2016 Women’s Pac-12 Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

Pac-12 – Women

Action at the 2016 women’s Pac-12 championships kicks off tonight in Federal Way, Washington with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. The defending champs, California, will look to build an early lead against some tough competition that includes USC, Stanford, and Arizona.

200 MEDLEY RELAY:

  1. Stanford- 1:34.15
  2. California- 1:35.45
  3. USC- 1:35.90

The women from Stanford blasted to a new NCAA and Pac-12 Record in the women’s 200 medley relay to get things started. Ally Howe (23.62), Sarah Haase (26.20), Janet Hu (22.82), and Lia Neal (21.51) put together a 1:24.15 to erase the old record.

Behind Stanford, Cal and USC were locked in a tight battle for 2nd. USC was ahead going into the final leg after a quick 22.72 fly split from Kendyl Stewart, but Cal came up ahead after a huge 21.11 anchor leg from Farida Osman. The Golden Bears’ overall time was 1:35.45 to USC’s 1:35.90.

Notably, Arizona’s relay was disqualified after clocking a 1:36.50. That means they’ll miss out on 4th place points for this relay in the overall team scoring. It also bumped Utah (1:38.61) up to 4th and put UCLA (1:38.92) in the top 5.

800 FREE RELAY:

  1. USC- 6:55.17
  2. California- 6:57.64
  3. Stanford- 7:00.53

USC brought home the Pac-12 title in the women’s 800 free relay. Kirsten Vose (1:43.20), Anika Apostalon (1:43.97), Chelsea Chenault (1:42.98), and Allie Wooden (1:45.02) turned in a time of 6:55.17.

Cal was also under 7:00 to take 2nd place in 6:57.64. The Golden Bears got a pair of 1:43 splits from Kathleen Baker (1:43.04) and Amy Bilquist (1:43.23). That put them ahead of Stanford, as the Cardinal was 3rd in 7:00.53. Ella Eastin posted a 1:42.96 on the 3rd leg to secure their podium finish.

Taking 4th place was Arizona in 7:02.81, highlighted by a 1:44 split from sophomore Cameron McHugh. Arizona State took 5th in 7:15.74 with a key 1:45 split by Kat Simonovic.

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Ervin

Is the PAC 12 network the only stream available???

Gatorchomp

Its not even a live stream. Pathetic for a large conference

Steve

Stanford is breaking American records in relays, and Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky are both waiting to swim on next year’s team. Scary, just scary.

Hats off the those girls, those are some impressive splits.

Deraj

Cal still extremely weak on breaststroke. No surprise but really hoped Marina Garcia could’ve adjusted to yards. They might have to use Kathleen Baker at NCAA, they should put her on the 400 med relay here to see what she’s capable of before nationals. Impressed by Farida Osman though, she’s a great team player, consistently dropping 21.1 relay splits. Noemie Thomas also lackluster with a 23.26, hopefully Katie McLaughlin will be healthy!

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