The final prelims session will consist of the 200 IM (top seed Melanie Margalis), 200 back (top seed Rhyan White) and 100 free (top seed Gretchen Walsh.)
2016 Olympian Olivia Smoliga holds the fastest seed time in the 100 back this morning (58.73), and she is ranked 4th in the 50 free (24.83).
The 2021 NCAA Women’s Championships are off in less than an hour, with the only event of the night the 800 free relay timed finals.
After emphatic conference titles, Kentucky and Ohio State looked great, in particular. The Wildcats surged to second overall and OSU seventh.
With Ivey, Cal looks incredibly strong for the 800 free relay crown. Without Ivey, though, Virginia could run away with this.
None of the top swimmers in this event are pure sprinters, which is a contrast to 2020, when Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil and Veronica Burchill led the NCAA.
After 44 years of women’s swimming in the SEC Conference, Kentucky has secured its first-ever SEC Championship title by a margin of 53 points over Florida.
After day 4 prelims, Kentucky devoured Florida’s 8 point lead and built their own 135 point lead over the Gators. Let’s see how the finals may play out.
Georgia’s Zoie Hartman, already winner of the 200 IM and 100 breast, will seek her 3rd SEC title of the meet on Saturday in the 200 breast.
Kentucky’s Riley Gaines is out of the 50 free, where she was the ninth seed, but she’s expected to do the same 100 free/200 free/200 fly lineup as last year.
Courtney Harnish had the best lead-off in the 800 free relay field, going 1:42.96 to hit a lifetime best for the Bulldogs.
We’ve made it to the post-season after an entire NCAA season amidst the pandemic, and tonight marks the first finals session of the 2021 Women’s SEC Champs.
We’re kicking off the NCAA conference swimming season with our updated Power Ranks – including one big question we’d like to see answered for each team.
With just a few weeks of dual meets left, things should start to get clearer in some corners of the country coming up, while other corners become murkier.
54.9 butterflyer Stella Todd from City of Richardson Swim Team will head to Lexington, Kentucky in the fall of 2022.