2023 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Virginia’s three-peat is full.
The Cavaliers got here residence from Knoxville with their third nationwide championship in as a few years after breaking six NCAA information on the 2023 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Tennessee. LSU fifth yr Maggie MacNeil additionally added a seventh NCAA document within the 50 free (20.79).
FINAL FULL STANDINGS
- Virginia – 541.5
- Texas – 414.5
- Stanford – 333
- Louisville – 288
- NC State – 263
- Ohio State – 223
- Indiana – 219
- Tennessee – 214
- Florida – 179
- UNC-Chapel Hill – 152
- Cal – 137
- USC – 125
- LSU – 112
- Alabama – 111
- Wisconsin – 100
- Georgia – 90.5
- Minnesota – 53
- Arizona – 52
- Kentucky – 49
- Virginia Tech – 46
- Duke – 42
- Miami (FL) – 36
- Michigan – 33
- Purdue – 32
- Texas A&M – 26
- South Carolina – 25
- Arizona State – 19
- Northwestern/Arkansas – 18
- Auburn – 14
- Hawaii – 11.5
- Florida State – 11
- Miami (OH) – 9
- UCLA – 8
- Penn – 7
- Akron/Nevada – 5
- FIU – 4
- Georgia Tech/Utah – 2
Swimmer of the Year: Kate Douglass, Virginia
Virginia senior Kate Douglass received this award final yr after breaking two NCAA information and an American document within the 50 free, 200 breast, and 100 fly, and she or he someway nonetheless managed to outdo herself this yr at her ultimate NCAAs.
The 21-year-old star shattered NCAA, American, and U.S. Open information in all her three of her particular person occasions, incomes victories within the 200 IM (1:48.37), 100 fly (48.46), and 200 breast (2:01.29). In these first two races, Douglass needed to out-duel stacked fields the place different opponents (Huske, Alex Walsh, and MacNeil) had been additionally beneath the earlier information.
“I think I’ve kind of left myself a little speechless,” Douglass stated. “I was very shocked with last year’s performance. Coming into this season, I was kind of just like, ‘I have no idea how I can be better than that.’ So to see myself outdo my performance from last year is pretty crazy. I’m pretty speechless.”
As for her future plans, Douglass confirmed after the meet that she might be staying at Virginia to coach whereas she pursues a grasp’s diploma. After elevating the bar each season of her collegiate profession, we are able to’t wait to see what’s subsequent in retailer for probably the most versatile American swimmer for the time being.
- Gretchen Walsh, Virginia – After shedding the 50 free title simply .06 seconds behind LSU fifth yr Maggie MacNeil on Thursday evening, Virginia sophomore Gretchen Walsh bounced again to complete her second NCAAs on an absolute tear. Gretchen’s elite underwaters separated her from the competitors the remainder of the meet as she received her final two particular person occasions, clocking an NCAA-record 48.26 within the 100 again and a forty five.61 within the 100 free that missed the NCAA document by simply .05 seconds.
- Maggie MacNeil, LSU – The grad switch from Michigan kicked off her final collegiate meet with NCAA and U.S. Open information within the 50 free on Thursday evening, simply barely out-touching Gretchen Walsh (20.85) with a 20.79. Her response time (.64 in comparison with Gretchen Walsh‘s .74) proved to be the distinction in sneaking previous the highest seed. On Friday evening, MacNeil adopted up her efficiency with one other swim beneath the earlier NCAA document within the 100 fly (48.51), however Douglass managed to get her hand on the wall simply .05 seconds sooner. MacNeil capped her meet with a third-place end within the 100 free (46.58) behind Stanford sophomore Torri Huske (46.46) and Gretchen Walsh (45.61).
Coach of the Year: Todd DeSorbo, Virginia
Virginia scored 10 much less factors than final yr, however that’s hardly a knock on the Cavs after they had been answerable for taking down six of the seven NCAA information that fell this week en path to their third nationwide crown in a row.
Head coach Todd DeSorbo‘s group is the primary since Stanford (2017-19) to tug off a three-peat, becoming a member of an unique class of three-peat winners together with Texas, Stanford, Georgia, and Auburn. Virginia is simply the fourth program ever to win all 5 relays at NCAAs.
Not solely did the Cavs get enormous performances out of their “Big 3” — Douglass and the Walsh sisters — however additionally they acquired precious contributions from freshman Aimee Canny, junior Maxine Parker, senior Ella Nelson, and senior Lexi Cuomo. Overall, Virginia had probably the most factors above the psych sheet projections in accordance with SwimSwam’s ultimate scoring evaluation.
- Rick Bishop, LSU – Thanks to the arrival of MacNeil and the emergence of two divers, the Tigers loved a large leap within the standings from thirty second to thirteenth — their highest staff end since 1993. On prime of MacNeil’s 53 factors from her podium finishes within the 50 free, 100 fly, and 100 free, LSU added 31 diving factors courtesy of junior Montserrat Lavenant (17 factors) and sophomore Chiara Pellacani (14 factors). MacNeil and Lavenant mixed for 4 medals, lifting the Tigers to a complete of 112 factors to cap Bishop’s second season in Baton Rouge. After the meet, this system bought one other increase when MacNeil introduced she’ll be staying at LSU to coach with Bishop & Co. by the Paris 2024 Olympics subsequent summer season.
