If Stanford aims to complete a sweep of all five relays at NCAAs, the 200 free relay might be their toughest test. In a way, that’s good for the Cardinal, as it comes at the beginning of day 2, just the second swimming event of the meet. On the other hand, it could mean a big momentum swing that affects the remainder of the meet for every team in contention for the title.
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The favorite to win this race is Stanford’s Ally Howe, who broke Natalie Coughlin’s American Record and became the first woman to clear the 50 second barrier since 2002 at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships.
Simone Manuel will look to lead Stanford back to the top of the podium in the 400 free relay.
Gia Dalesandro destroyed her own personal best at Big Tens this year, earning her the 5th seed in a very tight field for the 100 fly.
After making the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympis, Cal backstroker Kathleen Baker has been looking to move up in the yards pool.
Women’s NCAA conference championships have wrapped up, meaning it’s time for our last Power Rankings of the season. Stanford is still the runaway #1 team in the land, but the rest of the top 20 has shuffled up pretty considerably as more teams start to show their cards in the hunt for NCAA invites.
Kathleen Baker headlines the 200 back, but Ally Howe, who smashed the 100 back American Record last night, will look for a sweep of the backstrokes.
Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, and Lia Neal came together to win gold in a new NCAA and American Record time of 3:08.51. With that, they also accomplished a sweep of the 2017 Pac-12 relay titles.
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.
Day 4 brings competiton in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, and platform diving.
The Cardinal’s Janet Hu will headline a double, as she’s the top seed in the 100 fly and 100 back after setting Meet Records in both this morning.
Howe just took down the last remaining American or U.S. Open Record in yards that was set before the supersuit era.
Shortly after setting a new Meet Record in the 100 fly, Hu returned to the pool to set another Pac-12 Meet Record in the 100 back.
Stanford’s Janet Hu is one of only two swimmers ranked in the top 10 in both events.