NCAA Division I Women’s Championships: California With Huge Day 2 Prelims

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Night one of the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships featured Georgia taking a 10-point lead ahead of California.  Meanwhile, Stanford’s Simone Manuel had a night, and relay anchor, for the ages.

This morning, California had a preliminary session for the ages as well, with eight A final and five B final swims collected for a total of 13 point-scoring swims slated for tonight.

Defending champion Georgia will likely be looking up at California from second place after tonight with four A finalists and four B finalists.

Stanford had a really strong morning with three A finalists and four B finalists, and don’t sleep on Missouri as it collected two A finalists and four B finalists.

Total A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 200 medley relay

Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell vaulted the Cardinals to the top seed this morning.  The Cardinals’ foursome of Tanja Kylliainen (24.72), Andee Cottrell (26.77), Worrell (22.07) and Andrea Kneppers (22.0) threw down a 1:35.56 for the top seed.

California’s Rachel Bootsma (23.80), Marina Garcia (27.95), Noemie Thomas (23.20) and Farida Osman (21.23) qualified second in 1:36.18, while Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga (24.38), Meaghan Raab (27.75), Kylie Stewart (23.11) and Chantal Van Landeghem (21.31) claimed third this morning with a 1:36.55.

Two surprises happened. The first being that defending champion Stanford qualified into B finals with an 11th-seeded time of 1:37.30, and Florida Gulf Coast University lit up the pool to qualify sixth in 1:37.05.  Also, don’t miss Tennessee’s Molly Hannis, who split a ridiculous 26.24 on breaststroke.

  1 Louisville-KY  'A'            1:36.30    1:35.56PqD1-A  
     1) Kylliainen, Tanja SR          2) r:0.23 Cottrell, Andee SO    
     3) r:0.14 Worrell, Kelsi JR      4) r:0.16 Kneppers, Andrea SO   
    r:+0.53  12.27        24.72 (24.72)
          36.75 (12.03)       51.49 (26.77)
         1:01.36 (9.87)     1:13.56 (22.07)
        1:23.93 (10.37)     1:35.56 (22.00)
  2 California-PC  'A'            1:35.25    1:36.18 qD1-A  
     1) Bootsma, Rachel JR            2) r:0.26 Garcia, Marina SO     
     3) r:0.26 Thomas, Noemie FR      4) r:0.22 Osman, Farida SO      
    r:+0.56  11.86        23.80 (23.80)
          36.44 (12.64)       51.75 (27.95)
        1:02.19 (10.44)     1:14.95 (23.20)
        1:25.06 (10.11)     1:36.18 (21.23)
  3 Georgia-GA  'A'               1:36.88    1:36.55 qD1-A  
     1) Smoliga, Olivia SO            2) r:0.20 Raab, Meaghan FR      
     3) r:0.27 Stewart, Kylie FR      4) r:0.21 Van Landeghem, ntal JR
    r:+0.67  12.28        24.38 (24.38)
          36.86 (12.48)       52.13 (27.75)
        1:02.50 (10.37)     1:15.24 (23.11)
        1:25.39 (10.15)     1:36.55 (21.31)
  4 Virginia-VA  'A'              1:35.88    1:36.59 qD1-A  
     1) Bartholomew, Courtney JR      2) r:0.09 Simon, Laura SO       
     3) r:0.26 Williamson, Ellen SR   4) r:0.23 Thomas, Ellen SO      
    r:+0.60  12.24        24.32 (24.32)
          36.56 (12.24)       51.22 (26.90)
        1:01.87 (10.65)     1:14.69 (23.47)
        1:25.11 (10.42)     1:36.59 (21.90)
  5 Tennessee-SE  'A'             1:35.31    1:36.84 qD1-A  
     1) Demonte, Anna JR              2) r:0.23 Hannis, Molly SR      
     3) r:0.29 Bruens, Harper JR      4) r:0.31 Johnson, Faith JR     
    r:+0.62  12.59        25.37 (25.37)
          37.20 (11.83)       51.61 (26.24)
        1:02.35 (10.74)     1:15.07 (23.46)
        1:25.41 (10.34)     1:36.84 (21.77)
  6 Florida Gulf-FL  'A'          1:37.17    1:37.05 qD1-A  
     1) Toussaint, Kira SO            2) r:0.28 Armitage, Katie FR    
     3) r:0.34 Svensson, Emma SR      4) r:0.47 Julien, Kristin FR    
    r:+0.57  11.98        23.91 (23.91)
          36.09 (12.18)       51.25 (27.34)
        1:01.27 (10.02)     1:14.21 (22.96)
        1:25.11 (10.90)     1:37.05 (22.84)
  7 Missouri-MV  'A'              1:37.33    1:37.08 qD1-A  
     1) Stevens, Hannah FR            2) r:0.23 Duncan, Abby JR       
     3) r:0.14 Barbiea, Dani SR       4) r:0.21 Patterson, Anna JR    
    r:+0.65  12.52        25.06 (25.06)
          37.49 (12.43)       52.19 (27.13)
        1:02.57 (10.38)     1:14.96 (22.77)
        1:25.65 (10.69)     1:37.08 (22.12)
  8 Texas-ST  'A'                 1:37.42    1:37.17 qD1-A  
     1) Denninghoff, Sarah SR         2) r:0.12 Jaques, Gretchen SR   
     3) r:0.18 Schneider, Mimi FR     4) r:0.17 Millard, Rebecca FR   
    r:+0.61  12.30        24.88 (24.88)
          37.00 (12.12)       51.73 (26.85)
        1:02.15 (10.42)     1:15.14 (23.41)
        1:25.56 (10.42)     1:37.17 (22.03)

