Gabi Albiero will once again be called upon to play a significant role as the Louisville women appear poised to take a run at a top-3 spot at NCAAs.
The Louisville women tied a program best fourth place finish at 2023 NCAAs and return all of their relay legs for the upcoming season.
Day 3 saw SwimMAC Carolina’s Santiago Alzate break 4:00 for the first time in the 400 free and Louisville’s Paige Hetrick added a third Olympic Trials Cut.
Anna Peplowski who has been on a role lately in the LCM 200 free swam a new personal best in the 400 free in her home pool this weekend .
Regenauer had a huge senior season making her first NCAA finals. She made the B final in the 100 fly and the A final of the 50 and 100 frees.
A full recap of the top finishers and records broken during the 2023 Women’s NCAA Championships, won dominantly by the Virginia Cavaliers.
Kate Douglass lived up to the billing and then some as the top-ranked recruit coming out of the girls’ high school class of 2019.
“She just has this confident air about her, and I think that’s really helped me,” Louisville senior Christiana Regenauer said of junior Gabi Albiero.
Virginia’s quartet of Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Maxine Parker and Gretchen Walsh chopped almost a full second off the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records.
In the final prelims session of the 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly will all be contested.
Virginia has the two fastest swimmers of all-time in the 50 free, putting them leaps and bounds ahead of the field in the 200 free relay.
As is the case with most of the relays at this year’s NCAAs, Virginia’s 400 medley relay quartet is simply a step above the rest of the competition.
The all-star quartet of Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Kate Douglass give UVA a massive edge over the field in the women’s 200 medley relay.
The absence of defending champion Kate Douglass has turned this year’s 50 freestyle battle into a showdown between Gretchen Walsh and Maggie MacNeil.
Maggie MacNeil is the only woman in history who’s beaten Kate Douglass at an NCAA Championships meet, and she has one more chance to do so in the 100 fly.