Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
- March 8-11, 2017
- Birmingham CrossPlex, Birmingham, Alabama
- Prelims 10:30 AM, Finals 6 PM – U.S. Central Time Zone (GMT -6 currently)
- Event schedule
- Real-time results – diving
- Real-time results – swimming
- Video link (expected to be available when meet starts)
- Championship Central
Women’s 1000 Yard Freestyle – Fastest Heat
- NCAA DII: 9:50.49 3/12/2008 Kristen Frost, Southern Conn St
- Georgia Wright, West Chester 9:48.87R
- Leonie Van Noort, Grand Valley 9:49.18R
- Caroline Jouisse, Delta State 9:52.73
- Theresa Hayward, West Chester 9:54.83
- Annagrazia Bonsanti, Bridgeport 10:02.50
- Laura Fornshell, Fresno Pacific 10:03.75
- Christina Halverson, Cal Baptist 10:03.90
- Sarah Reamy, Queens (NC) 10:04.85
In her first outing, at her first NCAA National Championships, West Chester University freshman Georgia Wright broke a 9-year-old Division II meet record in the 1000 free. Wright took 1.52 seconds off the 9:50.49 standard that Kristen Frost of Southern Connecticut State University set at 2008 NCAAs, going 9:48.87. Moreover, both Wright and runner-up Leonie Van Noort of Grand Valley State University (who also finished under the previous meet mark) became the first women in the history of the NCAA Division II Championships to break 9:50. Van Noort went 9:49.18.
It was an exciting race from the outset, with Wright in lane 4, senior Van Noort in lane 5, and Delta State University sophomore Caroline Jouisse in lane 5. Jouisse set the pace early on and led by a half body length over Wright and Van Noort through to the 700. Wright began her descent and took over the lead, increasing it with each 50. Down the home stretch all three put their legs in; Van Noort, in particular, had an impressive finish, going 27.18 over the final 50 yards, .33 faster than her first 50 which included a dive start.
The momentum was with Wright, though. Her pacing was even, and she built into her finish over the final 200 yards. She never let up and it became impossible to catch her.
Here are the comparative splits of the first two NCAA Division II women to swim a sub-9:50 1000 freestyle: