2019 W. NCAA Championships: 800 Free Relay Race Videos


Night one of the 2019 Women’s Division I NCAA Championships is in the books, and we’ve got video of the second and third heats (the second-fastest and fastest_ of the 800 free relay.

The heat three video also includes Brooke Forde‘s accidental “victory lap,” which you can read more about here.

800 Free Relay: Heat 3

800 Free Relay: Heat 2

Originally reported by Lauren Neidigh. 


  • NCAA Record: Stanford (Manuel, Neal, Eastin, Ledecky), 2017 – 6:45.91
  • American Record: Stanford (Manuel, Neal, Eastin, Ledecky), 2017 – 6:45.91
  • Meet Record: Stanford (Manuel, Neal, Eastin, Ledecky), 2017 – 6:45.91
  1. GOLD: Stanford, 6:47.22
  2. SILVER: Cal, 6:50.12
  3. BRONZE: USC, 6:52.13

USC’s Louise Hansson was out quick in 49.05 at the 100, extending her lead through the back half to put up the fastest 1st leg in 1:41.95. Stanford’s Ella Eastin came from 2 seconds behind to give the Cardinal the lead in 1:42.03 on the 2nd leg. Freshman teammate Taylor Ruck stole the show on the 3rd leg, pulling Stanford body lengths ahead with a 1:39.83.

Brooke Forde, despite accidentally swimming an extra 50 at the end of her race, sealed a new Pool Record for Stanford (6:47.22) with her anchor split. She was a 1:42.37 to the feet. Cal wound up 2nd in 6:50.12, highlighted by a pair of 1:41s from Katie McLaughlin (1:41.92) and Amy Bilquist (1:41.93) on the final 2 legs. USC rounded out the top 3 in 6:52.13.

Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey put up a 1:40.98 split on the 2nd leg to help the Wolverines to 4th in 6:54.35. Texas wound up 5th and Louisville was 6th with their times from heat 2. Wisconsin came in 7th in 6:57.54, with Beata Nelson posting a 1:41.39 on the 3rd leg. Sydney Pickrem anchored for Texas A&M in 1:42.95 as the Aggies earned the final podium spot in 6:57.75.

Heat 2: Chantal Nack put up a 1:43.40 to get Minnesota out front on the leadoff leg in heat 2. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, the reigning 200 free NCAA champion, made up a 3-second deficit to pull the Cardinals into the lead with a scorching 1:39.19 on the 2nd leg. Arina Openysheva kept the Cardinals in the lead with a 3rd leg split of 1:44.56. Alena Kraus (1:45.93) dove in for the anchor leg ahead, but Texas’ Joanna Evans (1:43.46) battled back for the Longhorns to win it in 6:55.80, followed by Louisville in 6:56.07.

Heat 1: Arizona’s Kirsten Jacobsen got her team out to the lead with a 1:43.55 on the opening leg. Hannah Cox extended their lead, splitting a 1:44.43 on the 2nd leg, while Ayumi Macias came through with a 1:45.81 on the 3rd leg. Ohio State’s Katie Trace (1:44.04) closed the gap on the anchor leg, but the Wildcats’ Jamie Stone (1:45.68) held her off for the heat 1 win, 6:59.47 to 6:59.62.

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Coach M

Why wasnt the 200 medley relay swam tonight ??


Wow pool record in the 800 and the fastest 850 in NCAA swimming. Unless I’m wrong that 850 is the fastest for both men and women.


Meehan needs to write the girls’ events on their palms Friday morning, like you did for 8&Unders in summer league…

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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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