Fron GoCards.com – AUSTIN, Texas – Mallory Comerford won her third straight NCAA title in the 200 freestyle to lead the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team through the third night of competition at the NCAA Championships, capturing the gold in a time of 1:40.26. With the victory, Comerford becomes the first three-time NCAA champion in a single event in program history.
The senior from Kalamazoo, Mich. is now a three-time NCAA Champion, nine-time individual All-American and 16-time relay All-American. The University of Louisville swimming and diving program also extends its streak of national champions to eight consecutive seasons.
Comerford won the 200 freestyle outright by nearly a full second at the 2018 NCAA Championships with the second fastest time in history (1:39.80) after tying Olympian Katie Ledecky for gold in 2017. At this year’s championships, Comerford ran down the field over the final 25 yards to win by one-tenth of a second over Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck.
“What a day, I’m so proud of this group,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “We battled hard this morning, put ourselves in a position for success, especially in the 200 medley relay. We were seeded 22nd, nowhere to be found, to qualify for the final and hold on for fifth overall was exciting. I’m proud of the group, and obviously Mallory. Winning a title never gets old. As a matter of fact, this is the eighth consecutive year winning an NCAA individual title. It says a lot about the program and the support we have that goes with it. We’re going to get ready for the next races and we’ll be ready to go for session six tomorrow.”
Our 3x NCAA Champion 🥇, we like the sound of that 🏆🏆🏆
Mallory Comerford makes history as the first 3x champ in a single event in program history 🔴⚫️ #GoCards pic.twitter.com/p4b1J1sdXk
— UofL Swim&Dive (@UofLswim_dive) March 23, 2019