The 2017 Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships continue this morning with prelims of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay, and 1-meter diving.
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After setting the American Record this morning, Stanford is the favorite to win the 200 free relay, but Cal was just 5 tenths back without star sprinter Abbey Weitzeil and freshman sprint standout Maddie Murphy, who will both likely be on the finals relay.
The Cardinal is projected to have 179 points after tonight’s swimming events, but the Bears are projected to be within 20 points of that with 159.5.
At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Anika Apostalon won THREE swim-offs. She will have a chance at another against Amy Bilquist today. There will also be a swim-off in the 500 free.
Stanford’s Katie Ledecky cruised to a 4:28.37 in prelims of the 500 free at the 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships.
See photo highlights from day one of the 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships.
Stanford absolutely destroyed the NCAA and American Record tonight in the 800 free relay, bringing it down with a dominant 6:45.91.
Weitzeil was a part of Cal’s 800 free relay at Pac-12s, but they swapped her out for Kristen Vredeveld at NCAAs. This could be because she’s more valuable on the other relays, but it’s noteworthy because of her health issues following the 200 free at Pac-12s.
Georgia and Louisville improved on their projected scores after the 800 free relay, while NC State and USC were bumped out of the top 10 on day 1.
You can find all the links you need to follow along right here on SwimSwam, as well as event-by-event previews and predictions.
If Stanford aims to complete a sweep of all five relays at NCAAs, the 200 free relay might be their toughest test. In a way, that’s good for the Cardinal, as it comes at the beginning of day 2, just the second swimming event of the meet. On the other hand, it could mean a big momentum swing that affects the remainder of the meet for every team in contention for the title.
We’ve previewed each individual event for the women’s NCAA Championships, now it’s time to turn our focus to the broader issue of the NCAA team champion. Here’s our final predictions of the top 25 in the NCAA finish order.
After breaking the NCAA and American Records at the Pac-12 Championships, the Stanford Cardinal squad is the overwhelming favorite to win the 800 free relay at the 2017 Women’s NCAA Championships.
Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky are the heavy favorites, and both have already been 2 seconds faster than what it took to win the NCAA title last season.