2017 W. NCAAs: Cal Gets Redemption w/ NCAA Record in 200 Medley Relay

2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Following their heartbreaking DQ in last night’s 400 medley relay, the Cal Golden Bears redeemed themselves with a new NCAA Record in the 200 medley relay on day 3. The team of Kathleen Baker (back), Abbey Weitzeil (breast), Noemie Thomas (fly), and Farida Osman (free) put together a 1:34.10 to clip the former NCAA Record of 1:34.15 set by Stanford at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships.

Splits Comparison:

Team 50 Back Split 50 Breast Split 50 Fly Split 50 Free Split Final Time
 Cal (2017)  Kathleen Baker- 23.62  Abbey Weitzeil- 26.67  Noemie Thomas- 22.70  Farida Osman- 21.11  1:34.10
Stanford (2016) Ally Howe- 23.62 Sarah Haase- 26.20 Janet Hu- 22.82 Lia Neal- 21.51 1:34.15

Baker matched Howe’s backstroke split down to the hundredth, while Weitzeil was nearly a full second faster than she’s been all season to come with in a half second of Haase’s breast split. Thomas was slightly faster than Hu’s fly split, but the big difference maker was Osman, who anchored in a blistering 21.11.

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SuperFan
5 years ago

Happy for Abby putting up a solid time and seeing that smile. And for all of the girls on that relay. Great splits from every one of them.

owq
5 years ago

Love this photo! And even the magical NC STATE girls are included ?

Attila the Runt
5 years ago

Props to Weitzeil for delivering tonight on this relay. Baker and Farida have been money so far.

Mr G
5 years ago

Farida is really shining; great finish for her NCAA career!

PKWater
5 years ago

Cal has been on fire in these relays, I am super impressed that they have beat Stanford a couple of times. I thought Stanford was going to look like Texas men did last year (untouchable) but they look somewhat human

Steve Nolan
Reply to  PKWater
5 years ago

Well, depth-wise Stanford is just cleaning up. Hard to be up 120ish points otherwise, hah.

But yeah, the “Stanford sweepin’ all 5 relays thing!” was a bit overhyped.

PKWater
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Yes but if there was no deq(thats a huge if and they might not have won without that), cal would have won all but the 800 free relay so far. I would say they have had a much better meet vs. expectation than stanford has.

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