2021 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- When: Wednesday, March 17 – Saturday, March 20, 2021
- Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
- Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
- Short course yards (SCY) format
- Defending champion: Stanford (3x) – 2019 results
- Streaming: ESPN3
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results – Swimming
- Live Results – Diving
Wisconsin freshman Phoebe Bacon earned her first NCAA title tonight with a 1:48.32 victory in the 200 back. Coming into today, Bacon’s best time was a 1:50.71 from 2019, when she was still 16 swimming for Nation’s Capital. She went 1:50.90 at last month’s Big Ten Championships before setting a new lifetime best of 1:50.32 in this morning’s prelims.
Tonight, Bacon parlayed a strong back half into a win, with that time moving her ahead of a bunch of big names on the all-time 17-18 rankings. Bacon’s swim tonight moves Missy Franklin (1:48.42) from 2nd to 3rd in the age group, and means that only Regan Smith has been faster in the age group, with her time of 1:47.16 from 2019, which also stands as the fastest time ever in the event.
The USA has a deep roster of backstroke talent, and that was evident tonight as four of the top five spots were held by freshmen: Cal’s Isabelle Stadden (1:49.66), Virginia Tech’s Emma Atkinson (1:50.43), and UVA’s Reilly Tiltmann (1:50.66). Tiltmann is also 18, and her time tonight puts her just outside the top ten performers in the age group.
The rest of the A-final consisted of a sophomore and three juniors, and with the whole A-final returning next year, plus Smith swimming for Stanford next year after deferring her enrollment for a year, and the 2022 NCAA battle in this event should be one for the ages.