Sophie Hansson Throws Down 2:03 to Win NCAA Title in 200 Breaststroke

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Just when NC State needed her most in the pursuit of a runner-up finish in the team standings, junior Sophie Hansson backed up her 100 breast win last night with a 2:03.86 to double up in the 200, her fourth title of the weekend after swimming the breast leg on both of NC State’s medley relays. Hansson dropped a second on her best time to catapult herself from 11th all-time to fifth, and the sixth to break 2:04 in short course yards.

Hansson led a fast pace at the halfway point, turning at 59.44 ahead of Virginia freshman Alex Walsh (59.60), Tennessee’s Mona McSharry (59.64), Virginia’s Alexis Wenger (59.66) and NC State’s Andrea Podmanikova (59.74) as five swimmers were all under at the halfway point. Hansson split a 31.7 on the third 50 to give herself a cushion heading into the final 50 as Virginia’s Nelson also moved up.

Hansson won going away while Nelson moved up to eighth all-time with a 2:04.35 as McSharry was third, backing up her runner-up in the 100, with a 2:05.01.

“I was definitely surprised. I came in this morning knowing it was going to be hard just to make the final, and I am not going to lie, it was pretty rough swimming this morning. I did not expect to drop this much,” Sophie Hansson said. “Every point counts and I did it for my team.”

Podmanikova scored big points for the Wolfpack in fourth at 2:05.51 while Walsh fell to fifth at 2:05.86 and Wenger was seventh at 2:06.90.

Indiana’s Noelle Peplowski (2:06.46) and Georgia’s Zoie Hartman (2:07.70) also swam in the championship final.

Sophie Hansson’s win is NC State’s first ever title in the 200 breaststroke and the first for the current members of the ACC since Emma Reaney of Notre Dame won in 2014. NC State now leads Texas by 67 points heading into the 200 fly and platform diving where the Longhorns are loaded.

All-Time Rankings:

  1. 2:02.60, Lilly King, Indiana, 2018
  2. 2:03.26, Bethany Galat, Texas A&M, 2018
  3. 2:03.55, Kierra Smith, Minnesota, 2015
  4. 2:03.65, Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2019
  5. 2:03.86, Sophie Hansson, NC State, 2021
  6. 2:03.93, Kate Douglass, Virginia, 2021
  7. 2:04.06, Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 2014
  8. 2:04.35, Ella Nelson, Virginia, 2021

 Event 18  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         NCAA: N 2:02.60  3/20/2018 Lilly King, Indiana
         Meet: M 2:02.60  3/20/2018 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: A 2:02.60  3/20/2018 LIlly King, Indiana
      US Open: O 2:02.60  3/20/2018 Lilly King, Indiana
         Pool: P 2:04.34  2/22/2014 Emma Reaney, Notre Dame
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Hansson, Sophie        JR NC State          2:05.56    2:03.86P  20  
    r:+0.76  27.97        59.44 (31.47)
        1:31.20 (31.76)     2:03.86 (32.66)
  2 Nelson, Ella           SO Virginia          2:05.80    2:04.35   17  
    r:+0.71  28.76      1:00.50 (31.74)
        1:32.20 (31.70)     2:04.35 (32.15)
  3 McSharry, Mona         FR Tennessee         2:06.37    2:05.01   16  
    r:+0.65  28.17        59.64 (31.47)
        1:31.80 (32.16)     2:05.01 (33.21)
  4 Podmanikova, Andrea    JR NC State          2:06.67    2:05.51   15  
    r:+0.66  27.90        59.74 (31.84)
        1:32.08 (32.34)     2:05.51 (33.43)
  5 Walsh, Alex            FR Virginia          2:05.64    2:05.86   14  
    r:+0.74  28.04        59.60 (31.56)
        1:32.36 (32.76)     2:05.86 (33.50)
  6 Peplowski, Noelle      JR Indiana           2:06.71    2:06.46   13  
    r:+0.77  28.74      1:00.80 (32.06)
        1:33.54 (32.74)     2:06.46 (32.92)
  7 Wenger, Alexis         JR Virginia          2:06.65    2:06.90   12  
    r:+0.61  28.17        59.66 (31.49)
        1:32.78 (33.12)     2:06.90 (34.12)
  8 Hartman, Zoie          SO Georgia           2:06.42    2:07.70   11  
    r:+0.81  28.78      1:01.09 (32.31)
        1:33.86 (32.77)     2:07.70 (33.84)
 
                        === Consolation Final ===                        
 
  9 Elendt, Anna           FR Texas             2:07.40    2:06.10    9  
    r:+0.77  28.86      1:00.74 (31.88)
        1:33.16 (32.42)     2:06.10 (32.94)
 10 Brunzell, Hannah       SO Northwestern      2:08.02    2:06.60    7  
    r:+0.73  29.03      1:01.31 (32.28)
        1:33.52 (32.21)     2:06.60 (33.08)
 11 Halmai, Petra          SR FGCU              2:08.62    2:06.89    6  
    r:+0.73  29.18      1:01.03 (31.85)
        1:33.65 (32.62)     2:06.89 (33.24)
 12 Davey, Gillian         SO Kentucky          2:07.06    2:07.38    5  
    r:+0.68  28.98      1:01.31 (32.33)
        1:34.11 (32.80)     2:07.38 (33.27)
 13 Forde, Brooke          SR Stanford          2:08.61    2:07.63    4  
    r:+0.70  29.27      1:01.21 (31.94)
        1:33.98 (32.77)     2:07.63 (33.65)
 14 Dellatorre, Danielle   SR Georgia           2:07.51    2:08.34    3  
    r:+0.69  28.88      1:01.34 (32.46)
        1:34.86 (33.52)     2:08.34 (33.48)
 15 Raab, Allie            JR Stanford          2:07.70    2:09.89    2  
    r:+0.69  29.57      1:02.36 (32.79)
        1:35.86 (33.50)     2:09.89 (34.03)
 16 Bonnett, Bailey        SR Kentucky          2:08.61    2:09.92    1  
    r:+0.65  29.44      1:02.70 (33.26)
        1:36.42 (33.72)     2:09.92 (33.50)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 18                 
 
  1. Virginia                          444   2. NC State                          324
  3. Texas                             257   4. California                        249
  5. Alabama                           226   6. Ohio St                         189.5
  7. Michigan                        182.5   8. Stanford                          146
  9. Kentucky                          141   9. Georgia                           141
 11. UNC                               127  12. Tennessee                         125
 13. Northwestern                       88  14. Texas A&M                          87
 15. Florida                          81.5  16. Louisville                         81
 17. Missouri                           79  18. Indiana                            76
 19. Wisconsin                          59  20. Virginia Tech                      43
 21. Southern California                42  21. Miami                              42
 23. Minnesota                          40  24. Arkansas                           26
 25. Nebraska                           22  26. Arizona                          17.5
 27. Georgia Tech                       16  28. Purdue                             13
 29. Lsu                                 9  29. Houston                             9
 31. Notre Dame                          7  32. San Diego St                        6
 32. Fgcu                                6  34. Duke                                4
 35. Akron                               3  36. Oakland                             1