Wright (200 Fly), 400 Free Relay Clinch A Final Berths On NCAA Final Morning|
March 18, 2017
Sophomore Maddie Wright clinched her first career NCAA A final, Troy’s defending champion 400y free relay booked a repeat trip to the A final while Louise Hansson and Riley Scott earned second swims as well on Saturday morning (March 18) at the NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Wright, second in the 200y fly at the Pac-12 Championships, posted a 1:54.41 to earn the eighth and final seed. She was second after her fifth-heat swim and had to wait out two more races to see if her time would stand. It did so by 0.03.
Hansson just missed becoming USC’s first three-time A finalist since 2014. After already reaching the A finals in the 200y IM and 100y fly, she finished ninth in the morning 100y free in 47.48, 0.11 out of the final spot in the A heat. Apostalon just missed a second swim in the race, finishing 17th in 48.13, 0.03 out of 16th.
Sophomore Riley Scott, the Pac-12 200y breast champ, earned her first NCAA scoring swim in the event by taking 16th in prelims in 2:09.79. She was 43rd last year at NCAAs.
Senior breaststrokers Riley Hayward and Kelsey Kafka, who got their first taste of NCAA swimming in the 100 yesterday, finished their careers today in the 200 breast, finishing 38th (2:11.82) and 58th (2:14.06), respectively.
In other prelim swims sophomore Hanni Leach (1:56.32) and junior Hannah Weiss (1:58.82) finished 45th and 50th, respectively, in the 200y back, freshman Stanzi Moseley was 28th in the 100y free (48.59), sophomore Kirsten Vose wasd 33rd in the 200y breast (2:11.65), freshman Tatum Wade was 38th (1:58..49) in the 200y fly while freshman Catherine Sanchez was 40th (1:58.57).