Brooke Forde to Swim 500 Free, Not 200 IM, at NCAAs

The 2018 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship pre-selection psych sheets are out, with Stanford’s Brooke Forde opting out of the 200 IM and instead pursuing a swim in the 500 free.

Forde, one of the top freshmen in a highly-touted Stanford freshman class, is incredibly versatile, but is best suited for mid-distance freestyle, IM, and breaststroke. She will do the 500 free, 400 IM, and 200 breast at NCAAs next month.

Looking at this year’s top times list in Division I, Forde’s 1:54.98 in the 200 IM from the Pac-12 Championships ranks 11th in the country. Meanwhile, she’s been 18th in the 500 free with a 4:37.85.

It’s an interesting move, considering she’s the 2nd-fastest 200 IMer on the Stanford roster this season, compared to the 6th-fastest 500 freestyler (though Ella Eastin will do the 200 IM and not the 500 free at NCAAs despite going the 2nd-fastest 500 free in the country last weekend at Pac-12s).


  • #1 Katie Ledecky 4:26.09
  • #7 Lauren Pitzer 4:36.61
  • #11 Leah Stevens 4:37.44
  • #14 Katie Drabot 4:37.51
  • #17 Brooke Forde 4:37.85
  • #25 Megan Byrnes 4:39.05
  • #39 Erin Voss 4:40.70
  • #71 Katie Glavinovich 4:43.61
  • #79 Hannah Kukurugya 4:44.33


  • #5 Ella Eastin 1:53.24
  • #12 Ally Howe 1:55.12
  • #22 Kim Williams 1:55.74
  • #41 Allie Szekely 1:56.85

Stanford is definitely stacked up in the 500 free, but without Forde in the 200 IM, there’s a better chance someone like Ally Howe, Kim Williams, or Allie Szekely might score in her stead.

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2 years ago

Wonder what the reasoning behind that is? Do they think she has more potential to go sub 4:35 than Pitzer or Stevens and make the A-final?

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

It won’t take sub 4:35 to make the A final in the 500 free. Swimmers in that event traditionally add in prelims. Last year a couple of 4:38s made it into A final. This year I think at least a couple 4:37s will make it in. It might take a 1:53 to A final in the 200 IM

Reply to  Hannah
2 years ago

I’m just predicting what she will go 🙂

2 years ago

She’s swum the 1000 at a lot of dual meets this year… maybe Meehan is trying to turn her into a more distance / freestyle swimmer

2 years ago

Also, I expect Allie Szekely to have a great meet for some reason.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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