.87 at ACCs last month. The Cavaliers are the top seed in the event by over a second and a half.

Louisville, the second seed in the relay, has shown their sprint prowess this morning, qualifying two in the A final of the 50 free, which should bode well for their 200 free relay tonight.

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2 months ago

Lexi Cuomo is on fire!!,

2 months ago

how can this article not include maggie macneil (2nd seed)?

HOO love
2 months ago

I’m thinking UVA 200 Free Relay line-up will be: Kate Douglass, Maxine Parker, Lexi Cuomo, Gretchen Walsh

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2 months ago

Yeah, I think this is the relay that doesn’t use Alex.

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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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