The 2017 Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships continue this morning with prelims of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay, and 1-meter diving.
Stanford’s Ella Eastin, who will defend titles in the 200 and 400 IM later this week, went sub-1:42 for Stanford.
Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky are the heavy favorites, and both have already been 2 seconds faster than what it took to win the NCAA title last season.
Katie Ledecky’s dominance in the distance freestyles is already unquestionable, but swimming fans may see her take it to a whole new level once she’s tapered for the NCAA Championships.
As the women’s collegiate season transitions from conference championships into the NCAA Championship portion of the season, it’s worth looking back at one event from the women’s Pac-12 Championships that could have major impacts on a different event at NCAAs later this month.
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.
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.
A highly anticipated showdown between Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Cal teammates Abbey Weitzeil and Farida Osman will take place in tonight’s 50 free final.
Ledecky obliterated the 500 free field, tearing through the water en route to a 4:25.15 victory.
One of the big swims to watch today, of course, is Katie Ledecky’s 500 free. The Pac-12 Record currently stands at a 4:31.90, but we may see her take that down in the heats.
Ledecky cruised to a 4:28.37, topping the field by nearly 10 seconds and setting a new Pac-12 Meet Record. That cleared the former mark of 4:31.90 set by Cierra Runge in 2015.
Even without former NCAA runner-up in the 200 free Simone Manuel in the group, Katie Ledecky (above) and the Stanford women swam the fastest 800 free relay in history.
The Stanford Cardinal put up some blistering times in their dual meet victory over USC on Saturday, including Simone Manuel’s 1:42.72 in the 200 free.
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