At Pac-12s, Cal took down the American Record. This morning, Stanford broke that record. The 2 teams will go head-to-head tonight with their best lineups.
The overall level of competition is undoubtedly high at the 2018 NCAA Championships, but a few swims stood out as “off.”
Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (500 free), Simone Manuel (50 free), and Ella Eastin (200 IM) are chasing their own records today as the Cardinal swimmers hold the NCAA Records in all 3 individual races.
Stanford remain on track to defend their title with a solid morning session.
The Stanford team of Janet Hu, Simone Manuel, Lauren Pitzer, and Ally Howe took down Cal’s American record, set at Pac-12s last month.
In case you forgot who you picked here is the spreadsheet of entries.
As far as we can tell, Mallory Comerford is the first woman to go under 1:40 in her 800 free relay split — she destroyed the mark with her 1:39.14.
Hansson scratched the 200 IM, where she was the #16-seed, but is the #2 seed in both the 100 and 200 fly later in the meet.
Katie Ledecky dominated the anchor leg for Stanford in 1:39.87 to help the Cardinal defend their title. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford put up the fastest split of the night, though, with a 1:39.14 on the 2nd leg.
SwimSwam’s Tim Binning (theswimpictures.com) caught all the action on night 1 of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Championships.
After winning the 800 free relay with a commanding lead, Stanford junior Ella Eastin gave insight on what the last couple of weeks have looked like for the Cardinal
The 400 IM American Record changed hands last season between Stanford teammates Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin. Now that Ledecky has dropped the 200 free for the 400 IM at NCAAs, who will capture the title (and possibly the American Record) at the big showdown?
Schooling, the Olympic 100 fly champion, is the top seed heading into the meet with a 44.78 from midseason. Dressel clearly hasn’t shown all of his cards yet since he swapped this event for the 100 breast at SECs, but if his performances in his other events and his fly speed in the 200 IM are any indication, we could be in for something special.
Cal comes into this meet with a star-studded NCAA record-holding 200 medley relay team, but they will have to hold off the ever-present Stanford and new threat Indiana to defend their title.
The notion of doing flip turns in breaststroke might seem strange. But interestingly, as long as you still touch the wall with both hands, flip turns are perfectly legal!