NCAA Day Three Finals: Ties For Gold & More Records Fall

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400 IM

NCAA Record: 3:56.54 (Katinka Hosszu - USC, 2012)
Meet Record: 3:56.54 (Katinka Hosszu - USC, 2012)
American Record: 3:57.68 (Katie Ledecky - Stanford, 2017) 3:57.57 (Ella Eastin - Stanford, 2017)
US Open Record: 3:56.54 (Katinka Hosszu - USC, 2012)

​Ella Eastin​ of Stanford answered the call and defended her NCAA championship in the 400 IM with a 3:57.57, breaking the American record that her teammate ​Katie Ledecky​ set last month of Pac-12's.​ It was evident that Eastin's strategy was to take this race out aggressively, touching in 1:53.92 at the 200. She was almost two seconds ahead of the field and well under NCAA record pace. ​Sydney Pickrem ​of Texas A&M made a massive push on the second 50 of breaststroke, out-splitting Eastin 32.72 to 34.51, but Eastin had developed too much of a lead and Pickrem took the silver in a time of 3:59.36 -- her first time under the 4 minute barrier. ​Madisyn Cox ​of Texas made a strong push at the end as well to take over ​Bethany Galat ​of Texas A&M over the last 50 yards for third place and a time of 4:00.97.

​1.) Ella Eastin (Stanford): 3:57.57 (AMERICAN RECORD)
2.) Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M): 3:59.36
3.) Madisyn Cox (Texas): 4:00.97
4.) Bethany Galat (Texas A&M): 4:01.92
5.) Bailey Andison (Denver): 4:03.09
6.) Lindsey Clary (Ohio State): 4:04.69
7.) Sharli Brady (Mizzou): 4:05.22
8.) Reka Gyorgy (Virginia Tech): 4:07.37


NCAA Record: 49.43 (Kelsi Worrell - Louisville, 2016)
Meet Record: 49.43 (Kelsi Worrell - Louisville, 2016)
American Record: 49.43 (Kelsi Worrell - Louisville, 2016)
US Open Record: 49.43 (Kelsi Worrell - Louisville, 2016)

​FARIDA OSMAN! ​The California Golden Bear just became the third-fastest performer of all-time with a blistering fast 50.05. Osman was dead last at the 50, the only swimmer in the field ​not​ under 24 with a 24.04, but rocketed home out of nowhere with a 26.01 over the final 50 yards. Huge swim for the senior and huge win for the Bears. ​Hellen Moffitt​ of UNC started off her big night by snagging the silver with a 50.37 -- she will be in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay later on tonight for the Tarheels. ​Louise Hansson​ of USC had the lead at the 50 with a 23.31, but faded at the end and settled for third place with a 50.45.​

1.) Farida Osman (California): 50.05
2.) Hellen Moffitt (UNC): 50.37
3.) Louise Hansson (USC): 50.45
4.) Sarah Gibson (Texas A&M): 50.63
5.) Noemie Thomas (California): 50.65
6.) Janet Hu (Stanford): 50.81
7.) Liz Li (Ohio State): 51.34
8.) Gia D'alessandro (Indiana): 51.59


NCAA Record: 1:39.10 (Missy Franklin - Cal, 2015)
Meet Record: 1:39.19 (Missy Franklin - Cal, 2015)
American Record: 1:39.10 (Missy Franklin - Cal, 2015)
US Open Record: 1:39.10 (Missy Franklin - Cal, 2015)

​IT'S A TIE! ​Katie Ledecky ​of Stanford and ​Mallory Comerford​ of Louisville swim matching 1:40.36's. Wow... Comerford just swam one of the most impassioned swims in recent memory. Most people don't stand toe to toe with the G.O.A.T, but Comerford did just that -- actually out-splitting Ledecky by 0.56 over the final 100 yards. With 10 yards to go, Comerford had the lead by a fingernail, and looked as if she was going to pull the upset, but Ledecky charged and touched simultaneously. ​Simone Manuel ​took it out first to the 100 with a 48.46, but faded a tad and touched for third in 1:40.70.​ Of note, 1:40.36 makes ​Ledecky and Comerford the second fastest performers in history, only behind ​Missy Franklin's​ 1:39.10 from 2015.

