Texas Sophomore Drew Kibler put up the fastest prelims time in the 200 free, and will swim for a second event title after winning the 500 free last night.
Despite a great senior class graduating last year, Cal still returns a talent-laden roster, headed by the nation’s top sprinter: Abbey Weitzeil.
There were only a pair of scratches for this morning’s session.
Hopkin will shift her focus instead to the relays and her individual 100 free.
In the 200 IM, Cal’s Sarah Darcel, the 12th seed, has opted out of the 200 IM. She was one of Cal’s top seeded swimmers in the event, with only Izzy Ivey in front of her at #10.
Sarah Darcel, who scored 12 points as a freshman last year, is scratched out of the 2019 NCAA Championships. Her teammate Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou is the next alternate, and has been added to the meet, NCAA documents indicate.
Ella Eastin’s 2018 400 IM performance at this meet last year was perhaps one of the most stunning in college swimming history – from breaking every record in the books by multiple seconds to handing Katie Ledecky what’s likely the biggest loss margin of her career.
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.
Breaststroker Zoe Bartel is part of the new wave of Cardinal talent to take on the upcoming Pac-12 Championships.
Cal V. USC (Women) February 1st, 2019 Berkeley, CA Meet Results Final Scores Cal 170- USC 129 The No. 4…
Weitzeil also won the 200 free today against UCLA.
Michigan freshman Maggie MacNeil will look to defend her top seeds from prelims tonight in both the women’s 100 fly and 100 back tonight in Athens.