A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 400 IM

Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry nearly downed her lifetime best with a scorching preliminary swim of 4:02.98.  That swim just missed her 4:02.88 from last NCAAs that ranks her 14th all time in the event.

Henry is hoping to join the likes of Julia Wilkinson, Alia Atkinson, Breeja Larson and Paige Miller as fellow Aggie NCAA titlists.

Georgia’s Hali Flickinger raced to the second seed with a time of 4:04.32, while Minnesota’s Brooke Zeiger, the top-ranked swimmer coming into the meet this year, took third in 4:04.57.

  1 Henry, Sarah     SR Texas A&M-GU      4:04.92    4:02.98PqD1-A  
    r:+0.79  26.53        56.02 (29.49)
        1:27.42 (31.40)     1:57.99 (30.57)
        2:32.74 (34.75)     3:07.07 (34.33)
        3:35.33 (28.26)     4:02.98 (27.65)
  2 Flickinger, Hal  JR Georgia-GA        4:03.42    4:04.32PqD1-A  
    r:+0.78  26.01        55.35 (29.34)
        1:26.63 (31.28)     1:57.09 (30.46)
        2:32.62 (35.53)     3:08.91 (36.29)
        3:37.14 (28.23)     4:04.32 (27.18)
  3 Zeiger, Brooke   FR Minnesota-MN      4:03.28    4:04.57PqD1-A  
    r:+0.80  27.14        57.19 (30.05)
        1:27.70 (30.51)     1:58.02 (30.32)
        2:32.88 (34.86)     3:07.85 (34.97)
        3:36.27 (28.42)     4:04.57 (28.30)

A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 100 fly

Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell has been strong all year, but blasted into a new stratosphere with an NCAA, American and U.S. open record in the women’s 100-yard fly as she became a barrier breaker.

Worrell unleashed a ridiculously fast time of 49.89 to blast the 50-second barrier and beat Natalie Coughlin’s NCAA, American and U.S. Open record of 50.01 set for California 13 years ago in 2002.

Kelsi Worrell, Louisville

On setting the American record
“I was actually really surprised with my time because my walls weren’t as I had planned. I have no words, I don’t know when it’s going to hit me because I’m just overwhelmed at the text messages and the encouraging notes from around the pool deck. It’s unbelievable.”

On her goals for the morning
“I just wanted to execute and just swim fast and have a lot of fun.”

In an earlier heat, California’s Farida Osman put up a sizzler of her own with a second-seeded time of 51.00 to move to 10th all time in the event’s history.

Denver’s Sam Corea vaulted to 11th all time with a 51.01 for the third seed tonight, while Southern California’s Kendyl Stewart picked up the fourth seed in 51.03 for 12th all time in the event’s history.

