2016 USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE
- Saturday, Nov 12 – Sunday, Nov 13, 2016
- Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
- Short course yards format
- Start times: Saturday: 4:30 PM Eastern, Sunday: 11:30 AM Eastern
- Meet site
- Live stream
- Live results
After her swim in the women’s 400 IM on Sunday at the USA College Challenge, high school senior Brooke Forde was agast at her own time. The USA Swimming National Junior Teamer outraced a hoard of collegiate swimmers to a 4:02.67. That was not only the fastest time in the USA Swimming database this season by almost 7 seconds, it was her own personal best time by almost 5. Next year, when she moves to Stanford to begin her collegiate career, she’ll have the chance to train with current Cardinal sophomore Ella Eastin, who won this event in her inaugural NCAA Championship meet next year. At those NCAA Championships, Eastin was the only swimmer faster than Forde’s time from the weekend.
Big Ten swimmers finished 2nd-5th in this race, but it was Forde of the Lakeside Swim Team who came out on top. The 400 IM isn’t on offer at high school championship meets, but Forde is headed toward February’s Kentucky High School State Championship meet where she’s due to defend titles in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles. As a sophomore in 2015, she won the 200 IM, but changed events for her junior season at the powerhouse Sacred Heart Academy.