Janet Hu Blasts 100 Fly-100 Back Double During Pac-12 Prelims

Photo Courtesy: Bill Dally/Stanford Athletics

Stanford, undefeated so far at the women’s Pac-12 championships in Federal Way, Wash., claimed the top seed in four of five events in Friday morning’s prelims. The top effort came from junior Janet Hu, who posted the top times in the country in both the 100 fly and 100 back.

Stanford claimed the top four spots in the prelims of the prelims of the 400 IM, and it was a familiar name claiming the top spot. Less than 17 hours after setting the American record in the 500 freeKatie Ledecky was back in the water for the 400 IM. In her first of two swims in the morning session, Ledecky finished in 4:01.92, just off her season and lifetime best time of 4:00.65 that ranks second in the country this season.

Allie Szekely, another Stanford freshman, won her heat in 4:02.70, improving to fifth in the country this season, while reigning Pac-12 and NCAA champion Ella Eastin cruised to the third seed with her time of 4:03.13. Finally, Stanford’s Leah Stevens claimed the fourth seed in the event with her time of 4:09.21.

Just behind Stevens was Cal’s Celina Li, who qualifed fifth in 4:09.29. Arizona’s Hannah Cox (4:10.11), UCLA’s Emma Schanz (4:11.75) and Arizona State’s Marlies Ross (4:12.03) also made the A-final.

Event 8  Women 400 Yard IM
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Ledecky, Katie         FR STAN-PC           4:00.65    4:01.92  
       26.09    29.39    31.12    30.33
       34.83    35.45    28.19    26.52
  2 Szekely, Allie         FR STAN-PC           4:05.63    4:02.70  
       25.84    29.83    29.99    29.38
       35.06    35.13    29.01    28.46
  3 Eastin, Ella           SO STAN-PC           4:00.36    4:03.13  
       25.86    29.58    30.03    29.55
       34.85    35.23    29.48    28.55
  4 Stevens, Leah          SO STAN-PC           4:13.74    4:09.21  
       27.04    30.79    31.57    30.85
       35.75    35.94    28.55    28.72
  5 Li, Celina             SR CAL-PC            4:06.76    4:09.29  
       26.11    29.77    31.12    31.14
       35.51    36.70    29.67    29.27
  6 Cox, Hannah            FR ARIZ-AZ           4:10.00    4:10.11  
       26.59    30.38    31.44    31.50
       36.61    36.88    28.99    27.72
  7 Schanz, Emma           SO UCLA-CA           4:09.52    4:11.75  
       28.15    30.94    31.42    30.67
       35.26    34.96    30.51    29.84
  8 Ross, Marlies          SO ASU-AZ            4:14.11    4:12.03  
       27.24    31.04    32.23    31.94
       34.86    35.38    30.26    29.08

Three swimmers cracked the 51-second barrier in the prelims of the women’s 100 fly, and the top two times ranked No. 1 and 2 in the country this season. After Louise Hansson blasted a 50.70 in heat 4 (then the No. 3 time in the country), Stanford’s Janet Hu responded with a 50.38 to lead the heat 5, passing Indiana’s Gia Dalesandro (50.45) as the top swimmer in the country this season.

One heat later, Cal’s Noemie Thomas responded with a 50.44 to earn lane five for the final. Hansson’s time held up as the No. 3 time headed into the evening session.

Cal’s Farida Osman swam a quick time of 51.32 to finish fourth, and she was followed by Stanford’s Lindsey Engel in 51.77. Also making the final were UCLA’s Madison Wright (52.19), Arizona’s Annie Ochitwa (52.21) and Cal’s Maddie Murphy (52.29)

 

 

 Event 9  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Hu, Janet              JR STAN-PC             51.05      50.38  
       10.64    12.80    13.19    13.75
  2 Thomas, Noemie         JR CAL-PC              50.67      50.44  
       10.76    12.65    13.32    13.71
  3 Hansson, Louise        FR USC-CA              51.17      50.70  
       10.90    12.84    13.24    13.72
  4 Osman, Farida          SR CAL-PC              51.20      51.32  
       10.91    13.11    13.50    13.80
  5 Engel, Lindsey         JR STAN-PC             52.57      51.77  
       11.10    12.97    13.56    14.14
  6 Wright, Madison        SO USC-CA              53.18      52.19  
       11.31    13.35    13.63    13.90
  7 Ochitwa, Annie         SO ARIZ-AZ             52.09      52.21  
       11.15    13.24    13.59    14.23
  8 Murphy, Maddie         FR CAL-PC              52.01      52.29  
       10.97    13.11    13.69    14.52

Stanford’s Simone Manuel blasted a 1:41.53 to pace the field in the women’s 200 free. That time moved Manuel back ahead of Mallory Comerford (1:41.70) as the top time in the country so far this season. But Manuel figures to have a tough challenger in the finals tonight as Ledecky qualified second in 1:42.69.

