Beata Nelson Breaks NCAA Record in 200 Back, Barely Misses American Record

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Wisconsin junior Beata Nelson won her third event of the meet at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a new NCAA Record in the 200 back final on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. Nelson swam a 1:47.24 to take down the NCAA Record of 1:47.30 that Kathleen Baker set last year. Nelson broke her second NCAA record of the meet after getting the 100 back record last night. She just missed the American Record set by Regan Smith (1:47.16) two weeks ago.

Nelson used a huge last wall to get by Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck (1:47.59), who took the race out in the lead through the 150. Ruck ended up finishing second, picking up huge points for Stanford as the Cardinal had Erin Voss (1:50.92) and Lucie Nordmann (1:51.10) place fourth and fifth. Stanford has overtaken the lead in the team standings.

Nelson moved to second all-time and Ruck moved to fourth. Kentucky junior Asia Seidt (1:48.65) was third and moved to ninth all-time with her swim.

Auburn’s Sonnele Oeztuerk (1:51.22), Virginia’s Megan Moroney (1:51.28) and Kentucky’s Ali Galyer (1:51.62) also swam in the A-Final.

Wisconsin now has two 200 back titles and four titles overall. Nelson joins Maggie Meyer (2011) as winners of the event for the Badgers.

All-Time List:

  1. Regan Smith, Riptide, 1:47.16 (2019)
  2. Beata Nelson, Wisconsin, 1:47.24 (2019)
  3. Kathleen Baker, Cal, 1:47.30 (2018)
  4. Taylor Ruck, Stanford, 1:47.59 (2019)
  5. Elizabeth Pelton, Cal, 1:47.84 (2013)
  6. Missy Franklin, Cal, 1:47.91 (2015)
  7. Gemma Spofforth, Florida, 1:48.34 (2009)
  8. Ella Eastin, Stanford, 1:48.53 (2019)
  9. Asia Seidt, Kentucky, 1:48.65 (2019)
 Event 16  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: I 1:47.30  17-Mar-18 Kathleen Baker, California
         Meet: M 1:47.30  17-Mar-18 Kathleen Bater, California
     American: A 1:47.16  10-Mar-19 Regan Smith, Riptide
      US Open: O 1:47.16  10-Mar-19 Regan Smith, Riptide
         Pool: P 1:48.74  23-Mar-19 Beata Nelson, Wisconsin-WI
                 1:50.50  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 1:57.11  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Beata Nelson     JR Wisconsin         1:48.74    1:47.24I        20  
    r:+0.74  25.24        52.44 (27.20)
        1:19.88 (27.44)     1:47.24 (27.36)
  2 Taylor Ruck      FR Stanford          1:48.84    1:47.59P        17  
    r:+0.71  25.25        52.14 (26.89)
        1:19.65 (27.51)     1:47.59 (27.94)
  3 Asia Seidt       JR Kentucky          1:49.70    1:48.65P        16  
    r:+0.70  25.32        52.91 (27.59)
        1:20.63 (27.72)     1:48.65 (28.02)
  4 Erin Voss        JR Stanford          1:50.78    1:50.92         15  
    r:+0.76  26.65        54.46 (27.81)
        1:22.66 (28.20)     1:50.92 (28.26)
  5 Lucie Nordmann   FR Stanford          1:50.70    1:51.10         14  
    r:+0.74  25.99        54.06 (28.07)
        1:22.57 (28.51)     1:51.10 (28.53)
  6 Sonnele Oeztuer  SO Auburn            1:51.13    1:51.22         13  
    r:+0.76  26.79        55.04 (28.25)
        1:23.24 (28.20)     1:51.22 (27.98)
  7 Megan Moroney    JR Virginia          1:51.50    1:51.28         12  
    r:+0.62  26.79        55.03 (28.24)
        1:23.10 (28.07)     1:51.28 (28.18)
  8 Ali Galyer       JR Kentucky          1:50.74    1:51.62         11  
    r:+0.71  26.33        54.47 (28.14)
        1:23.01 (28.54)     1:51.62 (28.61)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 16                 
 
  1. Stanford                        361.5   2. California                        331
  3. Michigan                          253   4. Louisville                        163
  5. Virginia                          153   6. Minnesota                       151.5
  7. Tennessee                         147   8. NC State                        145.5
  9. Texas                           131.5  10. Indiana                           127
 11. Auburn                            110  12. Southern Cali                     103
 13. Wisconsin                          90  14. Arizona                          86.5
 15. Kentucky                         82.5  16. Texas A&M                        75.5
 17. UCLA                               66  18. Arizona St                         55
 19. Arkansas                           46  20. Florida                            44
 21. Missouri                           42  22. Ohio St                            38
 23. Duke                               35  24. Georgia                            34
 25. South Carolina                   27.5  26. Penn St                            27
 27. Kansas                             22  28. Lsu                                20
 29. University of Miami                19  30. Eastern Mich                       17
 31. Northwestern                       15  32. Hawaii                             14
 32. Alabama                            14  32. Florida St                         14
 35. San Diego St                        9  36. Purdue                              7
 37. Akron                               6  38. Virginia Tech                       5
 39. Notre Dame                          3  40. Nebraska                            2
 40. UNC                                 2  42. Univeristy of Conneticut            1

5 comments

  1. avatar
    Taylor Covington

    Incredible!!!!

  2. Brian Culver

    Congrats from Wisconsin