  1 Worrell, Kelsi   JR Louisville-KY       50.17      49.89NqD1-A  
    r:+0.67  23.52        49.89 (26.37)
  2 Osman, Farida    SO California-PC       51.14      51.00 qD1-A  
    r:+0.75  23.94        51.00 (27.06)
  3 Corea, Sam       SR Denver-CO           51.70      51.01 qD1-A  
    r:+0.65  23.73        51.01 (27.28)
  4 Stewart, Kendyl  JR Southern Cali-CA    51.10      51.03 qD1-A  
    r:+0.79  23.88        51.03 (27.15)
  5 Bechtel, Christ  SR Kentucky-KY         51.04      51.24 qD1-A  
    r:+0.76  23.78        51.24 (27.46)
  6 Hinds, Natalie   JR Florida-FL          51.70      51.46 qD1-A  
    r:+0.72  23.86        51.46 (27.60)
  7 Barbiea, Dani    SR Missouri-MV         51.51      51.77 qD1-B  
    r:+0.69  23.90        51.77 (27.87)
  8 Britt, Chelsea   SO Florida State-FL    51.79      51.86 qD1-B  
    r:+0.70  24.02        51.86 (27.84)

A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 200 free

The most hyped head-to-head matchup of the meet has now been set for center stage this evening as California’s Missy Franklin (1:41.92) and Stanford’s Simone Manuel (1:41.93) threw down a pair of sub 1:42s to lead the way this morning.

This evening should be particularly fun with the pair swimming side-by-side in the center of the pool.

The primary question is whether Franklin’s NCAA, U.S. Open and American mark of 1:40.31 from last year will survive the battle this evening.

Southern California’s Chelsea Chenault qualified third this morning with a 1:42.53 to jump to 12th all time in the 200 free, and could be a spoiler this evening.

Purdue’s Rhiannon Sheets and Cincinnati’s Jacqueline Keire set up a swimoff for 16th with matching 1:45.36s.

Keire secured the B final spot with a 1:45.18 to 1:45.30 victory in the swimoff.

1 Franklin, Missy SO California-PC 1:41.09 1:41.92PqD1-A

    r:+0.83  23.83        49.52 (25.69)
        1:15.78 (26.26)     1:41.92 (26.14)
  2 Manuel, Simone   FR Stanford-PC       1:41.15    1:41.93PqD1-A  
    r:+0.76  23.70        49.45 (25.75)
        1:15.72 (26.27)     1:41.93 (26.21)
  3 Chenault, Chels  SO Southern Cali-CA  1:43.17    1:42.53 qD1-A  
    r:+0.79  23.96        49.87 (25.91)
        1:15.92 (26.05)     1:42.53 (26.61)
  4 Goss, Kennedy    FR Indiana-IN        1:44.15    1:43.37 qD1-A  
    r:+0.67  24.93        51.31 (26.38)
        1:17.21 (25.90)     1:43.37 (26.16)
  5 Runge, Cierra    FR California-PC     1:42.73    1:43.71 qD1-A  
    r:+0.81  24.57        50.86 (26.29)
        1:17.45 (26.59)     1:43.71 (26.26)
  6 Neal, Lia        SO Stanford-PC       1:43.88    1:43.77 qD1-A  
    r:+0.76  24.49        50.95 (26.46)
        1:17.63 (26.68)     1:43.77 (26.14)
  7 Piehl, Caroline  SR California-PC     1:44.74    1:43.78 qD1-A  
    r:+0.73  24.57        51.22 (26.65)
        1:17.55 (26.33)     1:43.78 (26.23)
  8 Smith, Leah      SO Virginia-VA       1:43.88    1:43.80 qD1-A  
    r:+0.81  24.65        51.12 (26.47)
        1:17.48 (26.36)     1:43.80 (26.32)

A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 100 breast

Stanford’s Sarah Haase threw down a sizzling time of 58.19 to lead the way in preslim.

That swim catapulted Haase to ninth all time in the event’s history.  Haase is looking to be the first Cardinal 100 breast NCAA winner in 10 years.  Caroline Bruce is the last, with a 59.55 to top the 2005 event.

Tennessee’s Molly Hannis, ranked 10th all time in the event with a 58.22 from 2013 SECs, qualified second this morning in 58.49.