A third Stanford swimmer picked up lane three for the final as Lia Neal qualified in 1:44.15, while Cal’s Katie McLaughlin came in fourth at 1:44.42. USC’s Tatum Wade finished fifth in 1:44.81, followed by Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil (1:44.85), Stanford’s Katie Drabot (1:44.99) and USC’s Stanzi Moseley (1:45.09)

Event 10  Women 200 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Manuel, Simone         SO STAN-PC           1:41.90    1:41.53  
       23.43    25.53    26.16    26.41
  2 Ledecky, Katie         FR STAN-PC           1:42.16    1:42.69  
       24.79    26.11    26.31    25.48
  3 Neal, Lia              SR STAN-PC           1:44.59    1:44.15  
       24.20    26.16    26.91    26.88
  4 McLaughlin, Katie      SO CAL-PC            1:45.40    1:44.42  
       24.71    26.77    26.62    26.32
  5 Wade, Tatum            FR USC-CA            1:44.44    1:44.81  
       24.54    26.17    26.99    27.11
  6 Weitzeil, Abbey        FR CAL-PC            1:45.01    1:44.85  
       24.14    26.22    27.38    27.11
  7 Drabot, Katie          FR STAN-PC           1:44.93    1:44.99  
       25.13    26.88    26.68    26.30
  8 Moseley, Stanzi        FR USC-CA            1:46.17    1:45.09  
       24.92    26.73    26.65    26.79

Arizona State freshman Sanja Kansakoski, a new member of the Sun Devils’ roster this semester, blasted a 58.82 to lead the way in the 100 breast prelims. That was well under her top time from the dual meet season, a 1:00.47, and the fifth-fastest time in the country this season.

USC teammates Riley Scott and Kirsten Vose were the only other two athletes under 1:00 in prelims, with times of 59.26 and 59.88, respectively.

Stanford’s Kim Williams qualified fourth in 1:00.30, followed by Cal’s Marina Garcia in 1:00.46. USC’s Kelsey Kafka (1:00.62), Arizona’s Kennedy Lohman (1:00.66) and Stanford’s Heidi Poppe (1:00.77) also made the A-final.

Event 11  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Kansakoski, Silja      FR ASU-AZ            1:00.47      58.82  
       13.13    15.03    15.06    15.60
  2 Scott, Riley           SO USC-CA              59.80      59.26  
       12.56    15.10    15.68    15.92
  3 Vose, Kirsten          SO USC-CA            1:00.48      59.88  
       13.08    15.18    15.70    15.92
  4 Williams, Kim          SO STAN-PC           1:01.82    1:00.30  
       13.25    15.47    15.61    15.97
  5 Garcia Urzainqui, Mar  SR CAL-PC            1:00.55    1:00.46  
       12.98    15.46    15.91    16.11
  6 Kafka, Kelsey          SR USC-CA            1:00.34    1:00.62  
       13.28    15.49    15.76    16.09
  7 Lohman, Kennedy        FR ARIZ-AZ             59.81    1:00.66  
       13.00    15.45    15.82    16.39
  8 Poppe, Heidi           JR STAN-PC           1:00.82    1:00.77  
       13.12    15.56    15.76    16.33

Hu’s outstanding morning continued when she blasted a time of 50.29 to lead prelims of the 100 back, One heat later, teammate Ally Howe responded with a quick 50.47. Both times were well under Olivia Smoliga’s 50.60 that had been the top time in the country this season, and the duo now ranks fourth and seventh all-time, respectively, in the event.

Also moving into the national top five this season were UCLA’s Linnea Mack, who touched in 50.76, and Cal’s Kathleen Baker, the Olympic silver medalist in the event who came in at 50.80. Reigning Pac-12 champion and Baker’s teammate Amy Bilquist qualified fifth in 51.71.

Also making the A-final were USC’s Hannah Leach, Cal’s Keaton Blovad (52.67) and Stanford’s Lindsey Engel (52.78).

Event 12  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Hu, Janet              JR STAN-PC             51.01      50.29  
       11.91    12.58    13.05    12.75
  2 Howe, Ally             JR STAN-PC             50.91      50.47  
       12.04    12.83    13.05    12.55
  3 Mack, Linnea           SR UCLA-CA             51.61      50.76  
       12.14    12.36    13.19    13.07
  4 Baker, Kathleen        SO CAL-PC              51.25      50.80  
       12.00    12.51    13.16    13.13
  5 Bilquist, Amy          SO CAL-PC              50.85      51.71  
       12.38    12.73    13.49    13.11
  6 Leach, Hannah          SO USC-CA              52.00      52.03  
       12.19    12.83    13.45    13.56
  7 Blovad, Keaton         FR CAL-PC              52.42      52.67  
       12.53    12.99    13.58    13.57
  8 Engel, Lindsey         JR STAN-PC             53.92      52.78  
       12.59    13.00    13.49    13.70

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2 Comments

2 comments

  1. avatar

    Ally Howe is reigning PAC-12 100 back champion.

  2. Pat Kennedy

    Great prelim swimming…good luck tonight in finals.

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