Kelly Pash Swims NCAA-Leading 1:42.73 200 Free At Texas-NC State Dual Meet

Texas vs. NC State

  • January 27 to 28, 2023
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, Texas
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Live Results

On Friday at the Texas vs. NC State dual meet, Texas senior Kelly Pash swam a massive time of 1:42.73 in the 200 free, which overtakes Taylor Ruck‘s 1:43.11 as the fastest time in the NCAA. Pash is the first woman to break 1:43-point in the 200 free and one of the seven swimmers to go an NCAA-leading time in January (alongside Erica Sullivan, Kate Douglass, Kristen Stege, Leon Marchand, Grant House, and Gretchen Walsh).

Pash’s best time currently stands at a 1:42.38, from when she finished third at the 2022 NCAA Championships. Her season-best prior to today was a 1:43.40, which had made her second in the nation behind Ruck.

Within her race today, Pash dominated, beating out her teammate and second-place finisher Olivia Bray by over two seconds. Bray still had an impressive swim of her own, clocking a personal best time of 1:44.94. Her previous best prior to today was a 1:45.10 from the Minnesota Invite.

Top Performs, 2022-23 NCAA Season, Women’s 500 Free:

  1. Kelly Pash, Texas — 1:42.73
  2. Taylor Ruck, Stanford — 1:43.11
  3. Brooklyn Douthwright, Tennessee — 1:43.60
  4. Chloe Stepanek, Texas A&M — 1:43.83
  5. Amy Fulmer, Ohio State — 1:44.04

You can watch the race video here:

Compared to NCAAs, Pash was slightly faster on both her first 50 and last 50, but slower by a larger margin on the middle 100—which accounted for the difference between the two swimmers. That being said, her in-season speed could give her the momentum to break the 1:42-point barrier or even become the national title favorite headed into NCAAs.

Comparative Splits, Texas vs. NC State 2023 vs. NCAAs:

Kelly Pash, Texas vs. NC State, 2023 Kelly Pash, 2022 NCAA Championships
50y 23.81 23.92
1o0y 26.06 25.84
150y 26.40 25.97
200y 26.46 26.65
Total 1:42.73 1:42.38

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1 year ago

Luke Miller with the back half walk down of Hobson and Foster to swim the 2nd fastest 200 free in the nation this year

Boxall's Railing
Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

He’s either going 1:29 at NCAAs or he was considerably rested for this meet. Has to be one or the other.

Reply to  Boxall's Railing
1 year ago

Or both

1 year ago

And check out the reaction times on the Texas women’s medley relay 🤯

1 year ago

Elendt really go 24.5 split?

Reply to  PancakeLover
1 year ago

Nah. Hand timed 25-point

1 year ago

Whoa, we got 19.6 fly from Korstanje, :57s from Jacoby and Elendt, a :51 from Jake Foster, :49 from Sticklen.
Loving these FAST January dual meets.

1 year ago

And Erica Sullivan – 4:35 !!

1 year ago

Hobson – 42.0 split, 1:31, and 4:13

Werner Swimzog
1 year ago

I can’t believe it is January already. The times are fast out there

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