By Sharon Robb
March 21, 2014
Two American records were broken on Day Two of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.
Missy Franklin of University of California bounced back after getting out-touched in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday night, with an American, NCAA, U.S. Open and meet record in the 200-yard freestyle.
Franklin won her first NCAA title with a convincing time of 1:40.31. She went out in 48.71 for the first 100 and had back-to-back splits of 25.7 and 25.8 in the last 100.
The old record was 1:41.21 held by Megan Romano of St. Petersburg.
Texas freshman Tasija Karosas of St. Andrew’s Swimming in the Florida Gold Coast was 28th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.12. Florida sophomore Lindsey McKnight was 48th in 1:48.86 and Florida State senior Tiffany Oliver of SOFLO was 50th in 1:50.23.
Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson broke the American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breaststroke to win the event for the third consecutive year.
Larson went out in 27.03 and came home in 30.20 to win in 57.23, breaking her own record of 57.28 she set at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
The Cal Bears lost valuable relay points when its 200-yard medley relay was disqualified because of an early takeoff on the second exchange between Celina Li and Cindy Tran. The DQ may have sealed Georgia’s second consecutive NCAA title barring any Bulldog relay disqualifications.
In other championship finals:
Stanford opened the evening with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.95 with Felicia Lee, Katie Olsen, Nicole Stafford and Maddy Schaefer. Tennessee was second in 1:35.32 with Florida Gold Coast swimmer Harper Bruens swimming third leg. SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver anchored Florida State’s 200-yard medley relay that finished 24th in 1:38.74.
In an exciting race, Stanford senior Maya DiRado won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:58.12. Florida senior Elizabeth Beisel was second in 3:58.84. Tennessee’s Lauren Driscoll, a FGC swimmer, was 44th in 4:15.55.
Stanford senior Felicia Lee won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.89. Florida State freshman Chelsea Britt was 37th in 53.48.
Texas A&M senior Paige Miller won the 100-yard backstroke in 50.77. Florida Gulf Coast’s Kira Toussaint was seventh in 51.81 after going 51.75 in prelims. Florida International’s Johanna Gustafsdottir was 48th in 54.82.
Georgia’s Laura Ryan won her second NCAA diving title on 3-meter springboard with 423.15 points. She was the only diver to score more than 400 points.
After two days Georgia continues to lead followed by Stanford and Cal Bears.
Saturday’s events are: 1,650-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The top 16 advance into finals.
Both prelims and finals will be streamed live through gophersports.com. Saturday finals sessions will be televised on ESPN3.com.
Information and results can also be found at the NCAA Championship site.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org