2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 18
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Georgia (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Event Previews
- Saturday Prelims Heat Sheet
- Live Results
When Greg Meehan took over the Stanford women’s swim program in the 2012-2013 NCAA season, he took over one of the most successful program in NCAA history. It was a program, however, that hadn’t won a title since 1998 (though, in 2010 they came up just 2.5 points short).
5 years later, maybe a year later than expected after an early relay DQ upended the Cardinal’s 2016 title hopes, Meehan brought home his first NCAA women’s team title to the farm as Stanford rolled through the competition in Indy, and for that he was recognized as the Collegiate Swim Coaches’ Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Women’s Coach of the Year.
The Stanford women scored 526.5 points, which is the most since Georgia’s 528 in 2014. Still, their 499.5 swimming points undershot their psych sheet scoring by about 50 points, showing that not everything went Stanford’s way.
Their margin of victory, though, was even bigger than expected at 160.5 points ahead of Cal (who themselves were hurt by a DQ’ed relay that would’ve mattered only in terms of magnitude of the final outcome).
In an era of increasing parity (the 3rd-place Texas A&M total of 292.5 was the 3rd-lowest in NCAA history), the Stanford women were dominant, and are lined up to continue to be so for years into the future.