2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 14th – Saturday, March 17th
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion — Columbus, OH
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Stanford (results)
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPNU
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- Psych Sheet
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After winning the 100 back Friday night at the 2018 NCAA D1 Women’s Championships, American record holder Ally Howe said that the 200 back on Saturday will be her “last event, last day of swimming.”
Pending the results of Saturday’s 200 back, in her time at Stanford, Howe became the second woman ever to break 50 seconds in the 100 back, was a 7-time national champion, a 16-time All-American, 11-time Pac-12 champion, and held an additional 2 American records on the 200 and 400 medley relays.
While she has not officially used the word “retire,” if this truly is the end for Howe, she went out on a high-note. In a 100 back field that featured the top four performers of all-time — Howe, Kathleen Baker, Beata Nelson, and Janet Hu — Howe came out on top in 49.70, winning her first individual NCAA title. It was the #2 performance of all-time, behind only her own American record of 49.69.
Howe is a native of Palo Alto, California, and majors in Public Policy. She was a 200 back semifinalist at both the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and was 17th in the 100 back at the 2016 meet.