Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY:
- NCAA Record: Ella Eastin (Stanford), 2018, 1:49.51
- American Record: Ella Eastin (Stanford), 2018, 1:49.51
- Championship Record: Elaine Breeden (Stanford), 2009, 1:49.92
- 2017 Champion: Ella Eastin (Stanford), 1:51.35
- GOLD: Ella Eastin, Stanford, 1:50.01
- SILVER: Katie Drabot, Stanford, 1:51.73
- BRONZE: Louise Hansson, USC, 1:52.25
USC’s Louise Hansson, the 100 fly champ, pushed the early lead in 24.52. Hansson flipped in 52.54 at the 100, nearly a second under record pace. Hansson lead through the 125-yard mark, but Stanford’s Ella Eastin pulled ahead with 50 yards to go. Eastin surged ahead to take the win by nearly 2 seconds in 1:50.01. Teammate Katie Drabot swam a lifetime best 1:51.73 to make it a Cardinal 1-2. Hansson held on for 3rd in 1:52.25, followed by Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (1:52.64) and Georgia’s Megan Kingsley (1:52.66).
Virginia’s Jenn Marrkand demolished the field in the B final, touching in 1:51.81 to take over a second off her former best. That makes her the 9th fastest performer ever in this event.