Cal’s Kathleen Baker shredded her way to the 3rd fastest performance in history, clocking a 1:48.33 to clip Elizabeth Pelton’s Meet Record from 2013.
Tonight, Maya DiRado scored her third championship of the week to become the fifth-fastest American 200 backstroker in history and the fourth-fastest swimmer in the world this year.
Elizabeth Pelton announced her retirement today, calling this morning’s 200 back prelims her “last race.”
Olivia Smoliga clocked 59.02 to win the 100 back at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and become the third-fastest American in history.
Missy Frankin was the best backstroker on the planet in 2012 and 2013. But now a crowd of young talents threatens her return trip to the Olympics in the 100 back.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz is a favorite to win the 200 IM at 2016 Olympic Trials, but she will face serious competition on the road to Rio.
The 19& under U.S. talent in the backstroke is starting to creep up on the tried-and-true Olympians up top, and Missy & co. will need to be on their game in the 200 back finals at Trials.
23 American swimmers aged 17 and under, including Claire Adams (pictured above) would have scored points in the ‘A’ or ‘B’ finals at this weekend’s 2016 Women’s NCAA Division I Championships.
The Georgia Bulldogs took the first championship of the weekend in the 800 free relay.
Senior Elizabeth Pelton be looking for her third straight championship in the 800 free relay as swims it for the California Golden Bears for the fourth and final time at the NCAA championships this week.
Who’s our pick as Women’s NCAA team champion this week?
This season, a pair of freshman are up to challenge Leverenz’s 1:51.77. Those freshman are Stanford’s Ella Eastin and Cal’s Kathleen Baker.
Virginia’s Courtney Barthlomew (pictured) represents the established stars, Cal’s Amy Bilquist the rising young talent in a thick 200 backstroke field.
USC was successful in capturing their first Pac-12 Championship as a team this weekend. The Trojans finished 1st after a hard fought battle with the Stanford women, who were 2nd overall.
Today is the final day of competition at the 2016 women’s Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way. With the team battles still extremely close, we’ll see each team looking to get their swimmers into finals of the 200 stroke events and the 100 freestyle.