2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 14th – Saturday, March 17th
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion — Columbus, OH
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Stanford (results)
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPNU
- Championship Central
- Event-by-Event Previews
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
When a swimmer has a breakthrough season, especially after a long period of stagnation, the pressure changes. For some, it’s hard to recapture that swim, especially on a quick turnaround. For others, it’s a flood gate.
For Tennessee sophomore Erika Brown, it appears to be the latter. After having one of the best single-swimmer breakthrough performances in the history of conference championship meets, it appears as though Brown did not, in fact, blow her full taper on the SEC Champioships. At least not based on the first return of the NCAA Championship meet on Wednesday.
Brown led off Tennessee’s 800 free relay with a 1:42.39. She and her Tennessee teammates would roll on to an early-heat Pool Record of 6:52.12, and would eventually finish 4th in the relay behind Stanford, Michigan, and Cal.
Leading off the same relay at SECs, Brown swam a 1:43.54 (though that came about an hour after splitting a blistering 20.81 anchor on Tennessee’s 200 medley relay – one of the fastest-ever splits). Her best time coming into the season was a 1:45.32 – from high school.
This bodes well for Brown’s other events where she holds top 5 seeds in the 50 free (3rd), 100 fly (1st), and 100 free (5th).
For fans of swimming, buckle up for an exciting meet – 18 out of 25 relays improved upon their seed times, indicating that we are due for a fast meet.
Early Indicators of who else might have hit or missed their tapers as a team, though this is just a single very small data point. Sorted by Seed Time:
|Seed Time||Actual Time||Difference|
Notes about lineup changes from seed times:
- Tennessee swapped out senior Micah Bohon in exchange for sophomore Meghan Small, who anchored the relay in 1:42.45. Tennessee’s entire relay was made up of sophomores.
- Texas dropped Claire Adams from the relay and replaced her with Joanna Evans, who swam a 1:43.18.
- Georgia dropped Jordan Stout from their relay and replaced her with senior All-American Kylie Stewart. Stewart split 1:45.01, Georgia’s slowest split on the relay.
- Arizona dropped junior Daniela Georges from the relay and replaced her with freshman Jamie Stone, who anchored the team in 1:46.09 – the Wildcats’ slowest split.
- USC dropped breaststroker Riley Scott from the relay and replaced her with junior Maddie Wright on the anchor. Wright split 1:45.95.
- Auburn dropped senior Zoe Thatcher from the relay and replaced her with freshman Sonnele Oeztuerk, who split 1:46.17.
- Missouri dropped freshman Samantha Porter from the relay and replaced her with senior Kira Zubar, who split 1:46.21.
- Purdue dropped Danielle Auckey and replaced her with freshman Gretta Decoursey who split 1:45.77 – the Boilermakers’ fastest split.