2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships: Kate Douglass Ahead of Maggie MacNeil in 100 Butterfly Prelims

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The 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships continued with the second preliminary session of the meet on Friday.

Friday’s prelim events are the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3-meter diving. The relays are all timed finals and will take place during the finals session.

Virginia leads the meet after winning the 800 free relay on opening night of the NCAA Championships, then claiming all three individual titles on Day 2, while also taking runner-up in both relays. The Cavaliers have plenty of fire power in today’s events as well.

NCAA Championships: Women’s 100 Butterfly

The top time in history is shared by Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil and USC’s Louise Hansson, both reaching 49.26 at different meets in 2019. MacNeil was the long-course world champion in 2019 in the event. Tennessee’s Erika Brown has the American record in 49.38, while Virginia’s Kate Douglass enters with the sixth-fastest time at 49.73. Hansson won back-to-back events in 2018 and 2019. Stanford has 10 titles in history while Cal has 11, led by a four-year sweep by Natalie Coughlin from 2001-2004.

Virginia continued its momentum with its second top seed of the morning. Sophomore Kate Douglass took the top spot in the 100 butterfly in 49.94, the lone swimmer under 50.

Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil, the co-NCAA record holder in the event took the second seed in 50.23.

Cal’s Isabel Ivey and Alabama’s Rhyan White tied for the third seed at 50.75.

NC State’s Kylee Alons took the fifth seed in 50.86, followed by Michigan junior Olivia Carter (51.29) and Texas freshman Olivia Bray (51.44).

Virginia sophomore Lexi Cuomo snagged the eighth seed in 51.49, giving the Cavaliers two swimmers in the final.

NCAA championships: top 16

Event 9  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 49.26  3/22/2019 Louise Hansson, USC
         Meet: M 49.26  3/22/2019 Louise Hansson, USC
     American: A 49.38  2/20/2020 Erika Brown, Tennessee
      US Open: O 49.26  3/22/2019 Louise Hansson, USC
         Pool: P 49.81  3/20/2015 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Douglass, Kate         SO Virginia            49.73      49.94  
    r:+0.68  23.31        49.94 (26.63)
  2 MacNeil, Maggie        JR Michigan            49.68      50.23  
    r:+0.69  23.77        50.23 (26.46)
  3 White, Rhyan           JR Alabama             50.94      50.75  
    r:+0.67  23.80        50.75 (26.95)
  3 Ivey, Isabel           JR California          50.87      50.75  
    r:+0.74  23.34        50.75 (27.41)
  5 Alons, Kylee           JR NC State            50.74      50.86  
    r:+0.64  23.56        50.86 (27.30)
  6 Carter, Olivia         JR Michigan            51.44      51.29  
    r:+0.65  24.25        51.29 (27.04)
  7 Bray, Olivia           FR Texas               50.37      51.44  
    r:+0.72  23.83        51.44 (27.61)
  8 Cuomo, Lexi            SO Virginia            50.65      51.49  
    r:+0.71  23.66        51.49 (27.83)
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  9 Gillilan, Coleen       SO Notre Dame          52.27      51.60  
    r:+0.61  24.03        51.60 (27.57)
 10 Harter, Abby           FR Virginia            51.73      51.82  
    r:+0.71  24.22        51.82 (27.60)
 11 Gati, Izzy             JR Kentucky            51.74      51.85  
    r:+0.68  24.65        51.85 (27.20)
 12 Guevara, Miriam        JR Northwestern        52.24      51.90  
    r:+0.63  24.16        51.90 (27.74)
 13 Rothrock, Trude        JR Tennessee           51.77      51.95  
    r:+0.64  24.15        51.95 (27.80)
 14 Sticklen, Emma         FR Texas               51.49      52.03  
    r:+0.69  24.04        52.03 (27.99)
 15 Wheal, Emma            SO Stanford            52.01      52.06  
    r:+0.69  23.76        52.06 (28.30)
 16 Nava, Jessica          JR Virginia            51.82      52.13  
    r:+0.66  24.20        52.13 (27.93)