2018 NCAA Women’s Division I Pre-Selection Psych Sheet Released — Ledecky in 400 IM

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Pre-selection psych sheets have been released for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships.

2018 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships Pre-Selection Psych Sheet

Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky of Stanford both hold three top seeds. While Manuel’s freestyle triple is expected, Ledecky has opted out of the 200 free for the 400 IM this year. That means Ledecky will not face off with Mallory Comerford in the event after the two tied for the win last year.

Stanford teammates Ella Eastin and Brooke Forde also hold the second and fourth seeds in this event while the team’s second-best seed in the 200 free is Katie Drabot in eleventh.

Eastin holds the top spot in the 200 fly, while reigning NCAA swimmer of the year Kathleen Baker is the top seed in the 200 back, second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 back.

Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem also earned two top seeds in the 200 breast and 400 IM, while Indiana’s Lilly King, Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson and Tennessee’s Erika Brown will look to win in the sprint stroke events.

2018 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships Top Seeds:

50 free: Simone Manuel, Stanford, 21.20
100 free: Simone Manuel, Stanford, 46.43
200 free: Simone Manuel, Stanford, 1:40.78
500 free: Katie Ledecky, Stanford, 4:26.09
1650 free: Katie Ledecky, Stanford, 15:03.31
100 back: Beata Nelson, Wisconsin, 49.78
200 back: Kathleen Baker, Cal, 1:48.27
100 breast: Lilly King, Indiana, 56.46
200 breast: Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2:04.62
100 fly: Erika Brown, Tennessee, 49.85
200 fly: Ella Eastin, Stanford, 1:49.51
200 IM: Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 1:52.69
400 IM: Katie Ledecky, Stanford, 3:56.53

200 free relay: Cal, 1:25.87
400 free relay: Cal, 3:09.04
800 free relay: Michigan, 6:52.04
200 medley relay: Cal, 1:34.13
400 medley relay: Stanford, 3:25.15

The official, cut-down psych sheets should be posted Wednesday. Typically, between 38 and 40 women are selected per event. Check back over the next two weeks for a comprehensive preview of the meet.

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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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