Pac-12 Championships Day 2 Prelims: Ledecky, Baker, Weitzeil Take Top Seeds

Katie Ledecky. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The big names in the Pac-12 took their familiar top seeds on Day 2 of the Pac-12 Women’s Championship.

Olympians Katie Ledecky, Kathleen Baker and Abbey Weitzeil each took a top seed.

Ledecky, a Stanford sophomore, took the top seed in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:35.90.

Stanford freshman Lauren Pitzer was second in 4:39.69 and Arizona’s Kirsten Jacobsen took the third seed at 4:39.98.

Stanford’s Ella Eastin took the fourth seed at 4:40.30, followed by teammate Megan Byrnes (4:41.06), Cal’s Robin Neumann (4:41.18), Cal’s Chenoa Devine (4:42.30) and Stanford’s Erin Voss (4:42.84).

Full results.

Event 4  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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NCAA: N 4:24.06  3/16/2017 Katie Ledecky, STAN
Pac-12: M 4:24.06  2017      Katie Ledecky, STAN
Pac-12 Champ: P 4:25.15  2017      Katie Ledecky, STAN
4:36.30  A Standard
4:47.79  B Standard
Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims
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=== Preliminaries ===

1 Ledecky, Katie   SO STAN-PC           4:27.84    4:35.90 qA
25.33        52.59 (27.26)
1:20.21 (27.62)     1:48.23 (28.02)
2:16.31 (28.08)     2:44.23 (27.92)
3:12.22 (27.99)     3:40.45 (28.23)
4:08.74 (28.29)     4:35.90 (27.16)
2 Pitzer, Lauren   FR STAN-PC           4:40.84    4:39.69 qB
25.96        54.16 (28.20)
1:22.58 (28.42)     1:50.81 (28.23)
2:19.10 (28.29)     2:47.69 (28.59)
3:15.88 (28.19)     3:43.91 (28.03)
4:11.91 (28.00)     4:39.69 (27.78)
3 Jacobsen, Kirst  SO UA-AZ             4:44.26    4:39.98 qB
25.93        54.06 (28.13)
1:22.46 (28.40)     1:50.86 (28.40)
2:19.19 (28.33)     2:47.38 (28.19)
3:15.70 (28.32)     3:43.90 (28.20)
4:12.16 (28.26)     4:39.98 (27.82)
4 Eastin, Ella     JR STAN-PC           4:45.56    4:40.30 qB
25.81        54.16 (28.35)
1:22.72 (28.56)     1:51.31 (28.59)
2:19.66 (28.35)     2:47.84 (28.18)
3:16.27 (28.43)     3:44.50 (28.23)
4:12.76 (28.26)     4:40.30 (27.54)
5 Byrnes, Megan    SO STAN-PC           4:49.74    4:41.06 qB
26.82        55.06 (28.24)
1:23.63 (28.57)     1:52.29 (28.66)
2:20.44 (28.15)     2:48.94 (28.50)
3:17.29 (28.35)     3:45.46 (28.17)
4:13.68 (28.22)     4:41.06 (27.38)
6 Neumann, Robin   FR CAL-PC            4:43.50    4:41.18 qB
25.49        53.24 (27.75)
1:21.69 (28.45)     1:50.16 (28.47)
2:18.43 (28.27)     2:46.59 (28.16)
3:15.03 (28.44)     3:43.86 (28.83)
4:12.68 (28.82)     4:41.18 (28.50)
7 Devine, Chenoa   SO CAL-PC            4:42.63    4:42.30 qB
25.69        53.74 (28.05)
1:22.26 (28.52)     1:50.89 (28.63)
2:19.26 (28.37)     2:47.87 (28.61)
3:16.49 (28.62)     3:45.10 (28.61)
4:13.76 (28.66)     4:42.30 (28.54)
8 Voss, Erin       SO STAN-PC           4:45.25    4:42.84 qB
26.30        54.64 (28.34)
1:23.29 (28.65)     1:52.09 (28.80)
2:20.94 (28.85)     2:49.51 (28.57)
3:18.18 (28.67)     3:46.79 (28.61)
4:15.30 (28.51)     4:42.84 (27.54)

Baker, a Cal junior, took the top seed in the 200 IM, swimming the morning race in 1;54.16.

Stanford’s Katie Drabot took the second seed at 1:55.64, followed by Cal’s Sarah Darcel (1:55.98), Stanford’s Ally Howe (1:56.00), UCLA’s Emma Schanz (1:56.06), Stanford’s Brooke Forde (1:56.30), teammate Kim Williams (1:56.54) and Cal’s Keaton Blovad (1:56.86).

Event 5  Women 200 Yard IM
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NCAA: N 1:51.65  3/17/2016 Ella Eastin, STAN
Pac-12: M 1:51.65  2016      Ella Eastin, STAN
Pac-12 Champ: P 1:52.31  2012      Julia Smit, STAN
1:55.00  A Standard
2:01.59  B Standard
Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims
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=== Preliminaries ===

1 Baker, Kathleen  JR CAL-PC            1:53.24    1:54.16 qA
24.34        52.27 (27.93)
1:25.40 (33.13)     1:54.16 (28.76)
2 Drabot, Katie    SO STAN-PC           1:56.67    1:55.64 qB
24.81        53.64 (28.83)
1:28.16 (34.52)     1:55.64 (27.48)
3 Darcel, Sarah    FR CAL-PC            1:56.69    1:55.98 qB
24.58        53.26 (28.68)
1:27.25 (33.99)     1:55.98 (28.73)
4 Howe, Ally       SR STAN-PC           1:57.21    1:56.00 qB
24.95        53.93 (28.98)
1:28.16 (34.23)     1:56.00 (27.84)
5 Schanz, Emma     JR UCLA-CA           1:56.51    1:56.06 qB
26.49        54.67 (28.18)
1:27.74 (33.07)     1:56.06 (28.32)
6 Forde, Brooke    FR STAN-PC           1:56.66    1:56.30 qB
25.27        54.46 (29.19)
1:28.17 (33.71)     1:56.30 (28.13)
7 Williams, Kim    JR STAN-PC           1:56.94    1:56.54 qB
25.88        55.09 (29.21)
1:28.06 (32.97)     1:56.54 (28.48)
8 Blovad, Keaton   SO CAL-PC            1:57.08    1:56.86 qB
25.00        53.25 (28.25)
1:28.43 (35.18)     1:56.86 (28.43)

Weitzeil took the top seed in the 50 freestyle, clocking a 21.64 in the morning, holding off some impressive company.

Stanford’s Simone Manuel took the second seed at 21.67, followed by teammate Janet Hu (22.08).

USC’s Marta Ciesla and Cal’s Amy Bilquist tied at 22.09 to take the fourth seed. Cal’s Maddie Murphy was sixth (22.30), followed by Arizona’s Katrina Konopka (22.36) and Jamie Stone (22.40).

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