Hu is now the 4th fastest 100 backstroker in history, moving ahead of Natalie Coughlin, who became the first woman to break 50 seconds back in 2002.
Look out for Stanford’s Katie Ledecky, who will battle American Record holder Ella Eastin shortly before racing All-American teammate Simone Manuel in the 200 free.
Arizona and Arizona State will continue to battle for 3rd, but diving gives the Sun Devils a big advantage. USC looks to make up some ground in the battle for 3rd and have much more scoring potential tonight than they did in day 2 finals.
Ella Eastin will contest the 400 IM on day 3 of the Pac-12 Championships after sitting out of the 200 yesterday.
The reigning NCAA champions are featured in each of tonight’s individual races: Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (500 free), Cal’s Kathleen Baker (200 IM), and Stanford’s Simone Manuel (50 free).
Katie Ledecky swims the 500 free on day 2 of the Women’s Pac-12 Championships.
Cal came within .03 of the NCAA Record, with Kathleen Baker on top of her game as she posted a 23.59 back split.
The Stanford women are the heavy favorites to take the 2018 Pac-12 crown and successfully defend their 2017 title, which was their first since 2014.
Stanford’s Janet Hu has been named the Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced today.
SwimSwam’s editor Braden Keith brought me the following hypothetical: what would happen in a dual meet of the Stanford women…
Several Pool Records fell as Stanford capped off an undefeated dual meet season on Saturday in their meet against Pac-12 rival Cal. The Bears’ Weitzeil nabbed an individual Pool Record in the 50 free as she out-touched Manuel 22.04 to 22.13.
For years, Northern Virginia has been a hotbed of elite high school swimming, and the atmospherics at the 6A Northern Region championship meet – typically held before a capacity crowd at the Oak Marr Rec Center – often lead to some of the fastest prep times in the country.
Ledecky stepped up for the 200 free immediately after winning the 1000 free (9:15.96). Though she trailed USC’s Louise Hansson (1:46.21) through the front half, Ledecky powered through in the final 100 yards to build a 3-second lead, winning in 1:43.24.
Freshman Brooke Forde was a major player in Stanford’s victory over UCLA last weekend, winning 3 individual events.
Over the month of January, Janet Hu leads the NCAA in three events and is a part of three NCAA-leading relays for Stanford.