College dual meet season is over, but Cal and Stanford partook in an electric battle with some big times on Saturday in Berkeley.
Katie Drabot swam a season-best in the women’s 200 fly this morning in Santa Clara, clocking 2:08.15 for the 12th fastest time in the world this year.
Katie Ledecky clocked a time of 3:59.28 tonight in the women’s 400 freestyle, moving past Ariarne Titmus (3:59.66) for #1 in the world this year.
Katie Ledecky made her first appearance at the Santa Clara International this morning, putting up the top time in the women’s 400 free (4:02.44).
15-year-old Anastasia Gorbenko broke her second Israeli national record at the Speedo Grand Challenge, this time in the 200 breast (2:28.78).
This is a huge snag for Cal, who previously had no top 20 recruits in their class of 2024.
Stanford won their third straight NCAA title relatively comfortably, but during the meet all the buzz was about how well the Cal women were performing.
Stanford’s Taylor Ruck will race Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson for the 200 back title.
In the 200 fly, we’ll see Stanford’s defending champ and NCAA Record holder Ella Eastin go up against USC’s Louise Hansson, who took down the 100 fly NCAA Record last night.
Defending champ Mallory Comerford of Louisville is eyeing Missy Franklin’s record in the 200 free.
Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck has been 1:48.67 in the 200 yard backstroke this season, which would have been fast enough to win silver at last year’s NCAA Championships. But Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson has been faster still.
The final prelims session of the meet features the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly.
Cal’s Amy Bilquist is set to battle Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck, an Olympic medalist, in the 100 back.
Day 3’s morning session will see prelims for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back.
Since she’s swimming the 500 tonight, the 200 IM will be without American Record holder Eastin. USC’s Louise Hansson, the 100 fly NCAA champion, leads the way there.