Stanford looks like the favorite, but the interesting strategy to watch Saturday will be where teams use their star sprinters – both Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil could anchor or lead off. And where they swim just might be the difference-maker if the race gets tight.
Stanford domine le premier jour des NCAA Dames malgré une forte résistance de California Berkeley.
Stanford’s Simone Manuel (50 free) and Katie Ledecky (500 free) look to defend their titles tonight and are chasing their own NCAA Records. Cal’s Kathleen Baker, the reigning 200 IM champion, will battle Stanford’s NCAA Record holder Ella Eastin.
After taking down the American record Thursday morning, Stanford rebroke it as well the NCAA record in finals.
Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (500 free), Simone Manuel (50 free), and Ella Eastin (200 IM) are chasing their own records today as the Cardinal swimmers hold the NCAA Records in all 3 individual races.
The Stanford team of Janet Hu, Simone Manuel, Lauren Pitzer, and Ally Howe took down Cal’s American record, set at Pac-12s last month.
Katie McLaughlin has taken over for the now-graduated Farida Osman on Cal’s 200 free relay.
Mallory Comerford is one of four 4:35’s coming into the 2018 NCAA Championships in the 500 free, behind Katie Ledecky’s 4:26.
Though she would be seeded 2nd in the 500, Ella Eastin has opted to swim the 200IM (#5 seed) instead.
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.
Through the first round of mid-season college invites, there has been 40 individual NCAA ‘A’ cuts achieved, as well as 41 relay ‘A’ cuts.
Overall, it would seem from the outside that the Stanford women found a very solid foundation for their team chemistry.
Freshman Lauren Green was among the swimmers to win multiple individual races on Thursday as the Cardinal took down Pac-12 foe Oregon State at home.