Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 14th – Saturday, March 17th
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion — Columbus, OH
- Prelims 9AM/Finals 5PM (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
- Friday Finals Heat Sheet
- Live Results
WOMEN’S 100 FLY:
- NCAA Record: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 2016, 49.43
- American Record: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 2016, 49.43
- Championship Record: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 2016, 49.43
- 2017 Champion: Farida Osman (Cal), 50.05
- GOLD: Louise Hansson, USC, 49.80
- SILVER: Erika Brown, Tennessee, 50.33
- BRONZE: Janet Hu, Stanford, 50.56
USC’s Louise Hansson was out quick in 23.36, just a hundredth ahead of Stanford’s Janet Hu. On the back-half, Hansson continued to pull ahead of the field, winning by half a second in 49.80. Behind her, Tennessee’s Erika Brown reached in to touch ahead of Hu. The only other swimmer to break 51 tonight were Cal’s Noemie Thomas and Ohio State’s Liz Li, who rounded out the top 5 in 50.92 and 50.94 respectively.
Hansson was the first non-Stanford swimmer to win a swimming event at this meet.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE:
- NCAA Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015, 1:39.10
- American Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015, 1:39.10
- Championship Record: Missy Franklin (Cal), 2015, 1:39.10
- 2017 Champion: Katie Ledecky (Stanford)/Mallory Comerford (Louisville), 1:40.36
- GOLD: Mallory Comerford, Louisville, 1:39.80
- SILVER: Siobhan Haughey, Michigan, 1:40.69
- BRONZE: Simone Manuel, Stanford, 1:41.48
Siobhan Haughey of Michigan was out in 23.84 to lead up front, but Louisville’s Mallory Comerfordtook over that lead with a 49.42 halfway. She extended her lead through the back half, crashing through the 1:40-barrier to win it in 1:39.80. She’s now the 2nd woman ever to break 1:40 in the event. Manuel had moved ahead of Haughey going into the last 50, but Haughey bounced back to take 2nd in 1:40.69, while Manuel wound up 3rd in 1:41.48. That was Haughey’s first time under 1:41.
Michigan’s Gabby Deloof took control of the B heat early on and extended her lead to a body length going into the last lap. Deloof shaved a couple of tenths off her best to win the heat in 1:42.69.