The women’s 200y IM on Day 2 of the 2018 NCAA D1 finals was set to be an exciting race, as the field was comprised of a faster heat than last year – a 1:55.59 guaranteed a spot in last year’s final, but it took a 1:54.78 to qualify for the A-final this year.
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.
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.
Katie Ledecky dominated the anchor leg for Stanford in 1:39.87 to help the Cardinal defend their title. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford put up the fastest split of the night, though, with a 1:39.14 on the 2nd leg.
The 400 IM American Record changed hands last season between Stanford teammates Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin. Now that Ledecky has dropped the 200 free for the 400 IM at NCAAs, who will capture the title (and possibly the American Record) at the big showdown?
For Eastin, the conqueror of all four strokes, it may be the 200 butterfly where she’ll have the fewest obstacles on her path to an NCAA title.
After missing Ella Eastin’s American record by just 4 hundredths last season, Cal’s Kathleen Baker is back to give it another go, but Stanford’s Eastin will be there as well to try and reclaim her title.
Though she would be seeded 2nd in the 500, Ella Eastin has opted to swim the 200IM (#5 seed) instead.
American Record holder Caeleb Dressel will be chasing his own record in the 100 free with a shot at going 3-for-3 in American Records in his individual events here.
Caeleb Dressel will look for more history tonight in the final of the men’s 100 breast.
Caeleb Dressel will be back in action on day 4 of SECs in the men’s 100 breast.
Both Claire Rasmus and Sydney Pickrem come in as #1 seeds on night 3 of the 2018 SEC Championships.
Look out for Florida’s Caeleb Dressel in the 200 IM and Tennessee’s fast-rising Erika Brown in the 50 free.
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Dressel got the ball rolling with an 18.91 free split on the 200 medley relay and later won the individual 50 free in 19.41, just out-touching Tennessee’s Kyle Decoursey (19.48).