Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Stanford freshman Regan Smith will attempt to win the brutal 200 back/200 fly double tonight. She is seeded first in the back and third in the fly. Isabelle Stadden of Cal and Phoebe Bacon of Wisconsin will challenge her in the back; top-seeded Emma Sticklen of Texas and Georgia’s Dakota Luther will be the ones to beat in the fly.

The 100 free will be Gretchen Walsh of Virginia versus NC State’s Katharine BerkoffRound 2. The pair raced a thrilling 100 back final last night, with Berkoff winding up with the win and the American and NCAA record.

Virginia junior Kate Douglass is top seed in the 200 breast. She’ll have Texas sophomore Anna Elendt and defending champion Sophie Hansson of NC State on either side of her.

Texas freshman Erica Sullivan swam the time to beat in earlier heats of the 1650 free, going 15:45.94.

Women 1650 Yard Freestyle – Fastest Heat

  • NCAA Record: 15:03.31 – Katie Ledecky, Stanford (2017)
  • Meet Record: 15:07.70 – Katie Ledecky, Stanford (2017)
  • American Record: 15:03.31 – Katie Ledecky, Stanford (2017)
  • US Open Record: 15:03.31 – Katie Ledecky, Stanford (2017)
  • Pool Record: 15:32.72 – Leah Smith, Virginia (2016)
  • 2021 Champion: Paige Madden, Virginia – 15:41.86

Podium:

  1. Paige McKenna, FR Wisconsin – 15:40.84
  2. Erica SullivanFR Texas – 15:45.94
  3. Kensey McMahon, SR Alabama – 15:47.60
  4. Evie Pfeifer5Y Texas – 15:48.34
  5. Abigail McCulloh, FR Georgia – 15:49.87
  6. Madelyn Donohoe, JR Virginia – 15:55.14
  7. Lola Mull, Northwestern – 15:55.96
  8. Kristen Stege, JR Tennessee – 15:59.49

Tennessee junior Kristen Stege led by about half a body at the 200, while Liberty Williams of Louisville, Wisconsin freshman Paige McKennaand Alabama senior Kensey McMahon swam in an even row behind her. At the 350, McMahon pulled slightly ahead, and at the 400 she flipped first ahead of Stege. At the 500, it was McMahon, McKenna, Stege.

McMahon continued to lead out of lane 1, with McKenna just behind. McKenna took over at the 650. By the 700, she was half a body in front, 6:35.20 to 6:36.05. Stege was alone in third place, about a body ahead of USC freshman Caroline Pennington.

At the 900, McKenna was 8:00.17 to McMahon’s 8:02.95. Stege was a couple of meters back but still holding off Pennington, both splitting 29.3s.

McKenna was holding 28.5s, pulling further ahead of McMahon, who was doing 29.1s. At the 1150, Abigail McCulloh of Georgia took over third place from lane 8.

McKenna continued to outpace Sullivan from the earlier heat, flipping at 12:16.43 at the 1300. She got the bell at 15:11.61, followed by McMahon in lane 1 and McCulloh in lane 8. McKenna stopped the clock at 15:40.84 for Wisconsin’s first title of the meet. She eclipsed Sullivan’s 15:45.95 by just over 5 seconds.

Second place went to McMahon at 15:47.60. McCulloh placed third in 15:49.87. Northwestern’s Lola Mull was fourth (15:55.96).

