2019 W. NCAAs: Cal’s 200 Free Relay Breaks Every Record in the Books

2019 WOMEN’S DIVISION I NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Cal team of Maddie Murphy, Katie McLaughlin, Amy Bilquist, and Abbey Weitzeil set new American, NCAA, US Open, and pool records in the 200 free relay Thursday night at the 2019 Women’s Division I NCAA Championships.

Murphy led off in 21.82, McLaughlin went 21.37, Bilquist went 20.87, and Weitzeil anchored in 20.49 for a final time of 1:24.55. Weitzeil’s split was the second-fastest relay split off all-time, behind only Simone Manuel’s 20.45 from last year; Manuel and Weitzeil now combine to own the four fastest splits of all-time. Bilquist’s 20.87 is the 10th-fastest split ever.

Michigan finished second in the race Thursday with a 1:26.25 and Stanford was third in 1:26.50.

The Stanford team of Janet Hu, Simone Manuel, Lauren Pitzer, and Ally Howe held the previous records with their 1:25.43 from last year.

Split comparison:

Team 1st 50 Split 2nd 50 Split 3rd 50 Split 4th 50 Split Final Time
Cal 2019
Maddie Murphy – 21.82 Katie McLaughlin – 21.37 Amy Bilquist – 20.87 Abbey Weitzeil – 20.49 1:24.55
Stanford 2018 Janet Hu – 21.65 Simone Manuel – 20.89 Lauren Pitzer – 21.62 Ally Howe – 21.27 1:25.43

ALL-TIME FASTEST RELAY SPLITS: WOMEN’S 200 FREE RELAY

Rank Swimmer Time
1 Simone Manuel 20.45
2 Abbey Weitzeil 20.49
3 Abbey Weitzeil 20.57
4 Simone Manuel 20.78
5 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 20.8
6 Erika Brown 20.8
7 Erika Brown 20.81
8 Kelsi Worrell 20.84 (T-7)
9 Liz Li 20.84 (T-7)
10 Amy Bilquist 20.87

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googoodoll
2 years ago

Wow! Great effort and TEAM work. Congratulations.

MNSwimfan
2 years ago

Simply amazing!

Seli Lover
2 years ago

I love Maddie
I love Katie
I love Amy
I love Abbey

Go bears!

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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