Led by just 3 seniors, the Stanford women navigated through a tough team battle to come out on top for the 3rd year in a row
Stanford was keyed to the win byits stellar freshman class. The Stanford freshmen scored 127 individual points, 34 more than the next best class
Izzy Ivey, Katie McLaughlin, Amy Bilquist, and Abbey Weitzeil all break down what went into the fastest 400 free relay of all time
Ruck led through the 150, but Nelson used her last wall to push ahead with her underwaters, clipping the NCAA Record to win it in 1:47.24.
Weitzeil, still swimming with her arm wrapped up, dominated the anchor leg. She flipped in 21.43 en route to a 46.07 split, touching for Cal’s new NCAA Record of 3:06.96.
With a 500 to go it was all Ally McHugh for the win. McHugh continued to build her lead through the back end of the race, winning with a 15:39.22
King was slightly off her record from last season as she finished in 2:02.90 with the 2nd fastest performance ever
Cal’s Katie McLaughlin broke 50 for the first time, making her the 5th swimmer ever to break that barrier with a 49.97. That breaks Natalie Coughlin’s former Cal school record of 50.01.
Her 3:57.03 is the 4th fastest performance ever and she’s won the event all 4 years of her NCAA career.
The 2019 Women’s NCAA Championships continued this morning in Austin, Texas with the final prelims session. Swimmers competed in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay.
The Vols hit their stride in this one, as Tennessee’s Meghan Small took it out with a 24.05 back split. Nikol Popov took over with a 26.51 on the breast leg, while Maddy Banic turned in a 22.58 on the fly
USC’s Louise Hansson was right on her own record pace at the 50 in 23.03. She held on to her lead, posting the fastest time in history to repeat as champion with a new NCAA Record of 49.26
Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson was flying under record pace with a 23.76 at the 50. Nelson followed through with the fastest time in history, crushing the American Record by almost half a second in 49.18.
Indiana’s Lilly King was way under record pace at the 50, splitting a 25.98. She continued to dominate on the 2nd 50, breaking her American Record by just over a tenth in 55.73
Comerford, the defending champion, shot off the final wall to edge ahead, defending her title in 1:40.26.