Baker, Manuel Take Top Seeds in Pac-12 Women’s Championship Day 4 Prelims

Kathleen Baker. Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

Several fast races highlighted the final day of the Pac-12 Women’s Championships prelims on Saturday morning.

The 200 backstroke is shaping up to be an interesting race with seven of the eight spots from Cal and Stanford.


Cal’s Kathleen Baker took the top seed in Saturday’s preliminaries and is followed by Stanford’s Ally Howe (1:51.76), Janet Hu (1:51.85) and Cal’s Amy Bilquist (1:52.33).

Stanford’s Erin Voss (1:52.72) and Allie Szekely (1:53.18) took the fifth and sixth seeds, respectively.

Arizona’s Cameron McHugh took the seventh spot (1:53.20) and Cal’s Keaton Blovad (1:54.02) rounds out the the finals.

Simone Manuel took the top seed in the 100 free (47.14) just ahead of Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil (47.43).

Cal’s Robin Neumann was third (48.38), followed by UCLA’s Kenisha Liu (48.57), USC’s Tatum Wade (48.89), Cal’s Valerie Hull (48.94), Arizona’s Jamie Stone (48.97) and Katrina Konopka (49.09).

In the 200 breaststroke, Arizona State’s Silja Kansakoski took the top seed in 2:07.79.

USC’s Maggie Aroesty was second (2:08.04), followed by Stanford’s Brooke Forde (2:08.15), UCLA’s Emma Schanz (2:08.76), USC’s Riley Scott (2:09.20), Stanford’s Grace Zhao (2:10.38), Arizona State’s Marlies Ross (2:10.55), and Cal’s Ali Harrison (2:10.84).

Stanford’s Katie Drabot (1:51.99) and Ella Eastin (1:52.14) took the top two seeds in the 200 butterfly.

USC’s Louise Hansson (1:53.23) and Maddie Wright (1:53.38) followed. Cal’s Noemie Thomas was fifth (1:54.34), followed by Stanford’s Lindsey Engel (1:54.81), Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (1:54.97) and UCLA’s Katie Grover (1:55.47).

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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