2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 18
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Georgia (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Event Previews
- Live Stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live Results
The Cal team suffered major disappointment tonight when their 400 medley relay team DQed due to a fast exchange between third swimmer Noemie Thomas and anchor leg Abbey Weitzeil. However, they did still see a record out of the event. In the first leg, Kathleen Baker swam 49.80 to take down Natalie Coughlin‘s 15-year-old team record of 49.97 from 2002. With that swim, Baker becomes the second-fastest swimmer in history and one of only three swimmers in history to break 50 in the 100 yard back.
After combing through the NCAA guidebook, we can confirm that Baker’s new school record will stand, despite the disqualification. Page 105 under Rule 9: Bona Fide Competition states:
- A time that has been achieved by a competitor over an initial distance within a regularly scheduled and scored race shall be nullified if that competitor subsequently is disqualified in that race; however, a time achieved by a competitor during the first leg of a relay race shall not be nullified by the subsequent disqualification of a different member of the same relay team.
Baker is now only the third swimmer in history under 50 seconds in the 100 backstroke. So, here are the new fastest times in history in the 100 yard backstroke: