2024 Women’s D1 NCAA Champs: Day 4 Finals Preview


Night 4 Finals Heat Sheet

The final night of NCAAs in Athens is here. The night will kick off with the fastest heat of the 1650 freestyle entry times. Georgia’s Abby McCulloh comes into the night as the top seed by over six seconds and will swim in her home pool as she hopes to win an NCAA title. On one side of McCulloh will be Stanford’s Aurora Roghair who swam a best time en route to 4th place finish on night 2 in the 500 free. The other side of McCulloh will be Ching Hwee Gan of Indiana who is the highest returner from a year ago as she was 2nd in the event. Two years ago, Paige McKenna won the event and will swim out of lane 8 tonight.

Wisconsin’s Phoebe Bacon swam the fastest swim of the morning in the 200 back with a 1:48.81. That was Bacon’s fastest time in the event since she won the event in 2021. Next to Bacon this morning was Bella Sims of Florida who as a freshman will look to go three for three after already winning the 500 free and 200 free. Tennessee’s Josephine Fuller is in her third A final of the meet and is the #3 seed tonight.

The top three 100 freestyle swimmers this morning were all victorious last night. Gretchen Walsh was the fastest this morning and won the 100 fly last night, Katharine Berkoff of NC State was #2 this morning and won the 100 back last night, while Jasmine Nocentini of Virginia was #3 this morning and won the 100 breast last night. Louisville has two swimmers in the A final with Gabi Albiero and Christiana Regenauer.

Tennessee’s Mona McSharry led in prelims of the 100 breast yesterday and led the way in the 200 breast this morning swimming a 2:05.53. Alex Walsh of Virginia was just behind this morning in a 2:05.59 and was the top seed coming into the meet. She will look to go three for three individually this meet.

In the final heat of the 200 fly this morning, the Texas duo of Olivia Bray and Emma Sticklen led the way. Sticklen won the event last year and will look to defend her title. Cal’s Rachel Klinker swam the LCM version of the event for the US at 2024 Worlds last month and was 3rd this morning while Virginia has two in the A final.

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Sapiens Ursus
2 months ago

I hope Gretchen Walsh discovering ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A Start doesn’t complete distract people from how damn fast Berkoff has been. For example, her 50 freestyle to get crushed for second was still faster than Simone Manuel’s best (Also GW was not too far off being a whole second faster than the greatest American female sprinter of the past 20 years or so…)

2023 was full of threads panicking aboi the US chances in Paris, I think trials is going to once and for all pit an end to that. Even in the case of Wlaah who it’s obvious owes much of her domination to underwaers, swimming this crazily fast I think it… Read more »

Reply to  Sapiens Ursus
2 months ago

I don’t think Gretchen Walsh will even swim the W 100 BK (LCM) at the Olympic Trials:

W 50 FR
W 100 FR
W 100 FL

Regan Smith (57.57), Katharine Berkoff (58.01), Claire Curzan (58.29) have superior personal best times in the W 100 BK (LCM).

2 months ago


W 1650 FR – 0 points

23. Knapp
24. Gormsen

It was wishful thinking.

Go Bucky
2 months ago

Wisconsin in position to score 3-4 in the mile! Hoping for a Bacon victory too!

2 months ago

I predict UVA will have it wrapped up after the W 200 FL.

Go Bucky
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
2 months ago

They already do…

2 months ago

Results from early heats of the W 1650 FR?

Ah, nevermind! I forgot to hit the refresh button.


Last edited 2 months ago by Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
2 months ago

200 back is going to be an exciting race, with Bacon, Sims, Fuller, Noble and Stadden all capable of winning. I think Bacon takes it.

Reply to  woleai
2 months ago

I would say Sims does

2 months ago

Gormsen just flinched off the blocks – hope they don’t call her

Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

Crazy G Walsh could break the American record by .01 and that would somehow not be exciting

She’s on an incredible roll. Fun to be a swim fan

Reply to  Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

It will certainly not be exciting for Rowdy when she goes 44 high instead of the 43 he envisioned

Go Bucky
Reply to  Facts
2 months ago

Omg did he say that? As annoying as he is, at least it’s not AVD.

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Anya Pelshaw

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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