- Ray Looze, Indiana – The Hoosiers’ sophomores stepped up on the large stage, with Ching Hwee Gan main the best way as an A-finalist in each distance free occasions. Fellow second-year Indiana swimmer Anna Peplowski additionally impressed with a sixth-place end within the 200 free (1:43.57) and a Ninth-place exhibiting within the 200 again (1:51.84). Overall, the Hoosiers outperformed psych sheet expectations this week greater than some other staff apart from Virginia. Expected to complete Eighth, Indiana ended up inserting Seventh and tying its program document for the very best end at NCAAs.
New-Hires Coach of the Year: Mike Stephens, Hawaii
During his first yr at Hawaii, former Boston College head coach Mike Stephens labored with USC grad switch Laticia Transom to assist her comeback this season. After being cleared to swim in September following well being points, Transom tied for Seventh within the 100 free (47.50) to enhance on her Twenty sixth-place end from final yr’s NCAAs. She was Hawaii’s first A-finalist since 2019.
More impressively, although, Stephens additionally helped the Rainbow Wahine qualify their first NCAA relay since 2005. The quartet of Laticia Transom, Anna Friedrich, Gabby Scudamore, and Holly Nelson got here up simply wanting the ‘A’ lower throughout final month’s MPSF Championships earlier than deciding to pursue an automated NCAA bid at Georgia’s Last Chance meet the subsequent week in Athens.
After two failed makes an attempt, the group lastly crushed its previous-best time by almost two seconds with a 3:12.76, the Ninth-fastest time within the nation this season and a full 1.34 seconds beneath the ‘A’ lower. Each member of the relay posted a personal-best cut up between Nelson’s 49.07 leadoff, Transom’s 46.66, Friedrich’s 48.55, and Scudamore’s 48.48. Team members credited their enchancment this season to Stephens’ infectious positivity that fuels their confidence.
- Doak Finch, Duke – Finch might not technically be a brand new rent — a minimum of not but — however the interim head coach took over a tricky scenario in Durham following former coach Dan Colella‘s death in December. Freshman Kaelyn Gridley and junior Sarah Foley (20 points apiece) became the first pair of Blue Devils to earn All-America honors. They reached the wall close behind each other in the 200 breast, with Gridley touching 6th (2:06.26) and Foley winning the B-final (2:06.58). As a team, Duke’s Twenty first-place end is the most effective since 2011, when the Blue Devils positioned nineteenth.
- Dave Durden, Cal – During his first season as head coach of each the boys’s and ladies’s swimming applications at Cal, Durden led the Bears to an Eleventh-place end within the staff standings. While the result’s a three-place drop from final yr, it’s nonetheless spectacular contemplating the whole lot this system went by this season within the wake of former coach Teri McKeever‘s paid administrative go away, investigation, and dismissal in late January. The Bears had been projected to complete twelfth this yr, and so they outperformed expectations with an Eleventh-place exhibiting, scoring eight extra factors than the psych sheet indicated amid the skin noise surrounding this system.
Breakout Swimmer of the Year: Josephine Fuller, Tennessee
After going barely off her greatest time from final month within the 200 IM and lacking the A-final on Thursday evening, Tennessee sophomore Josephine Fuller bounced again with a Seventh-place end within the 100 again (51.518) and a 4th-place end within the 200 again (1:50.22) on Saturday evening. Her two-second drop within the 200 again at NCAAs this yr is much more vital given the truth that she added a second eventually yr’s meet. She completed with 33 factors, tying with junior Mona McSharry for probably the most on the Volunteers’ roster. As a program, Tennessee appears to have its NCAA taper found out.
- Rachel Stege, Georgia – The Georgia sophomore was an A-finalist in each the five hundred free (fifth place, 4:37.32) and 1650 free (Eighth-place, 15:54.55), main the Bulldogs with 25 factors. Stege’s new lifetime greatest within the mile now ranks fifth in program historical past. She accelerated over the ultimate two lengths of the pool, posting a 25.89 cut up late that ranked because the quickest within the subject.
- Ching Hwee Gan, Indiana – Gan lowered her private greatest within the mile by almost seven seconds with a 15:46.28, the quickest swim by a Hoosier since Lindsay Vrooman (15:44.45) in 2014.
Freshman of the Year: Claire Curzan, Stanford
Curzan ended her first NCAAs on a excessive observe with a dominant efficiency within the 200 again, clocking a 1:47.64 that got here simply four-tenths shy of the NCAA document set by Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson in 2019. The prime recruit in her class, Curzan lived as much as the hype by totaling 51 factors, another than fellow Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Torri Huske. Curzan additionally positioned 4th within the 100 fly (50.09) and third within the 100 again (50.08).
- Lydia Jacoby, Texas – The reigning Olympic gold medalist within the 100 breast began off her meet in epic trend on evening 3, claiming her “first big win since the Olympics” with a 57.03 to carry off Tennessee’s Mona McSharry (57.16) and junior teammate Anna Elendt (57.29). She completed sixth on the Longhorns when it comes to scoring with 26 factors after lacking the A-final of the 200 breast with an Eleventh-place end (2:06.66).
- Kaelyn Gridley, Duke – NC State freshman Kennedy Noble totaled extra factors than Gridley (23 vs. 20), however Gridley will get the nod right here for registering lifetime bests in each of her primary occasions. Gridley first positioned tenth within the 100 breast with a 58.76, lacking the A ultimate by only a couple tenths, earlier than incomes a Sixth-place end within the 200 breast with a personal-best 2:06.26, taking almost half a second off her earlier greatest from final month’s ACC Championships (2:06.74).