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Auburn’s Olivia Scott was the fastest returning swimmer in the women’s 100 fly, and she followed that suit to win this year’s race in 51.64 – dipping pretty far under her prelims swim for the win.
Cal’s Rachel Bootsma, on the front-half of a big double, took 2nd in 51.68. She and Scott split this race nearly identically, as did Florida’s Ellese Zalewski, who wa s3rd in 52.69. The race came down to fingertips at any one wall, and Scott, the relative veteran as the only of the top four finishers who swam at this meet last year, took the win.
Louisville freshman Kelsi Worrell was 4th in 51.80 after turning better than 24 seconds (the only swimmer in the field to do so). She’s got amazing 50 yard speed in this butterfly; she’s a very good 200 freestyler already, so with another year of good hard training and closing up that last 50 yards, she could be a force. The top four in that are all underclassmen, so this race is going to be killer again next year, especially when you consider the two freshmen who were at the top of the B-Final: Kendyl Stewart and Natalie Hinds in 51.89 each.
Arizona’s Megan Lafferty was 6th in 52.09, followed by Ting Quah (52.09) and Virginia Tech’s Heather Savage (52.14).