HOUSTON – Junior Emma Smith shined on night two of The American Championships by setting a school record, reaching an NCAA B qualifying time and being crowned champion of the 500-yard freestyle.
Smith swam to a clip of 4:44.34 in the A Finals to take the title on Thursday night. The time eclipsed Jordan Bowen’s record of 4:45.34 set in the 2010-2011 season. Smith also captured an NCAA B qualifying time with her swim, allowing her to be eligible for selection into the NCAA Championships.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team set another school record, racing to 1:32.47. The team consisted of Margot Manning, Maddie Blair, Brazil Rule and Eliza Manning who surpassed the previous record of 1:33.26 set in 2013-14.
In the 200-yard IM, senior co-captain Margot Manning qualified for the A-Finals and competed to an eighth-place finish with a time of 2:03:07. In the 50-yard freestyle, sister; Eliza Manning earned a spot in the B-Final and finished in 11th (23.29).
The special night for Smith and the relay team was not enough for the Huskies who slipped from a first-place finish after Wednesday’s action to third-place overall placement after the completion of Thursday.
Competition continues tomorrow with swimming preliminaries starting at 11 a.m. ET, diving preliminaries at 1:30 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. ET. The American Digital Network has coverage of the night session tomorrow night. Friday’s events on the women’s side includes the 3M dive, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.