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Heat 1 - Virginia Tech's Fiona Donnelly leads from start to finish in 1:56.00 with Tennessee's Lauren Driscoll second in 1:56.47.
Heat 2 - Indiana's Justine Ress (1:53.49) wins a late back and forth battle with Florida Gulf Caost's Kira Toussaint (1:54.32). Georgia's Jordan Mattern takes third in 1:54.70.
Heat 3 - UNC's Megan Bestor hangs on to win in 1:53.63 over USC's Kendyl Stewart (1:53.92). Indiana's Cynthia Pammett (1:54.08) came in right behind Stewart.
Heat 4 - Auburn's Jillian Vitariusrolls in at 1:52.38 followed by Virginia's Jen Marrkand (1:53.28) and Indiana's Allie Day (1:53.85).
Heat 5 - Virginia's Courtney Bartholomew wins going away in 1:51.16 followed by Melanie Klaren of Cal (1:52.25) and Ashlee Lin of Florida (1:52.80).
Heat 6 - Cal's Missy Franklin (1:50.32) wins a spirited battle with Kentucky's Danielle Galyear (1:50.86). USC's Hannah Weiss grabs third (1:53.16).
Heat 7 - The Golden Bears' Elizabeth Pelton (1:50.31) had her own spirited battle but also proved victorious, beating 100 back runner-up Sam Corea of Denver (1:50.56). Georgia freshman Kylie Stewart finished third in 1:51.76.
Cal earns three big girl qualifiers, including Melanie Klaren at eighth, to start off what could be a huge day for them. Most of the top teams' swimmers all improved upon their seed times.
100 Freestyle - Stanford star Simone Manuel set a new NCAA meet record of 46.68, well ahead of Florida's Natalie Hinds (47.24) and Wisconsin's Ivy Martin (47.53). Georgia showed well, getting Chantal Van Landgehem (47.58) and Maddie Locus (47.75) in the big girl final. Stanford's Lia Neal (47.62), Cal's Farida Osman (47.79) and Texas A&M's Beryl Gastaldello (47.81) round out the top eight.
Georgia qualfies two up and one down to counter Cal's one up and one down here. Stanford also earns two up while Texas A&M gets one up and one down. Cal and Stanford were both a -3 and Texas A&M -2 while Georgia is +9.
200 Breaststroke - Minnesota's Kierra Smith (2:04.95) took control in the final heat, which included defending champ and record holder Emma Reaney, to post the top seed overall. Reaney qualified second in 2:07.18 while heat six winner Laura Simon of Virginia equaled Reaney's effort. Stanford's Katie Olsen (2:07.38), Virginia Tech's Weronika Paluszek (2:07.83), Alabama's Kaylin Burchell (2:08.56) Tennessee's Molly Hannis (2:08.66) and Texas A&M's Ashley McGregor (2:08.79) round out the top eight,
Stanford, Virginia and Texas A&M all get one up while Georgia and Cal get one down in a rare race that won't affect the team standings all that much. Cal -1, UGA -2, A&M +2, Louisville -13, Stanford a big +14 from seeds.
200 Butterfly - Georgia's Hali Flickinger (1:52.79), the heat six winner will enter tonight's final with the top seed. She will have her hands full as the white-hot Kelsi Worrell of Louisville (1:53.24) went out a little too fast but pushed through to claim the second-fastest seed time. Kentucky's Christina Bechtel (1:53.49) qualified third, nearly clipping a fading Worrell in the final heat. Georgia's Lauren Harrington (1:53.76) won heat five beating the fifth qualifier, Tanja Kylliainen (1:54.18). Florida State's Chelsea Britt (1:54.59) was third i the final heat but qualifies sixth. Cal freshman Noemie Thomas (1:54.80) and Indiana's Gia Dalesandro (1:54.93) round out the qualifiers for the big girl final.
Georgia gets two up while Cal gets one. Louisville gets two up which will help them immensely in their run at top four status.
