Greg Meehan: “That is the single greatest moment in our sport” (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  1. Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 4:24.06
  2. Leah Smith (Virginia)- 4:28.90
  3. Kennedy Goss (Indiana)- 4:26.13

Katie Ledecky took it up a notch, to say the least, in tonight’s final, wrecking the American and NCAA Records with a blistering 4:24.06. She took it out in a 1:43.46 at the 200 and never looked back, breaking ahead of Virginia’s Leah Smith (4:28.90).

While she was a distant 2nd place, Smith’s swim is very historically significant as she becomes the 2nd swimmer in history to break 4:30 in the women’s 500 free.

A tight battle for 3rd saw Indiana’s Kennedy Goss come home like a train, splitting a 26.26 on the final 50 to out-touch Louisville’s Mallory Comerford (4:36.16). NC State’s Hannah Moore rounded out the top 5 in a personal best 4:36.85.

Stanford freshman Megan Byrnes had a big swim in the B final, clocking a lifetime best 4:37.78 yo outpace Kentucky’s Geena Freriks (4:38.42).


  1. Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 1:51.69
  2. Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 1:52.27
  3. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 1:52.58

Kathleen Baker built on Cal’s momentum from the 200 free relay, taking down Stanford’s defending champ Ella Eastin in the 200 IM. Baker’s 1:51.69 makes her the 2nd fastest performer in history, and she was just 4 hundredths shy of Eastin’s NCAA and American Records of 1:51.65 from last season’s NCAA meet. Eastin wound up in 2nd, clocking a 1:52.27 to hold off Texas’ Madisyn Cox (1:52.58).

Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem (1:53.30) and Bethany Galat (1:54.16) turned in a pair of personal best times to round out the top 5 for the Aggies. USC freshman Louise Hansson (1:54.79) and Kentucky freshman Asia Seidt (1:55.19) came in at 7th and 8th behind NC State All-American Alexia Zevnik (1:54.74).

Tennessee freshman Meghan Small had a big swim in the B final, clocking in at a personal best 1:53.31 for 9th place.


  1. Simone Manuel (Stanford)- 21.17
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Georgia)- 21.27
  3. Liz Li (Ohio State)- 21.29

Ohio State’s Liz Li got the early lead, but Stanford’s Simone Manuel roared home to win the title in 21.17, just missing the American Record by 5 hundredths and setting a new NCAA Records. Li held on for 3rd, while Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga, the former NCAA Record holder, ran her down for 2nd.

Cal wound up with the next 3 places, as Farida Osman (21.38), Abbey Weitzeil (21.58), and Maddie Murphy (21.76) took 4th through 6th respectively.UNC’s Caroline Baldwin (21.82) out-touched Georgia’s Chantal Van Landeghem (21.85) for 7th.

Notable, Stanford’s Lia Neal swam a personal best 21.65 to win the B final.

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Years of Plain Suck
3 years ago

Go get ’em Greg!

Big year for you: first Nattie and first US Swimming Team Head Coach position.

Attila the Runt
3 years ago

Who wouldn’t want to swim for that guy?

Peter Davis
3 years ago

Old Greg you fuzzy little man peach. I tried to tell everyone in 2012, when you got lured to the farm, that you’d bring them national titles within a few short years. Nobody believed then, but they sure do now

Reply to  Peter Davis
3 years ago

HAHAHAHA love ole Greg

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