In the third night of racing in Indy, the drama ensued on college swimming’s biggest stage. Ella Eastin broke Ledecky’s American record in the 400 IM set just a couple weeks ago at Pac-12’s in a time of 3:57.57, Stanford’s Katie Ledecky and Louisville’s Mallory Comerford tied for the NCAA 200 free title in a thrilling race, and California’s 200 medley relay took the US Open and NCAA records en route to their first place finish. Highlights from Floridians included:

Women 400 IM:

Oldsmar native Texas A&M sophomore Sydney Pickrem took the silver with a time of 3:59.36, simultaneously taking down Cammile Adams’ school record of 4:01.56 by over 2 seconds and becoming the 8th fastest performer of all time in the event.  

Women’s 100 fly:

Fort Lauderdale native and Georgia junior Chelsie Britt finished 11th in a time of 51.54, just out touching FSU junior Tayla Lovemore, who touched 12th in a new FSU school record time of 51.60.

Women 200 free:

Florida had no representation in the top 16, but highlights from prelims included 43rd place Daytona native and Kentucky senior Kendal Casey posting a time of 1:47.47 and Oakland native and ASU freshman Kendall Dawson taking the 48th spot in a time of 1:47.68.

Women 100 breast:

FSU junior Natalie Pierce finished 4th for the Seminoles in a new school record time of 58.25.

Women 100 back:

Boca Raton native and Texas senior Tarija Karosas took 10th place in a time of 51.23. Naples native and NC State sophomore Elise Haan also grasped honorable All American status with her 13th place finish in a time of 51.63.

Women 200 medley:

Naples native and NC State sophomore Elise Haan split a quick 24.24 on the back leg to lead off the Wolfpack’s 7th place relay. Fort Lauderdale native and Georgia junior Chelsie Britt split a 23.39 on the fly leg, contributing to Georgia’s 9th place finish. Boca Raton native and Texas senior Tarija Karosas lead off the Longhorn’s 13th place relay with a 24.32 on the back leg. The FSU relay of junior Ariel Barber, junior Natalie Pierce, junior Tayla Lovemore, and senior Lydia Ware unfortunately disqualified in the B final.

Team standings after night 3:

1. Stanford – 374.5

2. California – 255

3. Texas A&M – 209

4. Georgia – 170

5. Texas – 168

6. Louisville – 141.5

7. Minnesota – 134

8. Indiana – 125

9. NC State – 117

9. USC – 117

24. FSU – 21

35. Miami (FL) – 5

36. Florida Gulf Coast – 4

Written by Peter Brukx