Three Records, Three Second Fastest Times Ever On Third Night of 2018 Women’s NCAA

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Friday night’s session of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving was one of the fastest nights of swimming ever. In six pool events, three of the events were won in the fastest time ever. The other three? The second fastest time ever stood on the podium.

Ella Eastin and Lilly King broke the American Records in the 400 IM and 100 breast respectively while Ally HoweKim WilliamsJanet Hu and Simone Manuel smashed the record in the 200 medley relay.

Louise HanssonMallory Comerford and Howe won their individual events in the second fastest time ever.

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    Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 14                     
 
  1. Stanford                          414   2. California                        268
  3. Texas A&M                         186   4. Texas                             171
  5. Louisville                        168   6. Michigan                          150
  7. Tennessee                       137.5   8. Minnesota                         134
  9. Indiana                           124  10. Virginia                          106
 11. Southern Cal                       83  12. Georgia                            82
 13. Ohio St                            81  14. Missouri                           72
 15. Wisconsin                          62  16. Auburn                           51.5
 17. Arizona                            45  18. South Carolina                     44
 19. Kentucky                           41  20. NC State                           37
 21. University of Nevada               33  22. Arkansas                           30
 23. Purdue                             29  24. Arizona St                         27
 25. UNC                                25  26. Northwestern                       20
 26. Denver                             20  28. UCLA                               15
 28. Alabama                            15  28. Eastern Mich                       15
 31. Miami University                   14  32. Hawaii                             12
 33. Virginia Tech                      11  33. Florida                            11
 35. Penn St                             9  36. Louisiana State University          8
 37. Rutgers                             6  38. Florida St                          3
 39. Duke                                2  39. University of Miami                 2

400 IM

Stanford junior Ella Eastin destroyed all the records in the 400 IM on Friday night at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Eastin led from the start and swam a monster 3:54.60 in the 400 IM final to break Katie Ledecky’s NCAA and American Record of 3:56.53.

Eastin was one of three Stanford swimmers in the final as she went 1-2-4 with Ledecky (3:58.29) and Brooke Forde (3:59.34).

Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem broke up the Stanford party and finished third with a 3:59.05 in the final.

Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat (4:02.19), Missouri’s Sharli Brady (4:04.12), Ohio State’s Meg Bailey (4:04.26) and Cal’s Sarah Darcel (4:04.44) also swam in the championship final.

This is Eastin’s third straight NCAA title in the 400 IM and Stanford’s eleventh overall. Eastin joins Tracy Caulkins (1982-1984), Maggie Bowen (2001-2003) and fellow Cardinal Julia Smit (2008-2010) as three time winners in the event.

Eastin also joins Michelle Griglione (1989), Janet Evans (1990), Summer Sanders (1991, 1992), Smit and Maya DiRado (2014) as winners for the Cardinal.

And, oh yeah, Stanford still is undefeated in swimming events.

Event 8  Women 400 Yard IM
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 3:56.53  2/23/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
     American: A 3:56.53  2/23/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 3:56.53  2/23/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
         Meet: C 3:56.54  3/17/2012 Katinka Hosszu, Southern Cal
         Pool: P 4:00.03  12/2/2010 Katinka Hosszu, Southern Calif
                 4:04.70  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 4:19.39  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ella Eastin      JR Stanford          4:01.49    3:54.60N        20  
    r:+0.70  25.78        54.80 (29.02)
        1:24.65 (29.85)     1:53.55 (28.90)
        2:26.90 (33.35)     3:00.12 (33.22)
        3:27.34 (27.22)     3:54.60 (27.26)
  2 Katie Ledecky    SO Stanford          4:01.72    3:58.29P        17  
    r:+0.69  25.90        54.55 (28.65)
        1:24.76 (30.21)     1:54.13 (29.37)
        2:28.98 (34.85)     3:04.12 (35.14)
        3:31.77 (27.65)     3:58.29 (26.52)
  3 Sydney Pickrem   JR TAMU              4:03.09    3:59.05P        16  
    r:+0.71  26.02        56.03 (30.01)
        1:26.20 (30.17)     1:56.13 (29.93)
        2:29.83 (33.70)     3:03.75 (33.92)
        3:32.18 (28.43)     3:59.05 (26.87)
  4 Brooke Forde     FR Stanford          4:04.95    3:59.34P        15  
    r:+0.69  26.01        55.69 (29.68)
        1:26.85 (31.16)     1:57.31 (30.46)
        2:30.63 (33.32)     3:04.52 (33.89)
        3:32.29 (27.77)     3:59.34 (27.05)
  5 Bethany Galat    SR TAMU              4:04.98    4:02.19         14  
    r:+0.59  25.57        54.64 (29.07)
        1:26.53 (31.89)     1:57.33 (30.80)
        2:30.45 (33.12)     3:04.33 (33.88)
        3:33.80 (29.47)     4:02.19 (28.39)
  6 Sharli Brady     SR Missouri          4:04.96    4:04.12         13  
    r:+0.77  26.27        55.69 (29.42)
        1:26.71 (31.02)     1:57.15 (30.44)
        2:31.81 (34.66)     3:06.98 (35.17)
        3:36.02 (29.04)     4:04.12 (28.10)
  7 Meg Bailey       SR OSU               4:03.96    4:04.26         12  
    r:+0.75  25.94        55.81 (29.87)
        1:27.10 (31.29)     1:57.36 (30.26)
        2:31.70 (34.34)     3:07.04 (35.34)
        3:36.44 (29.40)     4:04.26 (27.82)
  8 Sarah Darcel     FR California        4:05.09    4:04.44         11  
    r:+0.62  25.56        55.14 (29.58)
        1:26.22 (31.08)     1:56.69 (30.47)
        2:31.57 (34.88)     3:06.76 (35.19)
        3:35.88 (29.12)     4:04.44 (28.56)