Virginia’s Laura Simon also clocked a 58 with a third-seeded effort of 58.69.

  1 Haase, Sarah     JR Stanford-PC         58.60      58.19PqD1-A  
    r:+2.26  27.70        58.19 (30.49)
  2 Hannis, Molly    SR Tennessee-SE        58.42      58.49 qD1-A  
    r:+0.71  27.80        58.49 (30.69)
  3 Simon, Laura     SO Virginia-VA         58.97      58.69 qD1-A  
    r:+0.76  27.77        58.69 (30.92)
  4 Burchell, Kayli  SR Alabama-SE          58.48      58.72 qD1-A  
    r:+0.67  27.73        58.72 (30.99)
  5 Jaques, Gretche  SR Texas-ST            58.71      58.86 qD1-A  
    r:+0.70  27.80        58.86 (31.06)
  6 Smith, Kierra    JR Minnesota-MN        59.32      59.00 qD1-A  
    r:+0.80  28.09        59.00 (30.91)
  7 Reaney, Emma     SR Notre Dame-IN       58.72      59.30 qD1-B  
    r:+0.69  28.19        59.30 (31.11)
  8 Nicol, Rachel    SR So. Methodist-NT    59.94      59.49 qD1-B  
    r:+0.69  28.13        59.49 (31.36)

A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 100 back

Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew and California’s Rachel Bootsma, the second and third fastest swimmers ever in the 100 back, led the way in qualifying this morning.

Bartholomew blasted her way to a 50.67 for the top seed, while Bootsma earned second with a 50.96 as the only other sub-51 of the morning.

It will be a fun top-three in history battle tonight Bartholomew and Bootsma will be chasing down the top time in history of 49.97 set by Natalie Coughlin 13 years ago.  Coughlin already lost her legendary 50.01 record in the 100 fly, could her 49.97 fall?

Bootsma led a trio of Golden Bears into the A final with Melanie Klaren (51.62) and Elizabeth Pelton (51.65) also looking for big team points.

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga is the lone Bulldog in the A final with a third-seeded 51.45.

  1 Bartholomew, Co  JR Virginia-VA         50.01      50.67PqD1-A  
    r:+0.60  24.88        50.67 (25.79)
  2 Bootsma, Rachel  JR California-PC       50.84      50.96PqD1-A  
    r:+0.53  24.84        50.96 (26.12)
  3 Smoliga, Olivia  SO Georgia-GA          51.47      51.45PqD1-A  
    r:+0.66  25.01        51.45 (26.44)
  4 Klaren, Melanie  SR California-PC       51.86      51.62 qD1-A  
    r:+0.60  24.88        51.62 (26.74)
  5 Howe, Ally       FR Stanford-PC         51.72      51.63 qD1-A  
    r:+0.66  25.28        51.63 (26.35)
  5 Snodgrass, Broo  JR Indiana-IN          51.51      51.63 qD1-A  
    r:+0.65  24.93        51.63 (26.70)
  7 Pelton, Elizabe  JR California-PC       51.31      51.65 qD1-B  
    r:+0.59  25.16        51.65 (26.49)
  8 Toussaint, Kira  SO Florida Gulf-FL     51.89      51.73 qD1-B  
    r:+0.56  25.13        51.73 (26.60)

A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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Women’s 800 free relay

LSU’s Danielle Stirrat (1:45.85), Megan Cox (1:46.84), Devon Dabney (1:47.53) and Kara Kopcso (1:46.20) set a school record with a time of 7:06.42.  Unfortunately, LSU wound up losing that time due to a relay exchange violation disqualification.

Therefore, Kentucky’s Christina Bechtel (1:47.46), Danielle Galyer (1:46.63), Abby Myers (1:46.58) and Kristen Wilson (1:46.56) now have the time to beat with a 7:07.23.

The final two heats of timed finals will be swum this evening in finals.

Total A/B Finalists (The top 16 swimmers all score points for their teams):

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SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Women’s 200 medley relay
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 200 free
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 100 back
  • Women’s 800 free relay
  • Women’s three-meter diving

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4 Comments

4 comments

  1. avatar
    Jim

    Stanford was 4/4. Ally Howe went up in the back.

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