The swimming roster is a little thin, but the Golden Gophers, as usual, have one of the best breaststrokers in college swimming along with a field of talented divers.
With no stroke 50s at Pan Pacs, U.S. Nationals will be Lilly King’s only major-meet shot this year to lower her own 50 breast world record from last summer.
Stanford’s Ella Eastin is looking for a perfect 3-for-3 in both NCAA titles and American Records here. She’ll be swimming in the 200 fly towards the end of the session.
Expectations were high for the women’s 100y breaststroke on Day 3 of the NCAA D1 Finals, as Lily King, Indiana’s defending champion and record holder, swam the fastest breaststroke relay split ever in the 400-medley relay the night before, with a 56.02.
Louisville’s Mallory Comerford will go up against Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey in the 200 free.
Lilly King defended her 100 breast title, going 56.25 to take .05 off her previous record.
Day 2 of the 2018 NCAA D1 Women’s Championships will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay.
Ally Howe, Kathleen Baker, Janet Hu, and Beata Nelson will vie for the 100 back title.
Lilly King broke her own record for the fastest 100 breast relay split of all-time Thursday night as her team took 2nd overall.
Stanford went 5-for-5 on the day, wrapping up with a new American/NCAA/U.S. Open record in the 400 medley relay.
Hansson scratched the 200 IM, where she was the #16-seed, but is the #2 seed in both the 100 and 200 fly later in the meet.
Simone Manuel will be key for Stanford to defend their 400 medley relay title over Cal, who were DQed last year after out-touching the Cardinal.
Indiana’s Lilly King will look for her third consecutive 200 breast title at the NCAA Championships.
The 100 breaststroke belongs to the Big Ten this year, with the top three seeds belonging to schools from the power midwest conference.
Red-hot Beata Nelson and Siobhan Haughey return as #1 seeds, while Lilly King is set to defend her national title.