100 Fly

Well, it finally happened. Stanford’s winning streak at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships ended at the 100 fly, but the streak stayed in the Pac-12 as Southern California sophomore Louise Hansson won the final at 49.80 to move to second all-time. Hansson only sits behind Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell at 49.43 from 2016.

Hansson won ahead of Tennessee sophomore Erika Brown (50.34) and Stanford senior Janet Hu (50.56).

Cal’s Noemie Thomas (50.92), Ohio State’s Liz Li (50.94), Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (51.20), Louisville’s Grace Oglesby (51.25) and Missouri’s Annie Ochitwa (51.35) also swam in the championship final.

This is Southern Cal’s first overall NCAA title in the 100 fly.

 Event 9  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 49.43  3/18/2016 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
     American: A 49.43  3/18/2016 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
    U.S. Open: O 49.43  3/18/2016 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
         Meet: C 49.43  3/18/2016 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
         Pool: P 49.80  3/16/2018 Louise Hansson, USC-CA
                 51.19  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 54.49  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Louise Hansson   SO USC                 49.90      49.80P        20  
    r:+0.74  23.36        49.80 (26.44)
  2 Erika Brown      SO Tennessee           50.83      50.34         17  
    r:+0.68  23.42        50.34 (26.92)
  3 Janet Hu         SR Stanford            51.09      50.56         16  
    r:+0.60  23.37        50.56 (27.19)
  4 Noemie Thomas    SR California          50.76      50.92         15  
    r:+0.57  23.59        50.92 (27.33)
  5 Liz Li           SR OSU                 51.25      50.94         14  
    r:+0.66  23.58        50.94 (27.36)
  6 Katie McLaughli  JR California          51.24      51.20         13  
    r:+0.72  24.48        51.20 (26.72)
  7 Grace Oglesby    SO Louisville          51.07      51.25         12  
    r:+0.65  24.13        51.25 (27.12)
  8 Annie Ochitwa    JR Missouri            51.57      51.35         11  
    r:+0.72  23.80        51.35 (27.55)

200 Free

This year she didn’t need a tie to win. Louisville junior Mallory Comerford successfully defended her 200 free title she tied with Stanford’s Katie Ledecky. Comerford also became only the second swimmer to break 1:40 in the 200 free as she swam a 1:39.80.

Comerford sits second all-time behind Missy Franklin who swam a 1:39.10 in 2015. Franklin is also the last person to successfully defend the 200 free title.

Comerford had pressure early on from Siobhan Haughey of Michigan and Simone Manuel of Stanford as Haughey was second at 1:40.69 and Manuel was third at 1:41.48.

Stanford’s Katie Drabot (1:43.20), Cal’s Robin Neummann (1:43.54), Texas A&M’s Claire Rasmus (1:43.65), Virginia’s Megan Moroney (1:44.20) and Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (1:44.32) also competed in the championship final.

This was McLaughlin’s second A-final of the night as she was sixth in the 100 fly just one event prior.

This is Louisville’s second straight NCAA title in the event and is the second Louisville women’s swimmer to win an individual event at NCAA’s after Kelsi Worrell won four titles in the 100 and 200 fly.

 Event 10  Women 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:39.10  3/20/2015 Missy Franklin, California
     American: A 1:39.10  3/20/2015 Missy Franklin, California
    U.S. Open: O 1:39.10  3/20/2015 Missy Franklin, California
         Meet: C 1:39.10  3/20/2015 Missy Franklin, California
         Pool: P 1:41.17  12/1/2017 Mallory Comerford, Louisville
                 1:43.30  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 1:47.99  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Mallory Comerfo  JR Louisville        1:41.61    1:39.80P        20  
    r:+0.66  23.90        49.42 (25.52)
        1:14.55 (25.13)     1:39.80 (25.25)
  2 Siobhan Haughey  JR Michigan          1:43.04    1:40.69P        17  
    r:+0.70  23.84        49.55 (25.71)
        1:15.31 (25.76)     1:40.69 (25.38)
  3 Simone Manuel    SR Stanford          1:43.08    1:41.48         16  
    r:+0.71  23.88        49.60 (25.72)
        1:15.22 (25.62)     1:41.48 (26.26)
  4 Katie Drabot     SO Stanford          1:43.68    1:43.20         15  
    r:+0.73  24.39        50.60 (26.21)
        1:16.97 (26.37)     1:43.20 (26.23)
  5 Robin Neumann    FR California        1:43.38    1:43.54         14  
    r:+0.71  24.30        50.43 (26.13)
        1:17.06 (26.63)     1:43.54 (26.48)
  6 Claire Rasmus    JR TAMU              1:43.49    1:43.65         13  
    r:+0.68  24.69        51.12 (26.43)
        1:17.67 (26.55)     1:43.65 (25.98)
  7 Megan Moroney    SO Virginia          1:43.68    1:44.20         12  
    r:+0.56  24.61        50.84 (26.23)
        1:17.16 (26.32)     1:44.20 (27.04)
  8 Katie McLaughli  JR California        1:43.71    1:44.32         11  
    r:+0.70  24.93        51.43 (26.50)
        1:17.94 (26.51)     1:44.32 (26.38)

100 breast

Indiana junior Lilly King remained undefeated with a win in the 100 breast on Friday night at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. King won her third straight NCAA title in the event and also broke the American and NCAA record at 56.25.

King was the only swimmer under 30 seconds on the second 50 as she won the race by over a second and a half over Michigan sophomore Miranda Tucker (57.98). Minnesota’s Lindsey Kozelsky was third at 58.13 to complete the Big Ten 1-2-3 sweep.

Eastern Michigan’s Delaney Duncan (58.36), Texas A&M’s Anna Belousova (58.97), Arizona State’s Silja Kansakoski (58.98), Hawaii’s Franziska Weidner (59.12) and Purdue’s Jinq En Phee (59.99) also swam in the championship final.

This is King’s third straight NCAA title in the event as she joins Kristy Kowal (1998-2000) of Georgia, Tara Kirk (2001-2004) of Stanford and Breeja Larson of Texas A&M (2012-2014) as three time winners in the event. Only Kirk has completed the sweep as King has the chance to do it next year.

 Event 11  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 56.30  2/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: A 56.30  2/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
    U.S. Open: O 56.30  2/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
         Meet: C 56.71  3/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
         Pool: P 57.35  3/16/2018 Lilly King, Indiana-IN
                 58.85  AUTO NCAA A Standard
               1:02.49  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Lilly King       JR Indiana             57.35      56.25N        20  
    r:+0.67  26.32        56.25 (29.93)
  2 Miranda Tucker   SO Michigan            59.25      57.98         17  
    r:+0.64  27.32        57.98 (30.66)
  3 Lindsey Kozelsk  SO Minnesota           58.41      58.18         16  
    r:+0.70  27.03        58.18 (31.15)
  4 Delaney Duncan   JR Eastern Michigan    58.36      58.36         15  
    r:+0.68  27.69        58.36 (30.67)
  5 Anna Belousova   SO TAMU                59.07      58.97         14  
    r:+0.66  28.54        58.97 (30.43)
  6 Silja Kansakosk  SO ASU                 59.34      58.98         13  
    r:+0.72  28.05        58.98 (30.93)
  7 Franziska Weidn  SR Hawaii              59.35      59.12         12  
    r:+0.77  27.86        59.12 (31.26)
  8 Jinq En Phee     SO Purdue              59.32      59.99         11  
    r:+0.70  28.11        59.99 (31.88)

100 back

Stanford senior Ally Howe won her first individual NCAA title in her career after she was on a number of winning relays. Last night, Howe led off the winning 400 medley relay team for the fourth straight year, but she had yet to win an individual title. Howe won the 100 back final with a 49.70 to just miss her NCAA and American Record of 49.69. Howe did break the meet record that was a 49.84 by Kathleen Baker from last year.

Howe stated after the race that this was her last 100 back of her career, so this is assuming she has already decided to hang up the goggles and not pursue a pro career.

Howe finished ahead of Wisconsin sophomore Beata Nelson (49.92) and Baker (50.18).

NC State’s Elise Haan (50.42), Stanford’s Janet Hu (50.63), Indiana’s Ally Rockett (51.11), Texas’ Claire Adams (51.38) and Missouri’s Hannah Stevens (51.74).

This is Stanford’s seventh NCAA title in the 100 back as Howe joins Lea Loveless (1992-1994), Jessica Tong (1996) and Catherine Fox (1997-1998) as winners for the Cardinal.

 Event 12  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 49.69  2/23/2017 Ally Howe, Stanford
     American: A 49.69  2/23/2017 Ally Howe, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 49.69  2/23/2017 Ally Howe, Stanford
         Meet: C 49.84  3/16/2017 Kathleen Baker, California
         Pool: P 50.61  3/16/2018 Beata Nelson, Wisconsin-WI
                 51.16  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 55.09  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ally Howe        SR Stanford            50.64      49.70C        20  
    r:+0.71  24.14        49.70 (25.56)
  2 Beata Nelson     SO Wisconsin           50.61      49.92P        17  
    r:+0.67  24.13        49.92 (25.79)
  3 Kathleen Baker   JR California          50.77      50.18P        16  
    r:+0.63  24.02        50.18 (26.16)
  4 Elise Haan       JR NCState             50.75      50.42P        15  
    r:+0.68  24.63        50.42 (25.79)
  5 Janet Hu         SR Stanford            50.82      50.63         14  
    r:+0.58  24.79        50.63 (25.84)
  6 Ally Rockett     SR Indiana             51.25      51.11         13  
    r:+0.71  24.45        51.11 (26.66)
  7 Claire Adams     SO Texas               51.27      51.38         12  
    r:+0.66  25.09        51.38 (26.29)
  8 Hannah Stevens   SR Missouri            51.23      51.74         11  
    r:+0.67  24.86        51.74 (26.88)

3m Diving

The Arkansas Razorbacks got to celebrate a national title on Friday night at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a win from freshman Brooke Schultz in the 3m diving event. Schultz scored 399.45 points as she finished ahead of Nevada senior Sharae Zheng (394.95) and South Carolina senior Julia Vincent (361.75).

Stanford’s Kassidy Cook (359.85), Miami, Ohio’s Pei Lin (335.55), Texas’ Samantha Bromberg (334.80), Indiana’s Jessica Parratto (331.35) and Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon (329.05) also competed in the A-final.

This is the Razorbacks’ second overall 3m diving title as Robin Ford won for Arkansas in 1985.

Event 13  Women 3 mtr Diving
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 437.75  3/20/2009 Christina Loukas, Indiana
         Meet: C 437.75  3/20/2009 Christina Loukas, Indiana
                 280.00  AUTO NCAA A Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Brooke Schultz   FR Arkansas           384.60     399.45         20  
  2 Sharae Zheng     SR Nevada             363.60     394.95         17  
  3 Julia Vincent    SR SCAR               350.50     361.75         16  
  4 Kassidy Cook     SR Stanford           337.75     359.85         15  
  5 Pei Lin          SR MU                 350.85     335.55         14  
  6 Samantha Brombe  JR Texas              359.40     334.80         13  
  7 Jessica Parratt  JR Indiana            342.30     331.35         12  
  8 Sarah Bacon      SO Minnesota          369.90     329.05         11

200 medley relay

The Stanford Cardinal, California Golden Bears and the Indiana Hoosiers swam the three fastest 200 medley relays in history as the Cardinal touched first at 1:33.11. Cal was second at 1:33.85 and Indiana was third at 1:33.89. All three schools swam faster than the fastest time ever that Cal set at 1:34.10 from the 2017 NCAA’s.

Ally Howe (23.54), Kim Williams (26.50), Janet Hu (22.62) and Simone Manuel (20.45) swam for Stanford as Manuel had the fastest freestyle split in history with her 20.45 anchor leg.

