(Video Interview) Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew Retires From Swimming

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Just minutes after finishing second in the women’s 200-yard back at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew announced her retirement to the media.

Even though Bartholomew had started to develop a bit of an international career, she said she just didn’t have the love for the sport to continue on until Trials.

Courtney Bartholomew Photo Gallery:

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Original 200 back report:

Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer, the Elite 90 winner for the highest GPA of any competitor here at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, delivered her team’s first swimming title with an epic victory in the women’s 200-yard back.

Galyer raced her way to victory in a time of 1:49.71.  That moved her up to sixth in the all time rankings.

All Time Top 10 200 Back

1 1:47.84 Elizabeth Pelton California 3/21/13
2 1:47.91 Missy Franklin, California, 3/21/15
3 1:48.34 Gemma Spofforth Florida Auburn, Ala. 2/21/09
4 1:49.35 Courtney Bartholomew, Virginia 3/21/15
5 1:49.52 Natalie Coughlin California Austin, 3/23/03
6 1:49.71 Danielle Galyer Kentucky 3/19/16
7 1:49.82 Elizabeth Beisel Florida Knoxville, Tenn. 2/15/12
8 1:49.85 Kylie Stewart, Dynamo, 3/18/14
9 1:49.90 Amy Bilquist, California 2/27/16
10 1:49.92 Kate Fesenko Indiana 3/18/10

The Wildcats’ lone NCAA victory before was a 10-meter diving title from Taryn Ignacio back in 2006.

Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew finished a close second in 1:50.29.  She was unable to replicate her fourth-ranked lifetime best of 1:49.35 to win the title.

Indiana’s Kennedy Goss finished third in 1:50.37, while Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton placed fourth in 1:50.80.

California’s Amy Bilquist (1:50.88), Michigan’s Clara Smiddy (1:51.01), NC State’s Alexia Zevnik (1:51.06) and Georgia’s Kylie Stewart (1:51.20) closed out the top eight.

American and NCAA record holder Elizabeth Pelton surprisingly finished 12th overall with a 1:52.26.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Galyer, Daniell  JR Kentucky          1:50.04    1:49.71P        20  
                 25.89        53.49 (27.60)
        1:21.61 (28.12)     1:49.71 (28.10)
  2 Bartholomew, Co  SR Virginia          1:51.01    1:50.29         17  
                 25.82        53.46 (27.64)
        1:21.61 (28.15)     1:50.29 (28.68)
  3 Goss, Kennedy    SO Indiana           1:50.85    1:50.37         16  
                 26.49        54.63 (28.14)
        1:22.60 (27.97)     1:50.37 (27.77)
  4 Bratton, Lisa    SO Tex AM            1:51.90    1:50.80         15  
                 26.76        54.97 (28.21)
        1:23.06 (28.09)     1:50.80 (27.74)
  5 Bilquist, Amy    FR California        1:51.52    1:50.88         14  
                 26.35        54.67 (28.32)
        1:23.02 (28.35)     1:50.88 (27.86)
  6 Smiddy, Clara    SO Michigan          1:51.58    1:51.01         13  
                 26.48        54.56 (28.08)
        1:22.68 (28.12)     1:51.01 (28.33)
  7 Zevnik, Alexia   JR NC State          1:51.22    1:51.06         12  
                 26.34        54.44 (28.10)
        1:22.93 (28.49)     1:51.06 (28.13)
  8 Stewart, Kylie   SO Georgia           1:51.32    1:51.20         11  
                 26.18        53.98 (27.80)
        1:22.59 (28.61)     1:51.20 (28.61)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Karosas, Tasija  JR Texas             1:52.42    1:50.89          9  
                 25.97        54.08 (28.11)
        1:22.49 (28.41)     1:50.89 (28.40)
 10 Hu, Janet        SO Stanford          1:52.24    1:52.22          7  
                 26.44        55.32 (28.88)
        1:23.92 (28.60)     1:52.22 (28.30)
 11 Moroney, Megan   FR Virginia          1:52.02    1:52.23          6  
                 26.73        55.04 (28.31)
        1:23.44 (28.40)     1:52.23 (28.79)
 12 Pelton, Elizabe  SR California        1:52.27    1:52.26          5  
                 26.84        55.57 (28.73)
        1:24.29 (28.72)     1:52.26 (27.97)
 13 Baker, Kathleen  FR California        1:52.15    1:52.27          4  
                 26.12        54.67 (28.55)
        1:23.64 (28.97)     1:52.27 (28.63)
 14 Marrkand, Jen    SO Virginia          1:52.72    1:52.41          3  
                 26.77        55.13 (28.36)
        1:23.51 (28.38)     1:52.41 (28.90)
 15 Howe, Ally       SO Stanford          1:52.28    1:52.59          2  
                 26.39        54.86 (28.47)
        1:23.88 (29.02)     1:52.59 (28.71)
 16 Laemmler, Nadin  JR Missouri          1:52.39    1:52.94          1  
                 26.79        55.57 (28.78)
        1:24.60 (29.03)     1:52.94 (28.34)
                Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 16                 
 
  1. Georgia                           316   2. California                      290.5
  3. Stanford                          274   4. Virginia                          242
  5. Texas A&M                       216.5   6. Indiana                           185
  7. Louisville                        176   8. Southern Cali                   160.5
  9. NC State                          127  10. Michigan                          112
 11. Missouri                          107  12. Arizona                           106
 13. Ohio St                            82  14. Tennessee                          79
 15. UCLA                               66  16. Texas                              62
 17. Nevada                             49  18. UNC                                47
 19. Wisconsin                          46  20. Minnesota                          44
 21. Florida                          41.5  22. Kentucky                           40
 23. Miami University (Ohio)            33  24. Purdue                             32
 25. Alabama                            20  26. South Carolina                     17
 27. Penn St                            13  28. Air Force (W)                      11
 28. Kansas                             11  30. Denver                             10
 30. Auburn                             10  32. Iowa                                9
 33. University of Nebraska-Lincoln      7  34. Miami (Fl)                          6
 34. Smu                                 6  34. Virginia Tech                       6
 37. University of Hawaii (W)            4  37. Pittsburgh                          4
 39. Lsu                                 3  39. Eastern Mich                        3
 41. Umbc (W)                            2  42. Rutgers                             1
 42. Florida Gulf                        1
2 Comments

2 comments

  1. Naveh Eldar

    Glad I got to see her swim live at GA Invitational last year. She won the 100 back and her underwaters were incredible!!

  2. Niles Keeran

    Could have been an Cavalier recruit, but walk on as a Kenyon College Lord..no thanks Coach Good!

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