NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Day 2 Open Thread

Cal Bears: Past (Natalie Coughlin, left), Present (Rachel Bootsma, right), Future (Missy Franklin, center) after the 100 Back Olympic Trial. Bootsma and the Bears will look to dominate 100 Back tonight. - Al Bello

It's Day 2 (of 3) of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship. Cal finished Day 1 in 4th place. Can the Bears make a move in Day 2 in their quest to THREEPEAT? ESPN3 has live coverage of tonight's action. GO BEARS!

NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Day 2:

When: 4 PM PT

Online video: ESPN3.com

Live stats: Meet Result

My preview from Thursday

Team result after Day 1:

1. Georgia                          163   
2. Tennessee                      150.5
3. Arizona                          127   
4. California                       102
5. Stanford                        90.5   
6. Southern Cal                  90
7. Florida                          74   
8. Texas A&M                     72

NCAA Championship Scoring:

The team scoring breakdown are the following, for each individual events, a team score points by the final standing of the events. For most event, the finish in the morning's trial determines who makes it to the two finals of the evening. The A Final ("Championship Final") guarantee a swimmer at least a 8th place finish while the B Final ("Consolation Final") determines places 9th-16th. Even if a swimmer from the B Final has a faster time than a swimmer in the A Final, the best the B Finalist can do is still 9th place.

Here is the official statement from the rulebook (this link I found is from 2010):

All events will be scored. Scoring shall be for 16 places as follows: relays, 40-34-32-

30-28-26-24-22-18-14-12-10-8-6-4-2; individual events, 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-9-

7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Except in time final events, points for first through eighth place shall be

awarded solely on the basis of a championship final. Points for ninth through 16th place

shall be awarded solely on the basis of a consolation final

So the point breakdown is basically one point per place for the individual events, with the exception for the winner who gets two extra bonus point for winning an event (so 3 points more than the 2nd place). The winner of the consolation event gets one extra bonus point as well. Again, relays are basically events where the points are doubled.

By the time that the championship finalists are determined, you can pretty much see which events Cal would be picking up points on the opponents and which events where we would have to hold our breath.

Schedule of events for night 2:

7. 200-Yard Medley Relay

8. 400-Yard Individual Medley

9. 100-Yard Butterfly

10. 200-Yard Freestyle

11. 100-Yard Breaststroke

12. 100-Yard Backstroke

13. Three-meter Diving—Finals

14. 800-Yard Freestyle Relay—Last three heats of time finals

Prelim result from this morning and what to expect:

7. 200-Yard Medley Relay

Cal set the record (NCAA, American, World, Championship) for this event last year, but a different group of Bears will compete in the A Final with USC, Furd, Tennessee, Arizona. Current leader Georgia only qualified for the B Final. Chance for the Bears to make up 20 or so points, at least, on Georgia.

8. 400-Yard Individual Medley

Calympian Caitlin Leverenz will compete in the A Final for the Bears against 1Furd, 1 Georgia, and 1 USC swimmer. However, 3 Georgia and 2 USC swimmers are in the B final. A Leverenz win or high finish may offset the work of all 4 Georgia swimmers.

9. 100-Yard Butterfly

Calympian Rachel Bootsma will compete in the A Final for the Bears. Also in the A Final is 1 Arizona swimmer. In the B Final, there are 1 swimmer each from USC, Arizona, and Tennessee. Bears can close the gap to Georgia by at least 15 points.

10. 200-Yard Freestyle

This one will be quite interesting:
A Final: Pelton and Piehls for the Bears vs. Schmitt, Romano, and Vreeland for Georgia
Pelton being able to prevent Georgia from taking the top 3 spot would be huge (Pelton was 3rd in the prelim this morning)
B Final: Acker and Breed for the Bears plus 2 or 3 more Georgia bulldogs

Bears will probably lose a few points to Georgia here. Depending on who wins, the Bears may also close the gap by another 10 points or fall behind by another 20 points.

11. 100-Yard Breaststroke

No Bears in this one.

2 Arizona, 1 USC in A Final
1 Tennessee, 1 Furd in B Final

12. 100-Yard Backstroke

One of the best event for the Bears in this entire competition.

Au just missed the A Final cutoff with a subpar prelim time, so only Bootsma and Tran in the A final. Au and Klaren in the B final

1 Furd in the A final, 2 Arizona and 1 Furd in the B final.

Bears can easily make up 50-60 points on Georgia.

13. Three-meter Diving

Kayley Rowell finished 33 so no points for the Bears (Rowell is in one other Diving event tomorrow so there is still opportunity for her to contribute).

Tennessee have two divers in the A Final. Arizona and Georgia each have one diver in the B Final.

14. 800-Yard Freestyle Relay

Bears are the 5th seed in this relay. All the contenders should be strong. Georgia is well known for their Freestyle swimmers so they are the heavy favorites.

Bears will probably lose 10 points or so to Georgia.

Day 3 Schedule and Quick Preview:

15. 1,650-Yard Freestyle

Not a strong suit for the Bears, but one Cal swimmer (Lauren Driscoll) did barely qualify.

16. 200-Yard Backstroke

Strong event for the Bears. Elizabeth Pelton (1 seed) is expected to contend for the title. Cindy Tran should also score points.

17. 100-Yard Freestyle

Rachael Acker may be able to make a final. Georgia are strong in Freestyle so they would gain points back from the Bears.

18. 200-Yard Breaststroke

Leverenz should make the A final. So could a Georgia swimmer.

19. 200-Yard Butterfly

Bootsma should make the A final. Georgia could offset Bootsma with two swimmers in the B final.

20. Platform Diving—Finals

Let's go Kayley Rowell! She can score some points for the Bears from the B Final.

21. 400-Yard Freestyle Relay

It might all come down to this final relay. Bears are the second seed in this.

Day 1 Recap:

Congratulation to senior Caitlin Leverenz for winning another individual NCAA Championship! More from CalBears.com:

Caitlin Leverenz began her last NCAA Championships as a collegian just as she did her previous one, as California's lone senior captured the 200-yard individual medley - edging freshman teammate Elizabeth Pelton - on the first day of the meet on Thursday at the IU Natatorium. The two-time defending NCAA champion, Cal ended the first session of finals in fourth place overall with 102 points, behind leader Georgia (163 points), second-place Tennessee (150.5) and third-place Arizona (127).

Leverenz, a Tucson, Ariz., product posted a time of 1:53.39 in the 200 IM to out touch the younger Bear by less than a half a second; Pelton swam a time of 1:53.82.

Cal had four A-final finishes on Thursday, opening the finals' session by taking fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of sophomore Kaylin Bing, juniorCindy Tran, Pelton and freshman Rachel Bootsma clocked a time of 1:28.31. Tennessee won the relay in a time of 1:27.14.

In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Catherine Breed collected the Bears' best finish and earned honorable mention All-America honors by placing 12th in a time of 4:39.72. USC's Haley Anderson won the 500 free in a time of 4:34.66.

Cal closed the night by taking third place in the 400-yard medley relay, as the team of Tran, Leverenz, Bootsma and Pelton clocked a time of 3:29.47 for the Bears. Tennessee won the 400-free relay in a time of 3:28.51.

The Bears' finish in the 400-free relay gave Pelton three All-America honors on the night.

Day 2 Recap:

Congratulation to freshman Rachel Bootsma for winning her first (of many?) individual NCAA Championship!

GO BEARS!

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