The 2021 NCAA Women’s Championships are off in less than an hour, with the only event of the night the 800 free relay timed finals.
The 800 free relay went to Virginia, helped by Isabel Ivey being kept off of this relay. This is the UVA women’s first relay title in program history
As swimming has slowly returned after the first lockdown, we’ll see the first NCAA Division I Championship racing since the men’s 400 free relay in 2019.
As we tick down the days to the 2021 Women’s NCAA Championships, keep track of all our event-by-event previews and winner picks here.
Over 97% of readers think Alex Walsh will win the 200 IM as a freshman at the 2021 Women’s NCAA Championships.
The 400 medley relay is seeded to be a very tight race at the top, with the 4 top seeds all entering at 3:26.
At ACCs, UVA’s Alex Walsh won the 200 IM title with a monster 1:51.53. Could Walsh win the NCAA title and threaten the American record as a freshman?
For Douglass & Walsh, DeSorbo said the event choices came down to what they wanted to swim and what events excited them the most
With Ivey, Cal looks incredibly strong for the 800 free relay crown. Without Ivey, though, Virginia could run away with this.
NC State’s MacCausland, USC’s Delgado, and MIchigan’s Pyshnenko were all crucial 21.8-legs in their respective relays before their scratches.
None of the top swimmers in this event are pure sprinters, which is a contrast to 2020, when Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil and Veronica Burchill led the NCAA.
Virginia enters the meet as the top seed in all 5 relays, although it’s tight in the 400 free relay.
Meanwhile, NC State, Virginia and Georgia each have two women with ‘A’ cuts in this event, and the majority of the top seeds are underclassmen.
The NCAA has released its official psych sheets (along with the invite line) for the 2021 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Kate Douglass will swim the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly individually at the 2021 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships.