NCAA Women’s Championships: Titles to Be Decided on Final Day (Heat Sheets)

Tennessee's Mona McSharry -- Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

NCAA Women’s Championships: Titles to Be Decided on Final Day (Heat Sheets)

The NCAA Women’s Championships will conclude Sunday, and the final day of preliminary action from Knoxville, Tenn., will begin at 10 a.m. ET with racing in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly.

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The 200 back is a stacked field led by Stanford’s Claire Curzan, with 2021 champion and 200-meter back World Championships silver medalist Phoebe Bacon of Wisconsin looming as the biggest threat. The circle-seeded heats also include World Champs bronze medalist Rhyan White and consistent Cal veteran Isabelle Stadden.

Next up, a pair of record-breakers from this meet will set up a clash in the 100 free, with Virginia’s Gretchen Walsh and LSU’s Maggie Mac Neil each holding lane four in their respective heats. Stanford’s Torri Huske, the World Championships bronze medalist in the 100-meter free, looms.

In the 200 breaststroke, Kate Douglass of Virginia will aim for her third win of the meet, and she is the overwhelming favorite after breaking the American and NCAA records twice already this season. And Douglass is clearly on form after she crushed records in the 200 IM and 100 fly already. Texas swimmers Lydia Jacoby and Anna Elendt will swim next to each other in the second-to-last heat, while Tennessee’s Mona McSharry is the top seed in the first seeded heat. Jacoby won the 100 breast Friday by a close margin over McSharry and Elendt.

Finally, Texas will have the top three seeds in the 200 fly with Emma SticklenKelly Pash and Dakota Luther, and the Longhorns are sure to score big points, but defending champion Alex Walsh of Virginia will surely be a factor despite swimming in a non-circle-seeded heat.

The final will also include platform diving, with qualification set to begin in the early afternoon, as well as timed finals in the 1650 free and 400 free relay.

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