2024 Women’s D1 NCAA Championships: Day 3 Prelims Preview


Day 3 Prelims Heat Sheet

Day 3 Prelims Events:

  • 400 IM
  • 100 fly
  • 200 free
  • 100 breast
  • 100 back

After winning the 200 IM becoming the second woman under the 1:50 mark last night, Alex Walsh will look to lead the way in prelims of the 400 IM. Walsh had a big breaststroke split in the 200 IM and has said that she has focused more on breaststroke. Walsh’s former teammate Emma Weyant of Florida was 2nd in the 500 free last night and will be the #2 seed coming into the 400 IM.

Gretchen Walsh made history once again swimming a 20.37 in the 50 freestyle during finals on night 2. She already holds the NCAA record in the 100 fly with a 48.25 and will look to lead the way through prelims. She is the only swimmer seeded under the 50 second mark coming into the meet. A trio of Texas swimmers are seeded in the top 8 as Emma Sticklen is the #2 seed, Kelly Pash the #3 seed, and Olivia Bray tied for #4 seed. Tied with Bray is Florida’s Olivia Peoples who notably swam fly during the 200 free relay on night 2.

Florida freshman Bella Sims already captured her first individual NCAA title winning the 500 free and leads the seed times with a 1:40.90 in the 200 freestyle. She led of Florida’s winning 800 free relay on night 1 in a 1:41.03. Teammate Isabel Ivey is the #3 seed and finished 2nd behind Walsh in the 200 IM on night 2. In the middle of Sims and Ivey is USC freshman Minna Abraham.

Last year, Lydia Jacoby of Texas won the 100 breast and she is the #4 seed. Two years ago, USC’s Kaitlyn Dobler won and she is the #2 seed. This year, Mona McSharry of Tennessee holds the top seed. Both McSharry and Ohio State’s Hannah Bach swam some of the fastest 50 breaststroke splits in history on night 1 with 25.68s. Virginia’s Jasmine Nocentini has greatly improved in the breaststrokes upon her arrival at Virginia and is the #3 seed.

Former NCAA and American record holder in the 100 back Katharine Berkoff will look to take back the NCAA title after finishing 2nd behind Gretchen Walsh last year. Berkoff is the top seed with a 48.70 and like Walsh, the only swimmer entered under the 50 second mark. After a best time in the 200 IM on night 2, Tennessee’s Josephine Fuller is also one to watch for.

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AVD fan club
2 months ago

Excited to see what Ella Nelson can do in the 4IM today after hitting a PB in the 2IM yesterday!

2 months ago

Really rooting for Minna but it doesn’t look like she is in 1:41 form.

Hint of Lime
2 months ago

FYI – article title and link need an adjustment to Day 3* prelims

2 months ago

Peplowski time

2 months ago

Here comes Texas…going to be a big day for them.

Reply to  Doggiepaddle
2 months ago

It will be a good day if they can hold seed. Looks like they hit peak at mid season. Worried about Elendt with the medley split.

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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 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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