Sophie Hansson: NCAA Swimming “A Lot More Fun” Than Expected (Video)


Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  1. Sophie Hansson (NC State) – 57.74
  2. Alexis Wenger (UVA) – 58.31
  3. Ida Hulkko (FSU) – 58.94

Youth was the name of the game in this event tonight, as the field consisted solely of freshmen and sophomores. NC State’s Sophie Hansson came into tonight as the prohibitive favorite after blasting the 2nd-fastest time ever by a freshman this morning, but Virginia freshman Alexis Wenger actually was in the lead for most most of the race. But, Hansson rocketed off the final wall, overtaking Wenger, and hung on to win 57.74 to 58.31. That’s a new best time for both swimmers, with Hansson dropping 0.21s and Wenger lowering her personal best by a massive 1.39 seconds. Until today, she hadn’t had a best time since 2015, when she was 1:00.02.

FSU’s Ida Hulkko took 3rd in 58.94, making it three freshmen under the 59-second mark, and teammate Nina Kucheran took 5th in 59.61. NC State got a 4th-place finish from sophomore Olivia Calegan(59.43), while Louisville ended up with the 6th-8th spots.

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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