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 Bears smashed the NCAA and U.S. Open records tonight in the 200 free relay, winning the event in 1:25.59.
Their performance was boosted by a huge sub-21 split from senior Egyptian Olympian Farida Osman, who went 20.91 to anchor the team. Teaming up with her were 50 free American record-holder Abbey Weitzeil (flat-start 21.59), Maddie Murphy (21.83), and Amy Bilquist (21.26).
The NCAA record that California took down was a very fresh mark set this morning. In prelims, Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, Janet Hu, and Ally Howe put together a 1:26.15 to outswim the previous record by .05 to add another big swim to their 800 free relay mark last night. This morning’s swim was also a championship, and U.S. Open Record.
But tonight, Cal downed that mark by half a second.
|Stanford 3/16/17 Prelims||Cal 3/16/17 Finals|
|Simone Manuel: 21.44||Abbey Weitzeil: 21.59|
|Lia Neal: 21.30||Maddie Murphy: 21.83|
|Janet Hu: 21.78||Amy Bilquist: 21.26|
|Ally Howe: 21.63 (1:26.15)||Farida Osman: 20.91 (1:25.59)|
“It was really cool,” said Osman after the race. “I mean, I believe in each one of these girls and we exceeded my expectations.”