2023 PAC-12 Women’s Championship
It’s the first full night of finals at the 2023 PAC-12 Women’s Championships and conference titles will be handed out in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle.
In the individual races, Cal holds two of the top three seeds, with Isla Spitz In 500 Free (4:40.93) and Isabel Staden at 200 IM (1:56.08). Both should be tight races tonight: In the 500, the top five are separated by less than a second, and the same is true for the top four in the 200 IM.
50 freestyle has a definite favourite Torey Huskywho at 21.67, was the only swimmer to break 22 seconds in the prelims.
Women’s FREESTYLE 500 – Finals
- NCAA Record: 4:24.06, Katie Ledecky (Stan) — 2017 NCAA Championships
- Pac-12 Record: 4:24.06, Katie Ledecky (Stan) – 2017 NCAA Tournament
- Pac-12 Championship Record: 4:25.25, Katie Ledecky (Stan) – 2017
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 4:35.76
- 2022 NCAA Invitational Time: 4:43
- Lindsey Looney (ASU) – 4:38.29
- Morgan Tankersley (Stan) – 4:38.36
- Molly Batchelor (ASU) – 4:39.54
- Aurora Rouger (Stan) – 4:39.77
- Ella Spitz (CAL) – 4:39.93
- Mia Motekaitis (CAL) – 4:41.44
- Kayla Wilson (Stan) – 4:42.78
- Natalie Mannion (Stan) – 4:43.27
We kicked things off this evening with an exciting race in the 500 freestyle, where it came down to the touch between Lindsey Looney And Morgan Tankersley. After flipping second at the 450-yard mark, Looney flipped second, sandwiched between a pair of Cardinals on Tankersley and Aurora Roger. Looney split a field best of 26.73 in the final fifty to seal the win in 4:38.29. This is the first time Looney has ever sub-4:40, making it a lifetime best 2.42 seconds from the middle of the season.
Her Sun Devil teammate Molly Batchelor He also had a solid 50 final, splitting 27.33 to pass Roget on the final lap to clinch bronze in 4:39.54. Similar to Looney, this was Batchelor’s first time breaking 4:40. At this meet last year, Batchelor did not make it to the finals. She placed 34th in 4:57.63. In the last 14 months, it has taken nearly five seconds off its best time.
Roger added her name to the list of swimmers in this heat break 4:40 for the first time. She improved on her best time of 4:40.95 from the prelims with a time of 4:39.77. It is an improvement for the second student not only in time, but in order; She was seventh in the event last year.
Tankersley repeated her second-place finish since 2022. Last year she took her silver with a time of 4:39.09, this year it took 4:38.36 to win the same medal.
Women’s 200 IM – Finals
- NCAA Record: 1:50.08, Alex Walsh (UVA) – 2022 NCAA Championships
- Pac-12 Record: 1:50.67, Ella Eastin (STAN) – 2018
- Pac-12 Championship Record: 1:52.37, Katinka Hosszu (USC) – 2012
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:53.66
- 2022 NCAA Invitational Time: 1:56.85
- Leah Polonsky (CAL) – 1:54.02.2019
- Isabel Staden (Cal) – 1:55.52
- Isabel Odgers (USC) – 1:55.68
- Justina Cousin (USC) – 1:56.62
- Lucy Bell (Stan) – 1:56.64
- Eva Maluka (ASU) – 1:57.37
- Charlotte Hook (Stan) – 1:57.49
- Gigi Johnson (Stan) – 2:00.08
Cal freshman Leah Polonsky She won her first PAC-12 title with a best time of 1:54.02. Her previous best was 1:54.77, and she swam to win the final B of the event at the 2022 NCAAs. Her teammate Isabel Staden He led the field at the halfway point in 52.93, with Polonski second in 53.44.
The sophomore took the lead in breaststroke leg, split 33.07. One free leg, she split by 27.51 to extend her lead. Meanwhile, Stadden was involved in a tight race for second place with USC Isabel Odgers. Like Polonski, Odgers pressed the breaststroke leg with a split of 32.91, the only swimmer in the heat under 33 seconds. This split put Odgers second in the first leg, but Stadden fought back for free, beating the wall over Odgers by 0.16 seconds. Stadden and Odgers are the best of times ever.