1.) Mallory Comerford (Louisville): 1:40.36
1.) Katie Ledecky (Stanford): 1:40.36
3.) Simone Manuel (Stanford): 1:40.70
4.) Siobhan Haughey (Michigan): 1:41.21
5.) Leah Smith (Virginia): 1:42.66
6.) Gabby Deloof (Michigan): 1:43.11
7.) Jackie Keire (Cincinnati): 1:43.69
8.) Claire Rasmus (Texas A&M): 1:44.32


NCAA Record: 56.30 (Lilly King - Indiana, 2017)
Meet Record: 56.85 (Lilly King - Indiana, 2016)​ 56.71 (Lilly King - Indiana, 2017)
American Record: 56.30 (Lilly King - Indiana, 2017)
US Open Record: 56.30 (Lilly King - Indiana, 2017)

Lilly King just did what Lilly King does -- win the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.71, breaking her meet record from last season. King was visibly disappointed after she saw the board and in her post race interview. That's what makes her so great and keeps her so hungry -- she is genuine and unafraid to express how she truly feels. Some may jump to conclusions and say she is showing bad sportsmanship, but swimming needs more of that. More people unafraid to speak up. She broke her NCAA and American record at Big Ten's with a 56.30 and was very vocal that she wanted to hit 55, but he Indiana sophomore will have to wait until next season for that. ​Lindsey Horejsi ​of Minnesota snagged the silver with a 58.03 and ​Laura Simon ​of Virginia touched for bronze in 58.20.​

1.) Lilly King (Indiana): 56.71 (MEET RECORD)
2.) Lindsey Horejsi (Minnesota): 58.03
3.) Laura Simon (Virginia): 58.20
4.) Natalie Pierce (Florida State): 58.25
5.) Andrea Cottrell (Louisville): 58.39
6.) Emma Sougstad (Iowa): 58.79
7.) Kayla Brumbaum (NC State): 58.91
8.) Katharine Ross (Mizzou): 59.05


NCAA Record: 49.69 (Ally Howe - Stanford, 2017)
Meet Record: 49.80 (Kathleen Baker - Cal, 2017)
American Record: 49.69 (Ally Howe - Stanford, 2017)
US Open Record: 49.69 (Ally Howe - Stanford, 2017)

​KATHLEEN BAKER DOES IT AGAIN! The Cal Golden Bear swims two sub 50 second 100 backstrokes within 24 hours of one another, winning tonight with a time of 49.84. ​Olivia Smoliga​ of Georgia raced aggressively and was neck and neck with Baker the entire way, but took the silver with a very strong time of 50.04. That time makes her the fourth-fastest performer of all-time, only behind ​Ally Howe ​(who finished fourth tonight with a 50.58),​ Kathleen Baker,​ and ​Natalie Coughlin. ​Missouri's ​Hannah Stevens ​grabbed the bronze with a 50.57.​

​1.) Kathleen Baker (California): 49.84
2.) Olivia Smoliga (Georgia): 50.04
3.) Hannah Stevens (Mizzou): 50.57
4.) Ally Howe (Stanford): 50.58
5.) Janet Hu (Stanford): 50.73
6.) Claire Adams (Texas): 50.95
7.) Nadine Laemmler (Mizzou): 51.13
8.) Hellen Moffitt (UNC): 51.14


NCAA Record: 1:34.15 (Stanford, 2016)​ 1:34.10 (California, 2017)
Meet Record: 1:34.24 (Cal, 2012) 1:34.10 (California, 2017)
American Record: 1:34.15 (Stanford, 2016)
US Open Record: 1:34.15 (Stanford, 2016) 1:34.10 (California, 2017)

Sweet, sweet redemption. After a disqualification in the 400 medley relay last night, the Cal Golden Bears come from behind to win the 200 medley thanks to a 21.11 anchor split from Farida Osman. The team of Kathleen BakerAbbey WeitzeilNoemie Thomas, ​and Osman ​took down the NCAA, Meet, and US Open records with a blistering 1:34.10. In second was Texas A&M with a time of 1:34.85 and third was Stanford in 1:34.85. Notable splits from the event go to Lilly King with a 25.62 50 breast, Simone Manuel with a 20.95 50 free, and Olivia Smoliga with a 23.52 50 back.

1.) California: 1:34.10 (MEET, US OPEN, & NCAA RECORD)
2.) Texas A&M: 1:34.85
3.) Stanford: 1:34.90
4.) Indiana: 1:35.26
5.) Southern Cal: 1:35.52
6.) Arizona: 1:35.63
7.) NC State: 1:35.70
8.) Missouri: 1:35.88


1.) Stanford - 374.5
2.) California - 255
3.) Texas A&M - 209
4.) Georgia - 170
5.) Texas - 168
6.) Louisville - 141.5
7.) Minnesota - 134
8.) Indiana - 125
9.) NC State - 117
9) Southern Cal - 117

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