400 Freestyle Relay -- Stanford's Lia Neal slingshotted the Cardinal into the lead and the top seed time of 3:11.96 in the final heat, ahead of fourth-seeded Wisconsin (3:13.00). Georgia (3:12.76) win heat 2 while California (3:12.98) took heat 3. Florida (3:13.53) was second to Georgia in heat two while N.C. State (3:13.87), Texas A&M (3:14.41) and Auburn (3:15.56) all qualified out of the third heat behind Cal. Auburn barely bumped out this week's hot team in Louisville (3:15.62) for the final big girl spot. UCLA (3:15.83), North Carolina (3:15.95), Virginia (3:16.00), Minnesota (3:16.01), Arizona (3:16.02), Tennessee (3:16.09). and Texas (3:16.16) will make up the consolation final.
Georgia had a very good morning but it looks as if it simply won't be enough as Cal just keeps coming in waves. It should be a great battle in the third through sixth positions going down to the final relay tonight.
Round 1: Murphy Bromberg of Texas takes the early lead with a score of 72.00 and is followed closely by Indiana's Jessica Parratto and three-meter champ Yu Zhou of Minnesota (70.50). Katrina Young of Florida State (67.50) begins in fourth followed by Virginia Tech's Kelli Stockton (67.20), Emma Ivory-Ganja of Texas (66.00) Annika Lenz of UCLA (65.10) and Elissa Dawson of North Carolina (63.00)
Round 2: Parratto (144.10) moves up one spot into the lead while Zhou (137.70) moves up a spot into second. Arizona State's Mara Aiacoboae (132.90) enters the top eight, ascending all the way into third while Lenz (132.30) jumps up three spots. Bromberg (126.45) slides four spots to fifth while Purdue's MacKenzie Tweardy (120.40) climbs from out of the top eight into sixth. Virginia Tech's Kaylea Arnett (119.00) also climbs into the top eight for the first time in round two, sitting seventh. Two-time defending champion Haley Ishimatsu (114.60) enters the top eight for the first time in eight position.
Round 3: Parratto (213.10) remains in the lead while Bromberg (208.95) rises three spots to second. Zhou (200.10) slides one spot to third tied with Aiacoboae. Ishimatsu (186.60) climbs from eighth to fifth. Dawson (180.95) reappears in the top eight at sixth while Arnett (179.90) remains seventh. Miami of Florida's Cheyenne Cousineau (175.90) enters the top eight for the first time at eighth.
Round 4: Parratto (271.15) holds the lead for the third straight round while Bromberg (269.75) continues to hold second. Aiacoboae (258.60) breaks free from her third place tie with Zhou (246.60) while Cousineau (241.15) rises from eighth to fifth. Ishimatsu (241.05) slides one spot to sixth while Arnett (240.10) continues to remain seventh. Tweardy (232.45) reappears in the top eight at eighth with one round to go.
Round 5: Indian's Jessica Parratto (347.95) led four of the five rounds to grab the top spot over Murphy Bromberg of Texas (332.15). Three-meter champ Yu Zhou of Minnesota (328.20), Arizona State's Mara Aiacoboae (316.20) and two-time defending champ Haley Ishimatsu of USC (309.85) round out the list of competitors to score over 300 points. Kentucky's Rebecca Hamperian (285.45), Michigan's Carey Chen (282.80), and Miami of Florida's Cheyenne Cousineau (282.75) round out the top eight.
Those qualifying for the consolation final include: Lillian Hinrichs, Stanford (282.45); MacKenzie Tweardy, Purdue (282.05); Kaylea Arnett, Virginia Tech (281.70); Annika Lenz, UCLA (279.90); Emma Ivory-Ganja, Texas (279.50); Christa Cabot, Kentucky (271.25); Elissa Dawson, North Carolina (267.05) and Madison Sthamann, LSU (261.00).