About a second behind them, there was another close sprint for fourth, like Justina Cousin better than Lucy Bell by two hundred.
FREESTYLE 50th Women’s Game – Finals
- NCAA Record: 20.83, Gretchen Walsh (UVA) — 2023 ACC Championship
- Pac-12 Record: 20.90, Abbey Weitzeil (CAL) – 2019
- Pac-12 Championship Record: 21.03, Abbey Weitzeil (CAL) – 2020
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 21.66
- 2022 NCAA Invitational Time: 22.16
- Torey Husky (Stan) – 21.67
- Taylor Rock (Stan) – 21.87
- Claire Grover (University of California) – 22.13
- Rachel Ray (UCLA) – 22.21.2018
- Hannah Henderson (USC) / Anika Delgado (USC) – 22.30
- Amy Tang (Stan) 22.33
- Stephanie Acakaputa (CAL) – 22.61
Torey Husky Matching her time of 21.67 from the Brilems to win the PAC-12 title in the 50 freestyle. It was her first time racing the event in a conference tournament, as she made the 200 IM selection last year in both the PAC-12s and NCAAs. She holds a lifetime best of 21.39 from March 2021.
In the preliminaries, Huske was the only swimmer to break 22 seconds, but in the finals, her teammate Taylor Rock She joined her, scoring 21.87 for silver. The time is just 0.17 seconds off the Ruck’s best, which is 21.70 by the 2021 NCAAs.
UCLA clinched the next two points, with Claire Grover Earning the final podium spot in 22.13. She is a fellow student at the University of California, Los Angeles Rachel Ray He finished fourth in a time of 22.21, just nine hundredths off the tie among his Trojan teammates Hannah Henderson And Anika Delgado for the fifth.
Women’s 200 Free Relay – Timed Finals
- NCAA Record: 1:23.87, Virginia—2023 ACC Championship
- PAC-12 Record: 1:24.55, California – 2019 NCAA Tournament
- PAC-12 Championship Record: 1:25.87, California – 2018 PAC-12 Championship
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:28
- Stanford (Karzan, Husky, Rock, Tang) – 1:25.98
- Cal (Davidson, Staden, Stone, Riley) – 1:28.14
- USC (Delgado, Doppler, Garcia, Henderson) – 1:28.19
- Arizona – 1:29.50
- UCLA – 1:29.98
- ASU – 1:30.57
- Washington State – 1:31.83
- Utah – 1:31.86
Although Stanford added nine hundredths of their time midway through the season, their time of 1:25.98 was more than enough to earn the win in the 200 freestyle relay. Claire Karzan She ran in 21.59, which would have won her 50th individual freestyle race ahead of fellow Huske. Husky came in second in the Cardinal relay, splitting 21.33. Then she handed things over to the two other Stanford swimmers who appeared in the Final A: Rock, who split in 21.45, and Tang, who docked in 21.61.
Calmen Squad Emma Davidson (22.27), Staden (21.89), McKenna Stone (21.85) and Eloise Riley (22.13), she edged the USC ‘A’ team five hundredths for second on the podium, running 1:28.14 to USC’s 1:28.19. Henderson had a massive anchor leg for the Trojans, pegged at 21.69, but ran out of the room to catch Riley. The other members of the USC relay were Anika Delgado (22.43), Caitlin Doppler (22.24) and Elise Garcia (21.83).
Team results during the second day
- Stanford – 540
- Cal – 454
- USC – 428
- UCLA – 330
- ASU – 312
- Arizona – 242
- Utah – 184
- Washington state – 153
Stanford has already opened up a huge lead, currently holding an 86-point lead over Cal after two days of racing. We expected a close race between Cal and second-place USC, and as it stands, the Golden Bears have the edge in this race, holding a 26-point lead over USC.
In the middle of the conference, a race is developing between UCLA and ASU. ASU This run will be something to watch as the meet progresses – ASU had a great day today and they had three more Finals than the Bruins, but UCLA still held onto the #4 spot, though only by 18 points.
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