Cal was second with Kathleen Baker (23.56), Abbey Weitzeil (26.68), Noemie Thomas (22.66) and Amy Bilquist (20.95) to move to second fastest in history.

Indiana swam Ally Rockett (23.54), Lilly King (25.38), Christie Jensen (23.18) and Grace Haskett (21.79) for third place as King had the fastest breaststroke split ever with her time.

Texas A&M (1:35.57), Louisville (1:35.70), Minnesota (1:36.03), Southern California (1:36.44) and Texas (1:36.49) also swam in the championship final.

All of the fastest splits came from the top three schools except USC’s Louise Hansson who swam a 22.33 butterfly split.

This is Stanford’s 14th overall 200 medley relay title. They previously won titles in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2014 and 2016.

 Event 14  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:34.10  3/17/2017 California
                          K Baker, A Weitzeil, N Thomas, F Osman
     American: A 1:34.15  2/24/2016 Stanford
                          A Howe, S Haase, J Hu, L Neal
    U.S. Open: O 1:34.10  3/17/2017 California
                          K Baker, A Weitzeil, N Thomas, F Osman
         Meet: C 1:34.10  3/17/2017 California
                          K Baker, A Weitzeil, N Thomas, F Osman
         Pool: P 1:35.12  3/16/2018 Indiana, Indiana-IN
                          A Rockett, L King, C Jensen, G Haskett
                 1:36.89  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 1:37.51  CONS NCAA B Standard
    School                        Prelims     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
                                === A - Final ===                                 
 
  1 Stanford                      1:36.02    1:33.11N        40  
     1) Ally Howe SR                  2) r:0.00 Kim Williams JR       
     3) r:0.29 Janet Hu SR            4) r:0.18 Simone Manuel SR      
    r:+0.68  23.54        50.04 (26.50)
        1:12.66 (22.62)     1:33.11 (20.45)
  2 California                    1:35.55    1:33.85N        34  
     1) Kathleen Baker JR             2) r:0.14 Abbey Weitzeil SO     
     3) r:0.26 Noemie Thomas SR       4) r:0.17 Amy Bilquist JR       
    r:+0.64  23.56        50.24 (26.68)
        1:12.90 (22.66)     1:33.85 (20.95)
  3 Indiana                       1:35.12    1:33.89N        32  
     1) Ally Rockett SR               2) r:0.32 Lilly King JR         
     3) r:0.16 Christie Jensen JR     4) r:-0.02 Grace Haskett FR     
    r:+0.73  23.54        48.92 (25.38)
        1:12.10 (23.18)     1:33.89 (21.79)
  4 TAMU                          1:36.28    1:35.57         30  
     1) Lisa Bratton SR               2) r:0.14 Jorie Caneta SR       
     3) r:0.09 Jing Quah FR           4) r:0.17 Beryl Gastaldello SR  
    r:+0.69  24.29        51.21 (26.92)
        1:14.55 (23.34)     1:35.57 (21.02)
  5 Louisville                    1:37.01    1:35.70         28  
     1) Alina Kendzior JR             2) r:0.03 Mariia Astashkina FR  
     3) r:0.03 Grace Oglesby SO       4) r:0.05 Lainey Visscher SO    
    r:+0.60  24.36        51.37 (27.01)
        1:14.13 (22.76)     1:35.70 (21.57)
  6 Minnesota                     1:36.05    1:36.03         26  
     1) Tevyn Waddell SO              2) r:0.23 Lindsey Kozelsky SO   
     3) r:0.34 Danielle Nack SR       4) r:0.29 Zoe Avestruz JR       
    r:+0.60  24.52        51.02 (26.50)
        1:14.02 (23.00)     1:36.03 (22.01)
  7 USC                           1:36.20    1:36.44         24  
     1) Hannah Weiss SR               2) r:0.37 Riley Scott JR        
     3) r:0.18 Louise Hansson SO      4) r:0.21 Marta Ciesla FR       
    r:+0.58  24.54        52.05 (27.51)
        1:14.38 (22.33)     1:36.44 (22.06)
  8 Texas                         1:37.04    1:36.49         22  
     1) Claire Adams SO               2) r:0.20 Kennedy Lohman SO     
     3) r:0.17 Remedy Rule JR         4) r:0.21 Rebecca Millard SR    
    r:+0.66  24.12        51.40 (27.28)
        1:15.01 (23.61)     1:36.49 (21.48)
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