2018 W. NCAAs: Stanford Sets American, NCAA Records in 200 Free Relay

2018 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Stanford team of Janet HuSimone ManuelLauren Pitzer, and Ally Howe set an American record in prelims of the women’s 200 free relay this morning, and rebroke it, along with the NCAA record, in finals Thursday night.

Cal’s NCAA record from 2017 stood at 1:25.59 — the 2018 Stanford team split 21.65/20.89/21.62/21.27 to en route to their new record of 1:25.43.

With a lead going into the final 50, Ally Howe held off Cal anchor Abbey Weitzeil — who spit 9.94/11.07 (21.01) — with a huge underwater off her second wall. Howe split 10.23/11.04, out-touching Weitzeil by .07.

TEAM 1ST 50 SPLIT 2ND 50 SPLIT 3RD 50 SPLIT 4TH 50 SPLIT FINAL TIME
Stanford (NCAA and American Record, 2018) Janet Hu-21.65 Simone Manuel-20.89 Lauren Pitzer-21.62 Ally Howe-21.27 1:25.43
Stanford (American Record, 2018) Janet Hu-21.74 Simone Manuel-21.42 Lauren Pitzer-21.45 Ally Howe-21.07  1:25.68
Cal (NCAA Record, 2017) Abbey Weitzeil– 21.59 Maddie Murphy– 21.83 Amy Bilquist– 21.26 Farida Osman– 20.91 1:25.59
Cal (American Record, 2018) Maddie Murphy– 21.96 Amy Bilquist– 21.24 Katie McLaughlin– 21.67 Abbey Weitzeil– 21.00 1:25.87

Simone Manuel‘s 20.89 is the 6th-fastest relay split of all time, and was the fastest split tonight by .11.

Top 10 All-Time Performances: 50 Freestyle Relay Split

  1. Simone Manuel 20.78
  2. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 20.8
  3. Erika Brown 20.81
  4. Kelsi Worrell 20.84 (T-4)
  5. Liz Li 20.84 (T-4)
  6. Simone Manuel 20.89
  7. Farida Osman 20.91
  8. Abbey Weitzeil 20.92
  9. Simone Manuel 20.95
  10. Ivy Martin 20.96
  11. Margo Geer 20.98
  12. Megan Romano 20.99

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AquaTiger

Both Stanford and Cal under the previous record time. That’s a crazy fast heat.

Jennifer Mihalik

I am pretty sure Megan Romano split a 20.8 at NCAAs one year. Can someone please check and if so give that girl some well deserved credit.

I just asked her, she says her best is a 20.9 (we didn’t find any 20.8s when we looked either).

AquaTiger

That’s quick service.

Jennifer: “Pretty sure Megan Romano split a 20.8.”
Braden: “Hold on, she’s right here, let me ask her… Close, she said 20.9.”
Jennifer: “Awesome, thanks.”

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in Media Studies and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College. When she's not writing about swimming or baseball, you can probably find her listening to a podcast or in a pool ... and/or watching Seinfeld, which she just realized is funny.

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