By Sharon Robb
March 22, 2014
Sophomore Brittany MacLean of Georgia was at it again Saturday night at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.
Two days after making history with her record-breaking swim in the 500-yard freestyle, MacLean shattered the 1,000 and 1,650-yard NCAA records in the same swim winning the 1,650 title in 15:27.84, third fastest swim of all-time behind Katie Ledecky and Katie Hoff.
She broke Stephanie Peacock’s 2012-2013 NCAA record of 15:37.06. It also broke the meet record of 15:38.79 set by Peacock at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
MacLean also broke Peacock’s 1,000-yard NCAA record by five seconds on her split in 9:23.78.
Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney lowered her own American and NCAA records to win the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.06. She had nearly a full second lead after the first 100 yards.
The Georgia Bulldogs defended their title by winning the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with 528. Stanford was second with 402.50 points and California was third with 386. Florida was sixth with 239, University of Miami was 21st with 38 points, Florida State was 30th with 23, Florida Gulf Coast was 32nd with 22 and Florida International was 47th with four points.
The Bulldogs back-to-back titles are impressive particularly this year after losing Megan Romano and Allison Schmitt to graduation.
The Bulldogs won five individual NCAA titles: two each from MacLean and diver Laura Ryan, and one by freshman Olivia Smoliga.
In other championship races on Saturday night:
Brooke Snodgrass of Indiana won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:50.52. Elizabeth Pelton was second in 1:50.55. Florida Gulf Coast’s Kira Toussaint was 12th in 1:53.79. Texas freshman Tasija Karosas of St. Andrew’s Swimming was 25th in 1:54.82. Johanna Gustafsdottir of Florida International was 28th in 1:55.33. Tennessee’s Lauren Driscoll was 45th in 1:56.83. Sonia Perez Arau of FIU was 49th in 1:58.44.
Arizona senior Margo Geer won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.10. Missy Franklin was third in 47.26. Florida State’s Tiffany Oliver of SOFLO was 26th in 48.84. Emma Svensson of Florida Gulf Coast was 39th in 49.13.
Haley Ishimatsu of Southern Cal won the 10-meter platform diving title with 349.30. Georgia’s two-time NCAA champion Laura Ryan was third with 345.25.
Stanford won the 400-yard freestyle in 3:10.83 with Maddy Schaefer, Felicia Lee, Maya DiRado and Lia Neal. Florida State, with Tiffany Oliver swimming anchor, was 14th in 3:16.07.
Georgia entered the final day with a 72-point lead.
Georgia did it without its head coach Jack Bauerle on the pool deck. Bauerle is still the subject of an internal investigation by the athletic department. Harvey Humphries was acting head coach.
Georgia’s Chantal Van Landeghem won the Elite 89 Award given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average competing at the NCAA finals. The sophomore from Canada has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in psychology.
Full results can be found at the NCAA Championship site.
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