Women 200 Yard Backstroke – Finals

  • NCAA Record: 1:47.24 – Beata Nelson, Wisconsin (2019)
  • Meet Record: 1:47.24 – Beata Nelson, Wisconsin (2019)
  • American Record: 1:47.16 – Regan SmithRiptide (2019)
  • US Open Record: 1:47.16 – Regan SmithRiptide (2019)
  • Pool Record: 1:49.22 – Regan SmithStanford (2022)
  • 2021 Champion: Phoebe BaconWisconsin – 1:48.32

Podium:

  1. Regan SmithFR Stanford – 1:47.76P
  2. Phoebe BaconSO Wisconsin – 1:49.29
  3. Rhyan WhiteSR Alabama – 1:49.36
  4. Isabelle StaddenSO California – 1:49.45
  5. Reilly Tiltmann, FR Virginia – 1:49.63
  6. Emma Atkinson, SO VT – 1:49.86
  7. Emma Muzzy, SR NCSU – 1:51.18
  8. Lucie Nordmann, JR Stanford – 1:52.28

Alabama senior Rhyan White shot out of the gates, getting an early lead at the 50 turn. She continued to pace the field at the 100, followed by Cal sophomore Isabelle StaddenVirginia Tech sophomore Emma Atkinsonand Stanford freshman Regan Smith in fourth.

White was still in front at the 150 wall, but Smith had moved past Stadden and Atkinson into second place and was closing in on White. Smith came home at 28.25 and hit the wall at 1:47.76 to break the pool record for the second time of the day.

Phoebe Bacon of Wisconsin slipped past Whyte into second place and finished with 1:49.29 to White’s 1:49.36. Stadden was just behind with 1:49.45 and Virginia freshman Reilly Tiltmann finished fifth with 1:49.63. Atkinson went 1:49.63 for sixth.

Stanford junior Taylor Ruck won the B final in 1:50.25 ahead of NC State fifth-year Kate Moore (1:51.61).

Women 100 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA Record: 45.56 – Simone Manuel, Stanford (2017)
  • Meet Record: 45.56 – Simone Manuel, Stanford (2017)
  • American Record: 45.56 – Simone Manuel, Stanford (2017)
  • US Open Record: 45.56 – Simone Manuel, Stanford (2017)
  • Pool Record: 46.70 – Olivia Smoliga, Georgia (2016)
  • 2021 Champion: Maggie MacNeil, Michigan – 46.02

Podium:

Women 200 Yard Breaststroke – Finals

  • NCAA Record: 2:02.60 – Lilly King, Indiana (2018)
  • Meet Record: 2:02.60 – Lilly King, Indiana (2018)
  • American Record: 2:02.60 – Lilly King, Indiana (2018)
  • US Open Record: 2:02.60 – Lilly King, Indiana (2018)
  • Pool Record: 2:03.02 – Alexandra Walsh, Virginia (2022)
  • 2021 Champion: Sophie Hansson, NC State – 2:03.86

Podium:

Women 200 Yard Butterfly – Finals

  • NCAA Record: 1:49.51 – Ella Eastin, Stanford (2018)
  • Meet Record: 1:50.01 – Ella Eastin, Stanford (2018)
  • American Record: 1:49.51 – Ella Eastin, Stanford (2018)
  • US Open Record: 1:49.51 – Ella Eastin, Stanford (2018)
  • Pool Record: 1:50.61 – Kelsi Worrell, Louisville (2016)
  • 2021 Champion: Olivia Carter, Michigan – 1:51.33

Podium:

Women Platform Diving – Finals

  • Meet Record: 396.75 – Haley Ishimatsu, USC (2013)
  • Pool Record: 360.30 – Yu Zhou, MINN (2016)
  • 2021 Champion: Tarrin Gilliland, Indiana – 338.40

Podium:

Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA Record: 3:06.96 – California/ I Ivey, K McLaughlin, A Bilquist, A Weitzeil (2019)
  • Meet Record: 3:06.96 – California/ I Ivey, K McLaughlin, A Bilquist, A Weitzeil (2019)
  • American Record: 3:07.61 – Stanford/ S Manuel, K Ledecky, J Hu, L Neal (2017)
  • US Open Record: 3:07.41 – California/ R Nuemann, K McLaughlin, A Bilquist, A Weitzeil (2019)
  • Pool Record: 3:08.22 – Virginia/ K Douglass, A Walsh, R Tiltmann, G Walsh (2022)
  • 2021 Champion: Alabama – 3:09.78

Podium:

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