By Kyle Sagendorph//USA Swimming Communications Intern | Sunday, March 24, 2019Complete Results
In yet another record-setting day at the Women’s NCAA Championships the Stanford Cardinal came away with the program’s third-straight NCAA title. Along the team title, Saturday’s final day of competition once again featured a handful of U.S. National Team members winning individual titles in the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
In the opening event of Saturday’s finals, it was Penn State’s Ally McHugh who took the title in the 1650 freestyle. The U.S. national teamer touched in 15:39.22, five seconds ahead of the competition. The win gives McHugh her first NCAA title, after finishing second in last year’s 1650 freestyle.
Two events later, Louisville senior Mallory Comerford continued her impressive run at the event, winning the 100 freestyle in 46.24. The win gives Comerford her second NCAA title in as many days after winning yesterday’s 200 freestyle.
Following Comerford’s win, Indiana senior Lilly King won her second breaststroke event of the meet, finishing the 200 breaststroke in 2:02.90. King was three-tenths of a second shy of the American record, which she set last season. The event capped off a historic collegiate career for the Olympic gold medalist, becoming the first woman to win eight breaststroke NCAA titles.
The night’s final event was the 400 freestyle relay. A handful of national team members took to the pool, but it was the Cal Bears relay team of Isabel Ivey, Katie McLaughlin, Amy Bilquist and Abbey Weitzeil who won the event in an American record time of 3:06.96. With the win, Cal comes away from the NCAA Championships with relay wins in the 200 free, 400 medley and 400 free relay, tallying American records in the 200 and 400 free along the way.
In the end, Stanford totaled 456.5 points to take the title, becoming the first team to win three-consecutive titles since Auburn did so from 2002-04. Stanford’s team title was in part due to a trio of national team members, as Ella Eastin and Brooke Forde took individual titles in the 400 IM and 500 freestyle, respectively, while Eastin, Forde and Katie Drabot helped Stanford take the 800 freestyle relay. Cal’s 419 points was good for second and Michigan’s 235 rounded out the top three.
While the gripping and record-breaking Women’s Championships are now in the books, athletes will look to Athens, Georgia for the 2020 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Action continues in Austin later this week, as the Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships begin Wednesday. More information will be available at ncaa.com.