2018 W. NCAAs: Stanford Sets American Record in 200 Free Relay Prelims


The Stanford team of Janet HuSimone Manuel, Lauren Pitzer, and Ally Howe set a new American record in prelims of the women’s 200 free relay Thursday morning.

Though they were just off Cal’s NCAA record time from 2017, they bested Cal’s American record from last month, going 1:25.68. Hu led off in 21.74, followed by Manuel in 21.42, Pitzer in 21.45, and Howe in 21.07.

The team will have a chance to break the NCAA record in finals tonight.

Team 1st 50 Split 2nd 50 Split 3rd 50 Split 4th 50 Split Final Time
 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

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I didn’t know Hu would go faster or Howe they would drop a second from Pac-12s, but Manuel the Stanford women find a way to go fast when it counts.


Will be a great race tonight. Cal picks up .7-.8 just from swapping out Hull for Bilquist, and I would bet we see some fireworks from Weitzel as well. Tennesee will be in the mix too if Erika Brown can replicate her splits from SECs.


Pitzer split 21.4 and then a bit later made the B-final in the 500 with a 4:38. Nice range!

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