2017 Women’s NCAAs Race Video: Stanford Takes 400 Medley after Cal DQ


Reported by Lauren Neidigh


  • NCAA record: Stanford (2016)- 3:26.14
  • American record: Team USA (2016)- 3:25.60
  • U.S. Open record: Team USA (2016)- 3:25.60
  • Meet Record: Stanford (2016)- 3:26.14
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Stanford- 3:26.14
  1. Stanford- 3:26.35
  2. Texas A&M- 3:27.60
  3. Texas- 3:27.74

Cal’s Kathleen Baker led them off in the 2nd fastest 100 back of all time, clocking in at 49.80, but Stanford pulled up with Kim Williams (58.51) on the breast leg. Janet Hu surged to a 50.27 fly split to get the Cardinal even closer. It came down to the touch, as Lia Neal (46.15) came up just short to Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil (45.96). In the end, however, Cal was DQed after an early takeoff on the final exchange, making Stanford the victor.

*NOTE: Despite Cal’s disqualification, Baker’s split will not be nullified per the NCAA rulebook, meaning she is still the 2nd fastest performer of all time after breaking Natalie Coughlin’s 15-year-old school record on the leadoff split.*

Indiana’s Lilly King registered a 56.17 breaststroke split, marking the fastest split in history as the team finished 5th. Louisville came in 4th as Mallory Comerford anchored in a blazing 46.13, once again posting the fastest split of the field. USC freshman Louise Hansson blasted a 49.78 to give the Trojans the fastest fly split of the field.

You can see Cal’s final exchange at the top of the screen at the 2:40 mark.

Lane Assignments:

  1. USC
  2. Stanford
  3. Louisville
  4. Cal
  5. Georgia
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Texas
  8. Indiana

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Patrick Cline
4 years ago

breaking not braking

4 years ago

I feel bad for Weitzel. She has been through a lot of change this past year and seems to be having a pretty rough meet. Also haven’t seen her in this many events throughout a meet. Winning and then getting DQ is not fun for anyone, but props to Stanford they are doing great. They seem to be Untouchable as of now.

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